Swept Away


1h 29m 2002

Brief Synopsis

Amber is 40, beautiful, rich, spoiled and arrogant beyond measure. Selfish, superficial and childless, she steamrolls her way through life, leaving in her wake an ever-present aura of repressed rage, pungent dissatisfaction and secret longing. Nothing and no one can make this woman happy, including

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Romance
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Jamie Gambell
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Sardinia, Italy; Italy; Malta

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m

Synopsis

Amber is 40, beautiful, rich, spoiled and arrogant beyond measure. Selfish, superficial and childless, she steamrolls her way through life, leaving in her wake an ever-present aura of repressed rage, pungent dissatisfaction and secret longing. Nothing and no one can make this woman happy, including her wealthy but passive husband Tony, a pharmaceutical kingpin. Knowing that his wife is bored by their usual exotic vacations, Tony surprises Amber by taking her and two other couples, on a private cruise from Greece to Italy. But as usual, Amber dismisses her husband's pathetic efforts to please her. Complaining about everything from the size of their private jet to their choice of companions, Amber loses it when she finds that the sleek yacht she was expecting turns out to be a converted Greek fishing boat. Forced into an amenities-free vacation, Amber finds a target for her anger in Guiseppe, the ship's strapping, young first mate. Guiseppe has a wicked sense of humor and a repressed rage of his own, and bitterly resents American clients and all they stand for--especially Amber and her condescending attitude. Unfortunately, he knows that he cannot challenge her without losing his job. When Guiseppe takes Amber out to join her shipmates on an underwater cave-exploration, their boat's motor fails, leaving the two stranded, with a thunderstorm fast approaching. When Amber becomes dependent on Guiseppe for her survival, the rules governing their relationship suddenly change.

Crew

Patrick Agius

Painter

Andrea Alunni

Assistant Location Manager

Simon Atherton

Props

Alex Barber

Director Of Photography

Mark Beaumont

Production Accountant

Angela Becker

Assistant

Adam Bohling

Coproducer

Mark Booth

Video Playback

Helen Brown

Foley Artist

Martella Bugeja

Production Assistant

Chris Burdon

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Alfie Burgess

Props

Alfred Caruana

Props Buyer

Chas Cash

3-D Animator

Laurence Chisholm

Production Assistant

Jefferson Clode

Casting Assistant

Alfredo Colangeli

Production Assistant

Matthew Collinge

Editor

Matthew Collinge

Sound Design

Michel Colombier

Music

Chris Connatty

Loader

Andrea Costantini

Production Manager

Jeremy Crane

Production Assistant

Simon Cross

Editor

Russell De Rozario

Production Designer

Angelo Delia

Carpenter

Laurence Duffy

Electrician

Damon Earnshaw

Art Director

Billy Edwards

Props

Michael Elliott

Assistant Director

Paul Ensby

Colorist

Malcolm Scerri Ferrante

Production Manager

Mavis Formosa

Production Secretary

Geoff Foster

Music Engineer

Todd Fox

Assistant

Andrew Francis

Other

Stuart Fyvie

Other

Jamie Gambell

Cable Operator

Rob Gavigan

Electrician

Makis Gazis

Casting

Adrian Borg Ghigo

Production Assistant

Marco Giacalone

Location Manager

Tony Gibson

Assistant Sound Editor

Helen Gregory

Production Coordinator

Isobel Griffiths

Original Music

Mary Haddow

Script Supervisor

Jess Hall

Director Of Photography

Eddie Hamilton

Editor

Fae Hammond

Makeup Artist

Fae Hammond

Hair Stylist

Simon Hayes

Sound Mixer

Fiona Horne

Makeup

Toby Hosking

Assistant Director

Paul Huntingford

Foley Artist

Jake Jackson

Engineer

Jack James

Editorial Assistant

Lorraine Johnson

Film Lab

Simon Johnson

Film Lab

Tomomi Kitamura

Assistant Editor

Stefan Kopec

Rigging Electrician

Paul Lambert

Digital Effects Artist

Jenny Lawrence Smith

Props Buyer

Giovanna Lecis

Stunts

Philip Leonhardt

Rotoscope Animator

Annabel Leri-soler

Costumes

Marcus Love

Wardrobe Supervisor

Caroline Lovelace

Assistant

Clare Maclean

Post-Production Supervisor

Marina Marit

Costumer

Bill Marmor

Hair

Norma Marie Mascia

Production Coordinator

Stuart Mcara

Visual Effects Producer

Claire Mcgrane

Visual Effects Producer

Riccardo Mioni

Stunt Coordinator

Stefano Mioni

Stunt Coordinator

Phil Mullally

Camera Focus Puller

Ian Neil

Music Supervisor

Don Nolan

Rotoscope Animator

Alessandro Novelli

Stunts

Richard Oxley

Chief Lighting Technician

Tarquin Pack

Assistant

David Paley

Construction Manager

Erik Paoletti

Unit Manager

Yolande Pavia

Accounting Assistant

Berenice Percival

Casting Assistant

Antoinette Perez

Visual Effects

Arianne Phillips

Costume Designer

Mary Piccone

Accountant

Alex Pisani

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Joseph Formosa Randon

Assistant

David Reid

Coproducer

Guy Ritchie

Screenplay

John Roberts

Painter

Kevin Robertson

Chief Lighting Technician

Shaila Rubin

Casting

Franco M Salamon

Stunt Coordinator

Katryna Samut-tagliaferro

Production Coordinator

Joe Sciberras

Carpenter

Debbie Scicluna

Makeup

Debbie Scicluna

Hair

Danny Sheehan

Music Editor

Danny Sheehan

Dialogue Editor

Sandra Shuttleworth

Production Manager

Natalie Sinclair

Production Manager

Alex Mein Smith

2-D Artist

Daniel Smith

Photography

Eddie Standish

Location Manager

Sara Deane Star

Camera Assistant

Lucinda Syson

Casting Director

Sven Taits

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Andy Taylor

Production Assistant

Janet Tebrooke

Wardrobe Supervisor

Greg Thomas

Electrician

Arthur Turner

Boom Operator

Courtney Vanderslice-law

Executive Producer

Ian Vassallo Grant

Production Assistant

Matthew Vaughn

Producer

Charles Vella

Coordinator

Karl Watkins

Director Of Photography

Lina Wertmuller

Screenplay

Peter Wignall

Camera Operator

Anthony Wilcox

Assistant Director

Terry Williams

Key Grip

Sarah-jane Wilson

Accounting Assistant

Terry Wood

Property Master

Saviour Zammit

Electrician

Jeremy Zimmermann

Casting

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Romance
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Jamie Gambell
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Sardinia, Italy; Italy; Malta

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m

Articles

Remaking Lina Wertmuller's Swept Away


Few remakes have generated as much controversy or gossip as Swept Away, starring Madonna and directed by her husband Guy Ritchie. The original, an Italian film directed by Lina Wertmuller, appeared in 1974 and was an instant hit on the arthouse circuit. The story in both is similar: A rich, bored woman wants to tour the Mediterranean on her yacht but unfortunately discovers that she and the first mate hate each other. Wouldn't you know it, a storm shipwrecks just these two on a deserted island.

The original film prompted criticisms of misogyny even though it was directed by a woman. The controversy over the new one may be less political: Rumors are that preview audiences considered it an unintentional comedy and that the studio is trying to dump the film. There was also a lawsuit to block its release on the grounds that the concept for the remake was appropriated without payment but there's been confusion about the actual details of this.

What we can say for sure is that director Ritchie has a good track record. His 1998 Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels may have been overly derivative of Pulp Fiction but still had a quirkly charm of its own while his follow-up feature Snatch (2000) is a minor masterpiece of British black comedy mayhem.

Madonna's film career is another matter and has been more often the subject of stand-up comedians' barbs than anything else. Remember Shanghai Surprise (1986)? Who's That Girl? (1987), Body of Evidence (1993) or The Next Big Thing (2000)? Supposedly Ritchie and Madonna got the idea to remake Swept Away while filming a BMW commercial together. (That commercial along with others by directors Wong Kar-Wai, Ang Lee and John Frankenheimer was temporarily available on a free DVD from BMW but are still viewable at http://www.bmwfilm.com.) According to the story, a crew member said the commercial reminded him of Swept Away and when the film was shown on video that night Ritchie thought it should be remade, prompting Madonna to say she'd act if he directed. (At one point the two had been scheduled to work on a caper film called The Mole which now seems to have been forgotten.)

Signed aboard to play Madonna's nemesis was Adriano Giannini, whose father Giancarlo Giannini had the same role in the original version. Adriano's film career has been limited so far. Filming was done during September and October 2001 on Malta and Sardinia.

Some early test audiences reacted negatively to some of the violence so reshooting was ordered. Filming finally finished in March 2002 which has since prompted quite a bit of speculation about the film. It opens nationwide on October 11 so now you can compare Lina Wertmuller's original with Madonna's remake - if you are so inclined.

by Lang Thompson
Remaking Lina Wertmuller's Swept Away

Remaking Lina Wertmuller's Swept Away

Few remakes have generated as much controversy or gossip as Swept Away, starring Madonna and directed by her husband Guy Ritchie. The original, an Italian film directed by Lina Wertmuller, appeared in 1974 and was an instant hit on the arthouse circuit. The story in both is similar: A rich, bored woman wants to tour the Mediterranean on her yacht but unfortunately discovers that she and the first mate hate each other. Wouldn't you know it, a storm shipwrecks just these two on a deserted island. The original film prompted criticisms of misogyny even though it was directed by a woman. The controversy over the new one may be less political: Rumors are that preview audiences considered it an unintentional comedy and that the studio is trying to dump the film. There was also a lawsuit to block its release on the grounds that the concept for the remake was appropriated without payment but there's been confusion about the actual details of this. What we can say for sure is that director Ritchie has a good track record. His 1998 Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels may have been overly derivative of Pulp Fiction but still had a quirkly charm of its own while his follow-up feature Snatch (2000) is a minor masterpiece of British black comedy mayhem. Madonna's film career is another matter and has been more often the subject of stand-up comedians' barbs than anything else. Remember Shanghai Surprise (1986)? Who's That Girl? (1987), Body of Evidence (1993) or The Next Big Thing (2000)? Supposedly Ritchie and Madonna got the idea to remake Swept Away while filming a BMW commercial together. (That commercial along with others by directors Wong Kar-Wai, Ang Lee and John Frankenheimer was temporarily available on a free DVD from BMW but are still viewable at http://www.bmwfilm.com.) According to the story, a crew member said the commercial reminded him of Swept Away and when the film was shown on video that night Ritchie thought it should be remade, prompting Madonna to say she'd act if he directed. (At one point the two had been scheduled to work on a caper film called The Mole which now seems to have been forgotten.) Signed aboard to play Madonna's nemesis was Adriano Giannini, whose father Giancarlo Giannini had the same role in the original version. Adriano's film career has been limited so far. Filming was done during September and October 2001 on Malta and Sardinia. Some early test audiences reacted negatively to some of the violence so reshooting was ordered. Filming finally finished in March 2002 which has since prompted quite a bit of speculation about the film. It opens nationwide on October 11 so now you can compare Lina Wertmuller's original with Madonna's remake - if you are so inclined. by Lang Thompson

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 11, 2002

Released in United States on Video February 11, 2003

Remake of "Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzuro mare d'Agosto/Swept Away..." (Italy/1974), directed by Lina Wertmuller and starring Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato.

Actor Adriano Giannini is the son of Giancarlo Giannini, who originated the role of Guiseppe in Lina Wertmuller's 1974 film.

Released in United States Fall October 11, 2002

Released in United States on Video February 11, 2003