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Gregory's Girl (1981)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 May 1982 (USA)
Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection.

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Gregory (as Gordon John Sinclair)
Dee Hepburn ...
Dorothy
Jake D'Arcy ...
Phil Menzies
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Susan
Robert Buchanan ...
Andy
Billy Greenlees ...
Steve (as William Greenlees)
Alan Love ...
Eric (as Alan Love)
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Carol
Carol Macartney ...
Margo
Douglas Sannachan ...
Billy
Allison Forster ...
Chic Murray ...
Headmaster
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Alec
John Bett ...
Alistair
Dave Anderson ...
Gregory's Dad (as David Anderson)
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In his Scottish New Town home, gangling Gregory and his school-friends are starting to find out about girls. He fancies Dorothy, not least because she has got into the football team - and is a better player than him. He finally asks her out, but it is obviously the females in control of matters here, and that very much includes Gregory's younger sister. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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... there's a little bit of him in all of us. See more »

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A Paixão de Gregory  »

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Dubbed with milder Scottish accents for the original American release. See more »

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In the dancing scene Gregory first appears lying to Susan's left (right as we see it). In the final shots of this scene the positions are reversed and Gregory lies to Susan's right. See more »

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Madeline: Nicest part is just before you taste it. Your mouth goes all tingly. But that can't go on for ever.
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Chic's Tune
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Written by Chic Murray
Played by Chic Murray (piano)
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Did you know that when you sneeze….?
22 May 2006 | by (Zaragoza, Spain) – See all my reviews

A lot of so called comedies get one or two big laughs in the whole film, often by reaching down for a reference to one or another substance that comes from the human body. Gregory's Girl makes me laugh every few seconds, and the only mention of a bodily excretion I can remember is Andy's "chat up line" in the school cafeteria: "Did you know that when you sneeze, it comes out of your nose at a 100 miles an hour?" Even though I thought I knew all the funny bits after seeing it so many times, each viewing finds me laughing at things I hadn't noticed before, as well as at all the other bits that never seem to grow stale.

There's the occasional Pythonesque line, as the football coach's description of the "two basic skills" of a goal scorer: "Ball control, shooting accuracy, and the ability to read the game." But Forsyth the writer creates a constant stream of little gems that are very much his own style of wry humour, taking real life and stretching it just that little bit further, but not so far that it's no longer recognisable. He's got teenage life down perfectly. Girls talk, plan, and seem to know what they want. Guys are clueless. Guys are obsessed by numbers. But girls know all the best ones.

It's fun to see how comic setups and situations from Gregory's Girl come back in Forsyth's Local Hero ("everyone's second favourite film", as Mark Kermode put it), deeper and more fully developed.

Despite the dated fashions and soundtrack, highly recommended.


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