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The Angels Share - A Must See Movie

Updated on January 17, 2013

Glasgows' Location in Scotland


The Angels' Share directed by Ken Loach and starring Paul Brannigan as Robbie is a working class comedy-drama set in Scotland. This is Paul Brannigans first movie. Robbie has a criminal history laced with violence, and has enemies everywhere. His girlfriend Leonie gives birth to their son Luke early on in the film, and this makes Robbie want to change his ways to ensure a safe future for his son and girlfriend. This is not easy with so many enemies wanting retribution.

Sentenced to Community Pay Back for his most recent crimes, Robbie is befriended by the warden - Harry (John Henshaw), who is an authority on whiskey. He treats Robbie and three other members of the community work scheme - Rhino, Albert and Mo to a tour of a whiskey brewery. They become interested in whiskey tasting and Robbie finds he has a talent for discerning aromas and flavours in the whiskey.

The Angels' share is the percentage that evaporates into the air during the distilling process - hence for the angels.

In their travels they learn of a million dollar cask of whiskey up for auction in the Highlands. Robbie although reluctant at first to invite more trouble is persuaded by his new found friends to attempt to siphon off some of the million dollar whiskey. If successful they will have the means to all start afresh.

There are some violent and scary parts in the film along with a good splattering of bad language, some of which is disguised in the strong Glaswegian accent. Funnily enough as the film progresses the swearing seems to merge in and is less noticeable.

Although Robbie has had a violent past we hope he can achieve his goal and get away from Glasgow and all his enemies. The Angels' Share is a feel good movie, heart warming and very real. The characters are funny and likeable and it almost seems like they are not acting.

The cast includes Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Gary Maitland, William Ruane, Roger Allam, Jasmin Riggers and Siobhan Reilly, and the screenplay is by Paul Laverty.

I really enjoyed "The Angels' Share" although I had my doubts when it first started. As the movie progressed I came to appreciate the characters and only wanted the best for them. A great movie in my opinion.

Trailer for The Angels' Share


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