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
The harbour scenes were filmed in Portsoy Harbour, Scotland 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 »
We don't have a village idiot, we just take it in turns.
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If you haven't seen the 1949 original - do! it's wonderful and available in blu-ray.
I'm afraid that this has none of the original charm. I have a love of western Scottish culture, and Patrick Doyle's music is Irish-flavoured, certainly not Scottish. There's plenty of Scottish music available - why didn't they use it?
I didn't find the fake-Hebridean accents too annoying, as I thought they tried hard.
Some rotten tomatoes.
* How was the hold of the 'Cabinet Minister' fully illuminated, when the ship had been wrecked for a couple of days?
*The church was clearly not an island church - it was in Fife.
*The music at the wedding was a small orchestra, rather than the fiddle that would have been playing. I found the accompanying music to the whole irritating and out of context. I loved Doyle's music for Henry V, but this is not in the same league.
*Why were all the cars and tractors straight out of concours motor shows? not a spot of mud on them!
*Since the DVD cover tells me that much of this was shot on the East coast of Scotland, it explains why the land was all wrong for a Hebridean island.
Go back to the original!!
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