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Swallows and Amazons honors its source material with a beautifully shot drama whose nostalgic glow is enhanced by winning performances and a timeless story. Read critic reviews

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The Walker children are given permission to camp on an island in the middle of a vast lake. When they get there, they have to battle against a gang of local youths for control of the island.

Cast & Crew

Rafe Spall
Captain Flint
Andrew Scott
Lazlov
Dane Hughes
John Walker
Orla Hill
Susan Walker
Bobby McCulloch
Roger Walker
Seren Hawkes
Nancy Blackett
Hannah Jayne Thorp
Peggy Blackett
Jessica Hynes
Mrs. Jackson
Andrea Gibb
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Jenny Borgars
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Patrick Fischer
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Hugo Heppell
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John Jencks
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Dan MacRae
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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (2)

  • As clunky as the movie can feel, there's a winning toughness to its unsentimental view of childhood and its nostalgia for a pre-digital age.

    July 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Where the film really takes wing is when the Swallows and Amazons are trying to steal each other's boats, making expeditions by moonlight or are planning just what they're going to eat after dropping their provisions in the lake.

    August 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite an incongruous action sequence on the roof of a puttering steam train and a beefed-up espionage plot, the thrills here are reassuringly low-key.

    August 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • You may as well make a film of the 1930 Wisden's Cricket Almanac.

    August 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • No amount of espionage exploits can supercharge the japes and scrapes with excitement that warrant its place on the big screen.

    August 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 15, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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