A Twist of Sand

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.

A Twist of Sand
Directed byDon Chaffey
Produced byFred Engel
Written by Geoffrey Jenkins (novel)
Marvin Albert (screenplay)
StarringRichard Johnson
Honor Blackman
Jeremy Kemp
Peter Vaughan
Music byTristram Cary
CinematographyJohn Wilcox
Edited byAlastair McIntyre
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • August 1968 (1968-08) (London)
Running time
90 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom


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. 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.



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.[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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