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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)
4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Some summers you treasure forever See more »

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 »

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Dolby Atmos
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Trivia

The espionage elements added to the film are inspired by the fact that the author of the book, Arthur Ransome, had actually worked for British Intelligence, spying on the Russians. The code name "S76" that appears in the film was Arthur Ransome's actual code name. See more »

Goofs

Gunnera manicata, known as Brazilian giant-rhubarb, is a native to South America, yet is clearly visible on the island when the children confront the Russian agents. It is highly unlikely to have been planted on a remote island in the middle of the Lake District. See more »

Quotes

Lazlov: You need to watch where you're going. Or you might not get there.
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Connections

Version of Swallows and Amazons (1963) See more »

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Absolutely delightful
23 August 2016 | by Rollins72See all my reviews

This rainy day emergency activity last weekend turned out to be the best decision of the holidays. Based on the Arthur Ransome classic with a slightly altered plot, it was a bit slow to get started, but once the main family arrive in the lakes the kids' adventure begins and my two were on the edge of their seats.

The scenery is breathtaking (without any special effects) and for the kids the sense of a REAL adventure must be inspiring. The Walker family children (Swallows) are allowed to go and camp on an island in the middle of a lake and basically fend for themselves. Once on the island it becomes clear that they're not alone and soon war is declared with two local pirate girls (Amazons). The kids catch fish, play with fire, shoot bows and arrows. There is no need to add superheroes or special effects, real life is adventurous enough.

There are some great funny moments, a couple of which had the whole audience in stitches.

Thoroughly recommended, even if it's not raining!!


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