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Bear Island [1979]

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Vanessa Redgrave is a nice Norwegian doctor but the agent who was killed was Norwegian so there is a mystery there.

It was directed by Don Sharp and starred Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee and Lloyd Bridges.The downside of this professionalism is that some viewers might be skeptical that they actually pulled this off. 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. Fetched from the Vaults to help us through the awful lockdown, and what a tonic it is - if you like Adventure, stunning locations, a good plot, plenty of action, and you can put up with Donald Sutherland as a two fisted hero, Vanessa Redgrave, not a great romantic lead, and Widmark with a terrible accent. In 1976 Maclean's second wife Mary formed a company with producer Peter Snell, Aleelle Productions, who aimed to make movies based on MacLean novels including Golden Gate, Bear Island, The Way to Dusty Death and Captain Cook.

Bear Island, on loosely based on the great pulp authors work, is a tremendous mix of an action disaster film and a murder mystery.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. Not that you had much of a chance to hear it, as his character wound up vanishing early on, before even establishing himself as a possible suspect for the evildoers behind the apparent sabotage of the scientists’ investigation. I hadn’t seen this film since it came out at the theater and maybe a network debut the following year and upon this revisit, time hasn’t marred my judgement. Director Don Sharp was no Steven Spielberg, and his brand of thickeared action was about to mutate into that very distinctive form of eighties action that he would have little part in.

Alistair Stuart MacLean (1922-1987) was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and spent his growing years nearby in Daviot, ten miles south of Inverness. Peter Snell enlisted director Don Sharp, who had worked on an adaptation of MacLean's Puppet on a Chain. 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. An announcement at the end of the closing credits reads "Coming Soon - Alistair MacLean's Goodbye California".Espionagethriller from 1979 that takes place on a norwegian island near Spitzbergen but was filmed mainly in Canada and Alaska. Snell wanted to make the movie on location, feeling audiences would not react well the shooting "studio snow" which had been the method used on an earlier MacLean adaptation, Ice Station Zebra.

Sign up to unlock our digital magazines and also receive the latest news, events, offers and partner promotions. Turns out there is a shit tonne of Nazi gold on the island and somebody is willing to kill to get to it. it's routine adventure- flick stuff: blood, guts and (a little) suspense intercut with acting of appalling quality, and dialogue that makes one yearn for the days of silent movies. Drafted at 19 into the Royal Navy, he worked his way up from Ordinary Seaman to Leading Torpedo Officer while serving in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and the Far East.Home Page About MacLean MacLean's Life and Writing Alistair MacLean: A Life Alistair MacLean: The Key is Fear Alistair MacLean's War Book Reviews BOOK RATINGS - best to worst The Secret Ways The Satan Bug Ice Station Zebra H. Bear Island is a 1979 Anglo-Canadian thriller film loosely based on the 1971 novel Bear Island by Alistair MacLean. Donald is taking center stage as a man of action styled Hercule Poirot as opposed to the Peter Ustinov laid back style of sleuthing. 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. Donald Sutherland attempts a flawed hero, but he doesn’t have much to work with, which includes a particularly vapid Redgrave.

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