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The Girl with Brains in Her Feet (1997)

A 13 year old talented athlete struggles to come to terms with the traumas of life as she prepares for a very important athletics event.


Roberto Bangura


Jo Hodges




Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Mealing ... Vivienne Jones
Joanna Ward Joanna Ward ... Jacqueline 'Jack' Jones
Jamie McIntosh Jamie McIntosh ... Poor Bastard
Jodie Smith Jodie Smith ... Maxine
Richard Claxton Richard Claxton ... Steve Green
John Thomson ... Mr. Loughborough
Gareth Tudor Price Gareth Tudor Price ... Mr. Roundhead (as Gareth Tudor-Price)
Samantha Wheatley Samantha Wheatley ... Miss Charnwood
Mossie Smith Mossie Smith ... 'Soft' Aunt Margaret
Richard Bremmer ... Vic
Ian Ross-Henderson Ian Ross-Henderson ... Dave 'Spanner' Spencer (as Joshua Henderson)
Steve Nallon ... Doctor
Audrey Ardington ... Vic's mum
Mick Jones ... Fierce Man
Peter Pine Peter Pine ... Newsagent


The film is set in 1972. Jacqueline is 13 years old and a talented athlete in a Leicester school preparing for an athletics meet in a months time. She wants to become an adult before the meet, having difficulties in relationships with her single mother Vivienne, who refuses to show her daughter a photo of her black father and has problems committing to her lover Vic. Written by Anonymous

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Run Hard, Live Fast...and Don't Trip Up.


Comedy | Drama | Sport







Release Date:

12 June 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Mundo a Seus Pés See more »

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Lexington Films See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Pipped at the post
20 July 2002 | by oldskool72See all my reviews

Its a couple of years since i saw this film, so please bear with me while i remember it through "rose tinted spectacles" but "Girl with.." is the story of a mixed-raced teenager growing up in 1970's Leicester (an average industrial city in the Midlands, UK) and her rites of passage to becoming the adult she wants to be. She is encouraged by her athletics teacher (the now well-known UK actor John Thomson - Pete from "Cold Feet" aka "Life Love & Everything Else" in the US) to follow her dream of being a professional runner, meanwhile her mother is another kettle of fish........

I grew up in 1970's Leicester so it was of particular interest to me, and in that respect it didnt dissapoint. Where it does dissapoint is that the writer/director has tried to tackle too many issues in one (low-budget) film - Racism, coming of age, religion (of sorts), sex, and the great working class dilemma of gifted children being dragged down by the "low achiever" mentality of those around them.

I wont spoil it but the end is just plain weird and almost unconnected - the sort of film where you think "it was watchable... but the ending.... why??". Some re-editing and tailoring of the plot could have put this film up with "East is East" etc (which incidentally was the story of ethnic minority kids growing up in a 1970's Industrial City - it came out a year or so later to a much wider audience).

We are very lucky here in the UK to have so many different cultures (and indeed hybrids of those cultures) that we can draw from and learn from, and sometimes laugh WITH (as opposed to laugh AT) on the big screen. "Girl with" suffered on the humour tip - i think some more lighthearted moments may have helped this film along a little.

An ambitious attempt, which ultimately got pipped at the post...... Great title though!!

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