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.Written by
Remake of a 1949 Ealing classic of the same name, which itself was based on a real-life incident that occurred in 1941 on the Hebridean island of Eriskay when the SS Politician ran aground. The tale of how a group of local Scottish islanders raided a shipwreck for its consignment of 24,000 cases of whisky quickly became legend. What's less well reported, however, was the fact that the ship was also carrying a sizeable amount of hard cash. According to official files recently released by the Home Office, there was nearly 290,000 ten shilling notes on board as well (this would be the equivalent of several million pounds at today's prices), not all of which was ever recovered. See more »
When the townsfolk row out to the ship 'The Cabinet Minister' after it's been abandoned on the rocks, all the ship's lights remain on even though the engines that would power them are not running. See more »
There was never a wind blew that didn't fill somebody's sails.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this remake of the Ealing original.
I watched the original with my parents many years ago and this re-telling of the story (based on fact) was very faithful to that original. Gregor Fisher was excellent, Eddie Izard Superb, james Cosmo upholding the Sabath - superb, Annie Louise Roth as the Presbyterian dominating mum - first class
A must watch.
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