Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons

Claude Whatham (1974)

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Lovingly photographed by Denis Lewiston, this is an engaging if sometimes pedestrian adaptation of the Arthur Ransome children's novel. Director Claude Whatham clearly revels in the innocence of a 1920s summer, when the four swallows and two amazons embark upon their adventures, and some of his enthusiasm is clearly evident in the willing performances of his young cast. He also makes the most of the beautiful Lake District scenery, but the story stubbornly refuses to come to life and, sadly, few modern youngsters will relate to such old-fashioned game-playing.


Four youngsters go boating while on holiday in the Lake District where they encounter two more children with a boat of their own, and a rivalry develops over a series of escapades. Family adventure, based on Arthur Ransome's classic novel, starring Virginia McKenna, Ronald Fraser, Sophie Neville and Simon West.

Cast & Crew

Mrs Walker Virginia McKenna
Uncle Jim Ronald Fraser
Mrs Dixon Brenda Bruce
Old Billy Jack Woolgar
Young Billy John Franklyn-Robbins
John Simon West
Susan Zanna Hamilton
Titty Sophie Neville
Roger Stephen Grendon
Nancy Kit Seymour
Peggy Lesley Bennett
Director Claude Whatham
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Children's Drama