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Fer-de-Lance (1974)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Thriller | TV Movie 18 October 1974
Snakes on board an American sub set off a chain of events that ultimately causes the boat to sink to the bottom of the ocean. The surviving crew must devise a rescue plan to free themselves and raise the sub.

Director:

Russ Mayberry (as Russel Mayberry)

Writer:

Leslie Stevens
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Janssen ... Russ Bogan
Hope Lange ... Elaine Wedell
Ivan Dixon ... Joe Voit
Jason Evers ... Commander Kirk
Charles Robinson Charles Robinson ... Lieutenant Nicholson (as Charles Knox Robinson)
Ben Piazza ... Lieutenant Whitehead
George Pan Andreas ... Torquale
Sherry Boucher Sherry Boucher ... Liz McCord
Robert Ito ... Masai Ikeda
William Mims William Mims ... Mayne Bradley
Shizuko Hoshi Shizuko Hoshi ... Suan Kuroda
Richard LePore Richard LePore ... Chief Hughes
Sandra Ego Sandra Ego ... Terezita
Felipe Turich Felipe Turich ... Shaman
Frank Bonner ... Compton
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Storyline

An American submarine leaves Tierra Del Fuego, and one of its crew has secretly brought aboard a container full of poisonous fer-de-lance snakes which escape storage and bite key personnel on the submarine, causing an accident that cripples the vehicle so that it drops to the bottom of the Southern Ocean. Worse still, the snakes are still at large on the submarine and complicate the efforts of the crew to escape the sunken vessel. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Dive See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the third time David Janssen and Ivan Dixon would appear together on TV, seven years after The Fugitive: Dossier on a Diplomat (1967) and ten years after The Fugitive: Escape into Black (1964). See more »

Goofs

Hope Lange's character is listed as Elaine Wedell in the cast list, but in the movie she says her name is Eileen. See more »

Quotes

Russ Bogan: This goes for the memory of those that have died, for us. I am the resurrection, and the life, sayeth the Lord. And he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Amen.
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Edited from Ice Station Zebra (1968) See more »

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Childhood Dream Lost!
16 November 2002 | by cfc_canSee all my reviews

Back in 1974 when this TV-Movie first aired, I saw the first twenty minutes or so and was enthralled by the premise: A submarine trapped at the bottom of the ocean with a pack of deadly snakes slithering around. It seemed like a can't miss thriller. Because I was a kid though, I had to go to bed! I recently found the film on video and was ecstatic to finally see the whole show. However, I should have let my childhood dream of a can't miss thriller be as this movie was incredibly bad. It is very cheap looking, even for that time period and the actors play their scenes with so much indifference that it's hard to care about their plight. The biggest mistake is that the snakes are only peripheral to the plot. Most of the movie is taken up with the crew's attempts to dislodge themselves from the rocks they are trapped against, making it more of an adventure film than a thriller and it's not even a good adventure film. At least I now know why the film was so hard to find all of these years. WKRP fans might want to check it out for an early look at Frank Bonner (AKA Herb Tarlek) as the dopey sailor who brings the snakes aboard the sub.


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