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|GREGORY'S GIRL (director/writer: Bill Forsyth; cinematographer: Michael Coulter; editor: John Gow; music: Colin Tully; cast: Gordon John Sinclair (Gregory), Dee Hepburn (Dorothy), Jake D'Arcy (Phil Menzies), Clare Grogan (Susan), Robert Buchanan (Andy), Chic Murray (Headmaster), William Greenlees (Steve), Allan Love (Eric), Caroline Guthrie (Carol), Carol Macartney (Margo), Alison Forster (Gregory's sister), David Anderson (Gregory's dad); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: PG; producers: Davina Belling/Clive Parsons; MGM Home Entertainment; 1981-UK)|
but slight teen movie about sports, a first romance
and growing up."
by Dennis Schwartz
charming but slight teen movie about sports, a first
romance and growing up. Scottish filmmaker Bill
Forsyth's ("Being Human"/"Local Hero"/"Comfort and
Joy") sophomore movie is genial and filled with daffy
characters, but is so tame it's hard to care much
about it. It surprisingly became an international hit.
high school soccer coach Menzies (Jake D'Arcy), in Cumbernauld, a suburban
"new town" near Glasgow, shakes up his losing team
by calling for tryouts during the season and is
surprised to discover the best player is not a boy but
a pretty girl named Dorothy (Dee Hepburn). When Dorothy, a new
student, is recruited on the team, she becomes the
striker and the former hapless striker Gregory (Gordon John Sinclair) becomes goalie. Gregory
is obsessed with trying to win her affection with his
embarrassing attempts at puppy love. The lovelorn but
awkward Gregory after failing to win the heart of the
more sophisticated Dorothy while on a date and advised
on how to act by his 10-year-old sis (Alison Forster), is palmed off to her
girlfriend Susan (Clare Grogan). Susan is smitten with the likeable lanky lad
and the confused Gregory must learn to re-adjust his
The quirky Gregory's Girl was followed 18 years later by a sequel, Gregory's Two Girls (1999).
REVIEWED ON 3/25/2013 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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