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Full of (then) unknown actors TSF is a great big cuddly romp of a film.
The idea of a bunch of bored teenagers ripping off the local sink factory is odd enough, but add in the black humour that Forsyth & Co are so good at and your in for a real treat.
The comatose van driver by itself worth seeing, and the canal side chase is just too real to be anything but funny.
And for anyone who lived in Glasgow it's a great "Oh I know where that is" film.
I actually love this film but perhaps thats because I grew up in Scotland in the 70's and it does have a lot of "in" jokes which foreign audiences could easily pass by. Sadly, this film was ruined by the completely hideous dubbing. It saddens me that the director allowed this to happen. I know that people say "but we cant understand the accent" well thats their fault, not the films. No one would have dreamed of dubbing Trainspotting so why ruin what is actually a charming and funny movie. Subtitles would have been insulting enough but at least you can turn them off. Yes, the editing is bad and the film quality is grainy but I think that represents the depressed times and the amateurish robbery plot. Perhaps I am over thinking that, maybe they were just being cheap. I don't care, I still love it. Do yourself a favour and watch the original.
WARNING: My comments should be regarded as - a sad old sod's musings on
a movie remembered fondly from his youth! I'm not going to dissect the
movie scene by scene. I won't compare Forsyth's earlier works with his
best known or "finest" moments. I'm not even going to discuss any
particular aspect of the film! Not the setting, the story, the
dialogue, not even the individual performances! I'm simply going to say
that I remember watching this movie (with my family) on TV back in the
early eighties and laughing so hard it actually hurt! I have no idea if
it has aged well or not because I haven't seen it in over 20 years but
I will say this in it's favour/defence, "That Sinking Feeling" gave
Glasgow a voice and a character that's rarely been heard before nor
since! Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Glaswegian so I have no personal
axe to grind in that respect, I just feel that the human face of
Glasgow (or Scotland for that matter) hasn't been depicted quite so
sympathetically as in this movie. It seems to me that, when
contemporary filmmakers try to present an "honest" depiction of the
Glaswegian he tends to go for the "gritty realism" of the drunk or the
druggie or the wife beating hard-man! That Sinking Feeling took a
different tack and demonstrated the dry Scottish humour we all
recognise (even more-so, we natives of Scotland) and perhaps that's why
we seem to remember it so fondly. Anyway, if you can find a copy, watch
it! Just don't expect any cool CG effects or Seinfeldesque banter, just
good clean working class urban banality and the comedic observations
you'd expect from a good clean working class director feeling his way!
Incidentally, sometime back in 1992/3 I met the redheaded actor (shamefully I can't recall his name right now) from "That Sinking Feeling" working in Stirling castle, conducting tours and the like! Not only does he star in one of my favourite productions, he is also an all round, really nice guy!
I love this film, and it is such a shame that anything he did post local hero didn't capture any of this. How many films have a character trying to drown himself in a bowl of cornflakes, a police radio only used for ordering cream buns, a lad pretending to buy a television just to scav a ciggies. Lines like 'multiple social deprivation' actually make you laugh. Kids selling ciggies. A youngster boasting of his o-levels in front of a statue. A car which is not a car. It is funny without being patronising. Watch it, it is shown now and then on Channel five in the daytime.
You know you're in for something a little unusual when, early on, a
character starts vehemently lecturing a war-hero's statue about the
importance of good exam scores....
This movie succeeds because even at its most absurd, it never loses balance on the fine line between taking itself too seriously and not seriously enough.
Excellent! Some of the scenes/dialogue in this film are side-splitting! They are so ridiculous, pathetic and stupid - that it's comedy genius! - The 'Boss' trying to get the the gangs attention at a meeting ("Will ye shut-up and geez yer attention!"); one of the gang members is arguing with a young girl who's hanging up her washing ("Where's Australia?"); The Baker/Van Driver in the baker's shop picking up his order ("Cream Puffs?" - "Twelve." ...) etc. The film doesn't paint a very nice picture of Glasgow (dull, drab, raining), but the characters are full of colour. I 'think' the film wains a bit towards the end, but it's still brilliant viewing!!
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Mistakenly lured by the cast listing of John Hughes who turned out not
to be the one I was expecting, I'm glad I had an opportunity to see
this forgotten, low budget British comedy.
This was a great absurdist comedy about a bunch of working class (and some unemployed) young British (and Scottish) lads who decide that a good way out of their persistent daily slump is to break into a warehouse and steal its stock of stainless steel sinks, for which they could make a killing on. The entire movie is pretty much introducing you to their misery (in a humorous manner, no less) and then the planning (which is quite amusing). For an extremely low budget with a sometimes difficult to discern dialog (poor audio, though there is some noticeable re-dubbing), I was pleasantly surprised, especially after being disappointed with director Bill Forsyth's American comedy, "Breaking In." Here, you have a pleasant cast of assorted (and somewhat clueless, but well-meaning) young guys and their rather innocuous, but desperate attempt, to make some money. Check it out if you can find it.
I saw this film a few weeks ago on television. Not expecting much, I
was completely taken with it. It is a charming, poignant and funny
story that takes place in working-class Glascow. What could have been a
story about despair, unemployment, bleak prospects and rage against the
system turned into a delightful caper film. The director obviously has
a lot of love for the city of Glascow, and it shows itself at every
turn I won't give the plot away except to say that this film is proof
that you don't need a big budget, special effects, gratuitous violence
and drawn-out car chases to make a wonderful film.
Two little things stand out in my mind. The 2 youths who break into an impromptu singing of the Sex Pistols' "Holiday in the Sun" when asked they they were planning to go after the caper, and the doctor, who when predicting life in 2069 remarks that "Partick Thistle" will have won the European Cup". You have to know a little about football (soccer) to appreciate the humor in that. Speaking of football, we never did find out if the characters in the film were from the "green half" or "blue half" of Glascow. Pity that, but it does not detract from a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. I highly recommend this film.
This debut film from Scottish film comedian Bill Forsyth is decent
non-think entertainment. It has the low-budget charm of a student film,
which can be its asset or liability, depending on how you look at it.
Really, it's hard to envision this same low-key robbery story filmed in
a bigger budget studio style. However, it's flaws are quite evident. It
has a very choppy editing style, with each scene encompassing a
different joke - similar to Monty Python short sketches. The storyline
never really jells together, and unlike Forsyth's more polished later
films, there's not much character development to speak of. The script
has plenty of sharp one-liners, but few really great shakes.
As a gestation of the kind of stellar comedic talent Forsyth was to become in a few years, this movie is worth taking a look at. I did find myself laughing quite a few times, and am sure you will find some reasons to enjoy this, also.
Great comedy for those who like the Scottish spirit and sense of humor. Fairly low budget look doesn't hinder the film except for the sound track. Lot's of memorable scenes and quotes. I enjoyed it for the characters and not so much for the look or the sound.
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