The Riddle of the Sands (1979)





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One of the earliest English spy novels, The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers, is the basis for this movie. In the story, it is 1901, and England is at the height of its power and influence in the world. Arthur Davies (Simon MacCorkindale) is out sailing in his yacht in the North Sea. Off the coast of Germany, he has a set-to with a local sea-captain, Dollmann (Alan Badel). The encounter itself was odd enough, but adding to it's strangeness is Arthur's nagging sense that the German captain was known to him, somehow. He discovers that Dollman is actually a British naval officer who has gone bad and calls on his old college friend, Charles Carruthers (Michael York) to help him investigate this phenomenon. Eventually, the two men discover that the Kaiser Wilhelm has planned to secretly invade and conquer Britain, and they are the only ones who can prevent it.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Michael York
as Charles Carruthers
Simon MacCorkindale
as Arthur Davies
Jenny Agutter
as Clara Dollman
Alan Badel
as Dollman
Jurgen Andersen
as Von Bruning
Olga Lowe
as Frau Dollman
Hans Meyer
as Grimm
Wolf Kahler
as The Kaiser
Ronald Markham
as Withers
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Critic Reviews for The Riddle of the Sands

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Perhaps director Tony Maylam was being too literal in adapting the novel to the screen, a novel that didn't translate well.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
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Audience Reviews for The Riddle of the Sands

Great movie...suspense & espionage, story, acting and action all superb. Has one of the best sailing scenes ever when the villain uses his yacht to attack the hero's small sailboat during a storm. Takes place in the years before the 1st world war. I never tire of watching it.

Roger Van Ghent
Roger Van Ghent

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