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Rowing with the Wind (1988) More at IMDbPro »Remando al viento (original title)

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A haunting tale of mystery and intrigue! See more »
The film is situated in the time when Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein". It describes the relationship between Lord Byron... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hugh Grant ... Lord Byron
Lizzy McInnerny ... Mary Shelley

Valentine Pelka ... Percy Bysshe Shelley

Elizabeth Hurley ... Claire Clairmont

José Luis Gómez ... John Polidori
Virginia Mataix ... Elisa

Ronan Vibert ... Fletcher
José Carlos Rivas ... Criatura
Kate McKenzie ... Jane Williams
Jolyon Baker ... Edward Williams

Terence Taplin ... Godwin (as Terry Taplin)
Karen Westwood ... Fanny

Bibiana Fernández ... Fornarina (as Bibí Andersen)

Josep Maria Pou ... Oficial aduana (as José María Pou)

Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Teresa Guiccioli
Rebecca Ordovas ... Allegra
Nicolás Moser ... William
Néstor Alfonso Rojas ... Tita
María Teresa Ainscough ... Mrs. Hunt
Alan Griffin ... Mr. Hunt
Yolanda Constant ... Mrs. Godwin
John Ticehurst ... Cardenal
Miguel Picazo ... Cura
Richard Burr ... Acreedor
Emma Amos ... Joven Veneciana
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Silvia Casanova
Paco Catalá ... Criado italiano

Directed by
Gonzalo Suárez 
Writing credits
Gonzalo Suárez (written by)

Produced by
Andrés Vicente Gómez .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alejandro Massó 
Cinematography by
Carlos Suárez 
Film Editing by
José Salcedo 
Production Design by
Wolfgang Burmann 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake  (as Ivonne Blake)
Makeup Department
Susana de Santiago .... assistant makeup artist
Romana González .... makeup artist
Josefa Morales .... hair stylist
Production Management
Víctor Albarrán .... production manager: second unit
José G. Jacoste .... production manager (as Jose Jacoste)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Salvador Pons .... assistant director
Art Department
Ramón Moya .... construction manager
Sound Department
Manuel Cora .... re-recording mixer
Daniel Goldstein .... sound
Ricardo Steinberg .... sound (as Ricardo Steimberg)
Special Effects by
Manuel Abades .... special effects assistant
Reyes Abades .... special effects
Fernando Pérez .... special effects
Tomás Urbán .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Julián Martín .... matte painter
Solier Fagundez .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Gonzalo Asensio .... assistant camera
Lars Bull .... assistant camera: Norway
Juan Martín Sabell .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Mercedes Alted .... assistant editor
Cristina Velasco .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Other crew
Ann Alveberg .... production coordinator: Norway
Yuyi Beringola .... script supervisor
Hélène Girard .... historical advisor
Antonio Saura .... historical advisor

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Also Known As:
"Remando al viento" - Spain (original title)
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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity
126 min | Spain:96 min | USA:105 min
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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 »
Lord Byron:Yesterday I said something to Claire, which I would like to say to you personally.
Mary Shelley:I know, Claire told me. But I would not mind hearing it again.
Lord Byron:I merely wished to say how much I like you, Mary. And Shelley.
John Polidori:I was just saying to Mr. Shelley that it would be a good idea to read horror stories during the evenings. Fiction is by far the best vaccine against reality.
Lord Byron:It is a very good idea, Polidori. But I propose that in honor of Shelley, instead of vaccinating ourselves against reality, we should invent it anew. Mary was just promising me that she is going to write a horror story. Each one of us will write the most horrifying tale that he or she can imagine. And we shall demonstrate that reality is always even more horrifying.
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Good Idea But Poor Development, 16 September 2004
Author: jrfranklin01 from Palm Beach, FL

Rowing With The Wind took an excellent idea from the life of Frankenstein's author, Mary Shelley. For anyone who is familiar with the life of Mary Shelley, this film will make more sense and be appreciated better. However, for the average movie-goer, this film will probably be of disinterest. Having said that (and for those of you still reading), I would have to applaud the youthful talents of today stars, Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley, who play Lord Byron and Claire Clairmont, respectively. This Spanish production keeps with European exposure in several nude scenes, most notably of Elizabeth Hurley.

The film in a nutshell describes a visit to Lord Byron by Mary Shelley, her husband Percy Shelley, half-sister Claire Clairmont, and Byron's physician Dr. Polidori. According to history, Lord Byron challenged each of them to develop the most horrific story they could come up with. This is when Mary Shelley came up with the idea for Frankenstein, published in 1818. Oddly, Mary Shelley's biography was rife with a large number of deaths of those around her. Her mother died when she was born. One of her sisters died. Her husband's ex-wife died drowning. Ironically, her husband dies drowning.

She loses a couple of children. And on and on. She seemed so unable to escape death soon after the publication of Frankenstein. This film takes on the idea that her abominable creation is the cause of such deaths.

Kudos definitely go to whomever wrote the script for Lord Byron. Hugh Grant plays him brilliantly and in a very intelligently decadent sort of way. He's hilarious! Elizabeth Hurley and the other actors are good, not outstanding. But the film fails, despite its great plot creativity, when it hands out a quick and un-compelling revival of the evening in which Mary Shelley came up with Frankenstein. It gives far less attention than it should have, as I would have thought it a bigger turning point in the story.

With better direction and production (beginning of the film is a bit grainy), this would have truly made a compelling story. 5/10

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