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Adventure | Film-Noir
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
104 min
IMDB Rating:
6.8 / 10 
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Directors: William Dieterle [Director] ,

Movie Description:
Two years ago, hunting guide Mike Davis was with a client who trespassed on diamond company land and found a rich lode; Paul Vogel, sadistic commandant of company police, beat Mike nearly to death but failed to learn the location. Now Mike is back in Diamantstad, South African desert, and manager Martingale has a better idea: he hires delectable adventuress Suzanne to ferret out Mike's secret. But she soon finds she's playing with fire. —Rod Crawford


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Overrated Hollywood Claptrap - Rope of Sand

I believe and agree with Burt Lancaster about this film; I hated it as well. I am a big Burt Lancaster fan and this was the worst and most unauthentic character he ever played on screen. Adding to this mess was an actress who was completely unappealing in both character an appearance. I call her Queen STD. In this film, Burt would have been called KT (which would stand for King of Testosterone). At least Peter Lorre and Sam Jaffe stayed within their personas. But to fall for Queen STD, one really has to suspend disbelief. Claude Rains is delicious as the conniving diamond exec, and Paul Heinreid is thoroughly convincing as a slimy storm trooper in charge of policing the mine. But all three of these men falling for Queen STD? What a Hollywood fantasy. Not a chance. In real life, Paul would have had Burt shot in the first ten minutes; lol.. And NONE of them would have fallen for that phony femme fatale.

Little known flick in unusual African settings

Director William Dieterle did better movies than ROPE OF SAND but he never did one in more unusual settings than in South West Africa, now Namibia. Paul Henreid and Peter Lorre had featured in CASABLANCA seven years earlier, Rains had pulled off one of his best performances in Hitchcock's NOTORIOUS three years earlier, and Lancaster was beginning to make a name for himself. A really good cast for a film that did not seem set for great box office returns.

Interesting to note that apartheid was about to appear in that part of the world, yet it is human greed that dominates the film, with diamonds the commodity most sought.

Acting is generally good, although the French accent hinders Calvet's delivery, even renders it awkward at times. The fighting sequences fall somewhat short of credible. The screenplay is also uneven. Photography is very good.

As a little known film, it deserves watching. And it posts enough quality to not rate a waste of time. 8/10.

The cast just about redeems it.

A look at the cast list of "Rope of Sand" and you might think you are seeing a "Casablanca" retread, (look, there's Claude Rains, Paul Henreid and Peter Lorre), but this thriller is a very different kettle of foul smelling fish and while watchable is never remotely in the same class as Curtiz' masterpiece. Burt Lancaster is the diamond prospector in South Africa who plans on recovering some diamonds from the mine ruled over by sadistic commandant Henreid. It's an attractive looking picture and well cast, (the leading lady was newcomer Corinne Calvet) but it's certainly no classic. It's that cast, (Sam Jaffe's in it, too), that just about saves it. Between them, they lift so-so material to a slightly higher level but in the end this is a decidely minor affair.
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