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Swept Away (2002)

Madonna , Adriano Giannini , Guy Ritchie  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Madonna, Adriano Giannini, Bruce Greenwood, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Beattie
  • Directors: Guy Ritchie
  • Writers: Guy Ritchie, Lina Wertmüller
  • Producers: Adam Bohling, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn, Michael Morgan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4OE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,635 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Swept Away" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes with filmmaker commentary
  • MTV Swept Away movie special

Editorial Reviews

MADONNA and ADRIANO GIANNINI star in director/screenwriter GUY RITCHIE' a story of love, sex and too much money - allset against the backdrop of a spectacular Mediterranean island paradise. A rich, spoiled socialite(Madonna) and a handsome Italian fisherman (Giannini) find themselves stranded on a deserted islandwhere matters of material wealth and class disparity are meaningless. And in their struggle to survive and coexist in their paradise found, they soon discover that their dramatic differences are suddenly the source of a fierce, passionate and sometimes hilarious animal attraction.

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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Art Film than Crowd Pleaser January 6, 2003
Alright, first thing I'm going to do is establish my credibility. Yes, I have been a Madonna fan since 1983 and NO I do not think everything she makes is fantastic which I find annoying and cultish (you know, that glazed eyed look of her fanatic fans.) In fact, she's put out some real doozies (ahem... "Next Best Thing" anyone? What garbage!) Plus, I hated her album "Music" so this is to let you know I'm trying to be a fair viewer.
Okay, the movie. Well, I watched it out of morbid curiosity. I had heard so much bad stuff about this movie I just really wanted to see why it was so horrible. You know what? It wasn't that bad.
The storyline was somewhat interesting... fascinating really... take two opposite persons with different morals and values that defy the other and put each one in a place of power over the other and watch what happens. It is somewhat masochistic in a sense. In other words, it really is a clashing of personal values and defying them until the other gets fed up. The lower class Italian worker simply rebels more and more when he is being dominated by Amber... interestingly enough, Amber, the rich nasty woman, submits completely when she is in the passive position. She really doesn't even fight. Why? Because her place of power really is an illusion whereas his isn't.
Regardless, all philosophical musings aside, you probably want the dirt on the flick. Alright, it's totally Guy all the way when it comes to filming and directing. You get his humor and camera angles from "Lock, Stock..." So if you liked that movie, you might get a kick out of this one.
How was Madonna? Not bad. She was actually interesting in her character. She's starting to really loosen as an actress and beginning to forget the camera. Remember, I said BEGINNING.
She's getting there.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Need a 0 star. February 13, 2003
By P. Hall
Try as I might to like this movie, I could not. I remember at the premiere in London, how Guy Ritchie commented that it was an awful movie. Well, I'm sorry to say I must agree. I like Madonna and her co star is a beautiful man. But the performances here lacked spark, truth, passion, everything.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Why is this movie so bad? "Swept Away" starts out boring and just gets worse and worse. I am not trying to trash Madonna's acting because heaven knows she's been called every name in the book already, but if this movie is any representation of her acting skills she should quit while she's ahead and go back to singing and dancing. Included on the DVD is the MTV special that Madonna did with her husband which is in all actuality better than the movie itself because Madonna seems more human and relaxed. I suppose all of the blame isn't Madonna's fault, but she's Madonna and she and her husband did produce it. I still love Madonna, just not this movie.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the critics January 13, 2003
I was skeptical when I entered the theater, but I enjoyed "Swept Away" from the beginning to it's bittersweet end. Owen Gleiberman, of "Entertainment Weekly" magazine, was the only critic I had read who actually gave the movie a fair review. It seems that all other critics just took out their stock of well-worn Madonna insults. I don't know if they'll ever give the woman a break. She's not a great actress yet, but she has her moments when she fully inhabits her character and is quite touching. People really have a hard time seeing beyond her persona. You may not want to run out and buy this one, if you haven't seen it yet, but at least rent it and decide for yourself.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and moving October 16, 2002
I have read so many critics' reviews and can't believe how badly this movie is trashed. I have seen it and don't think it's such a piece of gargage as they describe. It does have some weaknesses that can be improved. Considering how many junks Hollywood rolls out every year, I actually enjoy this movie. I don't think they give Madonna enough credits for trying hard and indeed made some improvement in acting. She gives a credible and convincing performance and she actually does a better job than in "Evita." At least that is how I feel.
Her performance here (the first half) is quite similar to the one she did for BMW "The Hire" series. ... She did a good comic job there. (Yes, she plays a spoiled star and as easy as it sounds, no, acting is not easy.)
A lot of people are going to dislike this movie because it's so "unAmerican," just as much as they will find other European movies bewildering and unsettling, for example, "La Pianiste."
The tone of the film changes after 1/2 of it and it just got better. The chemistry between Madonna and the handsome leading man Adriano Giannini is infectious and only makes her transformation more convincing. Adriano does a wonderful job and especially to the end. The ending does make my eyes wet. It's entertaining and that is what I want from my [admission].
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
As much as I second-guessed seeing this movie, I am a fan of Madonna and wanted to check it out. Perhaps since I was predisposed to be disappointed, I came away thinking that the film was not very bad at all. The film is not Oscar material, but it is not a torture to watch. I cannot believe how heavily the film has been trashed. The scenery is great. Madonna is beautiful albeit noticeably mature in some shots. But, in most shots she looks as attractive as ever and her body is always beautiful. The fact that it may not be perfect enough for some plays into the role she is playing in this film.
The theme of the movie is not a popular one (anti-capitalist & anti-materialism.) Many of the critics claimed that this theme was too subtle and somewhat unclear as compared to the original. This really makes me wonder what the hell they could have been thinking. It could not have been more obvious.
The movie shows the fallacy of a woman that charges her self-esteem by using money as a tool of belittling others. She has made the mistake of feeling that her money (or rather her husbands) results in some type of accomplishment over others. She badgers and emasculates the shipmates (in a humorous way that only a "bitchy" diva could do). Eventually, the tables are turned and she is forced to play the role of a submissive and humiliated person.
Getting a taste of her own medicine forces her to come to terms with the vulnerability that she feels by being an aging woman. Her anger and rudeness comes from living in a society where her wisdom, beauty and knowledge must take a backseat to whimsical 19 year olds with fewer wrinkles and whose like of wisdom and intelligence is often seen as a desirable characteristic among men. Perhaps, the role of her husband could have had more texture.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars One Liner: All You Need to Know
If you are a woman and you like romance movies, you will love this movie. That is all you need to know.
Published 2 months ago by Sweetmandolin
4.0 out of 5 stars Madonna can act!
I am not a real fan of Madonna but she did herself proud in this movie and I found her to be a seriously talented actress.
Published 3 months ago by Glen Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
If you like Entertaining, Funny and a great love story, Madonna Is in a great shape! Nice re-make. Could be less expensive
Published 4 months ago by Zandtor
1.0 out of 5 stars sweep it away
If you like hearing the f word over and over and seeing buts and boo b s and bad acting plus an ending that sucks. Then this movie is for you.
Published 4 months ago by W. Green
3.0 out of 5 stars but better than you think
i found the performances by the younger Giannini and an even younger Elizabeth "Hunger Games" Banks to be spellbinding. Read more
Published 8 months ago by CD in DC
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Desert This Movie
The critics gave mostly unfair negative reviews to this movie about the changes a spoiled, wealthy woman goes through once she and a male ship's attendant end up standed on a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Richard Claycomb
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Surrendering
I loved this movie, and am sad that the negative reviews that it received when it was released in 2002 kept me away from this film. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tata
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie...funny & sad.
My mom came across this one starring Madonna on regular TV one night and loved it, so I got it for her for Christmas. She loves this movie! Read more
Published 20 months ago by starburst
5.0 out of 5 stars Swept Away
I chose this rating because it was a good movie. What I disliked about the movie was Madonna bosing the man around treating him mean and disrespectful, so when the same is done to... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tala
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Entry in the Madonna Bad Film Festival
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, Madonna surpasses herself in this boringly pretentious 2002 remake of Lina Wertmüller's "Swept Away" - directed in glum... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
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