The Angels' Share
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Newcomer Paul Brannigan plays Robbie living in Glasgow, young and jobless, who is going to be a father soon. Robbie knows he has to change his life, but finds it virtually impossible with the environment surrounding him.
While on community service, Robbie meets three young troubled Glaswegians, Albert (Gary Maitland), Rhino (William Ruane) and Mo (Jasmin Riggins). Harry (John Henshaw), a Manchester-born whisky lover in charge of the community service becomes a sort of father figure to them, taking them to an Edinburgh distillery, where Robbie discovers his talent for whisky tasting.
For "The Angels' Share" Ken Loach has created credible characters without making them overly sympathetic, and the film balances well between serious and funny scenes. Perhaps some may prefer the director's more intense dramas like "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," but I for one like the film for what it is, an enjoyable comedy drama with a message.
After a hair-raising scene at a train station, we start with a number of criminals being handed down sentences by a judge. We see the accused and hear of their crimes, then we follow a handful of miscreants who have been sentenced to community service. The fellow in charge takes them on an outing to Edinburgh one weekend...to...of all places, a whiskey distillery! (It's spelled "whisky" in Scotland.)
Our principal players are:
* John Henshaw is Harry, the whisky-loving overseer in charge of the community service workers, would like to find something LEGAL to interest and maybe motivate his youthful charges.
* Paul Brannigan is our young felon Robbie, a brand-new daddy who is determined to make a new start. The judge has given him one last chance but we can see the deck is stacked against him.
* William Ruane is Rhino, willing to go along with the gang, but not the brightest bulb in the box.
* Gary Maitland is Albert, who is, beyond a doubt, a cerebral black hole!
* Jasmin Riggins is Mo; she steals anything that isn't nailed down, even after she swore she would go straight.
* Roger Allam is Thaddeus, an agent for some anonymous connoisseur who savors rare whiskys.
While touring the distillery, the tour guide explains that the mysterious two percent of the liquid that quietly evaporates from the barrel each year is called "The Angels' Share.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my favorite heist movie of all time. It's beautuful!!! Especially if you like Whiskey or Scotch.Published 6 months ago by Simon Traynor
A heartfelt adventure...you'll love this merry band.Published 6 months ago by Dr. Carole J. Garrison
A delightful heart warming comedy with an engaging cast but be warned: if you have difficulty understanding Glaswegian accents you may find most of the dialogue incomprehensible. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Navo
This is a very entertaining movie. As an expatriate of Scotland, I am always looking for movies to remind me of the home country and its edgy sense of humor. Read morePublished 19 months ago by G. Ring
Haven't finished it yet -- so far at least, it's VERY, disagreeably violent. Maybe that's the point.Published 24 months ago by Susan Griswold