This film's title 'The Great MacArthy' was a shortened version of this movie's source novel title 'A Salute to the Great MacArthy'. See more »
When McCarthy takes Miss Russell go to the football, his team South Melbourne is playing Footscray. However, the replay on the television as they eat dinner is of South Melbourne playing Collingwood. See more »
A quintessential 70s 'B-grader' - hence its appeal
Young McCarthy (John Jarret) is a typical country boy with enormous football potential (Aussie Rules). A troupe of rapacious and exploitative big league clubs eagerly chase his signature, to the dismay of the simple-locals with whom he grew up. A light-hearted movie, which was always intended as a spoof of Australia's obsession with sport, and the conflict between the corporate, amoral city and the virtuous, if slightly slow-witted country. Worth a look, but could be a bit too esoterically Australian for some viewers.
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