A Twist of Sand
|A Twist of Sand|
|Directed by||Don Chaffey|
|Produced by||Fred Engel|
|Written by||Geoffrey Jenkins (novel)
Marvin Albert (screenplay)
|Music by||Tristram Cary|
|Edited by||Alastair McIntyre|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
December 9, 1968
February 21, 1969
|Running time||90 min|
Geoffrey Peace, a former British Naval Officer, makes his living as a smuggler around the Mediterranean. After being forced to dump his cargo after nearly being caught by the authorities in Malta, Peace is desperate to regain his loss. When an ex-colleague appears and tells him of an idea about smuggling diamonds out of South West Africa, he sees his chance to make a lot of money.
Accompanied by Julie Chambois, the wife of a diamond prospector, plus, a few shady characters Peace embarks on a mission 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, Peace has some very good reasons for not going there related to a mission he undertook there during the war...
- Richard Johnson as Geoffrey Peace
- Honor Blackman as Julie Chambois
- Jeremy Kemp as Harry Riker
- Peter Vaughan as Johann
- Roy Dotrice as David Carland
- Guy Doleman as Patrol Boat Commander
- Jack May as Seekert
- Kenneth Cope as Flag Officer
- Tony Caunter as Elton
- Clifford Evans as Admiral Tringham
Geoffrey Jenkins initially sold the rights for his 1959 novel to filmmaker Nunnally Johnson at 20th Century Fox. Johnson intended to write the script himself and get Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr to star.
- BFI | Film n& Database | A TWIST OF SAND (1968)
- Barkham, John (12 March 1961). "Young Novelist Writes 12,000 Words a Day". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 4.
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