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A Twist of Sand (1968)

A former British Naval Officer now makes his living by smuggling goods around the Mediterranean. After being forced to dump his cargo after nearly being caught by the authorities in Malta, ... See full summary »

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Don Chaffey

Writers:

Marvin H. Albert (screenplay), Geoffrey Jenkins (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Johnson ... Geoffrey Peace
Honor Blackman ... Julie Chambois
Jeremy Kemp ... Harry Riker
Peter Vaughan ... Johann
Roy Dotrice ... David Garland
Guy Doleman ... Patrol Boat Commander
Jack May Jack May ... Inspector Seekert
Kenneth Cope ... Flag Officer
Tony Caunter Tony Caunter ... Elton
Clifford Evans ... Admiral Tringham
James Falkland James Falkland ... Patrol Boat Lieutenant
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A former British Naval Officer now makes his living by smuggling goods around the Mediterranean. After being forced to dump his cargo after nearly being caught by the authorities in Malta, he is eager to recoup his losses. When a former colleague appears and tells a wild story about smuggling diamonds out of South West Africa, he sees his chance to make a lot of money. Accompanied by the wife of a diamond prospector and a few shady characters he embarks on a quest to retrieve the diamonds. The only problem is that nobody trusts anybody else and the only way to retrieve the diamonds is to navigate the dangerous waters of the skeleton coast, a place where few ships have ever survived. To complicate things further, he has some very good reasons for not going there related to a mission he undertook there during the war. Written by Kevin Steinhauer {K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU}

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Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1968 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Blod och diamanter See more »

Filming Locations:

Almeria, Andalucia, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Christina Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

As of November 2014, all five principle stars in this film - Richard Johnson, Honor Blackman, Jeremy Kemp, Roy Dotrice and Peter Vaughan - are still living, even though the film was made nearly half a century ago (46 years), and even though all except Kemp were already in their 40s when it was made. See more »

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In the opening sequences the Mr. Carland answers the telephone in the ship's engine-room whilst wearing soundproof earphones. See more »

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Struggle for life and death and vanity in the qualms of Kalahari
7 January 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This film is like a moral sermon of vanity, but at the same time it's a thrilling adventure constantly getting screwed up. Perhaps the most interesting performance is by Peter Vaughan as the mentally unstable Johann who doesn't speak at all but only mumbles some German occasionally, and his acting is well worth observing carefully, as he is the key to the developing tragedy. Richard Johnson is reliable as usual, he repeats his feat as leader of a miscellanous party risking their lives, like in "The Haunting" five years earlier, but here they are facing all the atrocities of nature in the burning waste of the Kalahari with sand storms and other unexpected terrors of the sands, which brings out the worst in them. The most interesting and thrilling sequence though is the perilous cruise through the shallows of the Skeleton Coast. Honor Blackman is as tough a girl as ever, Roy Dotrice is the most sympathetic of the party and comes to unfairly suffer the most, while Jeremy Kemp is enigmatical and unpredictable as usual. All these five male actors appear to still be living today although they were all above 40 at the time of the film. It's not a bad story, it gives you plenty of reason for afterthought, it's a curiosity of an adventure film with an impressing struggle with destiny, which as always wins in the end over the weakness of human vanity, but.at least there are some survivors.


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