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
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Part of the film's appeal to British audiences in the late '40s was that wartime rationing was still in place and times were very austere. The film's flaunting attitude towards authority obviously struck a chord. See more
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
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.
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
Spoofed in Sir Norbert Smith, a Life
Brochan Lom, Tana Lom
Sung when the whisky is first being shared out See more