Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Peter R. Hunt
Production: SCHRAMM FILM Koerner & Weber
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
120 min


So, this is it, gentleman,

the big dyke.

An impervious wall

of green serpentine rock

which acts as a natural dam

to what lies beyond.

A vast underground ocean.

If that water is released,

the whole of the Sonderditch mines

would be totally flooded.

You're quite sure about this?

My top geologist, Marais, conducted

a series of probes on the other side

and there's nothing there

but water.

We wouldn't want to find any gold,

would we?


Any dig through the dyke would

release that water under pressure.

Enough to destroy the Sonderditch

and the whole minefield in 24 hours.

The finishing touch to our scheme.

World gold production cut by 30%

and, inevitably,

the price of gold freed.

This flood,

how many men would be drowned?

Well, not many,

only the actual gang working there.

Everybody else would have

some warning.

There'll be a minimum of risk.

Gentlemen, there are 5000 million

dollars at stake.

Of course there are risks.

One of them is

our individual discretion.

We all agree, then?

- Yes. Okay.

- Sure.

As to the financial arrangements...

A masterly exposition, Manfred.

Very discreet too.

What do you mean?

You omitted to mention that

your preliminary drive caved in.

And you lost your nice

cooperative General Manager.

I thought it might have

confused the issue.

You were going to tell me,

of course?

Yes, of course,

over a sherry.


Sorry it's not South African.

What went wrong?

Someone was careless.

It's only a slight delay.

How long?

We'll still make it by Christmas.

You better.

We're all looking forward

to a very prosperous new year.



Can I help you?

Maybe, I work for you grandfather.

Rod Slater.

Yes. My husband spoke about you.

You're the underground manager.

That's right. I dig it up,

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Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Addison Smith (born 9 January 1933) is a Zambian-born, novelist specialising in historical fiction about the international involvement in Southern Africa across four centuries, seen from the viewpoints of both black and white families. An accountant by training, he gained a film contract with his first published novel When the Lion Feeds. This encouraged him to become a full-time writer, and he developed three long chronicles of the South African experience which all became best-sellers. He still acknowledges his publisher Charles Pick's advice to "write about what you know best", and his work takes in much authentic detail of the local hunting and mining way of life, along with the romance and conflict that goes with it. As of 2014 his 35 published novels had sold more than 120 million copies, 24 million of them in Italy. more…

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