Whisky Galore!
Whisky Galore! (1949)

Originally released in Great Britain as Whisky Galore!, Tight Little Island is a comedy predicated on the notion that all Scotsmen are lushes. The tiny Scots Island of Todday suffers from a wartime whisky shortage. Luck of luck, a ship full… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 25, 1949
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

[A] convivial little classic.

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Variety Staff

Basil Radford gives a flawless performance.

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Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film hangs on a superb sense of community -- both in the story and in its making.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

The result is the sweetest, smartest and most joyous of all the Ealing comedies.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

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

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TIME Magazine

Out of this excellent idea, which less skilled hands might have reduced to farce, the British moviemakers have spun a tight little comedy of pure gold.

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Thomas M. Pryor
New York Times

Another happy demonstration of that peculiar knack British movie makers have for striking a rich and universally appealing comic vein in the most unexpected and seemingly insular situations.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

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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It's not vintage Ealing, but it's a fine dram all the same.
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