Bear Island

1979

Don Sharp
Director
Columbia Pictures
Studio

UN expedition studying climate change (yes, it was a thing even forty years ago) in the Arctic location of the title has a couple members more interested in Nazi gold hidden there by a U-boat during World War II.

Big budget adaptation of popular Alistair MacLean novel was a notorious flop, and with some good reason. Actually almost good, but too long, and too many big-name actors with dubious foreign accents. Has some parallels with another big flop, Raise the Titanic, and would make a good double bill if you're into that sort of thing. Even more it bears a strong resemblance to John Carpenter's The Thing, a group of people trapped in frozen wastes, not knowing who is hiding their identity.

Note: Needless to say, in reality the only German presence on Bear Island in WWII was a weather detachment. No U-boat pens or hidden gold.

-Dave W.


Bear Island by
Alistair MacLean
1971
Novel





Bear Island
27th December 1979
Cinema



118 mins
2.35:1

Bear Island
1st August 1980
Cinema



118 mins
2.35:1



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Donald Sutherland
Frank Lansing
Vanessa Redgrave
Heddi Lindquist
Richard Widmark
Otto Gerran
Christopher Lee
Tadeusz Lechinski
Barbara Parkins
Judith Rubin
Lloyd Bridges
George 'Smithy' Smith
Lawrence Dane
Paul Hartman
Michael J. Reynolds
Heyter
Patricia Collins
Inge Van Zipper
Nicholas Cortland
Jungbeck
Candace O'Connor
Laboratory Assistant
August Schellenberg
Aldo, Marine Technician
Bruce Greenwood
Tommy, Technician
Joseph Golland
Meteorological Assistant
Michael Collins
Ship's Captain
Richard Wren
Radio Operator
Mark Jones
Cook
Hagan Beggs
Larsen
(as Hagen Beggs in end credits)
Robert Stelmach
Ship's Radio Operator
Terry Waterhouse
Helicopter Crewman
Charles Mooney
Helicopter Pilot
(uncredited)
Vic Armstrong
Stunt Coordinator
David Bickers
Stunts
Marc Boyle
Stunts
Alex Green
Stunts
Alf Joint
Stunts
Dwayne McLean
Stunts
John Wardlow
Stunts
Paul Weston
Stunts
Lyubov Orlova
MS Morning Rose

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