Guy Ritchie and Madonna have failed to impress with their joint cinematic effort.
Madonna's latest film scorned
November 10 2002
By Hadley Freeman
Swept Away, Madonna's latest movie, will not be released in cinemas in Britain.
Since its release in the United States last month, the film has been derided and scorned by critics and audiences respectively. Variety denounced it as "painless and turgid" and The Washington Post warned: "It's as awful as you've heard and as bad as you've imagined." Audiences imagined the worst and it earned just over $US316,000 ($A560,000) in its opening weekend.
Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs prequel that opened in the US the previous week, made $US37 million. Critics gleefully predicted that Swept Away would be a huge winner of "Razzie" awards, the anti-Oscars of Hollywood.
The movie, a remake of Lina Wertmuller's film, stars Madonna as a wealthy yacht-bound wife who becomes stranded on an island with her Italian deckhand. It is directed by Madonna's British husband, Guy Ritchie, more famous for films about gangsters, such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, than tales of desert island passion.
This marks the second time for Madonna that a cinema collaboration with a husband has proved a disappointment. The 1985 movie Shanghai Surprise, in which she co-starred with her husband at the time, Sean Penn, was a flop.
Swept Away, which cost $US11 million to make, was scheduled to be released in Britain next March. It is rare for a studio to pull a film completely from a planned release, particularly one with such a well-known cast member. Even Glitter, another recent critically panned film starring a pop star - Mariah Carey - was released in Britain. That Swept Away is pointedly not being released in the UK will be even more of an embarrassment for the couple, who live in England.
Columbia Tristar declined to comment on Friday about its decision.