The Riddle of the Sands
In these shifting sands, men can disappear without a trace . . . and their secrets with them.
In the early years of the 20th Century, 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.
The lovely Jenny Agutter was my main motive for watching this film, but the fictional spy story -- a plot by the Germans to invade England -- proved to be mildly interesting. MacCorkindale and York are game as the two Englishmen who discover the plot and set out to thwart the German manuever. And I learned some new German and British terminology. But overall, Riddle of the Sands suffers from a lack of serious action. And from far less Agutter scenes than I was hoping.
Wow this film is rare, I was dumbfounded by that fact as both my parents spoke of it prolifically and I honestly wasn't let down by the hype they had created. This is a hideously underwatched sailing-espionage thriller.
Interesting, old-fashioned spy thriller. Takes a little while to get going and feels more like something from the fifties but both are part of the charm.
A boys own spy adventure done very well.
Pre-WW1 mystery set as two English Men discover a plot to invade England.
Based on the book of the same name Michael York and Simon MacCorkindale star in this turn of the century naval espionage. Two chaps who know each other from Oxford try and find out what the evil Germans are up to off the coast of Hamburg.
The plot for this film provides an interesting snap shot into the pre World War One paranoia in Britain that was gradually growing based on increased German militarism but other than that it is not very impressive. There is little suspense or tension in the film and some of the German accents deployed are more suspect than the antagonists plots. In the end this is a fairly average “thriller” without many thrills really, probably a lot more cause for discussion at the time the novel was written in 1903.