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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.

Director:

Tony Maylam

Writers:

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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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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Trivia

The book "The Riddle Of The Sands" by Erskine Childers is considered the first Spy Novel ever published. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Davies: Do you realize that England has not defenses at all facing Germany? No North Sea fleet? And all her naval bases are in the south: Portsmouth, Chatham.
Carruthers: Historical accident.
Davies: Oh quite! But now it's not France whom we have to guard against. Germany is growing stronger every single day, and very soon, her navy will rival ours.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Version of The Riddle of the Sands (1987) See more »

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Another forgotten classic
15 November 2004 | by beeryusaSee all my reviews

Whenever I surf over to IMDb I always seem to find forgotten classics that are unavailable in any format. This is another example of a great movie which never seems to resurface on VHS or DVD. At least this one was released on video at one time and can be found at secondhand vendors.

No one has ever done a better job of transferring this lesser-known classic story to the screen. Michael York, Simon McCorkindale and Jenny Agutter are seldom better than they are here in quiet and understated performances. The director achieves the very spirit of the book in a seemingly effortless manner.

Such a pity that no one who has the ability to resurrect this movie thinks it worthy of the DVD treatment it deserves.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

16 March 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Riddle of the Sands See more »

Filming Locations:

Holland See more »

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Budget:

GBP1,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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