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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.

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Philippa Lowthorpe

Writers:

Andrea Gibb, Arthur Ransome (based on the book by)
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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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Amazons rule. See more »

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Adventure | Drama | Family | War

Certificate:

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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,898,580
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Dolby Atmos
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Trivia

The opening journey was filmed on the Keighley and Worth Valley railway. The same line used in The Railway Children. See more »

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The film takes place during the 1930s, but the livery and insignia of the steam locomotive that takes the children to the Lake District is that of British Railways (BR), which didn't exist until the nationalization of the railways in 1948. See more »

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Lazlov: You need to watch where you're going. Or you might not get there.
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The battle for an island.
14 January 2017 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

This is a perfect summer film for the families that produced by the BBC. Based on the children's book of the same name. Frankly, I haven't seen the television nor the film adaptation of this. It looked very fresh to me, so I enjoyed it thoroughly. I'm a big fan of children's films and this one reminded my childhood vacation in the grandparents' rural. Surely everybody, I mean most of us had this kind of adventure, sometimes that ended very seriously.

This is mainly about a group of children and their summer adventure, especially sailing in a large lake and exploring an uninhabited island of it. Mrs Walker brings her four children to their grandparents' house in a small English village. The bored kids decide to go sailing on the lake nearby where their father promised to take them one day, but now he's out in the sea far away on the job. Somehow they manage to get permission from the elders and so their adventure begins.

They arrive on the island and claim it. But another group who already claimed it challenges them. So their rivalry begins which leads to some great adventures, day and night. How things going to work between them is told in the remaining. Though there are more that takes place alternatively, like the real spy-game of the grown- ups. How these two stories going to meet was revealed with a decent twist. But the thriller parts were compromised since the film is aimed for the little ones.

"I hereby name it Walker Island and claim it for our own."

Great quality, loved the production. The locations were awesome. Initially I thought this will going to take place in the real Amazon, Brasil, but still I'm satisfied with it. I don't know who is this director, but a well done job. I also don't know whether the story is from the book or just the characters, but expecting a sequel and if possible a film series. I'm not expecting the whole 12 books to be made into films, thought at least a trilogy, since it's a live-action and the kids would grow up fast, they have to hurry up like they did for 'Harry Potter' film series.

The story takes place in the summer 1935 and its atmospheres, especially the addition of the spy thing was a smart move as those times were tensed with the early stage of the World War II. Its stretch also gives the adults a reason to watch the film, but sadly that sub-plot was under-used. Anyway, I recommend it to all, since it falls into PG. But there was a scene when the kids decided to go find the source of the fire they saw afar, that part was so edgy. Like that, there are a few more which creates uneasy in the perspective of kids.

Overall the film looks like a non-magical version of Narnia with four siblings and their exploration turned into an unplanned adventure. Yep, it's not summer yet, off the season, but still I loved it. This is one of the first films to I watch in the 2017, but definitely first children's film. On so many levels, it was a very good film, particularly if you haven't seen the other versions like me and a kid's film fan, you will have a good time. But for the families, as I said earlier, it is not to be missed. It got mixed to positive response from both the film critics and the movie goers, but personally I think it's much better than what they have said. So go for it...

7/10


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