Robert Burns is the best loved Scottish poet, admired not only for his verse and great love-songs, but also for his character, his high spirits, ‘kirk-defying’, hard drinking and womanising! He came to fame as a poet when he was 27 years old, and his lifestyle of wine, women and song made him famous all over Scotland.
He was the son of a farmer, born in a cottage built by his father, in Alloway in Ayr. This cottage is now a museum, dedicated to Burns. The fiklm includes shots of the cottage.
As a boy, he always loved stories of the supernatural, told to him by an old widow who sometimes helped out on his fathers’ farm and when Burns reached adulthood, he turned many of these stories into poems. He came from a farming background but later became a customs man. Burns died aged 37 of rheumatic fever. Burns will never be forgotten as his poems and songs are still as popular in Scotland as they were when first written. Burns Night is a great occasion on January 25th when many dinners dedicated to his memory are held all over the world. The ritual of the Burns remains largely unchanged today, beginning with welcoming in the haggis. The evening ends with a rousing rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’. His spirit lives on and this film pays tribute to a wonderful man.
Alex Wolff as Jamie Schwartz
Stefania LaVie Owen as DeeDee
Chris Cooper as J. D. Salinger
Jacob Leinbach as Hank Marcus
Eric Nelsen as Ted Tyler
Kabby Borders as Maureen
Zephyr Benson as Gerry Schwartz
Adrian Pasdar as Mr. Tierney