October 2, 2014

Films

Sea of Sand – 1958 | 97 mins | Drama, War | B&W

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Plot Synopsis

Sea of Sand

Gritty WWII action film based on an original story by Sean Fielding, but there is nothing very original about the screenplay. Itís a routine war adventure shot entirely on location in Tripolitania, Libya, with excellent all-round acting by well drawn characters and taut direction by Guy Green. Cameraman Wilkie Cooper splendidly captures the remote loneliness of the vast desert, the searing heat, the intense boredom and the sense of pending danger.

North Africa 1943, on the eve of El Alamein, the Long Range Desert Groupís Y Patrol is given the arduous task of going behind enemy lines to blow up one of the Africa Korps largest fuel dumps. The mission is accomplished but the nine men have to fight their way back to base, but the unruly units ill-discipline brings inexperienced by-the-book leader Capt. Williams (John Gregson) into conflict with clued-up veteran Capt. Cotton (Michael Craig).

Production Team

Guy Green: Director
Maurice Pelling: Art Direction
Wilkie Cooper: Cinematography
Gordon Pilkington: Editing
Roy Ashton: Makeup Department
Muir Mathieson: Music Direction
Clifton Parker: Original Music
Monty Berman: Producer
Robert S. Baker: Producer
Robert Westerby: Script

Cast

Richard Attenborough: Brody
Vincent Ball: Sgt Nesbitt
Michael Craig: Capt, Cotton
Andrew Faulds: Sgt Parker
Barry Foster: Cpl Matheson
Wolf Frees: German Sergeant
Harold Goodwin: Road Watch
John Gregson: Capt Williams



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