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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's working title was Love, Sex, Drugs and Money. See more »


Exactly 20 minutes into the movie, when a tipsy Amber runs into Giuseppe in the hallway as the boat is swaying back and forth, the position of Giuseppe's hand on the giant dead fish he's carrying changes between shots. See more »


Tony: Would you show my wife the gym.
Guiseppe: Wait here!(takes out an exercise bike) YOUR GYM MADAM!!
Amber: ANTHONY!!!
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by Alex Kramer and Joan Whitney
© Copyright 1947 (Renewed 1974)
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Used by kind permission of Universal / MCA Music for World (Ex. USA)
Performed by Louis Jordan
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Licensed by kind permission from the Universal Film & TV Licensing division
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14 October 2002 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I had the (mis)fortune to see this film at a showing in the US. Having reluctantly sat through the entire abysmal thing, I am shocked to have seen so many good reviews here on IMDB.

The original film was a turkey, but an interesting one. It fitted into that early seventies, post 1969 revolution thing; this film just stinks of....... , well, nothing really. It's that bad.

Imagine a badly done perfume commercial - see what I mean ?

Madonna never could act, and has been an embarrassment on the big screen for years. She looks worse and worse with every one of those years, increasingly coming to resemble a skinned meerkat.

Guy Ritchie, who has built his "reputation" on Lock Stock, could never direct either - his movies are shallow, badly cut, fashion shows. He doesn't disappoint here either; he wisely cast his wife as the star of this debacle.

Please people, take little heed of the good reviews this movie has received from other posters below. They are quite obviously business plants.

Don't encourage Ritchie to humiliate himself further by giving him money.

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