Swallows and Amazons

Synopsis: On holiday with their mother in the Lake District in 1929 four children are allowed to sail over to the nearby island in their boat Swallow and set up camp for a few days. They soon realise this has been the territory of two other girls who sail the Amazon, and the scene is set for serious rivalry.
Genre: Adventure, Family
92 min

we couldn't have lit a fire without them."

Safe voyage.

- Bye-bye.

] Goodbye.


Three cheers for the stay-at-homes.




- Hip-hip, [Children:] Hooray!

- Hip-hip, [Children:] Hooray!



Adieu and farewell

To you fair Spanish ladies

Adieu and farewell

To you ladies of Spain

For we're under orders

for to sail to old England

And we may never see

you fair ladies again

We will really, though.

[Orchestral music]

] Here we are,

intrepid explorers

making the first ever voyage

into uncharted waters.

What mysteries

shall they hold for us?

Dark secrets shall be revealed.

[Orchestral music continues]


Look, John, over there.

Steamer ahead.

] Stand by to go about. Ready, about.


[Orchestral music]


A ship! A ship!


It's a houseboat.

What's a houseboat?

A boat which you live in,

like a house.

I wish we lived in a houseboat

all the year round.

- Father does.

- That's different.

He's in the Royal Navy.

A destroyer isn't like a houseboat.

They live in it all the same.

What's that man doing?


I can't see.

Why not?

I can't see anything.

Take the cap off the end.


Oh, he's writing.


Let me have the telescope.

He's got a parrot.

He's probably a retired pirate.


Pirates always have parrots.

] He's working

on his devilish crimes.


It's my turn now.

He's got a cannon.

He is a pirate!

Keep still, you two.

You'll turn us over.

[Orchestral music]


There's another island.

They've got India rubber necks.

] What?

What can you see?

] Cormorants.

We must be near the coast of China.

The Chinese have cormorants.

They train them

to catch fish for them.

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Arthur Ransome

Arthur Michell Ransome (18 January 1884 – 3 June 1967) was an English author and journalist. He is best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books about the school-holiday adventures of children, mostly in the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads. The books remain popular and "Swallows and Amazons" is the basis for a tourist industry around Windermere and Coniston Water, the two lakes Ransome adapted as his fictional North Country lake. He also wrote about the literary life of London, and about Russia before, during, and after the revolutions of 1917. His connection with the leaders of the Revolution led to him providing information to the Secret Intelligence Service while he was also suspected of being a Soviet spy by MI5. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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