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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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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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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 »


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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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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First of two filmed adaptations of the film's source 1903 novel "The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service" by Erskine Childers. The book was made into a German telemovie about eight years after this film in 1987. Entitled Das Rätsel der Sandbank (1987), it was produced by the German public tv and radio station "Radio Bremen" and starred Burghart Klaußner as Davies and Peter Sattmann as Carruthers. See more »

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During the scene when Clara is frying Arthur's egg, some twenty minutes or so into the film. See more »

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

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Version of Das Rätsel der Sandbank (1987) See more »

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22 February 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Not popular on its small first release this wonderful and genuinely beautiful thriller is great adventure and well cast. Set in 1901 off the sandbanks near the Fresian Islands near Brussells/Germany /Holland RIDDLE is an atmospheric foggy 'chums in peril' mystery with a spunky cast and sublime and eerie sailboat thrills. The woolly jumpers alone should have won an award! York and MacCorkindale are almost interchangeable but the always gorgeous Jenny Agutter is as usual irreplaceable and perfect. MacCorkindale even leaps overboard one morning all nude, just to liven up the visuals! Filmed in panavision this really suffers on TV and deserves a DVD release to allow a whole new generation to soak up what is a generally unappreciated but lovely sailing thriller. The art direction and atmosphere is so accessible it is almost enough reason to just let yourself sail away. It is one of my favorite films and patient viewers will be well rewarded. It seems to be screened constantly on late night Australian TV, and even has an extra scene early in the film as Michael York arrives by train. RIDDLE OF THE SANDS is one of the most absorbing and beautiful Edwardian/Victorian era films made in Britain in the 70s.


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