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The Riddle of the Sands (1979)

In 1901, two British yachtsmen visiting Germany's Frisian Islands accidentally discover a German plot to invade England.

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Tony Maylam

Writers:

Tony Maylam (screenplay), John Bailey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael York ... Carruthers
Jenny Agutter ... Clara
Simon MacCorkindale ... Davies
Alan Badel ... Dollmann
Jürgen Andersen Jürgen Andersen ... Von Brüning (as Jurgen Andersen)
Michael Sheard ... Böhme
Hans Meyer ... Grimm
Wolf Kahler ... Kaiser, Wilhelm II
Olga Lowe Olga Lowe ... Frau Dollmann
Ronald Markham Ronald Markham ... Withers
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Storyline

In the early years of the 20th Century, two British yachtsmen (Michael York and Simon MacCorkindale) stumble upon a German plot to invade the east coast of England in a flotilla of specially designed barges. They set out to thwart this terrible scheme, but must outwit not only the cream of the German Navy, but the feared Kaiser Wilhelm himself. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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In these shifting sands, men can disappear without a trace . . . and their secrets with them. See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

16 March 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A homokpart rejtélye See more »

Filming Locations:

Holland See more »

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Budget:

GBP1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Publicity for this picture stated that famed spy novelist John Buchan once described Erskine Childers's 'Riddle of the Sands' novel as "the best story of adventure published in the last quarter century". See more »

Goofs

During the scene when Clara is frying Arthur's egg, some twenty minutes or so into the film. See more »

Quotes

Davies: Do you realize that England has not defenses at all facing Germany? No North Sea fleet? And all her naval bases are in the south: Portsmouth, Chatham.
Carruthers: Historical accident.
Davies: Oh quite! But now it's not France whom we have to guard against. Germany is growing stronger every single day, and very soon, her navy will rival ours.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Frisian Islands, Germany 1901 See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »

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Beautiful motion picture
17 August 2011 | by clodiafelixSee all my reviews

The Riddle of the sands is an espionage thriller, but it is also a coming of age story. Carruthers begins as a prat and little by little under Davies' gentle tutelage, he becomes a great human being and a man. The film draws this beautifully, and the three leads are adorable together. For people who like boats, it's a feast, and major actors of the film are the boats... Dulcibella is a great fictional heroine and she (and the others) are beautifully rendered here.

The music is haunting. Yes it doesn't move fast, but that's what sailing's about. It's a pleasure in a fast-moving world to imagine a time when things happened at sailboat speed.

The DVD print is crisp and clear, and there are no format problems A joy to watch!


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