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That Sinking Feeling (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | October 1980 (UK)
Ronnie, Wal, Andy and Vic are four bored, unemployed teens in dreary, rainy Glasgow. Ronnie comes up with a great idea. He has noticed that stainless steel sinks are worth a lot of money ... See full summary »


Bill Forsyth


Bill Forsyth
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Mannion Tom Mannion ... The Doctor
Eddie Burt Eddie Burt ... Eddie the Driver
Richard Demarco Richard Demarco ... Himself
Alex Mackenzie Alex Mackenzie ... The Tramp
Margaret Adams Margaret Adams ... Gang Girl
Kim Masterton Kim Masterton ... Gang Girl
Danny Benson Danny Benson ... Policeman
Robert Buchanan ... Ronnie
Drew Burns Drew Burns ... Pete
Gerry Clark Gerry Clark ... The Watchman
Anne Graham Anne Graham ... Computer Nurse
Billy Greenlees Billy Greenlees ... Wal
John Hughes John Hughes ... Vic
Eric Joseph Eric Joseph ... The Wee Man
Alan Love Alan Love ... Alec


Ronnie, Wal, Andy and Vic are four bored, unemployed teens in dreary, rainy Glasgow. Ronnie comes up with a great idea. He has noticed that stainless steel sinks are worth a lot of money and comes up with a complicated scheme: to steal sinks from a warehouse dressed as girls and using a stop-motion potion. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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October 1980 (UK) See more »

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Descendo Pelo Ralo See more »

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In Great Britain, That Sinking Feeling (at the time) was the cheapest film ever to have received a theatrical release. See more »


Throughout the film, Eddie's snoring is that of a man with his mouth open, but Eddie's mouth is always closed. See more »


Ronnie: I tried to kill myself today. Just after you left, Wal. I took a mouthful of corn flakes and milk and held my mouth shut.
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Crazy Credits

The action of this film takes place in a fictious town called Glasgow. Any resemblance to any real town called Glasgow is purely coincidental. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some prints feature an alternative soundtrack with dialogue re-recorded by the original actors using softer Scottish accents. The BFI DVD & Blu-ray released in the UK features both dubs. See more »


Featured in Dream Me Up Scotty! (2013) See more »


Played by Alan Darby
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Scottish director Bill Forsyth describes the travails of Glasgow's impoverished youth.
6 August 2015 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

No genuine film aficionado has remained ignorant about one of British cinema's best films "Local Hero". It was one of the few films which spoke about a man's true calling in an absurd world where commercial interests had to be accorded priority over family as well as personal interests. It was a véritable plaidoyer for a common man's desire to preserve nature at all costs. Although "That sinking feeling" does not have too much of a common "environmental concern" with "Local Hero", it continues to give immense popularity to its Scottish director Bill Forsyth. He was just 33 years old when he made his début as a film director to speak about worthless lives of some Glasgow city's youngsters. Plenty of laughter is guaranteed in this film as some wacky, young boys devise ingenuous plans to carry out one of the most unusual heists in the history of cinema. It is important to note that "That Sinking Feeling" is set in Bill's hometown Glasgow, a city which has changed a lot in last three decades. If there is somebody who gave a new meaning to 'Kitchen sink comedy' in English cinema then Bill Forsyth's name needs to be remembered. Lastly, some sequences with Scottish accents might be viewed by some viewers as a minor constraint but intelligent viewers would not allow themselves to be disappointed by choosing to watch it with English subtitles.

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