February 11, 2003
Produced by Matthew Vaughn
Written by Guy Ritchie
Starring: Madonna, Adriano Giannini, Bruce Greenwood, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Elizabeth Banks
Music by Michel Colombier
Cinematography: Alex Barber
Editing by Eddie Hamilton
Distributed by Medusa Distribuzione (Italy), Screen Gems (US)
Release dates: 11 October 2002 (United States),12 May 2003 (United Kingdom), 23 May 2003 (Italy)
Running time: 89 minutes
Country: Italy, United Kingdom
Language: English, Greek, Italian
Budget: $10 million
Box office: $598,645
Amber Leighton is 40: beautiful, rich, spoiled, foul-mouthed and arrogant beyond measure. Nothing makes this woman happy, including her wealthy but passive husband, Tony, a pharmaceutical kingpin.
When Tony takes her on a private cruise from Greece to Italy with two other couples, Amber is unimpressed by this impromptu no-frills vacation and takes out her anger on the ship's first mate, Giuseppe Esposito. When a storm leaves the two shipwrecked on a deserted island, however, the tables suddenly turn, with Giuseppe gaining the upper hand, followed by the two falling in love.
Madonna as Amber Leighton
Adriano Giannini as Giuseppe Esposito
Bruce Greenwood as Tony Leighton
Elizabeth Banks as Debi
Jeanne Tripplehorn as Marina
Michael Beattie as Todd
David Thornton as Michael
The film's working title was Love, Sex, Drugs and Money but changed back to the original title. It is a remake of the 1974 Italian film Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August, which starred Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato and was directed by Lina Wertmüller.
It was filmed in Sardinia and Malta from 1 October 2001 until 9 November 2001 with security increased due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Madonna had only finished her 2001 Drowned World Tour two weeks prior to filming.
Adriano Giannini is the son of Giancarlo Giannini, who plays the same role in the 1974 film.
The score to Swept Away was composed by Michel Colombier, and it is mostly his work that is featured on the 12-track soundtrack album. The soundtrack also contain several songs by other artists. "Come On-a My House", sung by Della Reese, is the only one featured on the album.
Songs from the film not featured on the album include "Lovely Head" by Goldfrapp (played during the opening credits), "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" by Louis Jordan (the charades scene), and "Fade into You" by Mazzy Star (as Amber and Pepe experience life on the island together). Arvo Pärt's "Spiegel im Spiegel" plays during the closing moments and end credits of the film.
The music video, filmed in the Southern USA and in London and directed by Philipp Stölzl, depicts a diverse array of ordinary Americans, including scenes showing same-sex couples kissing. Throughout the music video Madonna, who is wearing a tiara on her head, dances and sings in front of a large American flag.
Two official versions of the video were produced, the first of which now appears on Madonna's greatest-hits DVD compilation, Celebration, and was released as the official video worldwide. The second version was issued along with the "Humpty Remix", a more upbeat and dance-friendly version of the song. This video was aired on MTV's dance channel in the United States to promote the film The Next Best Thing, starring Madonna and Rupert Everett; it contains totally different footage and new outtakes of the original and omits the lesbian kiss. Everett, who provides backing vocals in the song, is also featured in the video.
Single by Madonna
From the album The Next Best Thing
Released: March 3, 2000
Format: CD single
Recorded: November 1999
Label: Maverick · Warner Bros.
Writer(s): Don McLean
Producer: Madonna · William Orbit
American pop star Madonna released a cover version of the song "American Pie" in March 2000 to promote the soundtrack to her film The Next Best Thing (2000). Her cover is much shorter than the original (it contains only the beginning of the first verse and all of the second and sixth verses) and was recorded as a dance-pop song. It was co-produced by Madonna and William Orbit, after Rupert Everett (Madonna's co-star in The Next Best Thing) had convinced her to cover the song for the film's soundtrack.
Released in March 2000, the song was a worldwide hit, reaching No. 1 in many countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Italy, Germany (her first since "La Isla Bonita", in 1987), Switzerland, Austria, and Finland. The song was the 19th best selling of 2000 in the UK. The single was not released commercially in the United States, but it reached No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 due to strong radio airplay. (Wiki)
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