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 … 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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as Yanko Goorall

as Amy Foster

as Dr. James Kennedy

as Mr. Swaffer

as Miss Swaffer

as Isaac Foster

as Mary Foster

as William Smith

as William Smith

as Mrs. Smith

as Mrs. Willcox

as Jack Vincent

as Canon Van Stone

as Widow Cree

as Canon Van Stone

as Mrs. Finn

as Mrs. Rigby

as Nikolas

as Brother Bodan

as Brother Peter

as Brother Bodan's Wife

as Peter's Wife

as Amy's Son, Stefan
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Critic Reviews for Swept from the Sea

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Globe and Mail
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January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Detroit News
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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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