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.


Philippa Lowthorpe


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


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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Some summers you treasure forever See more »


Adventure | Drama | Family | War


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Did You Know?


Dan Travers, who was the diving and marine supervisor on the film, is the son of Virginia McKenna, who played Mrs Walker in the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons. See more »


The corned beef tins in the Post Office are clearly labeled 'Pemmican', which is nonsense - Pemmican is something quite different (a greasy Native American concoction). In the book the children call corned beef 'Pemmican' ( and lemonade 'grog') to add to the feeling of having an adventure. See more »


John Walker: [Reading telegram] "Better Drowned Than Duffers. If Not Duffers Won't Drown"
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Version of Swallows and Amazons (1974) See more »

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Script lets it down
22 August 2016 | by Alex_HodgkinsonSee all my reviews

This is a real shame for me. I haven't read the book and went into this blind, but didn't enjoy it all that much. What's saddening about this film is that it's one of those films that gets everything right, from the beautiful cinematography to the amazing directing to the great casting, but with a lacklustre script. Maybe it's true to the source, but it comes off as awkward and fake, with pieces of dialogue not making much sense followed by the previous piece, and characters going from upset to overwhelmingly happy in a split second. It doesn't feel real. This is sad because the script is only one element of a huge project, but a film needs a good script to be great.

Overall, though, I did enjoy it. Not as high as other films released this year, but definitely not one of the worst I've watched. Children probably will enjoy it, as will fans of the novel from what I've read, but I'd recommend something else for others. If you're going for anything, it should be for the beautiful scenes and shots. Love the use of fog.

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14 July 2017 (USA) See more »

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Swallows and Amazons See more »


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