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Swallows and Amazons (2016)

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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.


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 Vicki
Megan Glozier Megan Glozier ... Baby Vicki
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


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 »


Adventure | Drama | Family | War


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Release Date:

14 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Golondrinas y amazonas See more »

Filming Locations:

Yorkshire, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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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Version of Swallows and Amazons (1974) See more »

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Good childhood flick that makes you proud of the British Countryside
28 August 2016 | by SpoilerAlertReviewsSee all my reviews

British TV movie and mini series director Philippa Lowthorpe, films an adaptation of Arthur Ransome's popular children's book series 'Swallows and Amazons' set on a fictional lake but inspired on the Lake District and the Norfolk Boards. Admittedly, I haven't read the novels so it's hard for me to comment on the adaptation but it's a cute children's adventure with bravery, drama and some sibling rivalry.

We follow a cast of young unknowns, the Walkers, which are similar to the children from Narnia or the Famous Five; typically British for that era going camping, fishing and sailing that brought me back to my childhood of secret base building and wading in the local stream looking for sticklebacks.

The names we should recognise are Kelly Macdonald and Rafe Spall, with an up and coming Andrew Scott. Kelly playing the encouraging, free-spirited mother and Rafe playing a suspicious and mostly obnoxious character who's obviously got something to hide. But the kids steal the show, and rightly so, it's about them after all and they do a grand job especially the emotional and excitable Roger played by Bobby McCulloch. Have to mention Brit comedian Harry Enfield who plays Mr. Jackson which was a surprise to me but a delight in any case.

The scenery is lush and makes you proud of the British countryside which makes me wonder if people from the rest of the world see all this green and think "wow, that looks so beautiful." There's a great score from Ilan Eshkeri, (Stardust, The Young Victoria) that's enchanting and very fitting for the children's adventure adding dramatic effect and suspense.

It feels longer than the 97min running time and wavered slightly in the what felt like the middle of the story. I can imagine there was a lot of ground to cover and possibly a challenge to fit everything into the film, not that any part felt rush. It's well shot with some great camera work and is some light-hearted entertainment for the whole family, however it isn't a grand spectacle but then again I don't think it tries to be.

Running Time: 6 The Cast: 8 Performance: 7 Direction: 8 Story: 7 Script: 7 Creativity: 6 Soundtrack: 8 Job Description: 7 The Extra Bonus Points: 0

64% 6/10

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