Scottish islanders try to plunder cases of whisky from a stranded ship during WWII.Scottish islanders try to plunder cases of whisky from a stranded ship during WWII.Scottish islanders try to plunder cases of whisky from a stranded ship during WWII.
The story of the inhabitants of the isolated Scottish island of Todday, in the Outer Hebrides, where gloom sets in as their wartime rationing of whisky runs out. When cargo ship the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground the shrewd islanders run rings around the buffoonish English Home Guard commander Captain Waggett and conspire to hide away cases of the precious amber nectar. —AnonymousB
Some films simply don't need to be remade...
A perfectly charming remake of the cracking 1949 version of Compton MacKenzie's tale of a remote Scottish island that, during the privations of WWII, finds a passing ship wrecked on its shores with an enormous cargo of whisky aboard. Their antics to "rescue" the contents and keep it from the prying eyes of the local Home Guard captain (Eddie Izzard) and the Customs & Excise men are told using a cast of established Scots actors - Gregor Fisher; James Cosmo, Ken Drury et al. It isn't in the same class as the original; possibly because it is in colour and also the story is largely a straight update - but it is worth a watch.
- Feb 18, 2020
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