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Swallows and Amazons (2016)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 14 July 2017 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Philippa Lowthorpe

Writers:

Andrea Gibb, Arthur Ransome (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby McCulloch Bobby McCulloch ... Roger Walker
Dane Hughes Dane Hughes ... John Walker
Kelly Macdonald ... Mrs. Walker
Abbie Glozier Abbie Glozier ... Baby Vicky
Megan Glozier Megan Glozier ... Baby Vicky
Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen ... Tatty Walker (as Teddie Malleson-Allen)
Orla Hill ... Susan Walker
Andrew Scott ... Lazlov
Dan Renton Skinner Dan Renton Skinner ... Zukin (as Dan Skinner)
Rafe Spall ... Jim Turner / Captain Flint / Polski the Parrot
Harry Enfield ... Mr. Jackson
Jessica Hynes ... Mrs. Jackson
Fenella Woolgar ... Miss Crummock
Jack Ibbotson Jack Ibbotson ... Postman
Richard Bremmer ... Old Billy
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | Family | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

BBC Films | Harbour Pictures | See more »

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Golondrinas y amazonas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos
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Trivia

The opening journey was filmed on the Keighley and Worth Valley railway. The same line used in The Railway Children. See more »

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At 44:40, Andrew Scott is looking through his binoculars while some tiny bugs crawling on his wrist and he doesn't even seems to notice them or feel them but they look creepy. See more »

Quotes

Roger Walker: Where is father's ship?
Mrs. Walker: Hong Kong.
Roger Walker: Where's Hong Kong?
Susan Walker: The South China Sea.
Roger Walker: Where's the South China Sea?
Susan Walker: South of China.
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A children's classic besmirched by unnecessary sensitivity
21 August 2016 | by editor-06667See all my reviews

How sad that someone's sensitivities (who's?) were considered so important that Titania's original name was changed to 'Tatty' for this film. The character's name is Titty, and has been since 1930 - a very long time - and I consider that the producers should be ashamed of themselves for giving in on such an insignificant matter. Do they not know the expression 'to Roger someone'? Do they not know what a 'John' is in certain societies? Where does all this lunacy stop?

Perhaps the film lacks the intensity of modern, CGI, 'shoot 'em up' films, but the pleasure should lie in the bucolic idealism that Ransome illustrated in all his books. Oh, and the basics of how to sail, alongside other matters naval and historical. Fortunately interest in such activities remains high and will probably remain so for the next few centuries, unlike passing fads passed off as 'entertainment' but actually merely being another vehicle for profit.


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