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Whisky Galore (1949)

Whisky Galore! (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 25 December 1949 (USA)
Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

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(novel) (as Compton Mackenzie), (screenplay) (as Compton Mackenzie) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Basil Radford ...
Catherine Lacey ...
Bruce Seton ...
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Peggy Macroon
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Joseph Macroon
Gabrielle Blunt ...
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Jean Cadell ...
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Dr. Maclaren
Morland Graham ...
The Biffer
John Gregson ...
Sammy Mac Codrun
James Woodburn ...
James Anderson ...
Old Hector
Jameson Clark ...
Duncan Macrae ...
Angus Mac Cormac
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Storyline

Based on a true story. The name of the real ship, that sunk Feb 5 1941 - during WWII - was S/S Politician. Having left Liverpool two days earlier, heading for Jamaica, it sank outside Eriskay, The Outer Hebrides, Scotland, in bad weather, containing 250,000 bottles of whisky. The locals gathered as many bottles as they could, before the proper authorities arrived, and even today, bottles are found in the sand or in the sea every other year. Written by Jörg Ausfelt <joerg.ausfelt@telia.com>

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A Highland fling on a tight little island See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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25 December 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tight Little Island  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the original novel, the island was populated with both Catholics and Calvinists. The Catholics were dropped from the film as they would have had no trouble with not observing the Sabbath to salvage the whisky-laden ship. See more »

Goofs

During the very long chase near the end, the light is not consistent with the passing night hours - the chase starts off at night, reaches dawn when some crates fall from the truck, is then even early daylight briefly as seen from the car following behind, but then it is suddenly very dark at night again when the chasing car is finally halted by the barb-wire trap. See more »

Quotes

Dr Maclaren: It's a well known fact that some men were born two drinks below par.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: By a strange coincidence the S.S. Cabinet Minister was wrecked off the island of Todday [in the movie] two years after the S.S. Politician, with a similar cargo, was wrecked [in real life] off the Island of Eriskay. But the coincidence stops there, for our story and the characters in it are pure fiction. See more »

Connections

Featured in Scotland on Screen (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

The MacaPhee song
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played at the engagement party
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Charming, heartwarming, hilarious
23 February 2001 | by (uk) – See all my reviews

A lovely bit of nostalgia here, one of the greats of British comedy. The isle of Toddy becomes for a while at least a true paradise when the islanders find themselves rescuing part of the cargo of a wrecked ship carrying precious whisky, despite the efforts of the sassenach jobsworth running the local home guard. A wealth of wonderful moments, a softly-spoken gentleness that has always characterised this kind of movie (and lives on in such modern works as Hear My Song and Waking Ned), and a kind but firm lack of respect for bureaucratic authority soaked throughout the entire film make this a delight and a joy every time.


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