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Swallows and Amazons (2016)

| Family | 2016 (USA)
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Four children (the Swallows) on holiday in the Lake District sail on their own to an island and start a war with rival children (the Amazons). In the meantime, a mysterious man on a houseboat accuses them of a crime they did not commit.



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Credited cast:
Mrs. Walker
Captain Flint
Mrs. Jackson
Old Billy
Mr. Jackson
Miss Crummock
John Henshaw ...
Harbour Master
Susan Walker
Seren Hawkes ...
Nancy Blackett
Dane Hughes ...
John Walker
Chris Anastasi ...
Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen ...
Tatty Walker
Hannah Jayne Thorp ...
Peggy Blackett


About two different groups of children who encounter one another on a small piece of land in a lake which they both live by. Both groups try to claim the land as theirs and do so role playing as two sets of enemy pirates. Whilst this happens they encounter another boat and a stranger, they must now work together to work out who he is and why he is there, but have they got themselves involved in something much bigger?

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Did You Know?


Dan Travers, who was the diving and marine supervisor on the film, is the son of Virginia McKenna, who played Mrs Walker in the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons. See more »


Mr Jackson (Harry Enfield) is frequently shown with a pipe in his mouth yet the pipe never appears to never be lit as we do not see him puffing on the pipe or smoke arising from it. Whilst this could be said to show a 21st century sensibility towards smoking in a childrens film we do however see a character smoking a cigarette at Portsmouth railway station earlier on. See more »


John Walker: [Reading telegram] "Better Drowned Than Duffers. If Not Duffers Won't Drown"
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Version of Swallows and Amazons (1974) See more »

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Take me to the Lake District
24 August 2016 | by (Bristol) – See all my reviews

I watched the latest Swallows and Amazons with some trepidation as I was a huge fan of the old version. I hadn't mind that the old one was so slow and so uneventful. But the new version is simply perfect. I love that it operates on two levels: the joyous if sometimes chopsy relationships between the kids; and the clever way that Arthur Ransome's life as a spy/Guardian journalist is woven into the plot. So much for the script (which is terrific). As for the scenery and cinematography well I could have stared at the lakes for hours and the boats bobbing along. I would have liked more sailing and more time for the children to have messed about having fun to sharpen the contrast between the adult and children story lines and because the kids were so good. The adult acting was generally excellent. Andrew Scott was and is always amazing. Fenella Wolgar got some of the biggest laughs and it was lovely to see Harry Enfield obviously enjoying himself. I think the child actors are well cast and can carry the film as and when needed. I saw quite a few kids crawling onto parents laps during the moments of tension or jumping at key points. It's undoubtedly the only true and honest family film of this summer. But you can revel in it as an adult too.

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