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The Angels' Share

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Winner of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, "The Angels' Share" is a comic fable about wasted talent and what happens when we are given a chance in life. It would be hard to see Robbie as a man worthy of redemption. He s constantly watching out for a gang of thugs looking to settle a family grudge, his girlfriend is giving birth to a baby while her father offers him money to leave Glasgow, and he s serving 300 hours of community service. But when Robbie meets Harry, the gruff but benevolent man in charge of his sentence, he finds a hidden talent for Scotch whiskey and a new chance at life. For distillers the angels share is the whiskey lost to evaporation each year, and that little fact makes a rare cask of whiskey the perfect target for a heist. A hilarious story about second chances, THE ANGELS SHARE is tender crowd-pleaser from legendary filmmaker Ken Loach ("The Wind that Shakes the Barley", "Kes") and screenwriter Paul Laverty.

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  • Actors: Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw
  • Directors: Ken Loach
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CERJHQ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After a political thriller "Route Irish," Ken Loach has come back to more familiar territories. His latest drama "The Angels' Share" deals with such serious social issues as unemployment among the young, but the film itself is surprisingly optimistic (with a Proclaimers song), and is often very funny, with a tone close to that of "Looking for Eric."

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.
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This delightful outing is a triple threat: 1) It has people to root for; 2) It is laugh-out-loud funny; and 3) It has captions (it takes place in Scotland, so they are very, very welcome)! The screening audience (some of the men wore kilts) was appreciative and I was tickled pink.

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.
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Great movie with an excellent plot and fine acting. There are some violent scenes in the first section, but they aren't gratuitous, and they disappear after the necessary groundwork for the rest of the story has been laid. The theater version of this film included subtitles (it's is in English, but the producers evidently decided that the Scottish accents would be unintelligible to viewers); in the DVD version, however, the subtitles can be turned off.
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This dark-to-light Ken Loach film didn't get much attention outside Scotland, partly because much of the dialogue is in dialect virtually incomprehensible to non-Glaswegian ears. But the story is nevertheless easy to follow, and the film's array of misfits whose lives are transformed by one man's love for scotch whisky are impossible not to love. Malt heads will adore this film, which--from its title onward--is filled with references, locations, and experiences that will bring smiles of recognition to scotch lovers.
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Set in contemporary Glasgow, THE ANGELS' SHARE does not shy away from portraying the squalid reality of many young peoples' lives. Robbie (Paul Brannigan) has to complete long hours of community service, together with his friends Rhino (William Ruane), Albert (Gary Maitland) and Mo (Jasmin Riggins), while having to cope with the perpetual threat of attack from long-time adversary Clancy (Scott Kyle). However Robbie's 'minder' Harry (John Henshaw), who supervises him on his community service, introduces Robbie to the intricacies of scotch whisky, and Robbie's life is transformed as a result. In an attempt to improve his life, he becomes involved in an elaborate plot to steal an exceptionally rare brand of Scotch from a Highland distillery. While Paul Laverty's screenplay does not shy away from the seamier sides of Glasgow life, it nonetheless suggests that people can be redeemed, so long as they are provided with moral as well as emotional support. Harry seems an unlikely figure in this respect, but his basic honesty stands out in a film full of shady characters. The four youngsters (Robbie and his friends) are totally convincing in their roles - so much so that we share their pleasure when their scheme eventually succeeds and they can look forward to a better life, however transient that might be.
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