A Twist of Sand

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A Twist of Sand
A Twist of Sand FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Don Chaffey
Produced by Fred Engel
Written by Geoffrey Jenkins (novel)
Marvin Albert (screenplay)
Starring Richard Johnson
Honor Blackman
Jeremy Kemp
Peter Vaughan
Music by Tristram Cary
Cinematography John Wilcox
Edited by Alastair McIntyre
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • 9 December 1968 (1968-12-09) (Sweden)
  • 21 February 1969 (1969-02-21) (US)
Running time
90 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

A Twist of Sand is a 1968 British adventure film directed by Don Chaffey and starring Richard Johnson, Jeremy Kemp, Honor Blackman and Peter Vaughan[1] based on the novel by Geoffrey Jenkins.


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...



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.[2]


  1. ^ BFI | Film n& Database | A TWIST OF SAND (1968)
  2. ^ Barkham, John (12 March 1961). "Young Novelist Writes 12,000 Words a Day". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 4. 

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