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Whisky Galore

Gillies MacKinnon

Based on true events chronicled in the novel by Compton MacKenzie, which inspired the original 1949 Ealing comedy, this new version of Whisky Galore retells the story of wily Scottish islanders who came together to outwit the English authorities and retain precious cargo which turned up on their shores.

Life for the residents of Todday feels quite far removed from the war raging across Europe, except for one thing: the whisky rationing. When a stranded supply ship destined for America washes up nearby full of crates of the golden liquid, everyone is happy to pitch in and do their bit to keep it safely hidden. Pompous homeguard Captain Wagget (Eddie Izzard) is determined to do his duty and ferret out the thieves while local hero Macroom (Gregor Fisher) and his two daughters lead the villagers in their crafty plan to outwit him. 

Shot on location in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, Whisky Galore makes Scotland look as pretty as a picture, and this new version of an old classic manages to retain plenty of the sly humour and warmth of the original while getting plenty of dibs in at the powers that be. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of good old fashioned whimsy and charm and Whisky Galore has that in spades.