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Swallows and Amazons (2016)

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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. Blackett
Old Billy
John Henshaw ...
Harbour Master
Dane Hughes ...
Seren Hawkes ...
Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen ...
Chris Anastasi ...
Bobby McCulloch ...


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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Amazons rule. See more »


Adventure | Drama | Family | War


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14 July 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Golondrinas y amazonas  »

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Did You Know?


The espionage elements added to the film are inspired by the fact that the author of the book, Arthur Ransome, had actually worked for British Intelligence, spying on the Russians. The code name "S76" that appears in the film was Arthur Ransome's actual code name. 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 »


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Version of Swallows and Amazons (1963) See more »

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disappointing to say the least
25 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

To me this was a perfect opportunity to create something special from something classic gone completely wrong. Some of the scenes were lovely to look at but overshadowed by the underwhelming story lines. The acting was completely wooden, the 2 smaller children were quite fun and played their parts well, the older ones however could really have learned something from them. Their characters were completely wooden, no personality, enthusiasm or expression. In the past few years we have seen some amazing child actors such as, The BFG, Pan and What we did on our holiday to name just a few. How then did this go so wrong? As a family we watch a lot of films , old and new, we also spend a lot of time going to the cinema , so pride ourselves in being able to appreciate all sorts of film genres. When we saw this advertised we were quite excited and thought it had a lot of potential. Sadly we walked out of the cinema after seeing this feeling totally unfulfilled.

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