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Whisky Galore! (1949)

Comedy, Crime 1h 20m

This is the story of a ship that runs aground carrying 50,000 cases of whisky, and of the fictional Todday islanders’ attempts to salvage and plunder the stranded ship’s cargo. Compton Mackenzie, who wrote the famous comic novel, was inspired by a real wreck and by his experiences living among the islanders of Barra. The humour is gentle and wonderfully dry – the introductory voiceover sets the tone when talking about the isolation of Todday: “To the west there is nothing,” says the narrator, before adding as a throwaway line “… except America.”

Languages

English, Scottish Gaelic

Country

UK