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

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


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Peggy Macroon
Joseph Macroon
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Jean Cadell ...
Dr. Maclaren
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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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25 December 1949 (USA)  »

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Tight Little Island  »

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Fourteen whisky bottles, said to be the last surviving from the wreck of the SS Politician, the real-life shipwreck that inspired the film, were sold in 1993 at a Glasgow auction for £12,012 (approximately $22,500 at 2006 conversion rates), with a bottle of Haig Dimple fetching £1,210 (the equivalent of $2,270). See more »


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 »


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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 »


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Tight little plot drives a great script
31 May 1999 | by (Manchester, UK) – See all my reviews

Only the Home Guard stand between 50000 cases of whisky and the parched islanders. One of Compton Mackenzie's best scripts, and even features a humorous disclaimer concerning a similar incident with the SS Politician. My favourite scene (in which copious amounts of whisky are concealed in all manner of ways) is in the ten most amusing scenes I have ever watched. Not such a good advert for temperance, though.

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