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Amy Foster (1997)

Swept from the Sea (original title)
The film tells the story of Russian émigré, and the only survivor from ship crash Yanko Goorall, and servant Amy Foster in the end of nineteenth century. When Yanko enters a farm, sick and ... See full summary »

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Beeban Kidron

Writers:

Joseph Conrad (short story "Amy Foster"), Tim Willocks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Weisz ... Amy Foster
Vincent Perez ... Yanko Gooral
Ian McKellen ... Dr. James Kennedy
Kathy Bates ... Miss Swaffer
Joss Ackland ... Mr. Swaffer
Tony Haygarth ... Mr. Smith
Fiona Victory ... Mrs. Smith
Tom Bell ... Isaac Foster
Zoë Wanamaker ... Mary Foster
William Scott-Masson ... Mr. Willcox (as William Scott Masson)
Eve Matheson Eve Matheson ... Mrs. Willcox
Dave Hill Dave Hill ... Jack Vincent
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Canon Van Stone (as J.G.R. Ashton-Griffiths)
Matthew Scurfield ... Thackery
Margery Withers Margery Withers ... Widow Cree
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Storyline

The film tells the story of Russian émigré, and the only survivor from ship crash Yanko Goorall, and servant Amy Foster in the end of nineteenth century. When Yanko enters a farm, sick and hungry after the shipwreck, everyone is afraid of him, except for Amy, who is very kind and helps him. Soon he becomes like a son for Dr. James Kennedy and romance between Yanko and Amy follows.

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Taglines:

In the heart of an outcast he found his destiny. In the passion of an outsider she found her home.

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for elements of theme and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amy Foster See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$163,289, 25 January 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$283,081, 1 February 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A song, "To Love and be Loved", written by John Barry and Tim Rice and sung by Corina Brouder, was recorded too late to be included in this movie. However, it is on the soundtrack album. See more »

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Beautiful, tragic love story
13 January 2007 | by MagicStarfireSee all my reviews

Set in England, probably in the 1800s, this film deals not only with a beautiful love story, but with being an outsider--and the kind of ugly hatred some people exhibit towards those they consider different from themselves. It also deals with blaming others and not accepting the responsibilities of your own faults.

Yanko Gooral(played by gorgeous Vincent Perez) is a young man from the Ukraine, who, with some other young men from the Ukraine, decides to go to America.

Amy Foster (played by beautiful Rachel Weisz) is a young Englishwoman, who works as a servant, and helps support her hateful parents and younger siblings. Eventually we discover a shocking secret about Amy and her parents, that explains their warped bitterness.

The ship Yanko is on is destroyed in a storm, flinging him up onto the coast of England; when he wanders ashore, he is at first treated like a lunatic by the fearful inhabitants.

Unable to speak English, Yanko is unable to communicate with anyone and Amy is the only person who treats him with any human kindness.

Eventually he is befriended by a Dr. Kennedy, and another family in the area, learns English, and his life seems to be becoming somewhat better. However the ignorant and bigoted, of which there are many, continue to give both him and Amy a hard time. In fact, the actions of the bigots lead indirectly to what finally happens to this young man.

I didn't pick it up until almost the end of the movie, but in my opinion, there's a bit of an undercurrent of homo-eroticism in the doctor's feelings regarding Yanko--which ties in to the doctor's behavior towards Amy, and leads eventually to an unexpected scene between him and Amy at the conclusion of the film.

10 stars


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