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Director:
Writers:
Tony Maylam (screenplay) and
John Bailey (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1979 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
In these shifting sands, men can disappear without a trace . . . and their secrets with them. See more »
Plot:
In the early years of the 20th Century, two British yachtsmen (Michael York and Simon MacCorkindale)... See more » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
Simon MacCorkindale obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 17 October 2010, 10:26 AM, PDT)

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Edwardian espionage. See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael York ... Carruthers

Jenny Agutter ... Clara

Simon MacCorkindale ... Davies
Alan Badel ... Dollmann
Jürgen Andersen ... Von Brüning (as Jurgen Andersen)

Michael Sheard ... Böhme
Hans Meyer ... Grimm
Wolf Kahler ... Kaiser, Wilhelm II
Olga Lowe ... Frau Dollmann
Ronald Markham ... Withers

Directed by
Tony Maylam 
 
Writing credits
Tony Maylam (screenplay) and
John Bailey (screenplay)

Erskine Childers (novel)

Produced by
Drummond Challis .... producer
 
Original Music by
Howard Blake 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Hollywood 
 
Production Design by
Hazel Peiser 
 
Costume Design by
Jane Hamilton 
 
Makeup Department
Kathy Ducker .... makeup artist
Mike Lockey .... hairdressing
Jeanne Richmond .... supervising make-up
 
Production Management
Aivar Kaulins .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Kohn .... second assistant director
Hugh O'Donnell .... third assistant director
Neil Vine-Miller .... first assistant director (as Neill Vine-Miller)
Wilfried Depeweg .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Terry Barrett .... property master
Len Day .... construction manager
Keith Liddiard .... art director: (Germany )
Robin Peyton .... set dresser (as Rob Peyton)
Terry Pritchard .... art director: (Holland )
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... dubbing mixer
Alan Bell .... dubbing editor
Rene Borisewitz .... sound mixer
Taffy Haines .... sound assistant
Colin Wood .... boom operator
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Harrie Wiessenhaan .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Bulley .... clapper loader
Mike Evans .... second unit assistant
Dennis Fraser .... camera grip
John Palmer .... camera operator
Barrie Payne .... stills photographer
Tony Strachan .... camera focus
Glen Thorn .... chief electrician
Arthur Wooster .... special scenic photography
 
Editorial Department
James Marsh .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Howard Blake .... conductor
 
Other crew
Charles Cannon .... production accountant
Splinters Deason .... continuity
Brian Doyle .... unit publicist
Susan Kane .... production assistant
Julia Robinson .... production assistant
Michael York .... production associate
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Airstrip One Company, The  soundtrack album (2001) (uncredited)
  • Beaufort Air-Sea Equipment  the producers wish to thank: for their assistance in the making of this motion picture (as Beaufort Air-Sea Equipment Ltd.)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies (uncredited)
  • HPR  general publicity
  • Henri-Lloyd  the producers wish to thank: for their assistance in the making of this motion picture (as Henri-Lloyd Ltd.)
  • People of Enkhuizen, The  the producers wish to thank: for their assistance in the making of this motion picture (as the people of Enkhuizen)
  • People of Greetsiel, The  the producers wish to thank: for their assistance in the making of this motion picture (as the people of Greetsiel)
  • Romika  the producers wish to thank: for their assistance in the making of this motion picture (as Romika {UK} Ltd.)

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Runtime:
102 min | Germany:98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The "Dulcibella" sailing yacht seen in the movie weighed seven tons and spanned thirty feet. The boat was discovered in Cornwall and converted for the film's sailing sequences. The yacht was actually built in the same shipyard as the vessel "Vixen" which was a boat owned by original source author Erskine Childers whose experiences aboard her inspired the film's "Riddle of the Sands" source novel.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: During the scene when Clara is frying Arthur's egg, some twenty minutes or so into the film.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Riddle of the Sands (1987) (TV)See more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Edwardian espionage., 28 January 2000
Author: hgallon from Derbyshire, UK

Tony Maylam (and Christopher Challis - read his autobiography, "Are they really so awful") went all-out in this film to recreate a feel for Erskine Childers's slightly jingoistic novel, and for the joy of messing about in boats. The film achieves much of what it set out to do, but some extra elements grafted on to the original plot slightly spoil it for me.

The plot features Davies, an English amateur yachtsman (brilliantly played by Simon MacCorkindale) who stumbles onto something strange while pottering around the bleak Friesian coast in northern Germany. Mystified, he summons his old friend Carruthers (Michael Yorke) to help uncover the secret.

As a detective tale or spy story viewed through the eyes of either Davies or Carruthers, the film works. The few action sequences, which are almost always seen from the viewpoint of others, tend to fall flat and spoil the overall continuity. The subtitles to scenes in which characters are speaking in German are annoying, since almost everything is also translated verbally for the benefit of Davies who does not speak the language.

That said, this is quite a tense film, and gives a very true rendering of the novel.

The scenery and props are quite superb. Davies's yacht is a joy to look at from the outside and suitable poky in the interior shots. The flat coastal scenery is very atmospherically shot and the costumes are very good.

Except for a rather wooden "Kaiser Bill", the acting is excellent, though this is no less than one would expect from such as Alan Badel and Jenny Agutter.

This film is very enjoyable, but best watched with one's thinking cap on.

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