Złoto / Gold (1974)
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OPiS FiLMU – Południowa Afryka. W kopalni złota należącej do milionera Hurry’ego Hirschfelda (Ray Milland) dochodzi do katastrofy. Ginie w niej dyrektor Lemmer. Zięć właściciela, Manfred Steyner (Bradford Dillman), proponuje na jego miejsce młodego Roda Slatera (Roger Moore). Ma nadzieję, że awansując niedoświadczonego mężczyznę zyska w nim posłusznego podwładnego, który nie zorientuje się w jego machinacjach. Steyner w tajemnicy współpracuje z londyńskim konsorcjum biznesmenów. By podnieść ceny złota na światowych giełdach, planuje zatopienie kopalni swojego teścia. W tym celu nakazuje prowadzenie odwiertów w pobliżu wielkiego skalnego uskoku, za którym znajdują się ogromne ilości podziemnych wód. By osiągnąć swój cel, pokazuje Slaterowi fałszywy raport. Tymczasem Rod nawiązuje romans z żoną szefa, Terry (Susannah York). Gdy Steyner odkrywa prawdę, postanawia tak zaaranżować katastrofę w kopalni, by całą winą obarczyć rywala..
PLOT – The film begins with a tunnel collapse at the Sonderditch mine, in a scene that establishes the courage of Slater and his chief miner, ‚Big King’, and the bond of trust between them. This is contrasted with the contempt with which some other white managers treat the black miners. It is soon revealed that the collapse was no accident, but part of a plan by a London-based criminal syndicate, which includes the mine-owner’s son-in-law Manfred Steyner, to destroy the mine so that the syndicate members can profit from share-dealing. This will be done by drilling through a deep underground wall or ‚dyke’ which is all that prevents an adjacent reservoir of water from flooding the mine.
The mine’s General Manager, an accomplice in the plot, was killed in the tunnel collapse. Steyner interviews Slater, who at this stage is Underground Manager, for the now vacant post of General Manager, although the mine owner has another candidate in mind. At this point, Slater first meets Steyner’s wife Terry and is attracted to her, but she does not return his interest. However, Steyner arranges for them to meet again, in the hope that Terry will influence her grandfather, the mine owner, in Slater’s favour. The plan works, with two consequences: Slater becomes General Manager, and he and Terry start a love affair. Slater, unaware of the criminal plan, agrees to carry out the drilling but is cautious enough to plant a safety charge that will block the tunnel in case of a water leak. Steyner knows that Slater is having an affair with his wife, but allows it to continue because it will keep Slater away from the mine, so that the safety charge can be disabled without his knowledge.
While Slater and Terry are holidaying together, the final breach is made in the underground dyke and the mine begins to flood, trapping a thousand workers. Slater hears of the disaster on the radio news, and flies with Terry back to the mine. There is a tense scene in which Slater and Big King descend the mine, amidst rising flood waters, to repair the safety charge. They succeed, but only because Big King sacrifices his own life to detonate the charge, letting Slater escape. Meanwhile, Steyner is murdered by Marais, one of his accomplices, after they hear on the radio that their plan has unravelled, Marais also crashes and kills himself. This conveniently leaves Terry free to continue her relationship with Slater, as the film ends.