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Whisky Galore (2016) Poster

(2016)

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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 considerable amount of hard cash. According to official files recently released by the Home Office, there were 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. The money was on its way to the West Indies, and the banknotes were of a specifically Jamaican design, making them, of course, immediately identifiable in the Outer Hebrides. Despite this, twenty years after the 1949 film was shown, it was occasionally the case that visitors to the gift shop on Eriskay would find a Jamaican ten-shilling note in their change.
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The harbour scenes were filmed in Portsoy Harbour, Scotland
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When Brown is talking to Mrs Wagget he refers to the Ministry of Defence. This wasn't established until 1964; during the war the Army was administered by the War Office.
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The harbour scenes were shot in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, which is less than twenty miles from Pennan which provided the backdrop for the 1983 film "Local Hero"
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Also filmed in Saltcoats, ayrshire
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External church shots were of St Monans Parish Church in Fife.
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