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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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Cast

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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 Mac Codrun
James Woodburn ...
James Anderson ...
Old Hector
Jameson Clark ...
Duncan Macrae ...
Angus Mc 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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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

Ironically, the making-of documentary featured on the DVD/Blu-ray editions, "Distilling Whisky", cost the same amount of money to make as the film itself - £121,000. 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: I want to speak to your son George.
Mrs Campbell: George is in his bedroom.
Captain Paul Waggett: Oh, not ill, I hope.
Mrs Campbell: He's locked in his bedroom with his Bible and some bread and cheese, and he'll not be out until tomorra' mornin'.
Captain Paul Waggett: I never heard of anything so preposterous!
Mrs Campbell: Did you ever hear of the Fourth Commandment?
Captain Paul Waggett: Of course, I have!
Mrs Campbell: Remember the...
Captain Paul Waggett: You needn't repeat it. I learned the Commandment years ago.
Mrs Campbell: More shame to you then that yeh should lead my son away from righteousness.
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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 »

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Featured in The Unforgettable Gordon Jackson (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Brochan Lom, Tana Lom
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung when the whisky is first being shared out
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4 April 2002 | by (Carlsbad, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

A Canadian friend turned me on to this film. Prior to that - about 10 years ago - I had never heard of it. I managed to find a video and watched it. This was, without question, one of the funniest flicks I had ever seen. Filmed in glorious black & white and mostly at night, it boasted some incredible character actors and a non-stop action plot involving whiskey. LOTS of whiskey. Some great cinematography and sets, moody typical-English fog-laden atmosphere and a giant A for effort what the townsfolk went thru to hold on to that liquor! Very funny, non-violent movie just for laughs. I strongly suggest you see it.


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