Swallows and Amazons

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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.



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Four children dream of escaping the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on an island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone... The battle for ownership of a lonely island teaches them the skills of survival, the value of friendship and the importance of holding your nerve. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Lake District, Swallows and Amazons is a heartwarming adventure for all the family.

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Rafe Spall
as Capt. Spall
Kelly Macdonald
as Mrs. Walker
Harry Enfield
as Mr. Jackson
Elizabeth Berrington
as Mrs. Blackett
Dane Hughes
as John Walker
Orla Hill
as Susan Walker
Richard Bremmer
as Old Billy
John Henshaw
as Harbour Master
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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (5) | 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.

    Jul 13, 2017 | 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.

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

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It's a strange kettle of fish, this adaptation of Arthur Ransome's beloved Thirties children's book, but bizarrely enjoyable for its sense of freedom and derring-do.

    Jul 28, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Decent enough: but probably best savoured on the small screen after tea on a rainy Sunday.

    Jul 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's heartening to see Ransome's fiction taking on a new and more independent form, suggesting an ongoing relevance for a series of books that could easily be viewed as too dated for modern children.

    Jul 24, 2016 | Full Review…

    Catherine Bray

    Top Critic
  • The pace is slow initially, but stick with it.

    Aug 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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