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The Angels' Share (Theatrical Version) [DVD]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"The Angel's Share" proves to be a fantastic, entertaining and thoughtful film about second chances.

Based in Glasgow, the film focuses mainly on Robbie Emerson, the stereotypical 'ned' persona who has been in and out of trouble and fights all his life. Having been on drink, drugs, and having struggled with gangs, Robbie is finally sick of the life he leads and tries to make a fresh start with his girlfriend Leoni who is pregnant with their first child.

After being sentenced to community service, he meets Harry, the team leader who takes him under his wing and gives him his first Whisky which throws Robbie into the interesting world of Whisky tasting. Soon, Robbie is more driven into making sure that he does not end up going to prison and losing out on the life he wants to desperately have. With the help of three other offenders, Robbie concocts a devious scheme which will give him the boost he needs to succeed at a decent future, even if it means breaking the law at least one last time.

The acting here is spot on, the cast here is absolutely superb, especially newcomer Paul Brannigan who is basically portraying a character that he admits has been exactly where he is in life (a very candid admission he makes on the DVD documentary). Paul Brannigan's debut is realistic and touching and completely avoids any ham whatsoever. The supporting cast are fantastic too, Gary Maitland especially is just an entity of his own and completely stole several scenes (not to mention the very brief but noticeable voice cameo from Ford Kiernan).

Filmed very honestly without trying to make Scotland seem shortbread tin perfect. The language is believable (although people out of Scotland may have a little trouble with some of the slang at times). Thoroughly enjoyable and very uplifting without being sappy and unbelievable. Definitely recommend at least one watch.
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on 17 October 2013
This gritty story of a drug influenced man sees his life turn around by his girlfriend and future baby. The glimpse of his previous life is sickening and the track to the good side is hard fought with the help of a friendly community service worker who triggers a gift in him. Another Ken Loach classic whose films I usually love.
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on 9 March 2013
I really enjoyed this film. I work in the Whisky Shop at Baxter's Highland Village which is well worth a visit if you're any way interested in whisky. I shared the DVD with two of my work mates there who also enjoyed the film.

Take care and hope to see you at the Highland Village one day

Andrina
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on 20 March 2014
Far superior to most Hollywood films. Relatively low budget British movie with a wry sense of humor and well acted throughout.
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on 1 March 2014
film- you becheering for underdogs if you can understand scottish/glaswiegen? accent. not too long,good story,actors one to watch on a rainy afternoon
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on 23 March 2013
A great movie, with some very amusing touches, but very difficult to understand the scottish accents and slang words. We actually watched it a second time, with the subtitles ON, and got a lot more out of it. I strongly recommend everyone turn the subtitles ON for the first viewing.
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on 7 December 2012
Funny movie, a bit like a Scottish Full Monty. Sadly, while the characters are interesting and funny, it takes about 40 minutes for the story to really start and it's a bit slow. So uneven results, but still a good laugh.

And I would have loved a dram of that whisky :)
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VINE VOICEon 13 January 2013
"The Angel's Share" is a film about a group of lumpen-proletarian petty criminals and violent thugs , who plan a heist of a valuable whisky cask from a rural distillery after their supervisor in a Community Service scheme introduces them to the world of malt whisky tasting. The leader of these foul mouthed Glaswegian "neds" is Robbie, a thug who following the birth of his son, is trying to break away from his violent past and start a new life. He is the ringleader of the whisky robbery and the brains behind the daring attempted theft. I didn't find the gang very likeable and the film maker clearly seems to think that the viewer should be on the side of this gang in their criminal endeavours, which I dont think they should. However it is a novel storyline and the film is entertaining enough. It follows in a tradition of similar Scottish films like "Neds", "Restless Natives" and various Bill Forsyth films, although "The Angel's Share" lacks the charm of the latter.
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on 6 May 2013
The language is pure Glasgow. When I saw this in the cinema there were a couple of gasps from the entire audience when the scotch had a disaster! It is a fun film but has more going for it than just surface fun. I am a scotch fan so that helps.
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on 11 February 2015
A last minute gift for my husband who is a great fan of Whiskey (Irish spelling) and he seemed to enjoy it, laughing out loud at moments and swearing at the tv at other bits.

Something different from car and hostage movies.
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