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A South African gold mine manager discovers a plot hatched by the mine owners and London bankers to flood the mine in order to curb gold production and consequently manipulate its price on the stock markets.

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Peter R. Hunt (as Peter Hunt)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... Rod Slater
Susannah York ... Terry Steyner
Ray Milland ... Hurry H. 'Pops' Hirschfeld
Bradford Dillman ... Manfred Steyner
John Gielgud ... Farrell
Tony Beckley ... Stephen Marais
Simon Sabela Simon Sabela ... Big King (John Nkulu)
Marc Smith ... Tex Kiernan
John Hussey ... Plummer
Bernard Horsfall ... Dave Kowalski
Bill Brewer Bill Brewer ... Aristide
Norman Coombes Norman Coombes ... Frank Lemmer
George Jackson George Jackson ... Gus, Mine Doctor
Ken Hare Ken Hare ... Jackson
Ralph Loubser Ralph Loubser ... Mine Captain
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Rod Slater is the newly appointed General Manager of the Sonderditch gold mine, but he stumbles across an ingenious plot to flood the mine, by drilling into an underground lake, so the unscrupulous owners to make a killing in the international gold market. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Gold Conspiracy See more »

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Budget:

£1,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The DC-10 seen taxiing at Johannesburg International Airport was one of two in service by Union de Transports Aériens (UTA) Airlines. UTA had two DC-10s in their airline fleet prior to 1978. See more »

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When Jane and Rod appear in the aircraft there is no microphone showing but seconds later there is one showing on the window frame along with a different instrument cluster - clearly two different aircraft. See more »

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Manfred Steyner: This is just terrible. Did he say anything to you, about how it happened?
Rod Slater: He didn't have the breath.
Stephen Marais: Do you know what caused it?
Rod Slater: The same as always. Digging for gold.
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was heavily cut for an 'A' (PG) certificate by the BBFC with reductions to the amputation scene, and heavy edits to the fight scenes between King and Kowalski, and to shots of Steyner being pursued and hit by a car. The cuts were fully restored in later releases and the certificate upgraded to a '12'. See more »

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O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
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" Slater, you're a Maniac, but , l like your style "
28 November 2008 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

On the continent of Africa you'll find many an area which can brag of owning a Gold mine. It's interesting that this film was more about the behind-the-scenes intrigue, than of the actual mining process. Yet, the story called which is about rich greedy men wanting to get richer, is central to this movie called " Gold ". Were it not for the serious actors involved in the project, this story would have remained underground. However, herein we have Roger Moore as Rod Slater, a top notch, engineer, who hates digging for Gold, only to have other men bury it again. Nevertheless, he is hired to oversee a very dangerous tunnel gamble which according to his boss, Manfred Steyner (Bradford Dillman), will make a nice bonus for the shareholders. What he is not told, is that the project could cost thousands of miners their lives. Oscar winner, Ray Milland plays Harry Hirschfeld the owner of the mine who as a straight-forward boss is a hindrance to conspirators who wish him ill. John Gielgud plays Mr. Farrell, a rich financier, who would like a Christmas bonus, regardless of the human tragedy. Simon Sabela is 'Big King' a man who the audience can tell is as big as the courage he displays. Susannah York is Terry Steyner, the boss's daughter and major player in the secret scheme. A good drama. ****


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