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Gold (1974)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Adventure  |  16 October 1974 (USA)
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Rod Slater is the newly appointed general manager of the Sonderditch gold mine, but he stumbles across an ingenious plot to flood the mine, by drilling into an underground lake, so the ... See full summary »

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Hurry Hirschfeld
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Farrell
Tony Beckley ...
Stephen Marais
Simon Sabela ...
Big King (John Nkulu)
Marc Smith ...
Tex Kiernan
John Hussey ...
Plummer
Bernard Horsfall ...
Dave Kowalski
Bill Brewer ...
Aristide
Norman Coombes ...
Frank Lemmer
George Jackson ...
Gus, Mine Doctor
Ken Hare ...
Jackson
Ralph Loubser ...
Mine Captain
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Rod Slater is the newly appointed general manager of the Sonderditch gold mine, but he stumbles across an ingenious plot to flood the mine, by drilling into an underground lake, so the unscrupulous owners to make a killing in the international gold market. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Everything they touch turns to pure excitement! See more »


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16 October 1974 (USA)  »

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The Great Gold Conspiracy  »

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£1,000,000 (estimated)
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The DC-10 seen taxiing at Johannesburg International Airport was one of two in service by Union de Transports Aériens (UTA) Airlines. UTA had two DC-10s in their airline fleet prior to 1978. See more »

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When Jane and Rod appear in the aircraft there is no microphone showing but seconds later there is one showing on the window frame along with a different instrument cluster - clearly two different aircraft. See more »

Quotes

[producing King's helmet]
Plummer (John Hussey): We found this down there.
Rod Slater: It's King's. It's gold, I hate the lousy stuff.
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GERMAN CAROL
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Arranged by Elmer Bernstein
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James Bond is a gold digger!
7 November 2014 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

In between "Live and Let Die" and "The Man with the Golden Gun" - one of my personal favorite James Bond flicks – Roger Moore took a little side trip to Johannesburg in South Africa, in order to star in this routine but nevertheless entertaining action/adventure movie. Rod Slater (Moore) is appointed as the General Manager of the prominent Sonderditch goldmine, but in fact the mine's owner and a couple of rich stakeholders in London have different plans with it. They intend to flood the mine and thus boost up the gold prices worldwide, so that they can profit more from prior investments. If their devious plans, loyally but unknowingly executed by Slater and his teams, succeed in time before Christmas, it will be the biggest mining catastrophe in African history. The basic storyline is quite thin and simplistic, so indeed the vast majority of the film exists of unnecessary padding footage, mainly focusing on the romance between James Bond and the bored wife of the corrupt mine owner. With a running time of two hours, "Gold" is definitely a bit overlong and we certainly didn't need so much "falling-in-love" collages with sappy musical guidance! The first fifteen and last twenty minutes are very exciting and tense, because these are the only times "Gold" actually looks like a disaster film. There are terrific performances from veteran actors Ray Milland (as the elderly and stubborn mining patriarch) and John Gielgud (as the brains behind the flooding conspiracy).


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