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Whisky Galore (2016)

TV-14 | | Comedy, Romance | 12 May 2017 (USA)
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Scottish islanders try to plunder cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

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Gillies MacKinnon

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Compton MacKenzie (from the novel by), Compton MacKenzie | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Battrick ... Peggy Macroon
Sean Biggerstaff ... Sergeant Odd
James Cosmo ... Macalister the Minister
Matt Costello Matt Costello ... Mckechnie
Alan Cuthbert ... First Officer
Andrew Dallmeyer Andrew Dallmeyer ... Hector
Ken Drury ... Mr. Bain
Gregor Fisher ... Macroon
Iona Fyfe Iona Fyfe ... Girl at Wedding
Kevin Guthrie ... George
Holly Howden Gilchrist Holly Howden Gilchrist ... Morag
Eddie Izzard ... Captain Wagget
Ciaron Kelly ... Constable McPhee
Ellie Kendrick ... Catriona Macroon
Kevin Mains ... Farquharson
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The story of the inhabitants of the isolated Scottish island of Todday, in the Outer Hebrides, where gloom sets in as their wartime rationing of whisky runs out. When cargo ship the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground the shrewd islanders run rings around the buffoonish English Home Guard commander Captain Waggett and conspire to hide away cases of the precious amber nectar. Written by AnonymousB

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UK

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English

Release Date:

12 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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GBP5,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,991

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$653,866
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When Brown is talking to Mrs Wagget he refers to the Ministry of Defence. This wasn't established until 1964; during the war the Army was administered by the War Office. See more »

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Historically inaccurate vehicle. The motorcycle and sidecar combination used in the film clearly has telescopic front forks, these didn't become common until well after WWII - the bike used was a 1954 BSA model M21. See more »

Quotes

Macroon: There was never a wind blew that didn't fill somebody's sails.
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Remake of Whisky Galore! (1949) See more »

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remake of "hardship"
11 May 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. There's good fun to be had in watching director Gilles MacKinnon's and writer Peter McDougall's remake of the 1949 comedy from director Alexander Mackendrick and writer Angus MacPhaill, based on the novel from Compton MacKenzie. Whew! Is that enough 'Macs' for you? The story takes place on an isolated Scottish island of Todday during WWII, and is loosely based on true events of 1941.

Not only is the community geographically isolated, it's also mostly insulated from the rationing and hardships caused by the Great War. All that changes when the last bit of whisky is guzzled, leaving the locals "in terrible shape" with nothing to drink but tea (uttered with equal parts disgust and disappointment). Even though it was Irish and not Scottish, if you've seen Waking Ned Devine (1998), then you'll have an idea of the comedic style – mischievous wry humor rather than hysterical slapstick.

The key locals include Gregor Fisher as Macroom, single father to two grown daughters Catriona (Ellie Kendrick) and Peggy (Naomi Battrick). Of course, where there are two lovely daughters, there is likely to be love in the air. Filling these roles are returning war hero Sergeant Odd (Sean Biggerstaff) and George (Kevin Guthrie), the son of a local ultra-Calvinist mother. Eddie Izzard plays the all too serious Home Guard Captain Wagget, while Fenella Woodgar spouts some of the film's best one-liners as his wife.

When a cargo ship carrying 50,000 cases of whisky crashes just offshore, the locals begin plotting how to rescue the bounty and return normalcy to their daily lives … all while observing the Sabbath and gazing wistfully at the ship from dry land. There is also a funky sub-plot that ties into the story of the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Spencer, but this is mostly a story of local ingenuity and inspiration set to the beautiful music of Scottish bagpipes and violins (from composer Patrick Doyle). The quaint setting and predicament make for whimsical fun and some nice laughs … just remember to change the password if you are guarding the road.


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