A Twist of Sand

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A Twist of Sand
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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 date
  • August 1968 (1968-08) (London)
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.


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.



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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