Directed by Claude Whatham • 1974 • United Kingdom
Starring Virginia McKenna, Ronald Fraser, Suzanna Hamilton
Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s novel was beautifully adapted for the big screen with this enchanting adventure bursting with wit, wonder, and early-twentieth-century period detail. While on summer holiday with their mother in North West England’s Lake District, four siblings set sail for a nearby island that they soon discover is the territory of two other young girls. As rivalry turns to friendship, the kids—who declare themselves the Swallows and Amazons, respectively—embark on a series of moonlit expeditions, boat voyages, and adult-besting competitions over the course of what proves to be a most unforgettable summer idyll.