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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: A Tony Maylam-Drummond Challis Production
Tony Maylam ... A Tony Maylam-Drummond Challis Production

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Howard Blake

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Christopher Challis ... director of photography

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Peter Hollywood

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James Marsh ... first assistant editor

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Sandy Allison

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Hazel Peiser

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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 Wiessenhaan ... special effects (uncredited)

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Mike Bulley ... clapper loader
Mike Evans ... second unit assistant
Dennis Fraser ... camera grip
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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Splinters Deason ... continuity

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Charles Cannon ... production accountant
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)
  • Le Mystère des Sables (Canada, French title)
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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 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. She is clearly seen throwing the coat into the boat before rowing away. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982). See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: Frisian Islands, Germany 1901 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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