The Angels' Share 2012

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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.

Starring:
Roger Allam, Daniel Portman
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

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The Angels' Share

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Ken Loach
Starring Roger Allam, Daniel Portman
Supporting actors John Henshaw, William Ruane
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Swellms on 5 Jun 2012
This highly enjoyable film attempts something quite difficult in combining gritty drama about mindless urban violence with feel-good, rural comedy. It succeeds in this, with the comedy coming to the fore in the second half of the film.

The Angel's Share tells the story of Robbie, a vicious Glaswegian thug, given one last chance by the system in the hope that his fathering of a child by a very sensible girlfriend will enable him to turn his life around. The hand of mercy is extended further by Harry (John Henshaw), who supervises Robbie's Community Pay-Back, offers him shelter, and introduces him to the rarefied world of single-malt whisky. Despite this, Robbie appears to be heading back into his world of hopelessness and violence, until a unique and extremely valuable barrel of single-malt, and his own sharp mind, present the opportunity for final escape.

At this point the film faces a conundrum. We are asked to sympathise with the well-intentioned attempts of a wayward but intelligent youth to escape from a life of crime, but he tries to do this through a heist. That the film succeeds in winning our sympathies was made very clear by the collective and audible gasp of anguish from all the people in the cinema at the point when Robbie and his friends suffer a massive set-back in their plans.

There is a lot to love about this film. Great characters and acting; some very poignant scenes (brace yourself for a harrowing episode in which Robbie meets one of his previous victims as part of a reconciliation scheme); some laugh-out-loud moments; a well-paced and clever plot; and some beautiful shots of Scotland's fabulous countryside.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Jun 2012
This film, which was a surprise winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, begins as a hard-edged and extremely realistic account of the fortunes of three young men and a girl, all offenders, who appear in court for a variety of minor crimes. One, however, has been in prison for a serious and brutal assault, and he is the central character in the film. Memorably played by Paul Brannigan, whose own life apparently has parallels with that of the character, he just escapes prison again, partly because he now has a stable relationship with a good woman, Leonie, and is about become a father ; he is ready to put his old life behind him if he can. But he has enemies, and they are out to get him, and the offer from Leonie's father of 5000 if he will leave and never reappear in Glasgow is one that, at one point, he gloomily sees as the only option. All four come under the wing of a kindly Community Service Supervision Officer, Harry, excellently played by John Henshaw, with whom they paint derelict halls and clean gravestones. But then, on his day off, he takes them to a distillery, where Robbie finds he has a 'nose' - a natural talent for judging and identifying fine whiskies. The plot moves on, with a second visit to what is probably the Malt Whisky Society and the news that a cask of 'malt mill', an exceedingly rare, distinguished and expensive whisky, is to be auctioned up north. The four young people form a plan and, donning kilts, make their way north, where various things happen ; and the end of the film is hopeful and distinctly 'feel-good'.

This film moves, as does Robbie, from the hard reality of a brutal and bleak, violent, drug-ridden council-estate life to escape and real hope for him, his partner and their child, Luke.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Mp Harris on 6 Aug 2012
This film was a surprise. I did not expect to be so moved to both tears and laughter-often at the same time. It showed a realism about the difficulties some young people face and can create for themselves and others and the humour with which they face life-limiting situations but, instead of wallowing in this, it provided hope of something better-through the support of a kindly father-figure, the love of partner and child and the discovery of an unforeseen talent. It made me think how many lives could be made meaningful by investing the millions some people do in a bit of flavoured water- "whisky"-into the lives of young people so that they can escape from poverty and brutality. Everyone who finds their special gift and has help to nurture it can make so much more of their lives. The Carntyne Whisky Appreciation Society did this and made me laugh. I think this is probably the best film I've ever seen-a great film about the need for young people to be given all the chances they need until they make something of themselves- as a result, I've decided to sponsor a room at Centre Point with the hope that it will help make a difference for someone. See this film- see behind the language, the thuggishness and criminality to the humanity and the possibility inherent even in the most damaged young people of the system. A great laugh while it makes you think and weep.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ASTR on 22 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
Being brought up in the East end of Glasgow, where a lot of this film is set and filmed. I wouldn't say I can relate personally to the characters but I can see that the storyline could well be based on true events. Its a wonderful story with a nice ending. Love it and cant wait to buy it, I saw it on a flight to America and I watched it twice. So funny in parts too.
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