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.]
(2.5 stars) It's like a big PSA letting us all know what alcoholics the Scottish are. Oh my. ...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. Hm. Think I will. Excuse me for now... be back later....
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.
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.
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.