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A drunken Scottish poet who hasn't written a word in years feels compelled to regain control of his life and work after meeting a beautiful young woman.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Gowan McGland
Geneva Spofford
Frank Spofford
E. Katherine Kerr ...
Lucille Haxby
Joel Fabiani ...
Doctor Haxby
Kara Wilson ...
Edith McGland
Mare Spofford
Dr. Ormsby
Damon Douglas ...
Tad Springer
Rex Robbins ...
C. B. Springer
Jack Davidson ...
George Spofford
Waiter (with chicken)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Austin ...
New York Bartender
Barry Bell ...
Bar Thug


A drunken Scottish poet who hasn't written a word in years feels compelled to regain control of his life and work after meeting a beautiful young woman.

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Meet Gowan McGland, poet. He drinks and lies. Sleeps with other men's wives. He hasn't written a word in years...but every woman he meets falls in love with him.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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21 June 1984 (Australia)  »

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The film was made and released about nineteen years after its source novel of the same name by Peter De Vries had been first published in 1964. The picture was also based on the play "Spofford" by Herman Shumlin which in turn was based on this book. See more »


Geneva Spofford: Oh, look at the way you twisting your napkin. Whose neck are you ringing?
Gowan McGland: Yours.
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The most underrated film of our time- pure genius.
2 April 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Tom Conti,(who was nominated for an Oscar for this role as Gowan Mcland), gives one of the most brilliant acting performances I have ever seen. I was looking forward to more meaty roles from this great actor, but he seems to have disappeared, leaving this film as his greatest legacy. His character is a genius who is out of control, but Conti's talent depicts his situation as comic and tragic at the same time-no small feat-- while being absolutely sympathetic. To today's audiences, the pace may seen slow, but all is redeemed by the ending. This has by far the best ending of any motion picture, ever. The fact that this film is not out on DVD is shameful. Interestingly, this is Kelly McGillis' "introducing" film; she was showcased and it was made clear that she was expected to be a great star. She does shine in this role. The more relevant social commentary is the portrayal of women, after they have lost that flush of young love, tend to become disillusioned. We are left wondering whether Geneva Spofford (McGillis' character) will become like the other sad society women around her. See this movie if you have the chance-it won't disappoint.

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