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Whisky Galore! (1949)

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

Writers:

Compton MacKenzie (novel) (as Compton Mackenzie), Compton MacKenzie (screenplay) (as Compton Mackenzie) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Basil Radford ... Captain Paul Waggett
Catherine Lacey ... Mrs. Waggett
Bruce Seton ... Sergeant Odd
Joan Greenwood ... Peggy Macroon
Wylie Watson ... Joseph Macroon
Gabrielle Blunt Gabrielle Blunt ... Catriona Macroon
Gordon Jackson ... George Campbell
Jean Cadell ... Mrs. Campbell
James Robertson Justice ... Dr. Maclaren
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... The Biffer
John Gregson ... Sammy MacCodrun
James Woodburn James Woodburn ... Roderick MacRurie
James Anderson James Anderson ... Old Hector
Jameson Clark Jameson Clark ... Constable Macrae
Duncan Macrae ... Angus MacCormac
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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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It's Light... It's Bright... It's 100 Proof! See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Trivia

The shipwreck that brings whisky to the isle of Todday happens 20 minutes into the film. In the original novel, it occurs halfway through. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Narrator: [describing the inhabitants of Todday as children run out of a cottage] A happy people, with few and simple pleasures.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 18 August 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The MacaPhee song
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played at the engagement party
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A Sip of Good Scotch
23 January 2014 | by huinemanSee all my reviews

A good whisky needs time to fully express itself; drinking it without its having reached its maturity just won't do. Well, like a great whisky, this film has developed itself over time. Already 65 years old, and that is certainly a long period of ageing, "Whisky Galore" is still crisp, certain, subtle and appealing, what you would expect both a great spirit and a great film to be. Like the perfect sip, it gets ahold of you from the very beginning, captivating the drinker (or the viewer) with calculated pace and timing, keeping your interest from start to finish. The movie deals easily with complex issues, such as the relation between parents and offspring, military and civilian, State and folk, always leaning towards the weaker. Ever gentle, it will make you smile and leave you with a nice reminiscence lingering for a long time: once again, just as a glass of the best scotch would do. Cheers!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

25 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,444
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Ealing Studios See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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