Swept from the Sea (1998)



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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.
PG-13 (For elements of theme and some sensuality)
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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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
Anthony Haygarth
as William Smith
Tony Haygarth
as William Smith
Fiona Victory
as Mrs. Smith
William Scott-Masson
as Mr. Willcox
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
Willie Ross
as Preble
Janet Henfrey
as Mrs. Rigby
Paul Whitby
as Stefan
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

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

It's hard to really care about these two shallowly written characters.

Full Review… | March 29, 2009

A deeply spiritual movie that honors the unfathomable mysteries of life.

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Kidron translates the script into potent cinema, and her authority in dramatizing such elemental material enlists the support of some remarkable performers.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

Part of the problem is the story. It's just not much of one. Fortunately we've got Cornwall -- and Rachel Weisz -- to look at and John Barry's lush score to listen to.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Swept from the Sea

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)
sloopy chicken lips (aka Cynthia)

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
Bruce Bruce

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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.

Lisa McBrien
Lisa McBrien

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