Whisky Galore

Certificate PG

(2016) 98 mins

Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Writer: Peter McDougall
Cinematography: Nigel Willoughby
Production Design: Andy Harris
Music: Patrick Doyle


A remake of the classic 1949 Ealing comedy, which itself was based on a real-life incident that occurred in 1941 on the Hebridean island of Eriskay when the SS Politician ran aground. The tale of how a group of local Scottish islanders raided the wreck for its consignment of 24,000 cases of whisky quickly became legend. As the film opens, WWII is making its way to the quiet and peaceful Scottish island of Todday, requiring the presence of Captain Wagget (Eddie Izzard) and the Home Guard, who work to set up military order, hoping to protect the locals through observation and border protection. When stockpiles of the neighborhood’s beloved whisky are depleted due to rationing, panic sets in, necessitating the cancelation of future events, including marriage for both of postman Macroon’s (Gregor Fisher) daughters. But then a miracle arrives in the form of a cargo ship that’s crashed in the nearby sea, and Macroon and his neighbors soon realize they’re in possession of 50,000 cases of whisky, with little idea what to do with it all. Hoping to restart everyday life now that there’s alcohol to share, the locals meet the wrath of Wagget, who’s determined to follow though his orders and maintain regulation, searching for the missing whisky.  Synopsis by blu-ray.com

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Despite a comedic plot that perhaps hasn’t withstood the test of time, and a number of seriously questionable Scottish accents, this remake of Whisky Galore must certainly be commended for its wonderfully picturesque cinematography, which shows the glorious surroundings of the Hebrides, and its touching depiction of a simpler time. It could be asked why the film was remade in an almost identical way to the original. 70 years on there isn’t a significant demand for cosy dramas in cinemas without an explosion or two, but the original purpose of the movie overshadows such thoughts, and rightly so. Mackinnon’s Whisky Galore is a film made by Scots, for Scots, and is an enjoyable watch made better with a cup of tea (or whisky) in hand!”  The Upcoming

There’s a place in the world for gentle comedies, and a place in most people’s hearts for good whisky. This may not be the best you’ve ever tasted, but it’ll warm your cockles.”  Eye for Film

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