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|
A former British naval officer now makes his living by smuggling goods around the Mediterranean. After being forced to dump his cargo when nearly caught by the authorities in Malta, he is eager to recoup his losses. When a former colleague appears and tells a wild story about smuggling diamonds out of south-west Africa, he sees his chance to make a lot of money. The diamonds are hidden in a shipwreck buried in the sand dunes of Namibia's Skeleton Coast.
In recurring flashbacks, the captain relives his wartime experiences as the commander of a Royal Navy submarine, sent to South African waters to destroy an experimental U-Boat.
- 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 Diamond Security Police Inspector Seekert
- Kenneth Cope as Flag Officer
- Tony Caunter as Sonarman 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 have Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr cast in the starring roles.
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