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The Riddle of the Sands ()


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

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Carruthers
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Clara
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Davies
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Dollmann
Jürgen Andersen ...
Von Brüning (as Jurgen Andersen)
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Böhme
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Grimm
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Kaiser, Wilhelm II
Olga Lowe ...
Frau Dollmann
Ronald Markham ...
Withers

Directed by

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Tony Maylam

Written by

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Tony Maylam ... (screenplay) and
John Bailey ... (screenplay)
 
Erskine Childers ... (novel)

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Drummond Challis ... producer
Tony Maylam ... producer

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Howard Blake

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Christopher Challis ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Peter Hollywood

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James Marsh ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Sandy Allison

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Hazel Peiser

Costume Design by

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Jane Hamilton

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Kathy Ducker ... makeup artist
Mike Lockey ... hairdresser
Jeanne Richmond ... supervising makeup artist

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Aivar Kaulins ... production manager

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Peter Kohn ... second assistant director
Hugh O'Donnell ... third assistant director
Neil Vine-Miller ... first assistant director (as Neill Vine-Miller)
Wilfried Depeweg ... third assistant director (uncredited)

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Terry Barrett ... property master
Len Day ... construction manager
Keith Liddiard ... art director: Germany
Robin Peyton ... set dresser (as Rob Peyton)
Terry Pritchard ... art director: Holland

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Ken Barker ... dubbing mixer
Alan Bell ... dubbing editor
Rene Borisewitz ... sound mixer
Taffy Haines ... sound assistant
Colin Wood ... boom operator
John Hayward ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

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Harry Wiesenhaan ... special effects (uncredited)

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Mike Bulley ... clapper loader
Mike Evans ... second unit assistant
Denis Fraser ... camera grip (as Dennis Fraser)
John Palmer ... camera operator
Barrie Payne ... stills photographer
Tony Strachan ... camera focus
Glen Thorn ... chief electrician
Arthur Wooster ... special scenic photography

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Maureen Booth ... wardrobe mistress
Jane Hamilton ... wardrobe
Patrick Wheatley ... wardrobe master

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Kees Groenewegen ... location manager: Holland
Manfred Lenert ... location manager: Germany

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Howard Blake ... conductor

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Charles Cannon ... production accountant
Splinters Deason ... continuity
Brian Doyle ... unit publicist
Susan Kane ... production assistant
Julia Robinson ... production assistant
Paul Tucker ... assistant accountant
Michael York ... production associate

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines In these shifting sands, men can disappear without a trace . . . and their secrets with them. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Intriga en la playa (Spain)
  • Bei Nacht und Nebel (West Germany)
  • Kuoleman ranta (Finland)
  • Enigma nisipurilor (Romania)
  • Gådefuld sejlads (Denmark)
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  • 102 min
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Budget GBP1,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The author of the novel, Erskine Childers, was a British Army veteran of the Boer War and World War I. He became an Irish nationalist and revolutionary leader. He was later executed by the fledgling Irish Free State during the Irish Civil War on November 24, 1922. His son Erskine Hamilton Childers served as the fourth President of Ireland from June 25, 1973 until his death on November 17, 1974. See more »
Goofs During the scene when Clara is frying Arthur's egg, some twenty minutes or so into the film. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982). See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: Frisian Islands, Germany 1901 See more »

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