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    Bear Island (1979, UK/Canada) is on Film Four (UK) this week.



    It does for the frozen wastes what Lawrence of Arabia did for desserts.....

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    Bear Island has a majestic score from Canadian-born composer Robert Farnon (never issued on record or CD as far as I am aware....) .



    Also stars Canadian actor Donald Sutherland....



    A very under-rated film imho.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by julian_craster
    Bear Island has a majestic score from Canadian-born composer Robert Farnon (never issued on record or CD as far as I am aware....) .



    Also stars Canadian actor Donald Sutherland....



    A very under-rated film imho.....
    I like it too ... one of the better Alistair MacLean adventures.

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    The ideal conditions for viewing Bear Island on Film Four this week :



    a bitterly cold day



    turn all the heating off



    wear full outdoor clothing, with extra jumpers hood/kagoogle , extra socks



    Enjoy ! (you will imagine you are there.....)

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    I had the misfortune to see Bear Island (in part) on a cross sea ferry coming back from Sweden. The onboard cinema was packed with young scandinavians, and me and my brother. When Vanessa Redgrave opened her mouth for the first time the whole place was in uproar, laughing themselves silly.

    I have never been Redgrave's greatest fan, but her attempted Norwegian accent (Swedish?) was the most pathetic effort I have ever heard. Being much younger and more thin-skinned, I had to get up and leave.

    I know it would be a bit restrictive, but isn't there a case for employing actors from an appropriate country?



    Regards - Bernie

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    Many thanks Julian, for the Bear Island on Film 4 info

    I�ve been a fan of Alistair MacLean�s novels and film adaptations for many years.

    Bear Island is a very good, under-rated movie - directed by Don Sharp, who also directed the terrific speedboat chase through the canals of Amsterdam in the excellent Puppet on a Chain (1970) and the 1978 version of The 39 Steps.



    I would like to see a film adaptation of one my favourite Alistair MacLean thrillers � set in similarly Arctic, freezing cold conditions of Bear Island � the brilliantly atmospheric Night Without End.



    (Michael Collins - the voice of Auric Goldfinger - appears as the ships's Captain in Bear Island)

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    Thanks all for the info re Bear Island - missed that one completely!



    mrs_emma_peel: Couldnt agree more about Night Without End - brilliant and easily my favourite MacClean story!

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    So, did anyone watch Bear Island?

    Was it widescreen?

    How was it?

    I mean, were you impressed with it?

    Did the film compare well to the book?

    I forget, did Mary Darling keep her true name?



    On another topic, I agree with mrs. emma peel, whomever he is, regarding Night Without End. But I think Alistair MacLean is due for a rediscovery. Aside from the big three (Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, Ice Station Zebra) I think several of his classic novels merit new film adaptations; especially The Black Shrike, The Satan Bug, Puppet On a Chain, and The Secret Ways. I don't know about his later novels, they never felt quite right to me. But Fear Is the Key and When 8 Bells Toll strike me as good solid adaptations.



    Richard

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