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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.

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 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
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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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Genres:

Adventure | Drama | Family | War

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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 »

Filming Locations:

Yorkshire, England, UK See more »

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Dolby Atmos
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Lazlov: You need to watch where you're going. Or you might not get there.
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Take me to the Lake District
24 August 2016 | by sheilaoldmailSee all my reviews

I watched the latest Swallows and Amazons with some trepidation as I was a huge fan of the old version. I hadn't mind that the old one was so slow and so uneventful. But the new version is simply perfect. I love that it operates on two levels: the joyous if sometimes chopsy relationships between the kids; and the clever way that Arthur Ransome's life as a spy/Guardian journalist is woven into the plot. So much for the script (which is terrific). As for the scenery and cinematography well I could have stared at the lakes for hours and the boats bobbing along. I would have liked more sailing and more time for the children to have messed about having fun to sharpen the contrast between the adult and children story lines and because the kids were so good. The adult acting was generally excellent. Andrew Scott was and is always amazing. Fenella Wolgar got some of the biggest laughs and it was lovely to see Harry Enfield obviously enjoying himself. I think the child actors are well cast and can carry the film as and when needed. I saw quite a few kids crawling onto parents laps during the moments of tension or jumping at key points. It's undoubtedly the only true and honest family film of this summer. But you can revel in it as an adult too.


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