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Bear Island [1979]

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While not as iconic as Ice Station Zebra, Bear Island is one of the last good MacLean adaptations and the top-notch cast keep things watchable to the bitter end. This censorship severely interferes with the plot, as it is crucial to the novel to understand the motives of captain Lansing. Snell and Selkirk were so positive about Bear Island's prospects that at one stage they planned a series of Alistair MacLean adaptations for annual Christmas release, starting with The Way to Dusty Death. Donald is taking center stage as a man of action styled Hercule Poirot as opposed to the Peter Ustinov laid back style of sleuthing.

Joining the expedition via a helicopter is marine biologist Donald Sutherland who, it will transpire, has a link to the island. This movie was intended as the first in a series of Alistair MacLean adaptations, which would have included "El Dorado", "Athabasca", "Night Without End", and "The Way to Dusty Death". The brothers find their ice-cold waves and precipitous slopes, while we get the chance two join in on the excitement of shredding arctic snow and cruising the ice cold waves.the protagonist, is wholly non-believable, whether conversing with others or fist-fighting the bad guys. The film went a million dollars over budget, which Sharp says was the first time it had happened in his career. Gewiss nicht der spannenste Thriller, dennoch schön in Kälte eingewattet und auf Rätselsuche (U-Boot, zweiter Weltkrieg) sogar etwas Adventure-Feeling ausstrahlend. 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.

Amazingly, despite MacLean’s enormous popularity during the 1960s and 1970s, he seems to be a forgotten author today. The downside of this professionalism is that some viewers might be skeptical that they actually pulled this off.Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Barbara Parkins, Lloyd Bridges, Lawrence Dane, Patricia Collins, Michael J. His next novel of The Guns of Navarone (1957), still considered one of the giants in the very large and good field of thrillers based retrospectively in World War II. However, in the censored version only a glimpse of the captain Lansing's corpse is shown, the SS-man is totally cut out. The 'Morning Rose' is carrying a multinational expedition of United Nations scientists to the remote Bear Island to study " climate change". 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.

I think the isolation of the wintery yet deadly surroundings open up all kinds of possibilities for filmmakers. Not sure why I wouldn’t have seen this when it was first released…it’s just the type of movie I would’ve checked out that year, when I started going to the walking-distance multiplex regularly and catching at least a movie a week. 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. MacLean’s world of derring-do simply wasn’t cutting it at the box office anymore, not really his fault, but tastes change and his efforts were a casualty of that shift towards different ways of telling stories and indeed different stories. An international scientific expedition from the UN heads to the barren Arctic Bear Island to study climate change.The only person who has watched Ice Station Zebra more than me is Howard Hughes and I'd run him close.

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. It is seen in hands of several characters including Lechinski ( Christopher Lee) and Frank Lansing ( Donald Sutherland).

It has all the Maclean obsessions: Spies, betrayal, explosions, inhospitable terrain, snow, and loads of mystery and murder. 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. 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.

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