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The True Story Of The Greatest Scottish Clan Feud Ever!
The true story of the events leading up to the infamous massacre of the Macdonalds by the Campbells in February of 1692. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Robertson Justice ... MacIain
Andrew Crawford ... Glenlyon
William Dysart ... Breadalbane
David Orr ... Sir John
Sandie Nielson ... Argyll
Arthur Boland ... Cameron of Lochiel
John Young ... Colonel Hill
Charles Fawcett ... John Macdonald
George Morgan ... Alasdair Macdonald
Kenny Ireland ... Lieutenant Lindsay (as Ian Ireland)
Alex McAvoy ... Narrator

Directed by
Austin Campbell 
Writing credits
Austin Campbell (written by)

Produced by
Austin Campbell .... producer
Juliette Campbell .... associate producer
Original Music by
Peggy Seeger 
Cinematography by
Denys N. Coop 
Film Editing by
Bill Blunden 
Art Direction by
James Macaulay 

Additional Details

UK:58 min
Sound Mix:
UK:PG (video)

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The order given to Captain Campbell by Major Duncanson: "You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels, the McDonalds of Glenco, and put all to the sword under seventy. You are to have a special care that the old Fox (MacIain) and his sons doe upon no account escape your hands, you are to secure all the avenues that no man escape. This you are to putt in execution at fyve of the clock precisely; and by that time, or very shortly after it, I'll strive to be att you with a stronger party: if I doe not come to you att fyve, you are not to tarry for me, but to fall on. This is by the Kings speciall command, for the good & safety of the Country, that these miscreants be cutt off root and branch. See that this be putt in execution without feud or favour, else you may expect to be dealt with as one not true to King nor Government, nor a man fitt to carry Commissione in the Kings service. Expecting you will not faill in the fulfilling hereof, as you love your selfe, I subscribe these with my hand - att Balicholis (Ballachulish) February 12, 1692 - (signed) R. Duncanson For their Majesties service" To Capt. Robert Campbell of GlenlyonSee more »
Macian:[to redcoats] Oidhche mhath leibh.
[Good night to you]
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Underrated historical movie, 14 August 2011
Author: nephihaha from Scotland

This is an excellent treatment of a notorious incident in Scottish history. We know exactly what's going to happen - it's in the title. But this looming sense of dread balances out any couthiness in the film.

It also avoids being a complete melodrama, by showing the perpetrators as human beings, the complexities and accidents that led to the situation etc. The baddies are conflicted, to say the least. (Cynics would say that's because it's directed by a Campbell!) This makes it a much more rounded film.

Much of the film is on location, with outdoor scenes in Glencoe itself.

The film is actually very short... under an hour. It makes an excellent companion piece to Peter Watkin's "mockumentary" Culloden. And no, it doesn't blame the English for everything either...

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