An artist, now an adult, visits the lake where his childhood sweetheart died when he was 10.



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Episode cast overview:
Eli Sharplin ...
Young Douglas
Jessica Billingsley ...
Young Tally
Sylvia Rands ...
Tally's Mother
Prue Langbein ...
Douglas' Mother
Tina Regtien ...
Jim Moriarty ...


Douglas is an artist who returns to his childhood home with his new wife, Margaret. She wants to see the lake, unaware that Douglas' childhood sweetheart Tally drowned and the artist believes he was responsible because he was afraid of the water. As children, he remembers that Tally promised she would return if he finished the sand castle they were building. Written by Gislef

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Release Date:

21 July 1989 (France)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Ray Bradbury - Host: The long hot summers of childhood surround me in photos taken along the shores of Lake Michigan. Looking at them many years ago, I remembered when I built impossible cities out of sand and discovered that the lake could be a sorrow as well as a joy. When I finished writing this story at the age 22 I was in tears, and knew that at last I had become a writer.
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Completing the Sand Castle
25 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

Once again, using the name Douglas for the main character, Bradbury introduces us to a love story. A thirty-something man and his new bride are to move into his childhood home on the shores of a beautiful lake. He has a sadness in him that goes back to when he was ten and met a pretty blonde girl with whom he fell in love. She loved to swim and he was petrified of the water. She wanted to teach him, but his fears overwhelmed his feelings for her. As the family was about to leave at summer's end, she decides to take one more swim. She disappears in the water and is never seen again. Now the man sees a an castle on the beach. This has the classic ghost story ending.

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