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The Great MacArthy (1975)

Macarthy is a country football player who is kidnapped by the South Melbourne Football Club and made a star player in the city.

Director:

David Baker

Writers:

John Romeril (screenplay), David Baker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Jarratt ... McCarthy
Judy Morris ... Miss Russell
Kate Fitzpatrick ... Andrea
Sandra McGregor Sandra McGregor ... Vera
Barry Humphries ... Colonel Ball-Miller
John Frawley John Frawley ... Webster
Colin Croft Colin Croft ... Tranter
Chris Haywood ... Warburton
Colin Drake Colin Drake ... Ackerman
Ron Frazer Ron Frazer ... Twentyman (as Ron Fraser)
Max Gillies ... Stan
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ... Macguinness
Lou Richards ... Lou Arnold
Jack Dyer Jack Dyer ... Jack Diehard
Jim Bowles Jim Bowles ... Les
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Macarthy is a country football player who is kidnapped by the South Melbourne Football Club and made a star player in the city.

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He's footy's most forward full forward.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

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Trivia

This movie was made and released about seven years after its source novel 'Salute to the Great MacArthy' by Barry Oakley was first published in 1968. See more »

Goofs

During the match against Richmond, the commentator gives the score as South Melbourne 8 5 53 to Richmond 13 13 91. In the next shot, the scoreboard shows the score as South Melbourne 9 11 65 to Richmond 17 6 108. See more »

Quotes

Nurse: [to Macarthy] Looking for someone Mr. Macarthy?
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Connections

Featured in On the Bench with the Great MacArthy (2004) See more »

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A quintessential 70s 'B-grader' - hence its appeal
3 December 1999 | by Cecil-6See all my reviews

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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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1975 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Salute to the Great McCarthy See more »

Company Credits

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Stony Creek Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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