Sunshine on Leith

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"When it happens... there's nothing like it!"
  • PG
  • 2013
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.6  (7,310)
  • 66

Sunshine on Leith is a 2013 musical film set in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is directed by Dexter Fletcher and stars Paul Brannigan, George MacKay, and Kevin Guthrie. The movie follows the story of two soldiers, Davy and Ally, who return to their hometown of Edinburgh after serving in Afghanistan. Upon returning, they find themselves struggling to readjust to civilian life, unsure of their place in society and their relationships with their loved ones.

Despite the challenges they face, Davy and Ally soon find love in unexpected places. Davy falls for Yvonne, a childhood friend who is now a nurse, while Ally develops feelings for Liz, his sister's best friend.

The movie's title, Sunshine on Leith, is a reference to the Proclaimers' hit song of the same name, which serves as the movie's theme song. The film features several covers of the duo's songs, including the titular track, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", and "Letter from America".

The movie's soundtrack is a delightful mix of pop and rock tunes, infused with a Scottish folk flavor. The Proclaimers' catchy melodies and witty lyrics make for a wonderful backdrop to the movie's heartwarming story.

Sunshine on Leith's cinematography captures the beauty of Edinburgh's streets and its stunning countryside, painting a vivid picture of Scotland's landscapes. The city's historic landmarks and vibrant cultural scene are also showcased throughout the film, showcasing Edinburgh as a beautiful and lively city.

The film's cast is a mix of seasoned actors and newcomers, each bringing their unique talents to the screen. Paul Brannigan, who previously starred in Ken Loach's The Angels' Share, delivers a powerful performance as Davy, a troubled soldier with a heart of gold.

George MacKay, who has since gone on to star in acclaimed productions such as 1917 and True History of the Kelly Gang, shines as Ally, a young man struggling to find his place in the world. Kevin Guthrie, who had previously starred in the stage production of Sunshine on Leith, gives a standout performance as Ally's best friend, who is dealing with his own personal demons.

The film also features a strong female cast, with Jane Horrocks and Freya Mavor portraying Liz and Yvonne, respectively. Both actresses bring a depth of emotion to their roles, showcasing the complexities of their characters.

Sunshine on Leith is a heartwarming film that celebrates the bonds of friendship and family, the beauty of Scotland, and the power of music. It is a movie that will leave audiences feeling uplifted and inspired.

Overall, Sunshine on Leith is a wonderful tribute to the Proclaimers and their music, as well as a moving story of love, loss, and redemption. It is a must-see movie for anyone who loves Scotland, music, or simply a good old-fashioned feel-good story.

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Description
  • Release Date
    2013
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    1 hr 40 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (7,310)
  • Metascore
    66