A Movie Set in Scotland That I Bet You Haven’t Seen

This is an awesome little flick and even though the theme of the week is movies set in Ireland, I’m a rebel and am going to share this film instead. After all, what can my blog mates do about it? Fire me?

I’m a huge history buff and of course, I’d heard of the theft of the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey in 1950. A group of college kids led by Ian Hamilton snuck into the Abbey on Christmas Day and stole the stone to bring it back to Scotland where it belonged. They were trying to return it to its home. Ian and his friends thought the Scottish Nationalists needed a rallying point and they hatched this plan to liberate the stone.

The movie is a fun retelling of the story and is quite well done. Check it out if you get a chance. And on a cool side-note, Ian Hamilton became a lawyer! How cool is that?

The stone itself is the stone upon which all the kings of Scotland were crowned. It’s now used under the coronation chair to crown all the kings and queens of England as they are now also the head of state for Scotland as well.

One other thing about this film and maybe I won’t be fired if I mention it. It’s got a lot of green in it. Green is after all, the color for St. Patrick’s Day, right?

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16 Responses to A Movie Set in Scotland That I Bet You Haven’t Seen

  1. Laurie Ryan says:

    Where do you find these obscure, interesting films? This one really sounds intriguing.

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  2. Actually, Jillian, I HAVE heard of it,but I didn’t know if it was any good…
    I will see it when I can. Someone at our local library belongs to The Film Movement, which has a mixed bag of foreign films,(some great, some depressing…have you blogged a week of foreign films?)
    Anyway, we of Irish blood should forgive you for diverting to the Stone of Scone,if nothing else, for sheer empathy and revolutionary fervor(!)
    FYI, St.Andrew’s Day,(the Patron Saint of Scotland) is celebrated there on November 30th…a good day to pull out Scottish films!

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    • Hehehe, Tonette, I am also of Irish extraction!! I have a mix of Irsih, Scots and English- from different lines. No Welsh tho.

      I love! foreign films. Watched one last night in Polish about WWII- very compelling and sad. Lots of the foreign films deal with very weighty subject matters. My favorite one is in Dutch and is called The Black Book- It’s about the Dutch resistance in WWII. I recommned it highly.

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  3. Lavada Dee says:

    Got to love Netflix even with all their recent changes. I’ve got some Irish in me too. Although my dad told me if I were a dog I’d be declared a mutt as we have such a mixture. Irish, English, French, and heavy on the German. All American in other words.

    Great post and as usual I learned something I didn’t know.

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  4. jeff salter says:

    Haven’t seen this film, but it seems like one I would like.

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  5. Paula Martin says:

    The stone was actually returned (officially) to Scotland in 1996 and is kept in Edinburgh Castle, the only proviso being that it will be returned to England briefly on the occasion of a coronation.

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  6. Paula Martin says:

    By the way, if you’re looking for movies set (and filmed) in Ireland, see if you can find one called ‘Da’, starring Martin Sheen and Barnard Hughes. All the location shots are filmed in and around Dalkey and Bray, just south of Dublin.

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  7. Jilian, (if you like foreign films, May I suggest After the Wedding, and Lives of Others.) I don’t really know if there is any other British bloods running through the Joyce side,(some claim there are), but family legend has it there is a little Cherokee.The other side is pure Italian…let’s not get started on Italian movies, though!
    Yeah, I liked “Da”;;Check out my previous ones…”Roan Inish” and” Buttons” star children, but they are deep movies.

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    • I love deep, Tonette. I’ll check these out. I believe I’ve seen Roan Inish. Sounds familiar. I’ll google it and see. My grandmother’s grandmother was Cherokee. I like Italian and Italy. Never seen an Italian film. I may need to do that.

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  8. Tonette says:

    Italian movies have a reputation for being…ahem, ‘earthy’. My mother and her siblings used to speak Italian in front of us when they didn’t want us to know what they were saying, so, consequently,I understand a lot of things I shouldn’t! When my husband and I watch Italian movies, as we read the subtitles, I’ll hit him in the ribs and say,
    “That’s not what they said”!

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    • That’s funny, Tonette. Love it. I love opera and I took 4 years of Latin so some of the Italian is easy for me when it’s repeated or slowly said. I was at Rigoletto on Sunday this week and rome of Rhe subtitles were not quite right. Lol.

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