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Bear Island (1979)

On the remote Norwegian Bear Island, used as a submarine base by the Germans during World War II, U.N. scientist Larsen sends a distress signal using an emergency N.A.T.O. frequency, and is received by scientific vessel Morning Rose.

Director:

Don Sharp

Writers:

David Butler (screenplay), Don Sharp (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Frank Lansing
Vanessa Redgrave ... Heddi Lindquist
Richard Widmark ... Otto Gerran
Christopher Lee ... Lechinski
Barbara Parkins ... Judith Rubin
Lloyd Bridges ... Smithy
Lawrence Dane ... Paul Hartman
Patricia Collins ... Inge Van Zipper
Michael J. Reynolds ... Heyter
Nicholas Cortland Nicholas Cortland ... Jungbeck
August Schellenberg ... Marine Technician
Candace O'Connor Candace O'Connor ... Laboratory Assistant
Joseph Golland Joseph Golland ... Meteorological Assistant
Bruce Greenwood ... Technician
Richard Wren Richard Wren ... Radio Operator
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Storyline

A group of people converge on a barren Arctic island. They have their reasons for being there but when a series of mysterious accidents and murders take place, a whole lot of darker motives become apparent. Could the fortune in buried Nazi gold be the key to the mystery? Donald Sutherland and Vanessa Redgrave investigate. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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The Third Reich ended here...The Fourth Reich is just beginning See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alistair MacLean's Bear Island See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 12,100,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Russian ship, the "Lyubov Orlova", functioned as a floating movie studio during production. See more »

Goofs

When everyone is outside after the generator explosion it is blowing a blizzard, but the flames are rising vertically with minimal wind disturbance rather than being virtually horizontal, revealing that wind machines are being used just on the area where the actors are. See more »

Crazy Credits

Coming Soon Alistair Maclean's GOODBYE CALIFORNIA See more »

Alternate Versions

The Region 1 DVD has certain graphic elements removed. Most notably, the view of the captain Lansing's cabin presents the captain's corpse being handcuffed to bulkhead and another corpse sitting by the desk. (Later the viewer learns it was an SS operative.) However, in the censored version only a glimpse of the captain Lansing's corpse is shown, the SS-man is totally cut out. This censorship severely interferes with the plot, as it is crucial to the novel to understand the motives of captain Lansing. See more »

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Referenced in From Stereo to Video (2014) See more »

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Not great, but much better than expected
14 July 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I had heard that Bear Island was not a good movie at all, but I wanted to see it anyway because I like the cast a lot. When I eventually saw it, I didn't find it great, but it was much better than I expected.

Pros: Lovely photography and great sets and locations. Atmospheric score by Richard Farnon. Great performances from Richard Widmark and Christopher Lee, Vanessa Redgrave has her moments but has an inconsistent accent. Sharp and well paced direction.

Cons: As much as I love Donald Sutherland, he does look bored and stiff here. The dialogue is uneven, having moments when it is decent but some of it is really quite bad. The story has great idea and starts and ends well, but the film is rather sluggish with some of the middle section feeling like filler.

All in all, not great, not awful, just somewhere in between. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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