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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:

David Wood (screenplay), Arthur Ransome (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Virginia McKenna ... Mother - Mrs. Walker
Ronald Fraser ... Uncle Jim
Simon West Simon West ... John Walker - Swallow
Sophie Neville ... Titty Walker - Swallow
Suzanna Hamilton Suzanna Hamilton ... Susan Walker - Swallow (as Zanna Hamilton)
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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Arthur Ransome's Immortal Story

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This children's picture was financed by presenter and executive producer Nat Cohen of English production house EMI Films who then recently had previously produced about four years earlier another family film, The Railway Children (1970), and were hoping to repeat that picture's box-office success with this movie. 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 »

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Version of Swallows and Amazons (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Spanish Ladies
(uncredited)
aka "Farewell and Adieu to You"
Traditional
Arranged by Wilfred Josephs
Sung by the Swallows
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It is like the book but.....
1 February 2004 | by adam-quinanSee all my reviews

I have loved the Swallows and Amazons books since I was a child and first saw this movie years ago. It is a reasonably faithful adaptation, though large parts of the book are missing. I enjoyed seeing the film recreation which mostly matched my vision.

Susan is very well played by Zannah Hamilton and really improves on the book character. Roger is a bit gormless and is not as interesting as the book character. Titty, John, Nancy and Peggy work pretty well. Ronald Fraser as Captain Flint is a total disaster and completely misplays the role. The sailing scenes are not well done. The boats are continuously gybing to and fro without really going anywhere.

In conclusion, this film is a good taste of the book, and it would be fun to see more movies of the other S&A books made. The BBC did Coot Club and Big Six quite well some time ago.


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