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Swallows and Amazons (1974)

Not Rated | | Adventure , Family | May 1977 (USA)
On holiday with their mother in the Lake District in 1929 four children are allowed to sail over to the nearby island in their boat Swallow and set up camp for a few days. They soon realise... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Whatham

Writers:

Arthur Ransome (book), David Wood
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Virginia McKenna ... Mrs. Walker
Ronald Fraser ... Uncle Jim
Simon West Simon West ... John Walker - Swallow
Suzanna Hamilton Suzanna Hamilton ... Susan Walker - Swallow (as Zanna Hamilton)
Sophie Neville ... Titty Walker - Swallow
Stephen Grendon Stephen Grendon ... Roger Walker - Swallow
Kit Seymour Kit Seymour ... Nancy Blackett - Amazon
Lesley Bennett Lesley Bennett ... Peggy Blackett - Amazon
Brenda Bruce ... Mrs. Dixon
Mike Pratt ... Mr. Dixon
John Franklyn-Robbins John Franklyn-Robbins ... Young Billy
Jack Woolgar Jack Woolgar ... Old Billy
David Blagden David Blagden ... Policeman
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Storyline

On holiday with their mother in the Lake District in 1929 four children are allowed to sail over to the nearby island in their boat Swallow and set up camp for a few days. They soon realise this has been the territory of two other girls who sail the Amazon, and the scene is set for serious rivalry. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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rivalry | lake | girl | island | children | See All (18) »

Taglines:

Arthur Ransome's Immortal Story

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Second of three filmed versions of "Swallows And Amazons" after the made-for television black-and-white six episode television series Swallows and Amazons (1963) which had been made and first broadcast about eleven years earlier. The third version, Swallows and Amazons (2016), was made and first released about forty-two years after this 1974 motion picture. See more »

Goofs

When the children are fishing from the boat the fish that John catches is very clearly already dead when he catches it. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Big Screen Britain: Swallows and Amazons (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Wilfred Josephs
Sung by the Swallows, the Amazons and Uncle Jim
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A classic childhood adventure

A classic childhood adventure set in English Lake District in 1929. Four pre-teens travel by train with their mother for a weeks holiday in the Lake District. The children spend their time exploring in a rowing boat & camping on a small island. They befriend two sisters & become involved in an intrigue with their uncle; having adopted a pirates view of their world. The children enter a world of magic & adventure, where their freedom & imagination are the special effects. A charming tale, with exquisitely rendered period detail in a timeless landscape that will have you aching for a simpler age. Do not miss - your inner child will thank you for it.


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