The captain of a dilapidated tatty ‘puffer’ boat, “The Maggie”, cons an American businessman into letting the old coastal boat carry a valuable cargo to a Scottish island. The American soon realizes he’s been conned but can he stop them?
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It's pretty subversive and anticapitalist, in a very subtle, lighthearted way. Watching from the 2018 of interns dying on jobs, high street fashion, meat pollution and megacruise ships, I yearn for a world where old sweaters, stolen pheasants, sailor weddings and boat breakfasts were king. Efficiency is a flawed concept, and so anxiety-inducing.
A delightfully simple, yet fun little Scottish dry comedy.
The characters are enjoyable to watch and live with for 90 minutes. (Perhaps a bit less would have been better for me, but still). A misunderstanding yields some comic results.
It's got a lot of heart to it as well.
Despite my best, jaded cinephile efforts, this movie got me. I'm not sure I would have got there however without the subtitles. Holy Scottish accents. To my embarrassment, I'd not been familiar with Paul Douglas, who is terrific as The American. He takes the brunt of the mayhem here which tells me he's a good sport.
This isn't top tier Ealing Studios fare, but good fun nonetheless.
This is actually a 3.5 Star movie but because it's MacKendrick I give it another half. Charming and predictable little toy. I'm still wondering if he lifted the story consciously from the Archers' "I Know Where I'm Going" of 9 years earlier.