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Rowing with the Wind (1988)

Remando al viento (original title)
Lord Byron, poet Percy Shelley, his future wife, Mary Shelley (writing Frankenstein) and others spend the summer of 1816 together.

Director:

Gonzalo Suárez (as Gonzalo Suarez)

Writer:

Gonzalo Suárez (as Gonzalo Suarez)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Lord Byron
Lizzy McInnerny ... Mary Shelley
Valentine Pelka ... Percy Bysshe Shelley
Elizabeth Hurley ... Claire Clairmont
José Luis Gómez ... Polidori (as Jose Luis Gomez)
Virginia Mataix ... Elisa
Ronan Vibert ... Fletcher
José Carlos Rivas José Carlos Rivas ... Criatura (as Jose Carlos Rivas)
Kate McKenzie Kate McKenzie ... Jane Williams
Jolyon Baker Jolyon Baker ... Edward Williams
Terence Taplin ... Godwin (as Terry Taplin)
Karen Westwood Karen Westwood ... Fanny
Bibiana Fernández ... Fornarina (as Bibi Andersen)
Josep Maria Pou ... Oficial Aduana (as Jose Mª Pou)
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Teresa Guiccioli (as Aitana Sanchez Gijon)
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Storyline

The film is situated in the time when Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein". It describes the relationship between Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley during various voyages through different European countries in that period. Although Frankenstein is just an invention strange things happen to the people Mary does not like. Written by Volker Boehm

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A haunting tale of mystery and intrigue! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

On the Rachel Ray show on 3/31/15, Elizabeth Hurley was asked to name her favorite on screen kiss. She said there have been many, but her favorite would have to be in a movie a long time ago, with a man she met on the film, whom she then dated for 13 years and he's been her best friend for 15 years after that - Hugh Grant. She said it was very romantic and they were filming in Madrid. See more »

Quotes

Mary Shelley: I am alone. Just as in the pages of my book, I have come to the icy limits of the universe, to meet the horrible creature that my imagination conceived. Where there are no shadows - no monsters can exist. Only the memory will live on... within the limits of the imagination.
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Connections

Version of Haunted Summer (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams
(opening credits and throughout)
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A somewhat poor treatment of an otherwise exciting moment in literary history
24 January 2011 | by antonjarrodSee all my reviews

Badly acted, with a sense of a lack of direction, the only saving grace for this film are the wonderful settings and the score.

One would not recommend this movie to anyone other than fans of 'early Grant and Hurley', but one wonders how many of them there are!

The script is the biggest hurdle. While it contains wonderful references and allusions to the most interesting lines spoken by the historical personages, and does indeed contain some of the words of the poets, the script fills padded out with unnecessary archaisms at best and drivel at worst.

What is most strikingly dull about the work is the character of the monster. Whilst the monotony of the voice is supposed to give us certain Gothic impressions, we are left in fact with only a sense of horror at the poor delivery and rather senseless decision to characterize death and foreboding in this way.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1989 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Rowing with the Wind See more »

Filming Locations:

Asturias, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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