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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.

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Mo (as Jasmine Riggins)
Scott Dymond ...
Willy
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Clancy
Neil Leiper ...
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Caz
Gilbert Martin ...
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$18,837, 14 April 2013, Limited Release

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$304,357, 2 June 2013
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The pub in which they have there meeting is Ross's in Mitchell St Glasgow. See more »

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When toasting the birth of Robbie's child and Robbie dislikes the whisky, it sounds like Harry calls him a Philippine when he should have said philistine. See more »

Quotes

Robbie: Why are you doing this for us?
Grace: Someone gave me a chance once and it changed my life. And it sure sounds like you two could do with some luck.
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References Braveheart (1995) See more »

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I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Written by Charlie Reid (as Charles Stobo Reid) and Craig Reid (as Craig Morris Reid)
Performed by The Proclaimers
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
© 1998 Zoo Music Ltd. All rights administered by Warner/Chappell Ltd.
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A Film with Heart.
30 May 2012 | by See 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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