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Swept Away (1974)
"Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto" (original title)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  17 September 1975 (USA)
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A trip into the Mediterranean sea becomes a trip into the discovery of how society's frameworks of the rich and poor are delicate and temporary.


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Insólito destino  »

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Gennarino Carunchio: One bitch up there, and another down here, and my friend The Sea turned traitor!
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Simply wonderful
18 February 2000 | by (Brocktroit, Massatucky) – See all my reviews

Sometimes, there is nothing better than just a simple tale, easy to follow, with breathtaking scenery. Wonderfully acted story that draws you in. Giancarlo Giannini is THE best Italian actor of his time. And as a bonus, with the explicit subtitles, you can learn how to curse in Italian! While the abusive male behaviour is not terribly pc these days, it reflects the culture of some European countries. All in all shows why foreign films are so different from American films. Viva la difference!

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