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Swept From The Sea
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Swept From The Sea

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Director: Beeban Kidron, Vincent Perez, Rachel Weisz, Ian McKellen

Cast: Beeban Kidron, Vincent Perez, Rachel Weisz, Ian McKellen

 
Swept From the Sea was inspired by a short story by Joseph Conrad. Set in late 19th-century Cornwall England in a small farming community, the story is told via flashback in a conversation between Dr. James Kennedy (Ian McKellen) and his patient Miss Swaffer (Kathy Bates). Dr. Kennedy despises indentured servant Amy Foster (Rachel Weisz). Miss Swaffer asks why,

Overview

Swept From the Sea was inspired by a short story by Joseph Conrad. Set in late 19th-century Cornwall England in a small farming community, the story is told via flashback in a conversation between Dr. James Kennedy (Ian McKellen) and his patient Miss Swaffer (Kathy Bates). Dr. Kennedy despises indentured servant Amy Foster (Rachel Weisz). Miss Swaffer asks why, and so he recounts the love that blossomed between Amy and Yanko Goorall (Vincent Perez), a shipwrecked Russian who was trying to get to America. Born prior to her parent's wedding, Amy was relegated to a servant's life by rigid British society. Yanko was the sole survivor of a Russian shipwreck and he met Amy when he wandered onto her master's farm looking for food and shelter. Frightened and suspicious, no one but Amy is willing to help the bedraggled foreigner. Yanko eventually becomes a laborer for the Swaffer family. As he could speak no English at first, they know nothing of his origins. It is Dr. Kennedy who deduces his nationality after Yanko proves his mettle at chess. Impressed, the doctor offers English lessons in exchange for chess tutorials. In time, Kennedy comes to regard Yanko as a son. As soon as Yanko is able to converse, he asks about the maid who saved him, Amy. A love blossoms between them, one that deeply disturbs Kennedy. Still, he cannot prevent Swaffer from setting them up with land and a home so they can marry. A son is born, but Yanko is unable to withstand the harshness of Cornwall life, and tragedy ensues. Kennedy blames Amy for the tragic turn of events, but Miss Swaffer intervenes and tells the doctor the heartbreaking true circumstances surrounding Yanko.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/1998
UPC:
0043396216495
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:54:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Languages: English [2-channel and 5.1 Dolby Digital], Spanish, French; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; Theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Widescreen and full screen formats

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vincent Perez Yanko Goorall
Rachel Weisz Amy Foster
Ian McKellen Dr. James Kennedy
Joss Ackland Mr. Swaffer
Kathy Bates Miss Swaffer
Tom Bell Isaac Foscter
Zoë Wanamaker Mary Foster
Anthony Haygarth William Smith
Fiona Victory Mrs. Smith

Technical Credits
Beeban Kidron Director,Producer
John Barry Score Composer
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Devon Dickson Associate Producer
Caroline Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Holland Production Designer
Alex Mackie Editor
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Dick Pope Cinematographer
Andy Prior Casting
George Richards Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Steel Producer
Gail Stevens Casting
Polly Tapson Producer
Garth Thomas Executive Producer
Gordon Toms Art Director
Tim Willocks Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Joseph Conrad Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:56]
2. Miss Swaffer [3:10]
3. Yanko [5:32]
4. Strange creature [1:39]
5. Storm at sea [2:43]
6. Not a living soul [3:08]
7. Sole survivor [3:26]
8. Tending to Yanko [4:00]
9. Mr. Swaffer [4:59]
10. Checkmate [3:59]
11. Slave no longer [1:13]
12. Tea service [2:29]
13. Past histories [6:23]
14. A walk to the sea [3:01]
15. Storm warnings [2:04]
16. Services [5:24]
17. Where Amy lives [2:28]
18. Teaching a lesson [8:56]
19. Brother Isaac [1:45]
20. Burning Amy's home [2:23]
21. A gift [4:09]
22. Married [5:04]
23. Taunted [7:11]
24. Pneumonia [4:38]
25. Delirium [2:56]
26. Seeking help [3:00]
27. Swept away [7:02]
28. Forgiven [6:04]
Side #2 -- FULL SCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:56]
2. Miss Swaffer [3:10]
3. Yanko [5:32]
4. Strange creature [1:39]
5. Storm at sea [2:43]
6. Not a living soul [3:08]
7. Sole survivor [3:26]
8. Tending to Yanko [4:00]
9. Mr. Swaffer [4:59]
10. Checkmate [3:59]
11. Slave no longer [1:13]
12. Tea service [2:29]
13. Past histories [6:23]
14. A walk to the sea [3:01]
15. Storm warnings [2:04]
16. Services [5:24]
17. Where Amy lives [2:28]
18. Teaching a lesson [8:56]
19. Brother Isaac [1:45]
20. Burning Amy's home [2:23]
21. A gift [4:09]
22. Married [5:04]
23. Taunted [7:11]
24. Pneumonia [4:38]
25. Delirium [2:56]
26. Seeking help [3:00]
27. Swept away [7:02]
28. Forgiven [6:04]

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Swept From The Sea 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I am a huge Vincent Perez fan, I rented this movie solely because he was in it. I didn't know what to expect, for I had never heard of this movie before doing some research on the internet. However, I ended up watching this movie three times before having to return it. It was a wonderful film! Vincent Perez was perfect in his part, and the role of Yanko truly showed how talented Mr. Perez is. Rachel Wiez and Ian McKellen also gave wonderful performances, which made the movie a joy to watch. This movie truly showed the power of love and how it can get you through the roughest times, and how love itself never dies. I was left deeply touched by this film, unlike many films I've seen in the past few years. This passionate tale of love and courage is so moving, and powerful, that it might inspire you to continue that search for the perfect someone you know is out there waiting to be found and loved by you. See it with someone you love, or see it on your own, either way, I hope you'll find this film as beautiful as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I weep every time I see this film from its stark beauty, realism, passion. This was the first film in which I ever saw Rachel Weisz act, and I dare say it's far and above her subsequent films. The cinematography is excellent, with sweeping landscapes, both harsh and soft. It doesn't pull any punches, and is honest from the beginning with the characters and the story. A very real portrayal that smoothly crosses the line into the magical. Food for the soul, indeed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love this film and felt that it should've received more praise. The movie is a beautiful romance, reminiscent of a fairy tale. There's a magical quality in the atmosphere and the love between the two central characters. There is also a compelling storyline that examines the judgmental nature of society. Aesthetically pleasing and well directed with impressive performances from the entire cast, this film is a true gem. Rachel Weisz especially good as Amy. I highly recommend to fans of romantic drama.
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