WHISKY GA­LORE!

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If you’re a purist fan of Whisky Ga­lore!, the 1949 blackand-white Eal­ing comedy about the wartime res­cue of a cargo of whiskey ship­wrecked off the coast of an is­land in Scot­land’s Outer He­brides, you may not find much to drink to in this gen­tle, agree­able color re­make by Gillies MacK­in­non. The orig­i­nal is a classic. But this retelling of the story has the heft and style of those great mid­cen­tury Bri­tish come­dies, with a strong cast, smart writ­ing, and nice un­der­play­ing. There’s noth­ing too sur­pris­ing in the plot. The plea­sure is in the ex­e­cu­tion. This shot of Whisky Ga­lore! has suf­fered the sting of dis­missal by a broad swath of crit­ics, which is too bad. It goes down smoothly, and leaves a pleas­ing glow. With Ed­die Iz­zard, Gre­gor Fisher, Fenella Wool­gar, and Tim Pig­gott-Smith. Not rated. 98 min­utes. The Screen. (Jonathan Richards)

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