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Swept Away (2002) [DVD]


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  • Actors: Madonna, Adriano Giannini, Bruce Greenwood, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Beattie
  • Directors: Guy Ritchie
  • Writers: Guy Ritchie, Lina Wertmüller
  • Producers: Adam Bohling, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn, Michael Morgan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Greek, Italian
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Uca / Columbia Tristar
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008V6YY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,961 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Swept Away is a story of love, sex and too much money - all set against the backdrop of a spectacular Mediterranean island paradise. A rich, spoiled socialite (Madonna) and a handsome Italian fisherman (Giannini) find themselves stranded on a deserted island where matters of material wealth and class disparity are meaningless.

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Madonna gives her most believable performance in Swept Away as Amber, a rich woman on a sea cruise who expects the world to obey her every whim. When she and a high-spirited crew member (Adriano Giannini) are marooned on a small deserted island the feud that sprang up between them on the ship becomes an all-out war then changes into lustful desire as Amber finds that losing status opens up a new side of her personality.

Some people will want to see Swept Away for the simple pleasure of seeing Madonna being slapped; more demanding filmgoers will, sadly, be left wanting. Though the movie purports to be a satirical examination of capitalism (as was the original 1974 version), its vague discussion of money and power adds up to very little. The love story is surprisingly sincere, making Swept Away a standard romantic potboiler with gorgeous tropical backdrops. --Bret Fetzer


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. E. Wyn-jones on 26 May 2003
Format: DVD
I rented this movie the night it came out in the UK despite the critics reports. Despite the fact it was panned by almost everyone, and in fact went straight to DVD without being released in the UK, I love Madonna and Guy Ritchie's other films. Don't believe the hype, she really is not bad in this at all. She has made some stinkers, but this is not one of them. She can act in it and does so quite well. She produces a genuine feeling of sympathy for her character when her Co Star actually uses physical violence against her and is just plain horrible to her. But... and this is a big but, there is a problem with the movie and its nothing to do with the acting, the fabulous location, or the directing. Its just plain boring. Not a great script, characters one dimensional, I really wanted to switch off half way. I am glad I rented it, but I wouldn't watch it again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. E. Wyn-jones on 8 July 2003
Format: DVD
Although the critics hated this movie, they unjustifiably slated Madonna in it which is not fair as she is great in this movie. She has proven she can act and does so with feeling, depth and emotion. The movie is a bit dull and it kills me to say that as I love Guy Ritchie and all his other stuff, but its not bad, there's plenty of worse movies out there which didn't get half as bad reviews. All in all, an entertaining movie, well acted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Parodi on 10 May 2003
Format: DVD
As a fan of Madonna for 20 years (since I was seven), I admit that I am most likely unable to offer an unbiased review of any Madonna project. I am always giving her the benefit of the doubt, especially in the genre she has the most difficulty with: movies. After many many attempts, and despite a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in EVITA, true movie star status eludes Madonna. It is a mystery to me how Madonna can be the most successful female singer of all time, and yet usually give bad performances in movies. It is a mystery to me why - after selling over 100 million albums - she even *wants* to be an actress. Alas, she does. And, alas, she usually fails. And, because I love her, I keep coming back ... hoping.
One level on which to judge this movie is in terms of Madonna's evolution as an actress. On those terms, she gives an astonishingly beautiful performance, perhaps the best of her career. But one must keep in mind how awful she has been in the past to grade on this curve (THE NEXT BEST THING anyone?). If she were any other actress, I would have turned off the DVD. I can still see her mistaking body positioning for emotional expression (she thinks she's still in Martha Graham's interpretive dance studio). Actors have a term for this kind of acting: "mugging." To her credit, however, she doesn't do that much of it in SWEPT AWAY.
Another way to judge this movie is to remember that Madonna does not do single projects. She launches franchises. In 1987 it was the WHO'S THAT GIRL? era, with a movie, an album, a song, a video, and a world tour all with that title. In 1990 it was the "blonde era" with Madonna starring in DICK TRACY as the Marilyn-inspired blonde bombshell Breathless Mahoney, releasing the album I'M BREATHLESS, and launching the BLONDE AMBITION world tour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 May 2003
Format: DVD
This film has had many negative reviews so when I watched the film I was expecting it to be awful. However, it isn't THAT bad. I enjoyed the contemporary Ritchie direction that added another angle to the film. Madonna's acting is not fantastic, and not as convincing as Giannini's, BUT the film IS entertaining and actually quite funny in places. I thought the worst acting bits were when Adriano Giannini forces Madonna to be his 'servant' as she wants him to help her to survive on the island - it seemed unconvincing and not as powerful as it could have been. The best bits are when the couple start to get on and fool around together which is where I think Madonna is natural - being spontaneous and playful - and this is also apparent in the 'special features' which is arguably the best part of the DVD. Good bits and bad bits but overall I enjoyed watching the film.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nothern Climes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Dec 2004
Format: DVD
It has to be said, I didn't know what to expect given the other mixed reviews but I'm very pleasantly surprised. I admired the acting and thought the chemistry of Madonna and Adriano Giannini worked well. Perhaps if one is used to watching Madonna on stage, a letdown might be perceived as her role demanded something different to that which most of us associate with her character - but taking the film as a whole (without prior knowledge) will probably work best. Having said that, I couldn't help thinking of her history and interest in S&M during some of the scenes on the island, but then that might just be me!
This is NOT a typical Hollywood movie and this certainly works in its favour. As an aside, there was a refreshing lack of product placement, some delightful Mediterranean scenery and the ending was both unusual and unexpected. I found it very absorbing throughout and worth the effort.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 April 2003
Format: DVD
If the initial reviews are to be believed, your DVD player will burst into flames as soon as the disk is inserted. This won't happen. Instead you'll watch it, and think "What was all the fuss about".
It's a comedy drama about relationships and the power within them. Madonna plays the spoiled, rich lady of leisure, a sort of Karen from Will and Grace without the charm. You'll either think she's funny because no one could be this rude or just plain rude. Her life is transformed when ... oh, you're going to know the plot, right? I'm not going to get in trouble for spoilers?
Yes, she's Swept Away to an island where the man who's life she made a living hell for the last week is suddenly her only means of survival. But he's not going to be nice about it. There are scene's of him slapping his former tormentor, and verbally abusing her.
The acting during all of this is convincing, the plot doesn't do what happened in "Next Best Thing" and suddenly transform from a comedy to a drama with no warning. Elements of both can be found throughout, with enough twists and titters to satisfy in each department.
It's certainly not a "criminally overlooked masterpiece" by any means, it's a bit too thoughtful and provoking to be an all out "feelgood" movie, a bit too lightweight to be a torrid drama. I think this is why American critics hated it so much - they are so used to putting films in these easy to digest categories that when one comes along that doesn't quite fit they don't know what to do but attack it. What it does is tell a story well, make some laughs, engage you with some characters and confirm that you can't believe everything you read.
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