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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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Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Brannigan ... Robbie
Siobhan Reilly ... Leonie
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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English

Release Date:

1 June 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First time actor Paul Brannigan was, like his character, a former prison inmate. He met Paul Laverty when the screenwriter was visiting various youth centers to get an idea of how young people in Scotland felt and spoke. See more »

Goofs

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: Whisky? I've never even tasted whisky.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema- and DVD versions have eight uses of the strongest profanity removed in order to obtain a 15 classification. The Blu-ray is uncut and rated 18. See more »

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Everyone deserves a second chance
19 May 2013 | by laa-miss-shoppingSee all my reviews

The Angels' Share is the first Ken Loach film I have ever seen, and I really liked it. I heard a lot about Ken Loach films before I saw The Angels' Share but I never had time to see one. I must say he is a talented director. I was impressed by the choice of actors, which is very judicious. I would compliment all the actors and I would reserve a special mention for Paul Brannigan, the main character. The acting is so realistic that the film seems like a real documentary about Scots'lives. The characters are friendly, and endearing. We can see a lot of beautiful Scottish landscapes during the whole film, and this is really pleasant. Ken Loach made an original storyline, and his film allows everybody to have a great time. It is a sweet comedy, hilarious sometimes, but mainly poignant. The film speaks with heart, humor and lightness about the social realism of delinquents. It shows that everyone deserves a second chance in life, even if it is very hard to get out of a situation you were born in. Ken Loach knows how to put a strong message in simple words. The Angels' Share is a good film, which is food for though. I was interested in watching it thanks to his participation at the Cannes Film Festival, and I was not disappointed by any aspect of the film. If I were you, I would go quickly to the cinema to see it. I would recommend it to anyone.


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