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Bear Island [1979]

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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. Die besten Momente entstehen freilich wenn nächtens ENDLICH der Stromgenerator EXPLODIERT, der gewaltige Funkturm umstürzt und das (Schnee-) Chaos ausbricht. This censorship severely interferes with the plot, as it is crucial to the novel to understand the motives of captain Lansing. The filmography is also great for a self-shot action movie under such conditions (if only the "found footage" genre films could be this smooth). That’s due in large part to the action sequences put together by second unit director and stunt co-ordinator, Vic Armstrong.

In reality, both have secondary roles here as the majority of screen time goes to Sutherland with Redgrave, Bridges and Dane slightly behind him. Marlowe's efforts to unravel the plot become even more complicated once the movie crew is deposited ashore on Bear Island, beyond the reach of the law or outside help. Casualties will soon begin to mount and if one didn’t know any better, you might think Kurt Russell and the cast of The Thing might turn up at any moment due to the arctic isolation and the sabotage being committed upon various life preserving needs such as a generator. And a member of the expedition is quickly killed, but it's way over an hour into it before we even know the cause of the mystery, let alone who is behind the naughty goings on. 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.By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy. Snell wanted to make a film that targeted the international market; there would be no Canadian characters and the film was not set in Canada.

The downside of this professionalism is that some viewers might be skeptical that they actually pulled this off. It doesn't take us long to discover that on board one of the abandoned U-boats is a the stuff to give "Goldfinger' a wet dream - and someone amongst them is determined to secure it. That’s because his arrival by abseiling from a helicopter is very nearly a swift exit, but Lloyd Bridges as adventurer Smithy rescues him before real disaster can strike. Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee and Lloyd Bridges star in this 1979 British-Canadian thriller based on Alistair MacLean's novel, Bear Island. Read all 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.Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Barbara Parkins, Lloyd Bridges, Lawrence Dane, Patricia Collins, Michael J. Lansing takes Lindquist to the U-boat where they find crates marked as containing explosives, but on opening one they discover it is full of gold.

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