A South African gold mine manager discovers a plot hatched by the mine owners and London bankers to flood the mine in order to curb gold production and consequently manipulate its price on the stock markets.
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Rod Slater is the newly appointed General Manager of the Sonderditch gold mine, but he stumbles across an ingenious plot to flood the mine, by drilling into an underground lake, so the unscrupulous owners to make a killing in the international gold market.Written by
Barry Newman was originally considered for the role of Manfred Steyner, and Katherine Ross was in the running for the role of Terry Steyner. See more »
Once the news comes through that the mine is safe, the two villains watching get into a cat and mouse situation, with one attempting to run the other down using their Rolls-Royce. This culminates with the man on foot throwing a rock at and hitting the windscreen, causing the driver to lose control. But the shot from the throwers' point-of-view of the approaching car (his last sight) shows the windscreen undamaged. See more »
The original UK cinema version was heavily cut for an 'A' (PG) certificate by the BBFC with reductions to the amputation scene, and heavy edits to the fight scenes between King and Kowalski, and to shots of Steyner being pursued and hit by a car. The cuts were fully restored in later releases and the certificate upgraded to a '12'. See more »
" Slater, you're a Maniac, but , l like your style "
On the continent of Africa you'll find many an area which can brag of owning a Gold mine. It's interesting that this film was more about the behind-the-scenes intrigue, than of the actual mining process. Yet, the story called which is about rich greedy men wanting to get richer, is central to this movie called " Gold ". Were it not for the serious actors involved in the project, this story would have remained underground. However, herein we have Roger Moore as Rod Slater, a top notch, engineer, who hates digging for Gold, only to have other men bury it again. Nevertheless, he is hired to oversee a very dangerous tunnel gamble which according to his boss, Manfred Steyner (Bradford Dillman), will make a nice bonus for the shareholders. What he is not told, is that the project could cost thousands of miners their lives. Oscar winner, Ray Milland plays Harry Hirschfeld the owner of the mine who as a straight-forward boss is a hindrance to conspirators who wish him ill. John Gielgud plays Mr. Farrell, a rich financier, who would like a Christmas bonus, regardless of the human tragedy. Simon Sabela is 'Big King' a man who the audience can tell is as big as the courage he displays. Susannah York is Terry Steyner, the boss's daughter and major player in the secret scheme. A good drama. ****
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