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Sandcastles (1972)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 17 October 1972
A young man who dies in an auto accident returns from the dead to meet up with the young woman who tried to save him.



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Credited cast:
... Alexis
... Jenna Hampshire
... Michael
... Sarah
Gary Crosby ... Frank Watson
Loretta Leversee ... Ruth Watson
... Paul Fiedler
William Long Jr. ... George Peterson
William Hansen ... Sascha
Mimi Davis ... Sister
Dick Valentine ... Driver
Jody Hauber ... Sherry
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Calvin Chrane ... Policeman #2
Jack Fry ... Fred
Robert Lussier ... Brother-in-Law


A young man who dies in an auto accident returns from the dead to meet up with the young woman who tried to save him.

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Drama | Romance


Not Rated




Release Date:

17 October 1972 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally shot on videotape, then transferred to 35mm. See more »


When we see a closeup of the envelope full of money that Michael addressed to Alexis, it says "To Papa Bear with Love, Micheal" - apparently, he has spelled his own name wrong. See more »

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A young man's ghost attempts to save an old man's life work and falls in love in the process.
15 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

At first, I didn't know what to make of this film. Was it a play? Was it a movie? I couldn't really tell. The way the movie is presented on film left me guessing. But whatever it is, it's worth watching. Certainly, it's a low-budget effort; but nevertheless, it's one of those movies I hoped wouldn't end.

In any case, I saw it for the first time late, on a sleepless night, and it held me spellbound for the duration. There seemed to be something magical or even mystical about it, as the young man's ghost--who appears to pop into the scene from nowhere--attends to some unfinished business; and in so doing, he manages to save his reputation, falls in love with a struggling violinist, and then--having given his all to complete his unfinished task--has to leave his love behind.

The castles in the sand are splendid, especially when lit with candles from within; but they are transient and easily destroyed by the ocean's tide. There has to be a message in the story somewhere ... whether it be simply that some good can come out of even life's seemingly darkest moments. And certainly, one has to note the undaunted faith and hope of the old man, even when it appears that all is about to be lost.

This is another one of those films that I simply had to capture with my VCR the next time it ran in my area, and I made a point of looking for it. I've since transferred it to DVD for myself. I can't help but wonder if "Sandcastles" provided the inspiration for the movie "Ghost" several years later.

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