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Joseph Conrad (short story "Amy Foster")
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23 January 1998 (USA) See more »
In the heart of an outcast he found his destiny. In the passion of an outsider she found her home.
The film tells the story of Russian emigree and the only survivor from ship crash Yanko Goorall and servant Amy Foster in the end of 19th century... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Rachel Weisz ... Amy Foster

Vincent Perez ... Yanko Gooral

Ian McKellen ... Dr. James Kennedy

Kathy Bates ... Miss Swaffer

Joss Ackland ... Mr. Swaffer

Tony Haygarth ... Mr. Smith
Fiona Victory ... Mrs. Smith

Tom Bell ... Isaac Foster

Zoë Wanamaker ... Mary Foster
William Scott-Masson ... Mr. Willcox (as William Scott Masson)
Eve Matheson ... Mrs. Willcox
Dave Hill ... Jack Vincent

Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Canon Van Stone (as J.G.R. Ashton-Griffiths)
Matthew Scurfield ... Thackery
Margery Withers ... Widow Cree
Janine Duvitski ... Mrs. Finn
Willie Ross ... Preble
Janet Henfrey ... Mrs. Rigby
Paul Whitby ... Stefan
Bob Smith ... Nikolas
Angela Morant ... Iryna

Gerardo Silano ... Brother Bodan
Neil Rutherford ... Brother Peter
Sandra Huggett ... Brother Bodan's Wife

Frédérique Feder ... Peter's Wife (as Frederique Feder)
Ellis Fernandez ... Amy's Son, Stefan
Esperanza Carmona ... Ukranian Dancer
Natasha Cullingford ... Ukranian Dancer
Christopher Maskens ... Ukranian Dancer
Emma Payne ... Ukranian Dancer
Steve Rouse ... Ukranian Dancer (as Steven Rouse)
Michael Toon ... Ukranian Dancer
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Directed by
Beeban Kidron 
Writing credits
Joseph Conrad (short story "Amy Foster")

Tim Willocks (written by)

Produced by
Devon Dickson .... associate producer
Beeban Kidron .... producer
Charles Steel .... producer
Polly Tapson .... producer
Garth Thomas .... executive producer
Tim Willocks .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Barry 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alex Mackie 
Andrew Mondshein 
Casting by
Andy Pryor  (as Andy Prior)
Gail Stevens 
Production Design by
Simon Holland 
Art Direction by
Clinton Cavers (supervising art director)
Gordon Toms 
Set Decoration by
Neesh Ruben 
Costume Design by
Caroline Harris 
Makeup Department
Jan Archibald .... key hair stylist
Amanda Knight .... key makeup artist
Trefor Proud .... makeup artist
Astrid Schikorra .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ian Hickinbotham .... post-production manager
Guy Tannahill .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Carreras .... first assistant director
Robert Grayson .... second second assistant director
Marios Hamboulides .... assistant director
Cliff Lanning .... second assistant director
Candy Marlowe .... crowd second assistant director
Josh Robertson .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
Terry Apsey .... construction manager
Ken Barley .... supervising plasterer (as Kenneth Barley)
Amanda Bernstein .... assistant art director
Billy Bridge .... stand-by props
Sam Chesworth .... plasterer's laborer
Brian Cooper .... plasterer's laborer
Jim Cornish .... storyboard artist
Gary Cumbes .... greensman
Arwel Evans .... dressing props
Michael Gardiner .... plasterer
Chris Greenwood .... plasterer
Peter Grove .... carpenter
Michelle Harvey .... art department runner
Brian Henry .... stand-by props
Phillip A. Henry .... greensman (as Philip Honey)
Paul Humbles .... dressing props
Matthew Hywel-Davies .... dressing props (as Matthew Hywel Davies)
Paul King .... plasterer
Charles Leatherland .... draftsmaster
Mike Malik .... property master
John Mcgregor .... chargehand carpenter (as John McGregor)
Anthony Mitchell .... rigger
Brian Morris .... stand-by painter
John New .... supervising carpenter
John Newvell .... rigger
Ron Newvell .... supervising rigger
Steven Pollecutt .... stand-by rigger
Mari Roberts .... art department trainee
Shirley Robinson .... set dresser
Nigel Ross .... stand-by stagehand
Philip Smith .... carpenter
Glen Starr .... painter
Adrian Start .... supervising painter
Jim Statchini .... supervising stagehand
Nick Thomas .... assistant property master
Nick Thomas .... assistant property master
Michael Traynor .... stand-by carpenter
Mark Williamson .... carpenter
Paul Williamson .... supervising carpenter
Robert Windsor .... carpenter
Brian Winterborn .... set dresser
Sound Department
Chinna Boapeah .... boom operator
Peter Bond .... sound editor
John Cochrane .... dialogue editor
Ron Davis .... sound editor
Martin Evans .... supervising sound editor
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Holt .... foley editor
Daniel Laurie .... assistant sound editor
Christine Newell .... assistant foley editor
Chris Nuttall .... sound
Richard Pryke .... assistant re-recording mixer
George Richards .... sound recordist
Alan Sallabank .... adr mixer
Adam Sykes .... sound assistant
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Adam Aldridge .... special effects
Stuart Brisdon .... special effects supervisor
James David .... special effects technician
James Davis III .... special effects technician
Mark Haddenham .... special effects technician
Garth Inns .... special effects
Ian Lowe .... special effects technician
John Van Der Pool .... special effects (as John Vanderpool)
Visual Effects by
Adrian De Wet .... digital compositor
Paddy Eason .... digital effects designer
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC
Roz Lowrie .... digital effects editor
Alison O'Brien .... visual effects producer
Chris Panton .... digital compositor
Chris Panton .... matte artist
Tim Quarman .... digital input: CFC
Tim Wellspring .... visual effects assistant
Dennis Michelson .... visual effects: CFC (uncredited)
Kevin Phelan .... scanning and recording producer (uncredited)
Lucy Allen .... stunt performer
Terry Forrestal .... stunt coordinator
Phil Lonergan .... stunt performer
Tony Lucken .... stunt performer
Tom Lucy .... stunt coordinator
Sean McCabe .... stunt performer
Joanna McLaren .... stunt performer (as Joanna McClaren)
Seon Rogers .... stunt performer (as Séon Rogers)
Tony Smart .... stunt performer
Terry Forrestal .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Steve Griffin .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Tom Lucy .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Bateman .... generator operator
Larry Blanford .... aerial camera operator (as Larry Blandford)
James Bloom .... clapper loader
Lucy Bristow .... focus puller
David Bryant .... focus puller
Trevor Coop .... camera operator
Martin Duncan .... gaffer
Brian Harris .... camera operator
Rolf Konow .... still photographer
Kenny Monger .... best boy
Peter Myslowski .... key grip
John Newvell .... rigger
Jan Pester .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Jan Pester .... additional photographer: second unit
Arwell Roberts .... technician: Wescam
David Shillingford .... camera operator (as Dave Shillingford)
Simon Starling .... focus puller
Geoffrey Thomas .... camera trainee
Casting Department
Beverley Keogh .... extras casting: Yorkshire
Candy Marlowe .... extras casting: Cornwall (as Candida Marlowe)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tim Aslam .... assistant costume designer
Samantha Crouch .... wardrobe assistant
Helen Ingham .... costume maker
Marco Scotti .... wardrobe supervisor
Georgina Season .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Cilla Beirne .... conforming editor
Christine Campbell .... associate editor
Lisa Clifford-Owen .... assistant editor
Paul Ensby .... color timer
Keith Lowes .... conforming editor
Julian Pryce .... second assistant editor
Sarah Rains .... assistant conforming editor
Simon Astbury .... colorist: rushes (uncredited)
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
John Barry .... score producer
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Cliff Kohlweck .... supervising music editor (as Clif Kohlweck)
Nic Raine .... orchestrator
John Richards .... music score engineer
Christian Rutherford .... line music fixer
Transportation Department
Trevor Atkin .... unit driver
Christopher Newman .... unit driver
Mark Payne .... unit driver
Brian Scott .... unit driver
Richard Sloggett .... unit driver
Other crew
Bobby Blues .... supervising production accountant
Paul Boase .... wrangler
Alison Boon .... wrangler
Sandra Butterworth .... dialogue coach
Kevin Chamberlain .... catering manager
Andy Clayton .... location manager
Natasha Coombs .... trainee: FT2
Hillery Cope .... unit nurse
Bill Darby .... location manager
Teresa Darby .... assistant location manager (as Teresa Hidalgo)
Gordon Davis .... cashier (as Gortdon Davies)
Patsy de Lord .... production coordinator
Shani Duncan .... trainee: FT2
Alison Golding .... assistant to choreographer
Ciara Gormley .... production secretary
Simon Gosling .... assistant: Ms. Tapson and Mr. Steel
Rhian Griffiths .... production assistant
Danielle Harrigan .... assistant: Ms. Kidron
Mick Hart .... wrangler
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialogue coach (as Liz Himelstein)
Jacky Holding .... assistant accountant
Jonathan Hook .... location assistant
Stuart Hopps .... choreographer
Dan John .... production assistant (as Daniel John)
Debbie Kaye .... horse master
Sara Keene .... unit publicist (as Sarah Keene)
Sophie Kent .... assistant: Mr. Thomas
Vladimir Kondratyuk .... dance double: Yanko
Karina Lawson .... production assistant
Joe Man .... location runner
Candy Marlowe .... extras coordinator (as Candida Marlowe)
Miles Marton .... researcher
Nicola Matthews .... trainee: FT2
David Maund .... trainee: FT2
Leisa Melnyk .... dialogue coach: Ukranian (as Leisha Melnyk)
Peter Munt .... wrangler
Nik Panic .... pre-production supervisor
Lynn Carol Robinson .... unit nurse
Richard Romain .... wrangler
Brian Shemmings .... health & safety officer
Claire Sparksman .... assistant: Ms. Kidron
Steven Speed .... assistant to choreographer
Beverly Winston .... script supervisor (as Beverley Winston)
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor (uncredited)
Jacqueline M. Granger .... script editor (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for elements of theme and some sensuality
115 min
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A song, "To Love and be Loved", written by John Barry and Tim Rice and sung by Corina Brouder, was recorded too late to be included in the film. However, it is on the film's soundtrack album.See more »


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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Worthy tribute to Conrad's writing and philosophy, 15 December 2003
Author: Keith F. Hatcher from La Rioja, Spain

Konrad Korzeniowski at age 15 ran away from his native Poland to seek fortune in the world - the same as Yanko Gooral in this film - and fetched up at Marseilles. There he signed on as crewman on a merchant vessel and spent the next 15 years sailing the seven seas. At 30 years of age he landed in London and decided to settle. He married and began writing novels - in English. Now, what kind of English he learnt aboard merchant sailing ships late in the 19th Century might well be imagined: Greeks, Italians, Chinese, Filipinos, Indians, Galicians.........

However, his novels are among the greatest literary achievements in literature in the English language. His first novel near 1900, but as he had not been schooled in the Victorian style, his narrative was entirely different. Basing himself on his own experiences roaming the wild and wide seas, where he even went through a shipwreck, his novels were on the one hand resounding novels of adventure, if not of the swashbuckler type, but backed up by that deeply rooted Russian philosophical sense of feelings and human emotions. His novels are not simply `yarns' as such; nor are they simply romantic `nouvelles'; nor are they simply autobiographical; they are combination of all these, and much more. Today, among the best pieces of literature ever written in English, we have `Lord Jim' and `Nostromo', two gigantic tales with superb human and humane backgrounds.

Simply watching a film based on a Joseph Conrad novel is not enough to reveal all the invisible, profound thoughts, the real human philosophy of life, how humans think and react under different situations. To really understand this author it is imperative that you slowly read and digest his works. Perhaps you should start with `Almayer's Folly' before embarking on the two previously mentioned masterpieces.

However, `Swept from the Sea', based on his story `Amy Foster' does wonderfully well in not only showing the story, but also giving us a glimpse into the powerful thinking of Joseph Conrad. This point was evidently on Ms. Beeban Kidron's mind when she set out on making this film. Ably helped by her cast, the result is pretty good, even more than good. Vincent Perez is not bad, even quite good at times; Rachel Weisz has made the job of her life in a highly concentrated reading, and the supporting cast like Ian McKellar and Kathy Bates is top-notch stuff. The filming sequences on the Cornish coast in the deep south west of England, especially with the fog curling round the forelands and creeping up the inlets and into the harbours, or in the pouring rain, gives excellent ambientation to the telling of the story. John Barry's musical apportation was the same as always, such that if I had closed my eyes I might well have been watching `Dances With Wolves' (qv); however it fitted in with the proceedings and the photography well enough.

Filmed on the wild coastline of Cornwall, south-west England, now tamed by the August hordes of campers and footpathers, carvanners and English language learners; IMDb lists Pentire Point on the northern coastline, but I cannot help thinking that I saw some village streets such as in Mullion, Coverack or even Mousehole (pronounced "muzzle") on the south coast of that beautiful holidaying area of England. The famous author John Le Carré also has his home down there.

This is a film worth seeing, even for the most pedantic and enthusiastic readers of Conrad's novels such as I, precisely because I think Conrad himself would have been quite pleased with Ms. Kidron's work, with Tim Willocks' very correct adaptation for the screen.

But whatever happens, do not pass up reading and seeing Conrad's Masterpiece, converted into a masterpiece for TV "Nostromo" (1996) (mini) (qv).

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