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Gregory's Girl (1980)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 May 1982 (USA)
Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection.

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Bill Forsyth

Writer:

Bill Forsyth
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Gordon Sinclair ... Gregory (as Gordon John Sinclair)
Dee Hepburn ... Dorothy
Jake D'Arcy Jake D'Arcy ... Phil Menzies
Clare Grogan ... Susan
Robert Buchanan Robert Buchanan ... Andy
Billy Greenlees Billy Greenlees ... Steve (as William Greenlees)
Alan Love Alan Love ... Eric
Caroline Guthrie ... Carol
Carol Macartney Carol Macartney ... Margo
Douglas Sannachan Douglas Sannachan ... Billy
Allison Forster Allison Forster ... Madeline
Chic Murray Chic Murray ... Headmaster
Alex Norton ... Alec
John Bett John Bett ... Alistair
Dave Anderson Dave Anderson ... Gregory's Dad (as David Anderson)
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Storyline

In his warm, Scottish coming-of-age film, gangly teen Gregory and his school-mates are starting to find out about girls. He fancies Dorothy, not least because she has got on to the football team (and is a better player than he). He finally asks her out, but it is obviously the females in control of matters here, and that very much includes Gregory's younger sister. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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What Gregory Doesn't Know About Women Fills A Wonderful New Comedy See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Paixão de Gregory See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In all Clare Grogan's close-up scenes, she is filmed from one side to hide the scars on her left cheek. For the longer shots of her face (eg the dancing-lying-down scene), her cheek was filled with mortician's wax to hide the scar. Several months before filming, the actress received terrible injuries when a broken glass was thrust into her face as she was fleeing a brawl in a Glasgow bar. See more »

Goofs

In the dancing-lying-down scene, Gregory first appears lying to Susan's left (right as we see it). In the final shots of this scene, the positions are reversed and Gregory lies to Susan's right. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: That's not the way you spell 'Caracus' anyway
Andy: What?
Charlie: Caracas. It's c-a-s, not c-u-s.
Andy: We've been standing here for four hours! Why didn't you tell me?
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Chic's Tune
(uncredited)
Written by Chic Murray
Played by Chic Murray (piano)
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Did you know that when you sneeze….?
22 May 2006 | by jonmetaSee all my reviews

A lot of so called comedies get one or two big laughs in the whole film, often by reaching down for a reference to one or another substance that comes from the human body. Gregory's Girl makes me laugh every few seconds, and the only mention of a bodily excretion I can remember is Andy's "chat up line" in the school cafeteria: "Did you know that when you sneeze, it comes out of your nose at a 100 miles an hour?" Even though I thought I knew all the funny bits after seeing it so many times, each viewing finds me laughing at things I hadn't noticed before, as well as at all the other bits that never seem to grow stale.

There's the occasional Pythonesque line, as the football coach's description of the "two basic skills" of a goal scorer: "Ball control, shooting accuracy, and the ability to read the game." But Forsyth the writer creates a constant stream of little gems that are very much his own style of wry humour, taking real life and stretching it just that little bit further, but not so far that it's no longer recognisable. He's got teenage life down perfectly. Girls talk, plan, and seem to know what they want. Guys are clueless. Guys are obsessed by numbers. But girls know all the best ones.

It's fun to see how comic setups and situations from Gregory's Girl come back in Forsyth's Local Hero ("everyone's second favourite film", as Mark Kermode put it), deeper and more fully developed.

Despite the dated fashions and soundtrack, highly recommended.


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