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The Riddle of the Sands (1979)

In 1901, two British yachtsmen visiting Germany's Frisian Islands accidentally discover a German plot to invade England.

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Tony Maylam

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Tony Maylam (screenplay), John Bailey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael York ... Carruthers
Jenny Agutter ... Clara
Simon MacCorkindale ... Davies
Alan Badel ... Dollmann
Jürgen Andersen Jürgen Andersen ... Von Brüning (as Jurgen Andersen)
Michael Sheard ... Böhme
Hans Meyer ... Grimm
Wolf Kahler ... Kaiser, Wilhelm II
Olga Lowe Olga Lowe ... Frau Dollmann
Ronald Markham Ronald Markham ... Withers
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Storyline

In the early years of the 20th Century, two British yachtsmen (Michael York and Simon MacCorkindale) stumble upon a German plot to invade the east coast of England in a flotilla of specially designed barges. They set out to thwart this terrible scheme, but must outwit not only the cream of the German Navy, but the feared Kaiser Wilhelm himself. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Men can disappear without a trace...and their secrets with them. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

16 March 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A homokpart rejtélye See more »

Filming Locations:

Holland See more »

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Budget:

£1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This 1979 British film was not released in the USA until 1984, five years after it had premiered in the UK. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Frisian Islands, Germany 1901 See more »

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Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »

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A really beautiful film
23 July 2006 | by aussiebrisguySee all my reviews

This must be one of my favourite films. It is so beautifully made and features a wonderful cast. Simon MacCorkindale is really great alongside Michael York who always puts is a great performance. Jenny Agutter is so beautiful and works so well beside the two male leads. This film captures the whole period very well and is a real boys own adventure sort of film. Alan Badel is great as Dollman as is Olga Dowe as his cranky wife Frau Dollman. She is the perfect foil for the beautiful Agutter. The baddies in this film are really great. What a shame we don't see more performances from Juergen Andersen, Michael Sheard, Hans Meyer and Wolf Kahler. I particularly like the scene where Michael York is in town having his breakfast. It is delightful and sums up his stiff upper lip Englishness. The village where he breakfasts is also truly delightful. Don't miss the beautiful scene on the beach with Agutter either. Do see it as you will enjoy the journey if you like romantic adventure films. It is beautiful.


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