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The Riddle of the Sands (1979)

 -  Adventure | Drama | Thriller  -  1979 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Men can disappear without a trace...and their secrets with them. See more »


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The picture was shot on location mainly in and around Greetsiel in Germany and Enkhuioen in the Netherlands. See more »

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When Clara visits just after the attempted ramming she is wearing a hat and coat. When she leaves and rows away she is just wearing a dress without the coat and hat. See more »

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Another forgotten classic
15 November 2004 | by (Boston, MA, USA) – See all my reviews

Whenever I surf over to IMDb I always seem to find forgotten classics that are unavailable in any format. This is another example of a great movie which never seems to resurface on VHS or DVD. At least this one was released on video at one time and can be found at secondhand vendors.

No one has ever done a better job of transferring this lesser-known classic story to the screen. Michael York, Simon McCorkindale and Jenny Agutter are seldom better than they are here in quiet and understated performances. The director achieves the very spirit of the book in a seemingly effortless manner.

Such a pity that no one who has the ability to resurrect this movie thinks it worthy of the DVD treatment it deserves.


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