The Angels' Share

The Angels' Share

La Part Des Anges

DVD - 2013
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Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, the wayward and disillusioned Robbie is given one last chance to turn his life around. Together the four friends he embarks on an adventure and discovers that turning to drink might just change their lives - not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world.
Publisher: [United States] : Distributed exclusively in Canada by Entertainment One, [2013]
Branch Call Number: DVD ANG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Part des anges

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ba_library
Jul 04, 2017

Fun movie about four Glasgow, Scotland youths who are all on some sort of community service for minor crimes. One guy and his girlfriend have a baby, so he decides to get his life together. The community service supervisor takes them to a local whiskey distillery (field trip?) and they learn more about whiskey. They hear about a rare cask of whiskey that is going to be auctioned off, it is located up in the highlands, so they get their kilts, and an idea for a profitable adventure. . . . Rough language (DVD is not for young children). Make sure to turn on the English subtitles (under Set Up) before you start the movie!

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howeshound
Nov 30, 2016

Ken Loach's style of direction generally works well but not here I feel. His technique is to mix scripted scenes with ad-libbing, giving his actors general direction and leaving them to live out the action. The problem with this film is that the basic plot - lowland Scottish deadbeats trying (with various degrees of commitment) to turn their lives around, steals from one of the themes of Trainspotting. That movie is superbly scripted and asking actors to improvise something that matches is a bridge too far. The result is a derivative and rather Hollywoodish movie with improbable twists, and a soundtrack in thick Glaswegian that isn't up to much in any language.
In Raining Stones and especially in Kes, Loach proves himself to be a director with much to say and a finely crafted way of saying it, but not in this movie.

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gomez7
Aug 12, 2016

Don't watch this film. It's billed as a comedy, yet the first 30 minutes are filled with brutal street violence. Whatever comes after is entirely immaterial. This film is not merely a waste of time, it is a black hole to the life force! Avoid it as you would the plague.

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jazpur
Feb 03, 2016

What a hoot.I so enjoy black Scottish humour.

madison382 Jan 04, 2015

I enjoyed this movie, but had to watch it in subtitle.

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Nursebob
Dec 31, 2014

A good-natured crowd pleaser concerning four misfits on the wrong side of the law who decide to pull off the heist of the century; namely siphoning off a few bottles of the world’s most expensive whiskey right from under the noses of the distillery owner. Seeing as the entire cask was auctioned off for over two million dollars, they hope to sell their bottles to a private collector for a pretty penny. But, of course, all does not go as planned and their dreams of rolling in cash may wind up being put on hold, permanently. Some fine performances and the usual drunken earthy humour you would expect. It’s just too bad that those thick Scottish brogues make the dialogue all but unintelligible.

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ms_mustard
Oct 19, 2014

subtitles needed for the accent but not for the conversational swearing. amusing plot. now to look for other Ken Loach films.

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dontbugmeimreading
Oct 13, 2014

A great story but I suggest watching it with the subtitles on. The Scottish accents are very thick and it's hard to understand some of the slang they use.

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janedough
Jul 11, 2014

A beautifully constructed film with a unique plot with some fine and quirky characters. Subtitles will guarantee you will not miss the dialogue. Ken Loach is superb.

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tj_is_cool
Apr 12, 2014

Well done English film.

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