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Writers:
Tony Maylam (screenplay) and
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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)

User Reviews:
Okay, but read the book first 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
Tony Maylam .... producer
 
Original Music by
Howard Blake 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Hollywood 
 
Casting by
Sandy Allison 
 
Production Design by
Hazel Peiser 
 
Costume Design by
Jane Hamilton 
 
Makeup Department
Kathy Ducker .... makeup artist
Mike Lockey .... hairdresser
Jeanne Richmond .... supervising makeup artist
 
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
Harry Wiesenhaan .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Bulley .... clapper loader
Mike Evans .... second unit assistant
Denis Fraser .... camera grip (as Dennis Fraser)
John Palmer .... camera operator
Barrie Payne .... stills photographer
Tony Strachan .... camera focus
Glen Thorn .... chief electrician
Arthur Wooster .... special scenic photography
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maureen Booth .... wardrobe mistress
Jane Hamilton .... wardrobe
Patrick Wheatley .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
James Marsh .... first assistant editor
 
Location Management
Kees Groenewegen .... location manager: Holland
Manfred Lenert .... location manager: Germany
 
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
Paul Tucker .... assistant accountant
Michael York .... production associate
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Airstrip One Company, The  soundtrack album (2001) (uncredited)
  • Beaufort Air-Sea Equipment  the producers wish to thank also: 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 (as HPR. London)
  • 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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Certification:
Australia:G | Iceland:L | Norway:15 | UK:U | USA:PG (MPAA rating: certificate #25301)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Michael Sheard's memoirs, Helmut Griem turned down a part in this projectSee 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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Okay, but read the book first, 25 January 2000
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

It's probably impossible to transfer the cozy atmosphere of Erskine Childers's book to the screen, but Maylam's attempt is a creditable one. The Dutch and German villages, the sand banks, the coastline, all in muted browns and greys, look every bit as dull as you'd expect them to, but we begin to see their attraction; and something of the feeling of day-to-day life on a boat is conveyed to us. A nice score by Howard Blake helps give us the measure of things.

It's what we COULD have expected to survive transition to the screen - excitement - that's most really lacking. Childers's novel was (so everyone says) the first modern spy story. In addition to a love of the sea it also conveys a sense of menace, a feeling that something of importance hangs on the riddle of the sands, which the film, blandly paced and having to resort now and then to first-person narration, doesn't. It's still pleasing enough, especially if you've read the book and the film isn't giving away any of its secrets.

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