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Mad Little Island (1958)
"Rockets Galore" (original title)

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Inhabitants of a small island in the Atlantic resist their government's plan to make their home a missile base.

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Janet Macleod
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Hugh Mander
Roland Culver ...
Catherine Lacey ...
Noel Purcell ...
Father James
Ian Hunter ...
Air Commodore Watchorn
Duncan Macrae ...
Duncan Ban
Jean Cadell ...
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Alex Mackenzie ...
Joseph Macleod
Carl Jaffe ...
Dr. Hamburger
Nicholas Phipps ...
Andrew Wishart
Jameson Clark ...
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Drooby
James Copeland ...
Kenny McLeod
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Inhabitants of a small island in the Atlantic resist their government's plan to make their home a missile base.

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26 December 1958 (Sweden)  »

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Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner
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Written by Hubert Gregg
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a slight but charming British comedy
5 May 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The inhabitants of Todday are content to live their lives in peace and quiet, until, that is, the government decides their little corner of the world would be the perfect place for a rocket launch site. Squadron leader Hugh Manders (Donald Sinden) is sent to the island for a look-see and discovers a pastoral land peopled with quirky characters not at all willing to give up their homes or way of life for the sake of "progress".

Rockets Galore is a leisurely paced film that eschews broad slapstick for subtle humour, much of it found in the wry dialogue. There is a pronounced anti war sentiment in the film ,not to mention a more than passing nod to conservation (it figures prominently in the picture's "mcguffin"). The film makes much of the scenic locales, which were shot on the Island of Barra in the Hebrides. The surprisingly good looking Eastmancolour adds to the effect. There's something to be said for a film that is both charming and entertaining. For that reason I have no problem recommending Rockets Galore.


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