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The Angels' Share (2012)

R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 1 June 2012 (UK)
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Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Brannigan ... Robbie
Siobhan Reilly ... Leonie
John Henshaw ... Harry
Gary Maitland Gary Maitland ... Albert
William Ruane ... Rhino
Jasmin Riggins ... Mo (as Jasmine Riggins)
Scott Dymond Scott Dymond ... Willy
Scott Kyle ... Clancy
Neil Leiper Neil Leiper ... Sniper
James Casey ... Dougie
Caz Dunlop Caz Dunlop ... Caz
Gilbert Martin Gilbert Martin ... Matt
Stewart Preston Stewart Preston ... Sheriff
Vincent Friell Vincent Friell ... Procurator Fiscal
Kirstin Murray Kirstin Murray ... Defence Lawyer
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Storyline

This bitter sweet comedy follows protagonist Robbie as he sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time. Overwhelmed by the moment, he swears that Luke will not have the same tragic life he has had. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, he's given one last chance......While serving a community service order, he meets Rhino, Albert and Mo who, like him, find it impossible to find work because of their criminal records. Little did Robbie imagine how turning to drink might change their lives - not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. Will it be 'slopping out' for the next twenty years, or a new future with 'Uisge Beatha' the 'Water of Life?' Only the angels know........ Written by Rebecca O'Brien, producer

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Release Date:

1 June 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La part des anges See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,837, 14 April 2013

Gross USA:

$346,669

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,034,007
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ken Loach's 11th film in 31 years to compete at the Cannes Film Festival. (Loach won the Jury Prize for The Angels' Share (2012).) See more »

Goofs

During the sale, the auctioneer says (off camera) that the bid is with someone on his left. The camera immediately cuts to him indicating to his right. See more »

Quotes

[First LInes]
Procurator Fiscal: [voice over] This is an unusual case, My Lord. The accused was at an unmanned station under the influence of a strong fortified wine. Railway personnel from some 20 miles away manning security cameras saw him staggering towards the station's edge.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema- and DVD versions have eight uses of the strongest profanity removed in order to obtain a 15 classification. The Blu-ray is uncut and rated 18. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Written by Charlie Reid (as Charles Stobo Reid) and Craig Reid (as Craig Morris Reid)
Performed by The Proclaimers
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
© 1998 Zoo Music Ltd. All rights administered by Warner/Chappell Ltd.
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Growing up in tough working class Glasgow and then finding nirvana in Scotch Whisky
22 February 2014 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Angels' Share (2012)

A deceptively simple movie that builds slowly and is mixture of outrageous fun and touching social commentary.

The main young man, Robbie (Paul Brannigan), has been convicted of a violent crime and is trying to get his life together. His girlfriend is about to have his baby, his old rival is out to get him, and he can't get a job. He also has to do community service, which leads him to the main plot—a growing love of whiskey, a gift with his nose, and an eventual plot to steal some of the rarest of the liquid.

It's this last part that dominates the second half of the movie, and it's fun, for sure, but also a little contrived compared to the first half which has a gritty realism to it. Brannigan, and all his supporting actors, is really good. If you don't know Scottish movies, be prepared for some major swearing by everyone. And the Netflix version of the movie has the subtitles on because the accent makes a lot of the movie hard to hear. (I think you'd be better off without them, however, and just get most of it without the distraction of reading.)

You might be able to read into the serious parts of the movie and see a valid commentary about the strength of community service, and about the rough life on the streets of Glasgow. But this is more the hard nails backdrop to make the clever, and rather fun (almost joyous) secondary plot shine brighter. It works. The movie pulls it together seamlessly (maybe a hair too seamlessly by the end, as you'll see).

So, yes, an enjoyable surprise.


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