Rowing with the Wind (1988)
"Remando al viento" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  1 July 1989 (Japan)
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The film is situated in the time when Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein". It describes the relationship between Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley during various voyages through ... See full summary »



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The film is situated in the time when Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein". It describes the relationship between Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley during various voyages through different European countries in that period. Although Frankenstein is just an invention strange things happen to the people Mary does not like. Written by Volker Boehm

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Byron sólo lamentaba los pecados que no había podido cometer [Byron only lamented the sins he hadn't committed]

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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1 July 1989 (Japan)  »

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Rowing with the Wind  »

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On the Rachel Ray show on 3/31/15, Elizabeth Hurley was asked to name her favorite on screen kiss. She said there have been many, but her favorite would have to be in a movie a long time ago, with a man she met on the film, whom she then dated for 13 years and he's been her best friend for 15 years after that - Hugh Grant. She said it was very romantic and they were filming in Madrid. See more »


Claire Clairmont: [referring to spyglass] Those things are full of stars, and you never know if you are looking at them or they are looking at you.
John Polidori: [as Shelley runs away] Shelley, come down to earth man! Mary, leave him to me. I know how to treat him.
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Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams
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Blame It On The Monster
16 July 2003 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

This film has promise that is never fulfilled. Curly-topped Hugh Grant as Lord Byron has to be seen to be believed. He wears the frilliest costumes imaginable. With long hair and chest bared, he looks like he's auditioning for a Lifetime biopic of Siegfried and Roy. One of the best (and unintentionally comical) scenes is Grant howling out on a boat. He is too fey and whimsical to make a credible Byron.

Another newcomer is a furry-browed, heavier set Elizabeth Hurley. She is beautiful. Yet, like Grant, she isn't ready for prime time. The scene where her sister, Mary, consoles her following a suicide is funny due to Hurley's exaggerated facial expressions.

The music labors on to new melodramatic Gothic depths. Music can enhance an atmosphere when the atmosphere is right. When it isn't, music only makes for another distraction.

The monster speaks in staccato. Due to editing, it's difficult to determine if he's a villain or victim. Sometimes it's difficult to determine if he even is.

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