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Swallows and Amazons (1974)

 |  Adventure, Family  |  May 1977 (USA)
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On holiday with their mother in the Lake District in 1929 four children are allowed to sail over to the nearby island in their boat Swallow and set up camp for a few days. They soon realise... See full summary »

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Swallows and Amazons is based on the classic, best selling book by Arthur Ransome.

Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
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Uncle Jim
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Susan Walker - Swallow (as Zanna Hamilton)
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Stephen Grendon ...
Kit Seymour ...
Lesley Bennett ...
Brenda Bruce ...
Mrs. Dixon
Mike Pratt ...
Mr. Dixon
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Young Billy
Jack Woolgar ...
Old Billy
David Blagden ...
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On holiday with their mother in the Lake District in 1929 four children are allowed to sail over to the nearby island in their boat Swallow and set up camp for a few days. They soon realise this has been the territory of two other girls who sail the Amazon, and the scene is set for serious rivalry. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Actually filmed in the summer of 1973, but not released until a year later. Submitted for classification to the British Board of Film Censors on Monday, December 10th, 1973 and passed with no cuts as a "U" certificate film. See more »

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It is like the book but.....
1 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have loved the Swallows and Amazons books since I was a child and first saw this movie years ago. It is a reasonably faithful adaptation, though large parts of the book are missing. I enjoyed seeing the film recreation which mostly matched my vision.

Susan is very well played by Zannah Hamilton and really improves on the book character. Roger is a bit gormless and is not as interesting as the book character. Titty, John, Nancy and Peggy work pretty well. Ronald Fraser as Captain Flint is a total disaster and completely misplays the role. The sailing scenes are not well done. The boats are continuously gybing to and fro without really going anywhere.

In conclusion, this film is a good taste of the book, and it would be fun to see more movies of the other S&A books made. The BBC did Coot Club and Big Six quite well some time ago.


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