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Bear Island [1979]

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My sister got into this film years ago as its one she would always sit down with our grandparents to watch and about the only "oldie" she would actually sit still during. The crew's doctor, Marlowe, finds himself enmeshed in a violent, multi-layered plot in which very few of the persons aboard are whom they claim to be. By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy. Except for Cannon’s little-seen RIVER OF DEATH, released to a handful of theaters in 1989, BEAR ISLAND was the last adaptation of an Alistair MacLean novel to play on the big screen.

Bear Island turned out to be Goodnight Vienna in terms of big screen evocations of MacLean’s work, but his books, bigger than Bond back in the day, would still work as highly recognisable IP for reboots, remakes and re-workings, and the bar isn’t set particularly high here. However, several of them turn out to be more interested in the fact that (according to the film) there was a German U-boat base on the island during the Second World War.However, in the censored version only a glimpse of the captain Lansing's corpse is shown, the SS-man is totally cut out. The downside of this professionalism is that some viewers might be skeptical that they actually pulled this off. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Goodnight Vienna’ is a repeated line here; it’s very much part of both British and Scottish vernacular as a phrase that means that the lights have, in some figurative way, gone out. I think the isolation of the wintery yet deadly surroundings open up all kinds of possibilities for filmmakers.

You can also download and transfer a video you own to portable devices (iPad/iPhone/iPod) for offline viewing. 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. The pair would also work together on a couple of Fu Manchu outings, Dark Places and a good old Pirate adventure. I still have a copy of an article that appeared on Lee in our weekly TV Guide that came with the newspaper in my hometown.This censorship severely interferes with the plot, as it is crucial to the novel to understand the motives of captain Lansing. I don't think you can make films about film units," he later said adding "I think possibly we tried to put too much meaning and too much cast into an action adventure story. We assume he’s an American though of course he’s another real life Canadian export to the movie world. Filmed in British Columbia and Alaska, the location shoot is beautiful and I’d love to see more winter shoots in locations like this. The classic tale of adventure and death on a mysterious Arctic island, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense.

Though a surfing expedition to the arctic sounded like an idiotic concept even by crazy-Scandinavian standards, this documentary turned out to be high quality. An American (Donald Sutherland) and a Norwegian (Vanessa Redgrave) fall prey to an ex-Nazi (Richard Widmark) seeking gold from a U-boat in the Arctic. Motivated by the classic surfer's relentless quest for the perfect wave, they travel to the remote Norwegian island of Bjornoya (Bear Island). Meanwhile, Lindquist finds a message left by Larsen, who had been a Norwegian agent, confirming that Jungbeck and Heyter are neo-Nazis controlled by a third expedition member codenamed Zelda.Aside from that, there wasn’t much inspired about Bear Island, throwing in fist fights and grappling as if it had been sponsored by some wrestling group, and when that palled, adding explosions, swiftly becoming the ideal way of waking up a dozing audience who had been lulled into a soothing state of mind by the lack of any real drama in what was happening.

Film rights came solely into the hands of the Canadian-born Peter Snell who had lived in England since 1961. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License and the GFDL; additional terms may apply. This strikes me as one of those films that I rarely seem to find anything positive written about and to be honest, I can’t figure out why. Bear Island is a 1979 Anglo-Canadian thriller film loosely based on the 1971 novel Bear Island by Alistair MacLean. Peter Snell enlisted director Don Sharp, who had worked on an adaptation of MacLean's Puppet on a Chain.Sehenswert sind jedoch die beeindruckenden Landschaftsaufnahmen, die in Alaska und Kanada gedreht wurden und für die Alan Hume verantwortlich war, der sich damit für die nächsten drei Bond-Filme als Kameramann qualifizierte. Snell said "He complained of no continuity" with the previous films "but with me he's close to being a partner.

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