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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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Stars: Jon Newman, Prunella Scales, Marc Danbury


Complete credited cast:
Uncle Jim
Simon West ...
Susan Walker - Swallow (as Zanna Hamilton)
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 ...


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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Also Known As:

El capitán pirata  »

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The names of the thirteen foot dinghy sailing boats were "Swallow" and "Amazon". See more »


What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?
Arranged by Wilfred Josephs
Sung by the Swallows, the Amazons and Uncle Jim
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A classic childhood adventure
27 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A classic childhood adventure set in English Lake District in 1929. Four pre-teens travel by train with their mother for a weeks holiday in the Lake District. The children spend their time exploring in a rowing boat & camping on a small island. They befriend two sisters & become involved in an intrigue with their uncle; having adopted a pirates view of their world. The children enter a world of magic & adventure, where their freedom & imagination are the special effects. A charming tale, with exquisitely rendered period detail in a timeless landscape that will have you aching for a simpler age. Do not miss - your inner child will thank you for it.

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