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Rowing with the Wind -- This film explores chaos of famouse writers' personal relationships and the pain of their lives. In doing so, it suggests a monstrous reason for their many tragedies.


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Release Date:
1 July 1989 (Japan) See more »
Byron sólo lamentaba los pecados que no había podido cometer [Byron only lamented the sins he hadn't committed]
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 .... sound 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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Additional Details

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
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Spain:13 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

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Lord Byron:The rivers, lakes and ocean. The tides were in their grave. The moon their mistress, had expired before. The winds were withered in the stagnant air... why are you limping Polidori?
John Polidori:I have twisted my ankle, my Lord.
Lord Byron:Well, congratulations. At last you've managed to be like me. Although, in precisely the way I would least liker to be like Lord Byron. Vanity leads men to imitate other men, and poetry to imitate itself. Do you know what the finest poem would be? It would be the poem that gave life to matter, by force of imagination alone.
Mary Shelley:It would be horrible!
Percy Bysshe Shelley:Do you know that the best our scientists can do, is to make a dead worm wriggle in a glass jar.
Claire Clairmont:And what does our doctor think about all this?
John Polidori:That the imagination only creates things that are dead, although they may sometimes be beautiful. And that science only discovers new ways of killing.
Claire Clairmont:Good heavens, my Lord! Where did you find your bedside doctor?
Lord Byron:Queen of England recommended him to me.
John Polidori:My dramatic works had a certain curative effect on her, but my medical prescriptions made her vomit.
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Interesting film, but drastically cut for U.S. release, 27 June 1999

After watching this film, I thought to myself that it was an interesting film, and there were individual scenes which were strong. However, the pacing seemed to be a bit off, and somehow the flow of the film didn't feel right. Then, I noticed that the version I saw was 95 minutes long, while the original version was 126 minutes long. That's thirty whole minutes cut! As far as I'm concerned, this is criminal! Obviously, Miramax re-released this film during early 1999 in order to cash in on Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley. In the process, they cut the film to shreds, and perhaps rearranged the scenes around to make it more "coherent."

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