Whisky Galore!

Whisky Galore!

Alexander Mackendrick (1949)

PG Certificate


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Adapted by Compton Mackenzie and Angus MacPhail from Mackenzie's own novel, Alexander Mackendrick's sublime film is one of the jewels in the Ealing crown. At the centre of this droll story of whisky smuggling in the Hebrides during the Second World War stands Basil Radford, who gives the performance of his career as the despised Sassenach commanding the local Home Guard. The Todday islanders are played to perfection by such accomplished actors as Gordon Jackson, Wylie Watson and Joan Greenwood, while Catherine Lacey is a delight as Radford's wife, who greets his posturing and humiliation with equal detachment.


The residents of a Hebridean island endure many months without alcohol as a result of wartime rationing. When a ship runs aground carrying thousands of cases of Scotch, the locals are determined to keep it to themselves, despite the best efforts of a puritanical English home guard officer to confiscate it. Ealing comedy, starring Basil Radford, Gordon Jackson and James Robertson Justice.

Cast & Crew

Captain Paul Waggett Basil Radford
Mrs Waggett Catherine Lacey
Sergeant Odd Bruce Seton
Peggy Macroon Joan Greenwood
George Campbell Gordon Jackson
Joseph Macroon Wylie Watson
Catriona Macroon Gabrielle Blunt
Mrs Campbell Jean Cadell
Dr MacLaren James Robertson-Justice
Narrator Finlay Currie
Director Alexander Mackendrick
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 Jul 2011