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A South African gold mine manager discovers a plot hatched by the mine owners and London bankers to flood the mine in order to curb gold production and consequently manipulate its price on the stock markets.

Director:

Peter R. Hunt (as Peter Hunt)

Writers:

Wilbur Smith (screenplay), Stanley Price (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... Rod Slater
Susannah York ... Terry Steyner
Ray Milland ... Hurry H. 'Pops' Hirschfeld
Bradford Dillman ... Manfred Steyner
John Gielgud ... Farrell
Tony Beckley ... Stephen Marais
Simon Sabela Simon Sabela ... Big King (John Nkulu)
Marc Smith ... Tex Kiernan
John Hussey ... Plummer
Bernard Horsfall ... Dave Kowalski
Bill Brewer Bill Brewer ... Aristide
Norman Coombes Norman Coombes ... Frank Lemmer
George Jackson George Jackson ... Gus, Mine Doctor
Ken Hare Ken Hare ... Jackson
Ralph Loubser Ralph Loubser ... Mine Captain
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Storyline

Rod Slater is the newly appointed General Manager of the Sonderditch gold mine, but he stumbles across an ingenious plot to flood the mine, by drilling into an underground lake, so the unscrupulous owners to make a killing in the international gold market. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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The world's most daring conspiracy against the world's most precious metal! And only one man can stop it! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1974 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Maldição do Ouro See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Budget:

£1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was heavily advertised on television by Producer Michael Klinger for its U.K. cinema release, which was very unusual at that time. See more »

Goofs

Once the news comes through that the mine is safe, the two villains watching get into a cat and mouse situation, with one attempting to run the other down using their Rolls-Royce. This culminates with the man on foot throwing a rock at and hitting the windscreen, causing the driver to lose control. But the shot from the throwers' point-of-view of the approaching car (his last sight) shows the windscreen undamaged. See more »

Quotes

Manfred Steyner: Dammit, Marais, you told me nothing could go wrong!
Stephen Marais: Someone must have been careless!
Manfred Steyner: And if I've lost my general manager?
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Alternate Versions

Two versions of the opening credits exists. The first half of the credits feature the word GOLD in huge chunky letters on a black background. Within the letters, film has been optically added, showing gold being mined, processed, made into bars and finally, as a selection of jewellery. In the rough cut version, the final shot shows a woman's hand gliding into frame and selecting one of the pieces of jewellery. In the correct version, this is replaced by a slow zoom away from jewellery on a black velvet display. The rough cut also has Giulgud, Milland and Dillman billed at the same time, whereas the correct version has each actor billed separately. ITV in the UK always show the 'hand' version of the credits, although the DVD features the other version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge: Show 1 (1994) See more »

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AFRICAN CHANT
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Written by Georges Sigara
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Has Its Moments
10 December 2004 | by nrobertbSee all my reviews

This is not a great film, but it has its moments. In 1974 probably not too many people knew much about South Africa and the gold mining process, so for that reason it was educational. The mine sequences are interesting although undoubtedly filmed on a studio set. For me the most interesting action sequence though is when the hero is trying to land a plane on a tailings pile at a speed low enough to almost stall out. Most interesting of all, thirty years ago it was almost unheard of to see frontal nudity in a major film. When Susannah York's breast appeared out of the suds in the bathtub scene, my jaw dropped open. I couldn't believe I was really seeing it. For sheer surprise it ranks right up there with Charlton Heston kissing a black woman in that science fiction film that I think was called The Omega Man. Today of course such things are commonplace.


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