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The Angels' Share (2012)

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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.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Brannigan ... Robbie
Siobhan Reilly ... Leonie
John Henshaw John Henshaw ... Harry
Gary Maitland Gary Maitland ... Albert
William Ruane ... Rhino
Jasmin Riggins ... Mo (as Jasmine Riggins)
Scott Dymond Scott Dymond ... Willy
Scott Kyle ... Clancy
Neil Leiper Neil Leiper ... Sniper
James Casey ... Dougie
Caz Dunlop Caz Dunlop ... Caz
Gilbert Martin Gilbert Martin ... Matt
Stewart Preston Stewart Preston ... Sheriff
Vincent Friell Vincent Friell ... Procurator Fiscal
Kirstin Murray Kirstin Murray ... Defence Lawyer
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Storyline

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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Four friends. One mission. Lots of spirit. See more »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La part des anges See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,837, 14 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$304,357, 2 June 2013
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title refers to an expression that describes the portion of a whisky's volume that is lost to evaporation during the ageing process. See more »

Goofs

When Albert is sitting on Rhino's shoulder looking through the pub window you can see the cameraman's reflection in the window on the right of Albert. The cameraman's reflection becomes even more visible after Rhino puts Albert down. See more »

Quotes

[First LInes]
Procurator Fiscal: [voice over] This is an unusual case, My Lord. The accused was at an unmanned station under the influence of a strong fortified wine. Railway personnel from some 20 miles away manning security cameras saw him staggering towards the station's edge.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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Some Chords
Performed by Deadmau5
Licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Limited
Written by Deadmau5 (as Joel Zimmerman)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Limited
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A Film with Heart.
30 May 2012 | by alangscoSee all my reviews

My main conclusion after watching The Angel's Share is that I haven't seen enough Ken Loach films.

Obviously I was interested to see The Angel's Share given the Scottish setting and the little bit of hype that the film has received here through its appearance at the Cannes Film Festival. I wasn't disappointed by any aspect of the movie and would recommend it to anyone.

The characters are real and the acting is hard to fault. The film strikes a great balance between highlighting the mistakes the main character, Robbie, made in the past and not being overly sympathetic, and at the same time recognising that he deserves a chance to build a better future and put it all behind him. The inclusion of the scene where Robbie is confronted by one of his former victims and the victim's family was inspired.

All of the performances given are believable, but i'd reserve a special mention for John Henshaw, who plays Harry. There's an almost intangible sadness to the character where you know he's also trying to make up for earlier mistakes in his life, although the film never goes into details. Very understated and poignant in parts.

Above all, this is a film with heart and has something for everyone.


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