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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 8 October 2011
VCI Entertainment and The Rank Collection presents "THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS" (1978) - (102 min/Color) -- Starring: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Simon MacCorkindale, Alan Badel, Michael Sheard, Jurgen Anderson, Hans Meyer, Wolf Kahler, Olga Lowe

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.

For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review

SPECIAL BONUS FEATURES:
1. Poster Gallery

BIOS:
1. Tony Maylam Director)
Date of Birth: 1943 - London, England, UK
Date of Death: Unknown

2. Michael York [aka: Michael York-Johnson]
Date of Birth: 27 March 1942 - Fulmer, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Date of Death: Unknown

3. Jenny Agutter
Date of Birth: 20 December 1952, Taunton, Somerset, England, UK
Date of Death: Unknown

4. Simon MacCorkindale
Date of Birth: 12 February 1952 - Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Date of Death: 14 October 2010 - Marylebone, London, England, UK

5. Alan Badel
Date of Birth: 11 September 1923 - Rusholme, Manchester, England, UK
Date of Death: 19 March 1982 - Chichester, England, UK

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 102 min on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment #8740 ~ (September 20, 2011)
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