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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)

User Reviews:
Relaxed and beautifully shot adaptation of a classic novel. 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 "sands" of the title refer to the beaches of the Frisian Islands which stretch from Den Helder to Jutland along the coasts of Denmark, Holland and Germany.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Riddle of the Sands (1987) (TV)See more »

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40 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Relaxed and beautifully shot adaptation of a classic novel., 30 August 2003
Author: KEVMC from Rugby, UK.

In 1901 English amateur yachtsman Arthur Davies is exploring a chain of islands off the German coast, attempting to update navigation charts for the area in which treacherous sandbanks abound. He becomes suspicious of a mysterious German called Dollmann, who apparently is running a salvage operation on one of the islands, and does not welcome Davies' interest in his activities. Davies summons the help of his friend Charles Carruthers, who works in the Foreign Office, to get to the bottom of the curious goings on.

This is an admirable attempt to film Erskine Childers classic novel. It manages to combine the laid back feel of amateur yachting with an intriguing mystery. Simon McCorkindale and Michael York blend together very well as the two English gentlemen turned amateur sleuths. They are complimented by the excellent and much missed Alan Badel as the sinister Dollmann, and Jenny Agutter as his daughter Clara. Much of the film's appeal is due to the exquisite cinematography of veteran Christopher Challis. He manages to evoke a strong sense of time and place with good location work, and is helped in this by solid production design and an enchanting musical score. My only real criticism is that sometimes the suspense sequences could have been more tightly constructed without compromising the genteel atmosphere of the piece.

It would be nice to see this appear on DVD at sometime in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio to really appreciate the photography (BBC2 do at least broadcast it in 1.78:1). However, the film was produced by Rank, and I fear that Carlton will hold the distribution rights. Anyone who has ever purchased one of their DVDs will attest to the utter contempt that they appear to have for the format. Films are usually released in 1.33:1 full frame no matter what their original ratio, and in the case of 'The Eagle Has Landed' there are also some 12 minutes of the film missing! With these points in mind it doesn't bode well. If you haven't seen 'The Riddle Of The Sands' try and catch it next time round on TV. You may be pleasantly surprised by it.

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