Whisky Galore
Whisky Galore (1949)

Memorable World War II-era farce about a Scottish island devoid of whisky--until a ship carrying some 50,000 cases of liquor is wrecked off its coast. A massive rescue operation immediately ensues, which in turn leads to a massive cover-up… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 1, 1949
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Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph

One of three Ealing comedies released in 1949 (the others were Passport to Pimlico and Kind Hearts and Coronets), and remains by far the sharpest, freshest and most resonant.

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Peter Bradshaw

Beguiling, subversive and a complete joy.

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Fernando F. Croce

Mackendrick's already evident feeling for mordant human clashes ruptures the studio's coziness

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

A colourful contribution to the current debate on the future of Scotland.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Adapted by Compton Mackenzie and Angus MacPhail from Mackenzie's own novel, Alexander Mackendrick's sublime film is one of the jewels in the Ealing crown.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, Catherine Lacey and Gordon Jackson are among the players who got fed up with drinking cold tea and pretending it was the hard stuff.

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Jamie Russell
Total Film

A whimsical tale of Celtic self-reliance vs English stuffiness, this wee comedy dram warms the heart as surely as a blended malt.

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