Michael Caine is the British ambassador to a havoc-wreaked island nation in the Caribbean. It's poor, devastated by volcano and hurricane and ignored by the British government due to its lack of any profitable resources.
Enter an American oil company who has had a dry oil sitting and rotting. While filming a commercial, they discovered a pool of mineral water which they decide to get rich off of. The island's lone "rebel" fighting for the people's "freedom" is Billy Connelly, who- get this- won't speak- he only sings. The rebel mistakes the water mine for an oil mine and calls in Cubans to help take it over. Meanwhile, the British government wants to abandon the island and use the citizens as labor elsewhere.
This is all confused by an environmental activist who is trying to defeat the industry that promises to bring scraps of wealth to its poorest population. She also, absurdedly, happens to be the daughter of the CEO.
I'm not sure how it ended, but every country mobilizes to occupy the joint for reasons they don't understand. British parody.
Here we get the story of the fictional british island colony in the carribean that is totally forgotten by the rest of the world. The island have in fact hasn´t got a state visit from the motherland since ca 1890. But they do have a governor (Michael Caine) a drunkard british priest (Fulton Mackay) a kind of frindly guirilla that counts in 2 persons led by Delgado (Billy Connolly) and a lot of rastafari-like inhabitants that enjoy a smoke and reggae music.
Things change a lot when a abandoned oil well suddenly hits (mineral) water (!)
Now Americans, the British, Cubans and even the French takes interest in the remote island
The movie is everything from witty to weird. It deals with metaphors to real events in the Falklands and Grenada, british state racism and smoking a lot of pot.
We get som '80s reggae-music of Eddie Grant and at one point a singing speech in the house of U.N backed up by Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Eric Clapton amongst others.
Well it's not boring, eventhough a bit confused at times
Michael Cane stars in this satire of west indian colonialism about an island called Cascanna and the halarity never lets up.
try to find this on DVD or video it is currently out of print.
I love this film, so I refuse to be rational about it. Tough.
"That's Ringo-whosits. And George Whatsits! It's Whosits and Whatsits together again! My god, it's the Concert for Cascara!"
"Isn't that Eric Clapton?"
Besides, with Dick Clement and Ian LaFrenais, how can you go wrong? See also Lovejoy, Still Crazy....