Whisky Galore! (Restored) View large image

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Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick

Produced: 1948

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom

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Certificate: PG

Length: 81 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 8 August 2011

Cat No: OPTD2065

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Whisky Galore! (Restored)

Cast: Joan Greenwood , Basil Radford , Gordon Jackson , John Gregson , James Robertson Justice , Wylie Watson , Duncan Macrae , Catherine Lacey , A.E. Matthews , Bruce Seton , Jean Cadell , Morland Graham , Gabrielle Blunt , Henry Mollison

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Classic Ealing comedy. During the Second World War, the inhabitants of a small Hebridean island are wilting under a chronic shortage of whisky. When a ship is wrecked on the shore, it is discovered to contain 50,000 cases of malt, which are promptly appropriated by the menfolk of the island. All is well until an English Home Guard commander - determined to see the whisky restored to its rightful owners - calls in Her Majesty’s Customs, and the islanders make frantic attempts to hide their treasured alcoholic booty!

One of the best-loved comedies from the Ealing Studios, Whisky Galore! was based on the true story of the SS Politician, a ship that went down off the coast of the Hebrides in 1941 along with its cargo of 22,000 cases of whisky. It was filmed on location on the island of Barra where established stars such as Joan Greenwood, Wylie Watson and James Robertson Justice took their place among the islanders who acted as extras in the film. The theme is a familiar Ealing one of a battle against petty officialdom, here in the guise of the stuffed-up Sassenach, Home Guard Captain Waggett, who sees it as his duty to prevent the salvage of the wrecked cargo by the whisky-starved islanders and hence the robbing of the rightful income of the Inland Revenue. Much to the islander’s amusement, he is justly rewarded for his trouble – it is after all, a ‘moral’ story. The dialogue, from Compton Mackenzie and Angus McPhail is beautifully barbed and listening to Joan Greenwood rolling the sound of the Scots around her tongue is an absolute delight.

Whisky Galore! ranks among one of the most popular Ealing titles ever made and the BFI included it in a list of the best 100 British films of the 20th Century. This much-loved classic is available on special edition 2 disc DVD including the documentary Distilling Whisky Galore. The film takes place on the remote island of Todday in the outer Hebrides -- blissfully untouched by the ravages of WWII until the island's wartime ration of whisky or 'the water of life', dries up completely -- leaving the locals in a state of devastation.

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