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Gillies MacKinnon directs an affectionate remake of Alexander Mackendrick's classic 1949 Ealing comedy, based on the novel by Sir Compton Mackenzie. Inspired by real events in 1941, when the SS Politician was shipwrecked in the Outer Hebrides and wily islanders on nearby Eriskay attempted to salvage the cargo of alcohol, Whisky Galore! unfolds on the fictional Hebridean island of Todday. News spreads like wildfire through the community about a freighter that has run aground laden with 50,000 cases of "the water of life". Supplies of the drink have been depleted by wartime rationing so British authorities are keen to recover the cargo. Captain Waggett (Eddie Izzard) from the Home Guard leads this rescue mission but English Sergeant Odd (Sean Biggerstaff) colludes with the islanders, including local shopkeeper Joseph Macroon (Gregor Fisher), to conceal the booty. A battle of wits ensues between Waggett and the islanders, who hide the bottles of whisky in ingenious places to avoid confiscation.