Stone of Destiny
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The film contains elements of the Keystone Cops - but if you have ever read Ian Hamilton's accounts of the recovery of the Stone of Destiny it was pretty much like the film portrays - even the scene near the end with the travelling people. Perhaps the only thing glossed over was the feeling of gross betrayal when the stone was voluntarily returned and the fact the authorities decided not to risk a trial and lose the case to Ian Hamilton's rather well argued points of law as to why he and his companions had merely recovered stolen property.
The film also stars parts of the City of Glasgow set dressed to look like 1950; a significant portion of the cars of the era from the Glasgow Museum of Transport; the real Westminster Abbey and Glasgow University. Also watch out for the real Ian Hamilton's 5 second, non-speaking, cameo appearance!
In this day and age it is hard to find safe family movies - but this one is - a REAL tale of derring-do and robbery which it is safe to let the kids watch.
Heartwarming and exciting without guns or violence - perfect!!
My sister and I were Glasgow University students in the 1950s around the time of the Stone incident. Although the movie takes us back to those exciting days, it is spoilt by anachronisms including the clothes worn by students. In reality, male students went around in suits and ties, plus woollen pullovers, and they looked very overdressed by today's standard. Female students also dressed conservatively and wore skirts, not pants. The moviemakers did not copy the typical student dress, although they did take the trouble to show the small, low-performance cars of the period.
Getting back to politics and economics. Scotland in the 1950s was very unlike today's Scotland. Then, unemployment was in the 2-3% range and any new graduate could expect a job, usually a choice of jobs. Today Scotland (like the UK as a whole) is in the grip of a recession and youth unemployment is a major issue.
A final note; in the UK this DVD is priced at the equivalent of $120 on amazon.uk. Is this because of overwhelming popular demand?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Movie, fun, historical. Heard about it at a Burns' Night Supper.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great movie. Historical AND entertaining. A feel-good ending. I have shared it with friends and family and everyone likes it as much as I do.Published 10 days ago by Barbara Laney
Great movie to watch to see how some young people who took a stand for what they believed in and makes a differences in the lives and spirit for Scotsmen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nancy N. Nelson
Even for a non-Scot, non-Brit, this is a fascinating story that history has almost forgotten. However, it was a precursor to what later happened. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin T. Buckley
A well directed and acted account of the story behind the Stone of Destiny's removal from Westsminster Abby and it's return to Scotland.Published 6 months ago by John Martin
I have extended family in Scotland and travel there frequently. This movie "hit the mark" on the retelling of the students that actually stole the stone from Westminster... Read morePublished 7 months ago by William E. Reed