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The Riddle of the Sands (1979)

PG | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 1979 (UK)
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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In these shifting sands, men can disappear without a trace . . . and their secrets with them. See more »


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Closing credits: All events depicted in this Motion Picture are fictional and any resemblance to non-historical persons living or dead is coincidental. 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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Version of The Riddle of the Sands (1987) See more »

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22 February 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Not popular on its small first release this wonderful and genuinely beautiful thriller is great adventure and well cast. Set in 1901 off the sandbanks near the Fresian Islands near Brussells/Germany /Holland RIDDLE is an atmospheric foggy 'chums in peril' mystery with a spunky cast and sublime and eerie sailboat thrills. The woolly jumpers alone should have won an award! York and MacCorkindale are almost interchangeable but the always gorgeous Jenny Agutter is as usual irreplaceable and perfect. MacCorkindale even leaps overboard one morning all nude, just to liven up the visuals! Filmed in panavision this really suffers on TV and deserves a DVD release to allow a whole new generation to soak up what is a generally unappreciated but lovely sailing thriller. The art direction and atmosphere is so accessible it is almost enough reason to just let yourself sail away. It is one of my favorite films and patient viewers will be well rewarded. It seems to be screened constantly on late night Australian TV, and even has an extra scene early in the film as Michael York arrives by train. RIDDLE OF THE SANDS is one of the most absorbing and beautiful Edwardian/Victorian era films made in Britain in the 70s.


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