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The Angels' Share (2012)

 |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  1 June 2012 (UK)
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Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.

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Robbie
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Leonie
John Henshaw ...
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Gary Maitland ...
Albert
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Rhino
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Mo (as Jasmine Riggins)
Scott Dymond ...
Willy
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Clancy
Neil Leiper ...
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Dougie
Caz Dunlop ...
Caz
Gilbert Martin ...
Matt
Stewart Preston ...
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Vincent Friell ...
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This bitter sweet comedy follows protagonist Robbie as he sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time. Overwhelmed by the moment, he swears that Luke will not have the same tragic life he has had. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, he's given one last chance......While serving a community service order, he meets Rhino, Albert and Mo who, like him, find it impossible to find work because of their criminal records. Little did Robbie imagine how turning to drink might change their lives - not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. Will it be 'slopping out' for the next twenty years, or a new future with 'Uisge Beatha' the 'Water of Life?' Only the angels know........ Written by Rebecca O'Brien, producer

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$18,837 (USA) (12 April 2013)

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$304,357 (USA) (31 May 2013)
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Ken Loach's 11th film in 31 years to compete at the Cannes Film Festival. (Loach won the Jury Prize for The Angels' Share (2012).) See more »

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When Harry is discussing Robbie's life of crime with him, he says that Robbie wouldn't want to miss his son growing up. This is discussed before the child is born. Later, when Luke (Robbie's son) is born, it is clear that no one knew that he would be a boy before the event. See more »

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I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Performed by The Proclaimers
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Written by Charlie Reid (as Charles Stobo Reid) and Craig Reid (III)' (as Craig Morris Reid)
© 1998 Zoo Music Ltd. All rights administered by Warner/Chappell Ltd.
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Falls short
31 December 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Having enjoyed Ken Loach's last film, Looking For Eric, I suddenly discovered he had a new movie out. So off to the theater I went. The movie starts off with a quick introduction to sociology while sentencing the protagonist, Robbie, to a few hundred hours of community service. Social issues is a recurring theme of the movie as it delves into the reasons of why people get themselves into a bad place, which again stems from a bad environment (which is literally spelled out). Ken Loach uses the same approach as in Looking For Eric, and many of the same plot elements are present as Robbie and his cohorts hatch out a devious plan to deal with their situation. Most familiar is the protagonist's struggle to set himself straight, but also in how he is trying to protect and salvage his family. Angel's Share starts off like a good movie; we get to know the characters, there's an involving plot, and overall I was starting to like it. I found it easy to sympathize with the main character, despite his conflicted personality.

But then the movie starts to falter. The plot with the whiskey distillery falls short as the director takes the film in a most peculiar direction. I started to realize that I liked none of the supporting characters, which are only mildly interesting due to the fact that they almost have no character and bring nothing interesting to the film (except a few good laughs). By the end I was just waiting for something to happen, and it didn't. The plot resolves itself in the most uninteresting manner and the jokes have long lost their steam and the film was simply running on an empty tank. To his credit, Ken Loach does deserve some praise for trying to make a relatable feel-good movie.


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