- Actors: Virginia McKenna, Ronald Fraser, Simon West, Suzanna Hamilton, Sophie Neville
- Directors: Claude Whatham
- Producers: Richard Pilbrow
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Studiocanal
- DVD Release Date: 4 Aug. 2014
- Run Time: 88 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 165 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00KBROZRQ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,384 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Swallows And Amazons - 40th Anniversary
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Classic children's adventure yarn based on the Arthur Ransome book. The story recounts the adventures of a group of children who call themselves the Swallows, after their boat, as they holiday in the Lake District during the 1920s. There they meet two piratical sisters, known as the Amazons, who have already claimed the waters for themselves.
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We have no evidence that he knew anything about creating a serial or had any experience in creating a shooting script. He objected to the BBC changing the name of 'Titty' to 'Kitty'. This film version took the judgement that people were now ready to accept the name he had actually written. The very latest film version has chosen to move again because the arrival of the internet means that the name causes all sort of questionable material will be dragged in. Thus 'Tatty' is the safe name that has been chosen. However, it is quite clear that the ages of the child actors in this version are much more akin to the ages suggested by Ransome himself. Would he have included a plot that had people racing along the roof of a train ? Did he write the book for children or for an older audience ? My granddaughter has been shown this version BEFORE she gets exposed to the sensation-seeking new version.
In fact many people (including myself) accredit their love for sailing was because of the Arthur Ransom series of books and this movie is very faithful to the book. The only significant part that is missing is the last night of camping on Wildcat Island and the wild storm, however this would have apparently made the film too long for a cinema release. Adults will be able to enjoy Swallows And Amazons for the romance and innocence of the period and will be able to reminisce their childhood adventures. I enjoyed Swallows And Amazons so much I would like to see a Cast & Crew reunion and perhaps find out how the movie influenced their lives.
Whilst I am sure that viewers new to Swallows & Amazons will also enjoy it, I think those that already know and love the books will be most willing to overlook the fact that this is not a new film, but remember that it is one shot in the 1970s and with it comes some occasionally stilted acting and some lack of continuity as well as some obvious technological limitations, not to mention that all the scenes filmed in the dark appear to be broad daylight through a filter. These idiosyncrasies aside, this is a charming film and well worth the money.
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