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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.

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David Baker

Writers:

David Baker, Barry Oakley (novel) | 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 ... Col 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
Jim Bowles Jim Bowles ... Les
Jack Dyer Jack Dyer ... Jack Diehard
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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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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1975 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Salute to the Great McCarthy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Stony Creek Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Actor John Jarratt had never played Australian Rules Football prior to this film. Jarratt had only played Rugby. See more »

Goofs

When McCarthy takes Miss Russell go to the football, his team South Melbourne is playing Footscray. However, the replay on the television as they eat dinner is of South Melbourne playing Collingwood. See more »

Quotes

Bill Dean: You little bastard, 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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