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Swept from the Sea (1998)



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A minor novella by Joseph Conrad, Amy Foster, is the basis for this historical drama set in late 19th century rural England. The title character, Amy (Rachel Weisz) is a servant girl to the family of Miss Swaffer (Kathy Bates). The story of Amy's life is told in flashbacks by the family doctor, James Kennedy (Ian McKellen), who is caring for Swaffer. Amy's life changes when a shipwrecked man, Yanko Goorall (Vincent Perez), washes up on shore. Yanko is at first taken to be an escaped lunatic, but Amy befriends him, wooing him in a seaside cave where she keeps treasures washed up from the sea, just as he was. Kennedy and Yanko become friends, and the doctor gives the Russian man English lessons in exchange for chess lessons. Over the doctor's objections, the Swaffers help Amy and Yanko marry, giving them a cottage for a home. They have a son, but Yanko contracts pneumonia during a harsh winter, and Amy flees for help with their baby, only to return to find him dead. Kennedy, who was secretly in love with Yanko himself, blames Amy for his death, but Swaffer sets him straight and makes him apologize to Amy.more
Rating: PG-13 (For elements of theme and some sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Tim Willocks
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On DVD: Jul 14, 1998
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Vincent Perez
as Yanko Goorall
Rachel Weisz
as Amy Foster
Ian McKellen
as Dr. James Kennedy
Joss Ackland
as Mr. Swaffer
Kathy Bates
as Miss Swaffer
Tom Bell
as Isaac Foster
Zoë Wanamaker
as Mary Foster
Anthony Haygarth
as William Smith
Tony Haygarth
as William Smith
Fiona Victory
as Mrs. Smith
Eve Matheson
as Mrs. Willcox
Dave Hill
as Jack Vincent
J.G.R. Ashton-Griffi...
as Canon Van Stone
Margery Withers
as Widow Cree
Roger Ashton-Griffit...
as Canon Van Stone
Janine Duvitski
as Mrs. Finn
Janet Henfrey
as Mrs. Rigby
Bob Smith
as Nikolas
Gerardo Silano
as Brother Bodan
Neil Rutherford
as Brother Peter
Sandra Huggett
as Brother Bodan's Wife
Frédérique Feder
as Peter's Wife
Ellis Fernandez
as Amy's Son, Stefan
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Critic Reviews for Swept from the Sea

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | December 25, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Swept from the Sea

A Wonderful friend told me to see this movie (I will let her pick out more for me).and am I glad I ever did. This is not just a romance movie. This is beyond that, with stellar acting by all, you wish the movie could go on. It shows how mean people can be to a perfectly happy couple. I was spellbound, its a must sea movie for all, if you enjoy films then get this one and you will give it no less then 4 stars. I have to give it 5 as its one of the best I have seen. Thank You Raimoyna

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Again, for me, there were emotional elements missing especially in Amy's character even though that's how she was supposed to be. A sad story that makes you angry that people are so intolerant and hateful. Where is the compassion for another human being who did nothing wrong but is simply hated for being an outsider and a foreigner. I was not drawn to the performances but it was a good story.

sloopy chicken lips (aka Cynthia)

Stays pretty true to Conrad's story. Very sad, but very accurate for a period peice & Vincent Perez was very convincing as a non English speaking man in an environment which is at the very least unsettling to him.

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