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Swept Away
     

Swept Away

3.5 4
Director: Guy Ritchie, Madonna, Adriano Giannini, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Cast: Guy Ritchie, Madonna, Adriano Giannini, Jeanne Tripplehorn

 

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The box-office and critical turkey Swept Away comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental

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The box-office and critical turkey Swept Away comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Guy Ritchie, deleted scenes with optional director commentary, trailers, and filmographies. Regardless of what one thinks of the film itself, this is an excellent DVD from Columbia/TriStar.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This critically lambasted movie is not the unmitigated disaster you might have been led to believe; it's actually a creditable remake of the 1975 Lina Wertmuller film of the same title. This new version, directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch), follows the original rather closely. Madonna (Ritchie's wife, in case you've been living in a cave) stars as Amber Leighton, a spoiled socialite who accompanies her husband and two other couples on a private excursion from Greece to Italy. Cast adrift in a dinghy with Giuseppe (Adriano Giannini), an unkempt and apparently dull-witted deckhand, Amber winds up on a deserted island and is forced to rely on the survival skills of the boorish sailor she loathes. There's nothing new about this plot; it was old hat even when the original Swept Away was filmed, and Wertmuller has rarely acknowledge her debt to James Barrie's similarly themed The Admirable Crichton, itself an oft-filmed fable. Ritchie's remake lacks the political edge and trenchant social commentary of the 1975 film, but it does offer a formidable screen presence in Madonna, whose performance is by no means the travesty it was made out to be by cynically vengeful critics. It's true that her assiduously cultivated image gets in the way, but it's also true that there's probably more of Amber in her than she would care to admit. Giannini, whose father essayed the role in the Wertmuller's original, manages to hold his own opposite Madonna, and the inevitable romantic clinches certainly produce plenty of sparks. If not quite a classic, Swept Away is definitely worth owning: Madonna still cuts an impressive figure onscreen, and this carefully produced remake provides her with ample opportunities to dazzle her audience.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
Sound the trumpets: For the first time since Desperately Seeking Susan, Madonna doesn't suck as an actress.
Boston Globe
A curiously affecting document of a director trying to show the world why he loves his wife -- not the changeling pop star, but the actress. Wesley Morris

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
UPC:
0043396087804
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:29:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Filmmaker's commentary; 16 deleted scenes with filmmaker's commentary; Swept Away movie special; Theatrical trailers; Audio: English Dolby 5.1 and French Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, French; Digitally mastered audio and Anamorphic video; Scene selections; Filmographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Madonna Amber
Adriano Giannini Giuseppe Esposito
Jeanne Tripplehorn Marina
Bruce Greenwood Dr. Anthony Leighton
Elizabeth Banks Debi
David Thornton Michael
Michael Beattie Todd
Yorgo Voyagis Captain

Technical Credits
Guy Ritchie Director,Screenwriter
Alex Barber Cinematographer
Mark Bennett Casting
Adam Bohling Co-producer
Michel Colombier Score Composer
Russell de Rozario Production Designer
Damon Earnshaw Art Director
Mike Elliott Asst. Director
Eddie Hamilton Editor
Simon Hayes Sound/Sound Designer
Arianne Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
David Reid Co-producer
Lucinda Syson Casting
Matthew Vaughn Producer
Lina Wertmüller Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [3:44]
2. The Gym [3:14]
3. Lizard Under the Sun [1:12]
4. The Laws of Capitalism [4:36]
5. The Advantages of Chemicals [2:15]
6. Peppe's Fantasy [2:56]
7. Fooking Fish Dinner [7:22]
8. Swept Away [7:25]
9. Land! [1:15]
10. "We're On A Deserted Island!" [3:06]
11. Peppe the Survivalist [2:31]
12. Some Fish Can't Be Bought [3:13]
13. The Master & His Slave [3:14]
14. Accepting Peppe's Terms [1:37]
15. "I Want to Be Waited On." [:43]
16. "Come-On-A-My-House" [2:20]
17. Obsessed With Justice [1:55]
18. Capitulation [2:12]
19. Society Says [3:12]
20. A Leaky Roof [4:08]
21. "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" [1:17]
22. "I Love You." [1:48]
23. "Fade Into You" [1:53]
24. All That Amber Wants [2:41]
25. Rescued [2:55]
26. A Reflection of Appreciation [1:23]
27. Instructions For the Blonde Lady [2:15]
28. Return to Sender [3:59]

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Swept Away 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The reason I gave this film 3 stars has nothing to do with Madonna's acting or Ritchie's directorial style. In fact, I enjoyed Madonna in this role. I thought she played the part of spoiled rich wife to a tee. It was her co-star's acting, Adriano Giannini, that I couldn't stomach. His delivery of certain lines were so bizarre that I couldn't help but laugh, even when it wasn't supposed to be funny. I just couldn't take his character seriously, and therefore it brought down the movie. So to all those critics who insist on bashing Madonna's acting, you should actually watch the movie because she's the one who gave the best performance in this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The reviews of the movie Swept Away were not the greatest, which proves once again that you cannot rely on the movie critics. The movie, in fact, was amazing, and Madonna played very well. One of the best romantic comedies in a long time!!! Very funny, and really brings out many deep feelings from the heart. It will stay in your mind for a long time after you watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie just goes to show that critics can't see past the end of their own nose. Guy Ritchie again makes a great movie and Madonna is great as the rude and snotty wife. One of the best scenes has to be where Madonna dances on the island with a full band. Brilliant color and cinematography!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madonna can act in some movies: dick tracy, four rooms, desperately seeking susan. Her character in swept away requires the bad actress side of madonna, I just want to say that since I like her. The fashion in this movie is great. Even Guy Ritchie fans might not enjot this flick from him.