£3.99 + £2.80 shipping
In stock. Sold by Film Frenzy Fast Delivery

Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Basket
£5.19
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Sold by: hessleoldbooks
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Colour:
  • Amy Foster aka Swept From The Sea [1998] [VHS]
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
      

Amy Foster aka Swept From The Sea [1998] [VHS]


RRP: £5.99
Price: £3.99
You Save: £2.00 (33%)
Only 1 left in stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Film Frenzy Fast Delivery.
3 new from £3.99 1 used from £3.98 1 collectible from £19.19

Product details

  • Actors: Rachel Weisz, Vincent Perez, Ian McKellen, Kathy Bates, Joss Ackland
  • Directors: Beeban Kidron
  • Writers: Joseph Conrad, Tim Willocks
  • Producers: Beeban Kidron, Charles Steel, Devon Dickson, Garth Thomas, Polly Tapson
  • Format: Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound, Colour, Full Screen
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • VHS Release Date: 19 Mar. 2001
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXBQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,016 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

Amy Foster (Rachel Weisz) is an outcast, spurned by her own family and accused of being a witch by everyone else in her village. She is also blamed for the storm which caused a shipwreck in which only one man survived. He immediately falls for Amy, but their love for each other causes controversy among the small-minded villagers who are determined to put an end to their happiness.

From Amazon.co.uk

Based on the Joseph Conrad story "Amy Foster", Swept From the Sea, a swirlingly romantic melodrama, tells the story of a Polish sailor (Vincent Perez) shipwrecked and washed ashore on the English coast in the 19th century. Found by a servant girl, Amy (Rachel Weisz), who is a village outcast, he is considered retarded because no one can understand what he says. But slowly, through Amy's love and the doctor's tutelage, the sailor learns enough English to decide he wants to make an honest woman out of Amy, which doesn't sit well with the disapproving villagers, who don't like Amy. Even the doctor, who has a fondness for the sailor, has a blind spot when it comes to the servant girl. Strong performances and gritty period settings lift this film above bodice-ripper status to something richer. --Marshall Fine

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2003
Format: DVD
This magnificent film based on Joseph Conrad's 'Amy Foster' is filled with the timeless grace of classic literature. The Cornwall English coast has never been so beautifully photographed as it is here in this story of two hearts saving each other from a life of loneliness.
Rachel Weisz uses her open and beautiful face to marvelous effect, conveying the accumulated hurt and resolve of a girl who has lived her entire life deprived of love. Her father resents her for the marriage her arrival into the world forced him into and her mother witholds her love because of a much deeper shame Amy is unaware of. Amy counters their unkindness with a silence that seems strange to those around her and casts her heart upon the sea, waiting for it to be reborn.
When the sole survivor of a shipwreck washes ashore and is treated in the same manner as Amy because he is Russian and can not communicate with those around him their hearts connect instantly, a deeply moving yet simple act of human kindness when she washes his feet and offers him bread never to be forgotten, setting the tone for the entire film. Vincent Perez gives a perfect performance as the Russia stranger who is lost and helpless in a foreign land. It is as if the sea Amy so dearly loves has felt her hurt and brought her love.
Ian McKellan and Kathy Bates lend depth to this tender and tragic tale revolving around the sea. It will leave you with the feeling you get upon finishing a classic book, knowing it will linger long afterward in your heart and mind. This is a deeply romantic film, spare and beautiful, laced with tenderness and love.
Do not, under any circumstances, miss this fine film....
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bex Fearon on 17 Jun. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Amy Foster is a wonderful film, which plays on all of your emotions. Certain parts of this film will make you want to laugh or cry. The acting from Rachel Weisz & Vincent Perez is excellent, they make you believe how a situation like theirs could actually happen, through bigotry & extreme small mindedness. Vincent Perez plays his part of the shipwrecked Russian, looking for a better world, excellently, his accent is very good. This film is now one of my firm favourites, I would highly recommend it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Sept. 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I just have to say - I saw this move three months ago and I still can't stop thinking about it.
It is extremely moving!!!!!!! and well worth watching over and over again. It has excellent actors, great story and beautiful cinematography.
I am actually going to buy it in DVD now, because I just have to have it there to watch.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Millard on 18 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The story is basic but beautifully realized: a young Ukrainian (not Russian, as one or two others here seem to have thought) leaves his loving family in the Carpathians to emigrate to a better future in America in the 19th Century. He never makes it. He is sole survivor of a shipwreck and is washed up on the Cornish coast. He is treated pretty shabbily by most of the locals even after their fear of him as a madman (shaggy and does not speak English) has dissipated. Only the local doctor and a virtually mute girl, Amy, treat him in a civilized way. She later marries him and (after some other facts about her origins come to light) they are given a stone cottage high on a cliff, with an acre of land. They have a baby. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes but I shall not spoil the ending for anyone reading this review! Suffice to say that the film continues to be harrowing!

My wife remarked she never saw such lashing rain when we had the lease of a large country house in that county (or ancient kingdom), so it is interesting to note that some locations in North Yorkshire were used as well as the Cornish ones. Or perhaps Special Effects were to blame. Having said that, the locations are very good and most obviously in Cornwall. The accents of the principals are excellent: Rachel Weisz sounds Cornish to my ear and Perez, as the young Ukrainian, does sound, if not Ukrainian --- I cannot say --- then at least Russian (I studied the language and have been there).

Overall, this is an excellent film, emotionally rather wearing, but worth seeing. Quality.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: DVD
Took me ten years to catch this film had no idea what I had missed.
The film was given to me because of my deep love of Cornwall, in truth I would watch just about any old tripe if it included shots of the Cornish coast I love so dear. This coast has been an inspiration for artists for centuries. On a visit to Cornwall an inspired Richard Wagner wrote the greatest opera ever written - Tristan and Isolde.

Joseph Conrad in his story Amy Foster was at his most insightful. It is largely a story about 'difference' and how a shipwrecked stranger can be treated with hostility by the local community to the point where this endangers his life, Conrad was himself a polish immigrant to England. Amy, for quite diverse reasons is also an 'outsider' and the film is essentially about their relationship.. As with so much of Conrad this story has actually become more relevant with age.

The cast give great performances, Ian McKellen does a marvelous job of capturing the complex nature of the stories narrator Dr Kennedy, who is both heroic in protecting the migrant but unreasonably hostile to Amy Foster. Rachel Weisz is outstanding, Kathy Bates provides a stella support and Vincent Perez is GORGEOUS. Beeban Kidron deserves particular credit for making the cast. location and story come together to such outstanding effect.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback