Swept from the Sea


Swept from the Sea

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Loosely based on a short story by Joseph Conrad, this well-wrought tale of passion and tragedy centers on the culturally forbidden love between a 19th-century indentured servant and the mysterious shipwrecked Russian immigrant who washes upon the shores of her home in Cornwall, England.

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Vincent Perez (III)
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
Tony Haygarth
as William Smith
Fiona Victory
as Mrs. Smith
Eve Matheson
as Mrs. Willcox
Dave Hill
as Jack Vincent
J.G.R. Ashton-Griffiths
as Canon Van Stone
Margery Withers
as Widow Cree
Roger Ashton-Griffiths
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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Audience Reviews for Swept from the Sea

  • Dec 03, 2009
    This is the kind of the Romantic/Drama Movie I prefer to watch. It shows that not everyday is a sunny day when you are married and inlove. It has abit of everything. The first time I saw this Movie, I didnt know Vincent Perez but Rachel Weisz because of her character in the Movie the Mummy. Beautiful but very very sad ending. It made me so cry.
    NaWie M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2009
    Swept from the Sea is a 1997 movie based on a 1903 story, Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad. It stars Vincent Perez, Rachel Weisz, Ian McKellen, Joss Ackland, Kathy Bates, Zoe Wanamaker and Tom Bell and was directed by Beeban Kidron.The story concerns a Russian, unable to speak English but able to play chess, shipwrecked on the coast of Cornwall on his way to America ..... Set in England, probably in the 1800s, this film deals not only with a beautiful love story. The people lived on a stark and barren spit of land attached to a strikingly beautiful yet often-ferocious sea. Storms were frequent and accompanied by howling winds, slashing rains and crashing waves which occasionally ended in catastrophic shipwrecks. People scratched around just to subsist. The harsh elements succeeded in stealing love from their souls, much as the sea stole lives from the broken ships. Those who did not fit in were scorned and made to suffer. Notwithstanding all this however, this story talks to the will of 2 simple people, who though raised in a harsh land by even harsher people manage to find love and peace, albeit for a short while, despite outrageous cruelties visited upon them. I found the articulation of the dialog impressive and the characterization of 19th century Cornwall, England enchanting. The way the flavor of the times came through is worth noting as well. Vincent Perez is marvelous in this role, as he portrays a most sympathetic character. The views throughout the film are breathtaking! I felt transported though time while watching.
    Arianeta L Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2009
    Duh Decades ago. Great Movie with Rachel Weisz and Vincent Perez. Awesome Movie, if you like specific Dramatic Movies.
    Lilo C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2009
    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 B Super Reviewer

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