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Apr 27, 2013 12:56 PM

"Angel's Share," the movie

"Angel's Share," a movie by Ken Loach, has finally been released in the U.S. I got to see it (and enjoy it) last week in New York City.

The movie is about some of the good (single-malt whisky) and not so good (poverty & violence) aspects of life in Scotland.

I would hope that anyone with an interest in single-malt whisky would enjoy the film. The good news is there are subtitles. Otherwise some of the Glaswegian accents would be very hard to understand.

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  1. The title of this 2012 film is " The Angel's Share. "

    I agree with David that is a good film for anyone having a fancy for kilts, or the single-grain. By all means, do see it. It did well at Cannes,

    I saw it last year, and it was sub-titled. It can already be downloaded from most of the legitimate European film sites.

    1. I thought I might add that this is a bit gritty and rough at the start, but does have positive ending. It is well filmed.

      The realism comes I think from the fact that the lead character in the film is mirrored by the actor's own troubled experience growing up in Glasgow.

      What I saw was subtitled in French, which helps when I watch films from Scotland, Ireland, and some parts of the American South.

      1. The distillery scenes in the 2nd half of the movie were filmed at the Balblair Distillery, in Edderton on the Dornoch Firth in the Scottish Highlands.

        Up until recently, the distillery was not open to visitors. It now is. I don't know if the notoriety of being in the movie led to the distillery deciding to welcome visitors.

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        1. re: DavidT

          Thank you David !

          Nice to know where it was actually filmed.

          1. re: SWISSAIRE

            According to, both the Deanston and Glengoyne Distlleries were also used in the filming. They are relatively close to Glasgow and that is where the scenes of the first distillery visit were likely filmed.


            1. re: DavidT


              I see that Roger Allum of " Angel's Share " is also featured in the " Endeavour " pilot of a young Inspector Morse.

              He had a good role in " Angle's Share, " kind of stealing the show as it were. Good voice, and good actor.

              My father and my sister are both waiting to see "Angle's Share." I keep telling them to download it ( legal here at cost ) rather than go out and buy it, or rent it.

              I'm going to purchase the new "Endeavour" series of 4 episodes tonight. Should be good.

              Oh, that British smell of the Jaguar engine, and a dram of Glenlivet !

              1. re: SWISSAIRE

                Yes, Roger Allum plays young Morse's mentor in the initial "Endeavour" TV show and the 4 subsequent episodes.