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Bear Island (1979, Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave)

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Donald Sutherland plays a researcher who has joined a NATO expedition to study global warming on an island deemed off limits in this adaptation of Alistair MacLean’s novel. An all-star cast of researchers (Lloyd Bridges, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark and Christopher Lee) end up at the frozen, isolated research station, but when a series of mysterious accidents and murders take place, a whole lot of darker motives become apparent. Could the fortune in buried Nazi gold be the key to the mystery?

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Canada – UK | 118 minutes | 1979

Director: Don Sharp
Script: David Butler, Don Sharp
Novel: Alistair MacLean

cast
Donald Sutherland as Frank Lansing
Vanessa Redgrave as Heddi Lindquist
Richard Widmark as Otto Gerran
Christopher Lee as Lechinski
Barbara Parkins as Judith Rubin
Lloyd Bridges as Smithy
Lawrence Dane as Paul Hartman
Patricia Collins as Inge Van Zipper
Michael J. Reynolds as Heyter
Nicholas Cortland as Jungbeck
August Schellenberg as Marine Technician
Candace O’Connor as Laboratory Assistant
Joseph Golland as Meteorological Assistant
Bruce Greenwood as Technician (Tommy)
Richard Wren as Radio Operator
Mark Jones as Cook
Hagan Beggs as Larsen
Michael Collins as Ship’s Captain
Robert Stelmach as Ship’s Radio Operator
Terry Waterhouse as Helicopter Crewman

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