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Bear Island [1979]

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Boom in Canadian Film Making Hits Snag: Explosion in Canadian Movies Stuck With the Movie 'A Necessary Shakeup' Begging for Distribution Shortage of Producers' ". That film was never made but Snell did go on to make The Hostage Tower and Air Force One is Down based on MacLean stories. The film went a million dollars over budget, which Sharp says was the first time it had happened in his career. Also on the island is a bombed out U-Boat facility and supposedly underground passages and caverns where ships may still exist and as we will learn, the possibility of a fortune in gold bars.

Three brothers go to remote Bear Island (Bjørnøya) in the Barents Sea to find the perfect wave; travelling with a surfboard, a snowboard, a paraglider and food found in supermarket trash canisters back home in Norway. Time was you only had to mention Nazi gold and you’d have a loyal readership clamouring for more, but as the decades moved to the nineteen-eighties, it was all sounding a bit old hat, and Raiders of the Lost Ark illustrated that something particularly special had to be done with the villains of so many years from the thirties onwards to make a genuine impact from then on. Snowcapped and soporific, this adaptation of Alistair Maclean's novel Bear Island is a product from a time when transferring the author's work to the big screen was still a regular occurence even though the output no longer had the pull that they once did. It stars Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Lloyd Bridges, Bruce Greenwood, Candace O'Connor and was distributed by United Artists.American biologist Frank Lansing joins the boat, where he is reunited with his friend Smithy and former colleague Rubin . In reality, both have secondary roles here as the majority of screen time goes to Sutherland with Redgrave, Bridges and Dane slightly behind him. Ikonisch besetzter Arktisthriller, der den kalten Krieg im weißen Niemandsland - der Bäreninsel - aufleben lässt. Turns out there is a shit tonne of Nazi gold on the island and somebody is willing to kill to get to it. Bear Island, on loosely based on the great pulp authors work, is a tremendous mix of an action disaster film and a murder mystery.

The true adventures of the world's greatest stuntman : my life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and other movie heroes. It has all the Maclean obsessions: Spies, betrayal, explosions, inhospitable terrain, snow, and loads of mystery and murder. An international scientific expedition from the UN heads to the barren Arctic Bear Island to study climate change. This allows you to pick a movie, episode or complete season to be given as a gift to a lucky recipient. There’s a decent choice of suspects; Christopher Lee, Lloyd Bridges, Vanessa Redgrave, Barbara Parkins, Bruce Greenwood and more are all along for the ride, even if the snowsuits often conceal the identity of the potential culprits.At the burial of his father, Smithy and Lechinski, Lansing achieves some form of closure and embraces Lindquist. It was the title of a 1932 film, and presumably was used in WWII, explaining how MacLean would have come across it.

They may not reprint the later novels, which were written with collaborators working from outlines and notes from MacLean, but the great years of the beginning and middle of his career are well-represented. Bear Island is a 1979 Anglo-Canadian thriller film loosely based on the 1971 novel Bear Island by Alistair MacLean. Certainly the producers had amassed as starry a cast as they could, with Sutherland the most famous Canadian actor around so a shoo-in for the lead ( William Shatner presumably unavailable), though he was playing an American, and Vanessa Redgrave as the team doctor and love interest for him was a Brit playing Norwegian, complete with a singularly odd accent.

This censorship severely interferes with the plot, as it is crucial to the novel to understand the motives of captain Lansing. The three brothers are more skilled at extreme sports than you'd expect, and their confident cold weather performance is impressive. That the actual explanation and bad guys were such a cliché by that stage did little to endear the film to viewers in 1979, but now they come across as staples of the sort of thriller that you can waste time with on the small screen, only with perhaps more novelty thanks to it being a more relatively modern project, and in colour to boot. Alistair Stuart MacLean (1922-1987) was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and spent his growing years nearby in Daviot, ten miles south of Inverness.

the protagonist, is wholly non-believable, whether conversing with others or fist-fighting the bad guys. I think that is probably because so much of the preamble in this overlong arctic drama is dull and listless.

Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Barbara Parkins, Lloyd Bridges, Lawrence Dane, Patricia Collins, Michael J. 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.

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