Beautifully and faithfully adapted for the big screen from Arthur Ransome's classic novel, 'Swallows and Amazons' is a treat for children and adults alike. Holidaying with their mother in the Lake District in the 1920s, four children set sail for a nearby island in their boat, Swallow, but soon realise that the island is also the territory of two other girls, whose vessel is named the Amazon. Boasting beautiful period detail, Claude Whatham's film is an idyllic tale that brings all the excitement and camaraderie of Arthur Ransome's book to life with wit and humour.
Delightful in its innocence
- Swallows and Amazons review by TD
Those who are familiar with the books of Arthur Ransome will not be surprised by my title. This film, whilst now quite old, is an authentic and charming portrayal of a lost way of life and adventurous play for children. The young actors playing the four children are genuine and honest as first-timers of their age should be - think of the boys who played in "Stand by me". The music I found rather intrusive by modern standards, and I felt that Ronald Fraser over-acted in his role as "Captain Flint". Virginia McKenna is her usual gorgeous self as the mother.