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Directed by: Tony Maylam
British Invasion has returned to VCI, with this release from their vault.
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. This has spy thriller written all over it.
This is a wonderful film, with scenic cinematography. There is a sequence with fog and our lead characters are about to close in on the bad guys, the suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat. Although in the book there were only male lead characters, but Jenny Agutter spices up the screenplay with a welcomed appearance.
The director achieves what the book was trying to convey, making this a classic with an outstanding cast.
Would like to add this is one of the most beautiful films from the UK during the 1970s, almost feel as if you're sailing away in this atmospheric tapestry with a colorful backdrop.
In these shifting sands, men can disappear without a trace...and their secrets with them.
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Date of Birth: 1943 - London, England, UK
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I first learned sbout it when it did a short and much ignored run in the theaters in the late 70's. It was recommended by a fellow sailor during a discussion of sailing movies. Since then it's become a kind of "cult" movie for sailors.
The movie follows fairly closely the novel by Erskine Childers whose own exciting life created an excellent platform for his book of the same name. Childers was executed by a firing squad during the Irish Revolution.
This movie was a real sleeper when it was released and that's too bad because it's a top-flight sailing spy adventure with a little romance thrown in. In my opinion, it's a four-star movie and should have been an award winner.
BUT I found something even better its, a DVD from Germany of the same story.8hrs long!
The title is 'Das Rätsel der Sandbank' this was some sort of German TV series from 1987 that has been issued as a 4 DVD movie.They are really into this sort of stuff, who knew! This is a perfect movie for a fan of the story. Unfortunately it's only available in German , no translation or subtitles. I sent a copy to my father he Immediately sat down for 8 hrs and watched the whole story even though he does not speak German! Drove my mother nuts but its such fun to watch what has been in your head for years. They did a really good job with making a period piece and trying to get the details right. The Dulcibella 'yacht' used is not as accurate as in the English movie but it's just the right sort of boat for the waters. The story is not a modern 'Block buster' so the movie is not either its a wonderful study of English doggedness and ingenuity. If you enjoy traditional sailing , a mystery and outdoor action all wrapped up in an accurate period piece this is it. You will need to watch in an unlocked all region DVD player and I had to buy it from Amazon Germany but its well worth it . warren
PS when will they come up with a subtitled version or dubbed version? is anybody listening out there?
pss there are great chunks of this on you tube.
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Michael York is in, I think, one of his very best roles in this film. It's also incredible for history buffs.Published 3 months ago by Peter Terman
Excellent rendition of the Book ! !. Great locations, Boats, acting, and direction. Also of course the Delectable Jenny Agutter. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great if relatively unknown movie. It is from Childers' novel, one of the first "spy" novels ever written, published at the the turn of the last century, so the pace and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fledgling
In 1901, Arthur Davies (Simon MacCorkindale) is a Foreign Office minion vacationing on the North Sea coast of Germany. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A.J. Ashby
I saw this film when it was first released in the U. S. and fell under its spell. Was years before I read Erskine Childer's eponymous book and learned his equally compelling story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by LightSeeker