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Whiskey Galore! (aka Tight Little Island)(1949)


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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00874Y1NI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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During World War II, the small Scottish island of Todday is suffering from the most terrible thing they believe could’ve happened; a wartime shortage of whisky! Fortunately for the islanders, a ship carrying the precious liquid is wrecked on a reef, and it’s up to some enterprising locals to rescue the shipment before British revenue officials confiscate the cargo! Inspired by the S.S. Politician, which sank outside Scotland in 1941, carrying 250,000 bottles of whisky.

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Great story, superbly acted.
Roadrunner
It is actually a true story about the sinking of a British ship, the SS Politician, which hit a reef during WW II off a Scottish Island in the Hebrides.
Edward R. Maccormack
I wish it had been colorized, but still a good movie in black and white.
The Old Man "Steve", Nampa, Id.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Edward R. Maccormack on September 28, 2012
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I remember seeing this movie when it came out in 1949. It was originally called Whiskey Galore from the book by Compton MacKenzie, but the title was changed to "Tight Little Island" when it was exported to the US. Evidently must have had something to do with the alcohol relationship. It was a sleeper when it came out, and my wife and I saw it at the old Exeter Theatre in Boston, which seemed to exhibit quite a few very funny films from Britain. It is actually a true story about the sinking of a British ship, the SS Politician, which hit a reef during WW II off a Scottish Island in the Hebrides. The ship was carrying 50,000 cases of Scots whiskey. The Islanders on Barra salvaged quite a bit of the whiskey before the ship sank. The movie was a laugh a minute as the islanders tried to prevent the Revenue Service from confiscating the newly-obtained booze to make up for the rationing because of the war. There is still a wonderful pub on the island called the "SS Politician", with all the framed news articles of the event. My wife and I visited the pub a few years back and had a wonderful time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Mitchell on June 7, 2013
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THis was a delight with some excellent actors and a fun story line. All the charactors were believable and as the story is based upon a real event made the movie all the more enjoyable. Excellent entertainment
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R Grant II on May 1, 2013
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This is the American version, and I personally don't like the additives that the studio had to add to appease the film industry-down right hypocritical. Either way a fun little movie and a good prep for reading the book which is a true masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liz Sockness on December 27, 2012
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Also bought Hobson's Choice -- enjoyed both of them (watched it to make sure it wasn't defective). Whiskey Galore is great!
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This is a splendid old black and white classic that took Compton Mackenzie's tale and turned into a movie. Mackenzie's book is a genial story that shows his affection for the islands where he lived for some years and so is rich in detail and meanders enchantingly from character to character. The movie drops a lot of the detail and adds more visual drama, but it does this very well without losing the geniality of Mackenzie's original work. And it is downright funny. The one critical detail that was not dropped is the firm rule that one cannot work on the Sabbath -- and that meant looting a wrecked ship of its cargo of whisky by islanders who were horribly whisky deprived during WWII. For twenty-four hours therefore the islanders watch the ship expecting it to go down any moment. Midnight sees the entire island taking to every available boat to rescue as much whiskey as they can. There is of course a spoiler, and a romance, and (one of the best characters) a terrible old woman. These all blend together to the perfect conclusion.
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By L. Gent on September 3, 2013
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Bought this for my Mum, who said it brought back wonderful memories from watching it as a child. Beautifully quaint film, with an ending that is definitely worth the wait!
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This film was always of poor visual quality (post war economy) but if you can wade through the bad visual quality and the thick Scottish accents it is absolutely hilarious.
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