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Bear Island [1979]

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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. 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.

Certainly the producers had amassed as starry a cast as they could, with Sutherland the most famous Canadian actor around so a shoo-in for the lead ( William Shatner presumably unavailable), though he was playing an American, and Vanessa Redgrave as the team doctor and love interest for him was a Brit playing Norwegian, complete with a singularly odd accent.MacLean’s first novel garnered him a very large advance (headline news in postwar Britain), but it was a good bet. 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. Read all On the remote Norwegian Bear Island, used as a submarine base by the Germans during World War II, U. 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. Filmed in British Columbia and Alaska, the location shoot is beautiful and I’d love to see more winter shoots in locations like this.

I remember when I was 14 or so going with school friends to see a double bill of Puppet on a Chain and When Eight Bells Toll - it wasn't my choice and I remember them as tedious, but back then I would go to see any old rubbish.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).

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