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Swallows and Amazons

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NOTE: Mild themes and violence

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If you have never read “Swallows and Amazons” by Arthur Ransome, you may enjoy this film, but for those of us who know and love his books so well it was very disappointing. I realise that it's impossible to make a film from a book without making changes, but there were just too many changes in this one. The characters of the children, the main protagonists, have been altered so that Susan, the competent elder sister, becomes more of a child and far less able, while older brother John morphs into a moody teenager. I could cope with Russian (-) spies, and the changes to the person and character of Captain Flint, but, all in all, there were just too many alterations and we gave up watching. I will give the DVD away.

Description

The adventure begins

Swallows and Amazons follows four children who dream of escaping from the tedium of a summer holiday. When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they arrive, they discover they may not be alone and a desperate yet whimsical battle for ownership of the island ensues, where both skill and luck play a hand. Simultaneously, the dangers of an adult world, on the brink of war, encroach on their paradise and intertwine with their lives, in the form of a mysterious pair of Russian spies hot on the tail of the enigmatic Jim Turner. The children must ban together from both groups, learn skills of survival, responsibility, and the all-important value of friendship to save a family member. Steeped in the wonder of a childs imagination and set against a breath-taking backdrop, this is an exhilarating adaptation of a treasured classic.

Critic Reviews

Swallows and Amazons still evokes a golden, prelapsarian age when kids were free range and mucking about in boats was the acme of excitement.”
 – Movie Talk

“There's an undeniable charm here that, allied with the picturesque locations, results in a nostalgic throwback to a gentler age.”
 – Total Film

“It's a charmingly old-fashioned family adventure – one that you can imagine several generations of a family gathering to watch on a rainy grey Sunday afternoon.”
 – Time Out

Release date Australia
January 31st, 2018
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.85 : 1
Language
English
Length (Minutes)
97
Number of Discs
1
Genres
  • Adventure
  • Drama
  • Family
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9317731134272
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Product ID
27441543

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