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Grand Slam (1978)

A group of Welsh rugby fans descend on Paris for the final game of the season.

Director:

John Hefin

Writer:

Gwenlyn Parry
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Cast

Credited cast:
Windsor Davies ... Mog Jones
Hugh Griffith ... Caradog Lloyd-Evans
Dewi Morris Dewi Morris ... Glyn Lloyd-Evans
Sion Probert Sion Probert ... Maldwyn Pugh
Sharon Morgan ... Odette
Marika Rivera Marika Rivera ... Madame
Dillwyn Owen Dillwyn Owen ... Will Posh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lowri Buckingham Lowri Buckingham ... Chambermaid
Alan Chuntz ... Charles Aznavour
Marie Claire Marie Claire ... Air Hostess
John Hefin John Hefin ... Pissoir Patron
Kim Karlisle Kim Karlisle ... Stripper
Elizabeth Morgan Elizabeth Morgan ... French Concierge
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Storyline

A group of Welsh rugby fans go over to see Wales play France in the final match of the Six Nations rugby tournament. Caradog Evans goes there also to seek an old flame from his wartime combat in the 1940s. His son, finds a love in Paris too. Written by Reece Lloyd

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The film was first shown on 17 March 1978, with filming taking place a year earlier. The dialogue in the film was heavily ad-libbed by the cast around a rough outline by the writer and director. The ending was originally planned with Wales winning. When they lost the game the ending was hastily revised, with additional dialogue pick-up shots in the stands of the Cardiff Arms Park. The filming took place in the following order: The village streets (hearse); Training Plane (Rhoose Airport); Paris exteriors; All Paris interiors (BBC Club, Newport Road, Cardiff) The original 1977 members of the Welsh and French RFC teams can be seen in this film on the filed and off, including Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams, Phil Bennett and others. See more »

Quotes

Maldwyn Pugh: [Mog starts a mock striptease. Maldwyn claps his hands in excitement] Oooh! Go the whool hog, Mog!
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wonderful unique quirky character based hilarity
25 December 2006 | by sales-282See all my reviews

Loved this movie absolutely loved it I wish there'd be a sequel Maldwyn Pugh was hilarious "he's here he's there he's everywhere." Windsor spot on Dewie morris as playboy son of undertaker was superb and of course the legend that is Tenby's Hugh Griffith's of Hollywood fame no actor said more with his eyes and eyebrows in the history of popular entertainment.

It seems Mr Griffith's made a few other welsh and rugby films as well as British classics like kind hearts and coronets. A run for your money is hilarious welsh rugby movie too.

Great to see a welsh film though. Makes a change there's so few of them and they're just so original the best types of movies in my humble opinion are the ones which bring in a lot of balance , qualities and true culture. If I see a British movie, the best ones are the ones that have the best variety and balance, story and characterisation are huge too in Britain the best movies combine the Irish, Scots, English and welsh and throw in a few American and European influences and you get magic like, remains if the day, Lion in winter, Zulu.

This is what puts the great in great Britain


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Welsh | French

Release Date:

February 1978 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

BBC Wales See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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