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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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Peter R. Hunt (as Peter Hunt)

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Wilbur Smith (screenplay), Stanley Price (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... Rod Slater
Susannah York ... Terry Steyner
Ray Milland ... Hurry H. 'Pops' Hirschfeld
Bradford Dillman ... Manfred Steyner
John Gielgud ... Farrell
Tony Beckley ... Stephen Marais
Simon Sabela Simon Sabela ... Big King (John Nkulu)
Marc Smith ... Tex Kiernan
John Hussey ... Plummer
Bernard Horsfall ... Dave Kowalski
Bill Brewer Bill Brewer ... Aristide
Norman Coombes Norman Coombes ... Frank Lemmer
George Jackson George Jackson ... Gus, Mine Doctor
Ken Hare Ken Hare ... Jackson
Ralph Loubser Ralph Loubser ... Mine Captain
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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 mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Gold Conspiracy See more »

Filming Locations:

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Budget:

GBP1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the production crew had connections to the James Bond film franchise. See more »

Goofs

Although signage usually says "independent blasting", the label on the control panel for the explosives is misspelled as "independant blasting". See more »

Quotes

Rod Slater (Roger Moore): Who do I need to see?
Miner (Garth Tuckett): Go and see Mr Eade.
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Alternate Versions

Two versions of the opening credits exists. The first half of the credits feature the word GOLD in huge chunky letters on a black background. Within the letters, film has been optically added, showing gold being mined, processed, made into bars and finally, as a selection of jewellery. In the rough cut version, the final shot shows a woman's hand gliding into frame and selecting one of the pieces of jewellery. In the correct version, this is replaced by a slow zoom away from jewellery on a black velvet display. The rough cut also has Giulgud, Milland and Dillman billed at the same time, whereas the correct version has each actor billed separately. ITV in the UK always show the 'hand' version of the credits, although the DVD features the other version. See more »

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Referenced in Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge: Show 1 (1994) See more »

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GOLD
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Jimmy Helms
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Meh....you could do better, you could do worse...
1 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was very surprised when I saw this film. After all, by the time they made "Gold", South Africa was already being roundly condemned by many nations for its apartheid policies. In fact, soon film projects in the country would be a thing of the past and the fact that American and British actors appeared in the film and that much of it was filmed in South Africa surprised me. Perheps, however, they studio chose such a project because it really made the mine operators look like scum...and thereby was a criticism, indirectly, of apartheid.

The bosses at a gold mine in South Africa have a reprehensible scheme. They know that an underground lake is very close to one of their mines. And, if they accidentally drill too close, it will flood the mine and kill a lot of workers. BUT, it will also make the price of gold shoot to the moon...making them even richer! The problem is that the General Manager of the mine is killed in a mining accident and they trust that the new GM, Rod Slater (Roger Moore) will play along with their scheme. As for Slater, what he seems mostly interested in during most of the film is stupping the boss' wife (Susannah York).

To me, a major defect in the picture is spending so much time on the affair. First, it really didn't make a lot of sense. Second, it really had little to do with the plot. Third, it just seemed like a lot of padding. And, fourth, you really don't care about these two...other than, perhaps, seeing it as a chance for Slater to do to his boss' wife what the boss plans on doing to everyone else!

Overall, a rather pedestrian handling of material that could have been a lot better. Not a bad film...but not a very good one either.

By the way, I have been to South Africa twice--spending about a month there. One thing I loved about the country were the lovely accents...none of which I heard during the course of "Gold"!


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