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Swept Away (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  11 October 2002 (USA)
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A snooty socialite is stranded on a Mediterranean island with a communist sailor.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricardo Perna ...
Crew Member
George Antoni ...
Chef (as George Yiasoumi)
Beatrice Luzzi ...
Rich Lady
Lorenzo Ciompi ...
Rich Man
Patrizio Rispo ...
Burly Captain
Tony's Assistant
Rosa Pianeta ...


Amber is 40, beautiful, rich, spoiled, and arrogant beyond measure. Nothing makes this woman happy, including her wealthy but passive husband (Tony), a pharmaceutical kingpin. When Tony takes her on a private cruise from Greece to Italy, Amber is unimpressed at this impromptu no-frills vacation, and takes out her anger on the ship's first mate, Giuseppe. When a storm leaves the two shipwrecked on a deserted island, however, the tables suddenly turn... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love, Sex, Drugs & Money  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$354,052 (USA) (11 October 2002)


$598,645 (USA) (25 October 2002)

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The US opening of the movie was so poor, and the movie was so badly received that it went straight to video in the UK, director Guy Ritchie's home country. See more »


When Guiseppe and Amber are back from the Island and the guy with the suitcase comes to offer reward money to Guiseppe, he's wearing a blue suit. Guiseppe angrily says he doesn't want his bribe. When the man comes back into the bar with the suitcase ONE MINUTE later at the most - he's wearing entirely different clothes. He has a green suit on. Pretty fast change. See more »


[trying to entice Amber into the water]
Tony: Oh, come on in. It's clean as a whistle.
Amber: Depends on who's been blowing in the whistle, doesn't it?
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by Arvo Pärt
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©(P) 1999 ECM Records GmbH
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Worst film ever made.
25 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

I don't know what some of you are smoking, but i suspect it's potent.

To call Swept Away awful would be an insult to the very concept of terribleness. The acting is hideous and i'm not picking on Madonna here, we all know she's useless, but someone should have warned everyone else that her ailment is contagious. My back literally hurts from cringing so much at poorly delivered lines. The editing is so sloppy, it beggars description. The photography and composition (which in this era, competence should be a GIVEN for any film with a budget) are astonishingly inept, even the lighting is horrid and unnatural looking. These are BASIC elements of filmmaking, if you can't get them right, you should seek another line of work. It's as contrived as a grade 3 production of Snow White, except nowhere near as well made or interesting.

The original film by Lina Wertmueller is a wonderful satire and metaphor, superbly acted and written, featuring breathtaking visuals - you can practically taste the sea salt and feel the windswept sand in your hair. The sexual tension feels real and immediate...those of you who found Guy Ritchie's version deplorable, should see it, it really is one of the landmarks of world cinema.

Those of you who thought the remake is some kind of masterpiece should have your heads examined.

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