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 »
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 »
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A quintessential 70s 'B-grader' - hence its appeal
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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