A drunken Scottish poet, who has not 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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Gowan McGland
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Geneva Spofford
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Frank Spofford
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Dr. Jack Haxby
Cynthia Harris ...
Bobby Springer
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Mare Spofford
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Lucille Haxby
Rex Robbins ...
C. B. Springer
Kara Wilson ...
Edith McGland
Jack Davidson ...
George Spofford
Damon Douglas ...
Tad Springer
Robert Nichols ...
Harry Pycraft
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Dr. William Ormsby
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TV Interviewer (as Tom McGowan)
Dan Doby ...
Alvin
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Gowan McGland is a half-Irish/half-Welsh Scottish poet with some renown. He is also a total s*** - a boozer, a womanizer (his conquests more frequently married than not), lazy, and a leech, with a deteriorating body and bad teeth, losing which he equates with death. He also has his charms, which, in combination with his renown, leads to him usually being able to get what he wants. His wife, Edith McGland, also a writer, is well aware of who he is, their marriage which is in name only, although they are still good friends. It is because of her profession and her connection that she has been commissioned to write his biography. Because he is lazy, he has not written anything in five years. He is on a speaking tour to earn what little money he has, currently on an extended stop in Woodsmoke, Connecticut. His reputation in almost every sense precedes him in Woodsmoke - including his womanizing where probably only the husbands of his conquests are unaware of what's going on, and his ... Written by Huggo

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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.

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21 June 1984 (Australia)  »

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To date [June 2013], actor Tom Conti's only ever Academy Award nomination for acting. Though Scottish, Conti's performance in the film was not nominated for a BAFTA. See more »

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Gowan McGland: [to Geneva] You elude me You let me kiss you No resistance But no response You're a puzzle But I can feel the warm current running under the ice Seeking out the wretch in a man And I am wretched
Gowan McGland: You have reduced me to most contemptible of creatures The lovesick swain.
Gowan McGland: So beautiful, so cool, so unattainable.
Gowan McGland: You'll never hear me mumbling inanities like 'I will get the holy grail for her'.
Gowan McGland: High spirits, unlike low, unfortunately are not infectious.
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A rare gem
7 September 2002 | by (Fremont, California) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies of all times. It's funny, moving, tragic, hilarious, just all in one. Tom Conti gives a memorable world-class performance and the stunning beauty of Kelly Mc Gillis is a feast for the eyes. I wish this one-of-a-kind masterpiece were available on DVD.


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