When a Scottish island falls prey to a whisky shortage, the islanders are desolate. But when by chance a ship is sunk with a cargo of 50,000 cases of whisky, they see their salvation. But first they must outwit the English Home Guard commander who is determined to protect the cargo at all costs.
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Probably as much fun as finding 60-year-old whiskey wash up on the beach, and drinking it with an old Irish sailor whose accent only becomes more intelligible by the sixth shot. This is a simple film, with simple characters and a madcap but comfortable plot. Which is not a bad thing at all. Sometimes the well-traveled and pedestrian can still drink you under the table.
Splendid riff on the familiar theme of a community pulling together albeit in the faintly criminal and positively conniving pursuit of liquid loot. However, despite Colonel Wagget being set up as the priggish pivot, in the charmingly waggish hands of Basil Radford you somehow wish the islanders had come a cropper.
Whisky Galore! is a charmingly droll Ealing picture that playfully depicts a Scottish town stealing a cargo ship's worth of booze after their supply runs dry. The authorities follow suit and try to stop their boozing. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, the film is brisk and is sympathetic to the plight of the Scots who are sadly deprived of their source of pleasure and joy in the highlands. [cont.]
Must have been a great wartime hit at the cinema. Tons of good fun. Though the Scots must get tired of these Brigadoon tales of the simple life in their country, especially as they were massacred into submission to the English crown.
(2.5 stars) It's like a big PSA letting us all know what alcoholics the Scottish are.
...heh... HOWEVER... the movie is perfectly humorous and light-hearted. It's a bit imperfectly made, and the acting is up and down. But it's fun and harmless. A good distraction, but nothing more.
Hell, it makes me want to have a drink myself.
Think I will. Excuse me for now... be back later....
Not nearly as good as I remember. More than anything it was fun for all the echoes of various Scottish films that came after, like Local Hero, and as a baseline for how they worked their variations and transformations. The idea of it lives on much more richly than the reality of it.