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Whisky Galore (1949)
"Whisky Galore!" (original title)

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Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

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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 MacCodrun
James Woodburn ...
James Anderson ...
Old Hector
Jameson Clark ...
Duncan Macrae ...
Angus McCormac
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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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It's Light... It's Bright... It's 100 Proof! See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Release Date:

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

Debuting director Alexander Mackendrick's background was in advertising where he used the technique of storyboarding. He did this for this picture, making it the first Ealing film to be storyboarded. See more »

Goofs

Had there really been whisky (or really about anything except air) in those wooden crates piled as high as a person on the rowboats the villagers use to loot the cargo ship, those boats would have capsized or sunk by the sheer weight of the crates. See more »

Quotes

Captain Paul Waggett: [Speaking about the islanders] They're so unsporting. They don't do things for the sake of doing them like the English. We play the game for the sake of the game. Other nations play the game for the sake of winning it.
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Crazy Credits

By a strange coincidence, the SS Cabinet Minister was wrecked off the island of Todday [in the movie] two years after the SS 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 Forever Ealing (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Brochan Lom, Tana Lom
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung when the whisky is first being shared out
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Compton Mackenzie's farcical finest!
19 June 2002 | by (Nottingham, England) – See all my reviews

I have seen Whisky Galore so many times I lost count during the 'eighties. Most films so viewed tend to lose their sparkle somewhat. Not with this little gem - I laugh every time.

I have been promised that these strange happenings were based in fact, but I cannot believe that such a concatenation of hilarious happenstance could possibly have occurred, here in the British Isles, where the ridiculous is commonplace, or anywhere else. This film is full of the finest British character actors of the era, and a few acting 'non-entities' as well, who all give marvellous performances. The laughter doesn't stop, and the whisky keeps on flowing - I love it. I hope you get half as much out of Whisky Galore as I have - you'll be well pleased.


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