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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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Cast

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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
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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:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
First of two filmed adaptations of the film's source 1903 novel "The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service" by Erskine Childers. The book was made into a German telemovie about eight years after this film in 1987. Entitled The Riddle of the Sands (1987) (TV), it was produced by the German public tv and radio station "Radio Bremen" and starred Burghart Klaußner as Davies and Peter Sattmann as Carruthers.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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The good news and the bad news, 12 August 2009
Author: pawebster from England

It's great that someone decided to film the book. It is not an easy one to manage. Others have noted how well the sailing scenes are done. Simon MacCorkindale is excellent and convinces as an enthusiastic and athletic amateur yachtsman. Michael York is stiff and is the same as he has been in many another production. The first half of the film is quite good.

That was the good news. On the negative side, the 1970s show through too much. The men's hair is a bit too long and the beards look as if they came out of the dressing-up box.

Worst of all, no attempt is made to get the German right. There are German actors, who, of course speak correctly. However, it was a disastrous move to leave undubbed the atrocious accents of the non-German actors. I could go on.

In the second half of the film, we seem suddenly to be the world of the Famous Five, or, at best, an old episode of the Saint or Danger Man. The fight scenes are laughable. The baddies are awful, especially the Kaiser. How Alan Badel strayed into this farrago, I do not know.

Less seriously, much of the filming was done in Holland, and it shows. Holland is not really like North Germany and we never quite get the unique atmosphere of the German Frisian islands or coastline.

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