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.
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?
Based on the book of the same name by Arthur Ransome, published in 1930 and set in the same location of the Lake District in the summer of 1929. The book does not have a spy story within it, although 'Captain Flint' is still the uncle of the Blacketts and does live on a houseboat. See more »
Gunnera manicata, known as Brazilian giant-rhubarb, is a native to South America, yet is clearly visible on the island when the children confront the Russian agents. It is highly unlikely to have been planted on a remote island in the middle of the Lake District. See more »
"Better Drowned Than Duffers. If Not Duffers Won't Drown"
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It takes guts to remake a classic film. Unfortunately it takes talent too, and from the "writer" downwards the bunch behind this particular remake are sadly lacking in talent.
Honestly, it makes you wonder if they ever read the original stories. Sure, they're perhaps a little dated now, but I'm convinced it would have been possible to update them without ignoring everything that was good. They certainly did *not* need to rename poor old itty, or make the teenagers a bunch of inept yobs.
Ignore this, go watch the original 1974 version, then hunt out Sophie Neville's beautiful diaries of "The Making of Swallows and Amazons" (it's on Amazon) and let the love and respect for Arthur Ransome's work envelop you.
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