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    Must-have movies: Gregory's Girl (1981)



    The classics that every film-lover will want to own. This week, Paul Gent admires a charming off-beat film



    Was there ever a more charming film than Gregory's Girl? It may not contain many jokes, and there are only one or two laugh-out-loud moments, but almost every scene puts a smile on your face.





    John Gordon Sinclair: the perfect hero



    From the opening, in which a sex-starved schoolboy faints off-camera at the sight of a nurse removing her bra, to the closing sequence, in which Gregory and his new girlfriend dance in the park while lying down, the film is filled with quirkiness and, well, charm.



    In the young John Gordon Sinclair the film found the perfect hero. Playing a lanky adolescent who falls in love with the girl replacing him on the school football team, Sinclair is like a puppy discovering a whole new bit of the world that he doesn't understand but is eager to explore. Wandering around in a happy daze of hormones, he is taken in hand by the much wiser girls at the school, and they arrange for an unpredictable but happy ending.



    This is one of the remarkably few British films set in a secondary school, and it's a vision of school how we would like it to be. The headmaster (veteran Scottish comedian Chic Murray) plays the piano to himself and orders cakes from a cookery-mad boy. A child dressed inexplicably in a penguin costume searches for his classroom.



    Meanwhile most of the pupils get on with their hobbies and money-making schemes – such as selling glamour photos in the loos – apparently without the encumbrance of teachers, who huddle and joke in the staff room.



    Indeed adults have a low profile throughout the film. There is a brief glimpse of Gregory's father, but otherwise the hero and his sister seem to live alone in their house in the antiseptic but curiously pleasing environment of Cumbernauld New Town.



    Gregory's Girl put Scottish director Bill Forsyth on the map. He went on to make bigger films, but he never found a more engaging blend of offbeat comedy, warmth and insight into the peculiarities of the teenage mind.

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    Another film (OK, TV films & TV series) set in a secondary school with great teachers, is the ever wonderful Beiderbecke series with James Bolam & Barbara Flynn.



    The Beiderbecke Affair (1985)

    The Beiderbecke Tapes (1987)

    The Beiderbecke Connection (1988)



    Thankfully they are all now available on tape or DVD



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    GG is my favourite 'teen angst' film and the highlight of John Gordon Sinclair's consistently un-interesting career.



    To quote the great man himself (Gregory that is)



    "Hurry Back"



    The Beiderbecke trilogy was great fun; have any of them ever been repeated?



    For another secondary school film, what about 'Kes' (1969)

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    mysteriesofedgarwallace:

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    The Beiderbecke trilogy was great fun; have any of them ever been repeated?



    For another secondary school film, what about 'Kes' (1969)
    The Beiderbecke trilogy was shown again on the now defunct Granada Plus channel.



    Yes, Kes is brilliant and has one good teacher (Colin Welland) and one horrible teacher (Brian Glover) so that's a fair example of most schools.



    A few others with secondary schools are:

    The St. Trinian's series

    Carry On Teacher

    Please Sir!

    To Sir, with Love

    Good Morning, Boys

    The Ghost of St. Michael's



    and probably many more - but not many give the joy of Gregory's Girl.



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    Gregorys girl was terrible. Sinclair was too smarmy for me. Besides, Claire Grogan was far better looking anyway. :-)



    For teen-angst see P'tang Y'ang Kipperbang. Jack Rosenthals best small screen adaptation.

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    (Captain Casper @ Oct 3 2005, 12:14 AM)

    Gregorys girl was terrible. Sinclair was too smarmy for me. Besides, Claire Grogan was far better looking anyway. :-)



    For teen-angst see P'tang Y'ang Kipperbang. Jack Rosenthals best small screen adaptation.
    I reckon they're both good films.



    I don't have a problem with Sinclair myself. We saw him recently in The Producers at the Theatre Royal, and he was excellent.



    Mrs Trough loves Gregory's Girl because in one scene you can see the house in Cumbernauld where she spent some of her childhood.



    Must admit though, I'm really not tempted by the sequel...

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    (Steve Crook @ Jan 7 2005, 11:24 PM)

    The Beiderbecke trilogy was shown again on the now defunct Granada Plus channel.



    Yes, Kes is brilliant and has one good teacher (Colin Welland) and one horrible teacher (Brian Glover) so that's a fair example of most schools.



    A few others with secondary schools are:

    The St. Trinian's series

    Carry On Teacher

    Please Sir!

    To Sir, with Love

    Good Morning, Boys

    The Ghost of St. Michael's



    Steve
    I'd watch all those listed above before Gregory's Girl.



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    (Steve Crook @ Jan 8 2005, 12:24 AM)



    Yes, Kes is brilliant and has one good teacher (Colin Welland) and one horrible teacher (Brian Glover) so that's a fair example of most schools.



    Steve
    I think we had more Brian Glovers than Colin Wellands! But to be fair we had a Terry Thomas as well, a Roger Livesey and the deputy headmaster was Ernest Clark (the newer dean from the Doctor in the House sitcom). The music master was John Gregson and the sports master was just a complete b***ard!

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    I thought Gregorys Girl was firsat class as was Bill Forsyth's earlier film 'That Sinking Feeling'.

    Used to have a huge crush on Clare Grogan too who was also lead singer with Altered Images.

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    (Fellwanderer @ Oct 3 2005, 06:01 PM)

    I'd watch all those listed above before Gregory's Girl.



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    I saw gregory's girl and it's a real class of a movie!

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    That Sinking Feeling for me

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    (DB7 @ Jan 7 2005, 10:23 PM) Quoted post</div><div class='quotemain'>

    Must-have movies: Gregory's Girl (1981)



    The classics that every film-lover will want to own. This week, Paul Gent admires a charming off-beat film



    Was there ever a more charming film than Gregory's Girl? It may not contain many jokes, and there are only one or two laugh-out-loud moments, but almost every scene puts a smile on your face.





    John Gordon Sinclair: the perfect hero



    From the opening, in which a sex-starved schoolboy faints off-camera at the sight of a nurse removing her bra, to the closing sequence, in which Gregory and his new girlfriend dance in the park while lying down, the film is filled with quirkiness and, well, charm.



    In the young John Gordon Sinclair the film found the perfect hero. Playing a lanky adolescent who falls in love with the girl replacing him on the school football team, Sinclair is like a puppy discovering a whole new bit of the world that he doesn't understand but is eager to explore. Wandering around in a happy daze of hormones, he is taken in hand by the much wiser girls at the school, and they arrange for an unpredictable but happy ending.



    This is one of the remarkably few British films set in a secondary school, and it's a vision of school how we would like it to be. The headmaster (veteran Scottish comedian Chic Murray) plays the piano to himself and orders cakes from a cookery-mad boy. A child dressed inexplicably in a penguin costume searches for his classroom.



    Meanwhile most of the pupils get on with their hobbies and money-making schemes – such as selling glamour photos in the loos – apparently without the encumbrance of teachers, who huddle and joke in the staff room.



    Indeed adults have a low profile throughout the film. There is a brief glimpse of Gregory's father, but otherwise the hero and his sister seem to live alone in their house in the antiseptic but curiously pleasing environment of Cumbernauld New Town.



    Gregory's Girl put Scottish director Bill Forsyth on the map. He went on to make bigger films, but he never found a more engaging blend of offbeat comedy, warmth and insight into the peculiarities of the teenage mind.

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    my fave bit from G/G is when the useless games master fancies hinself as the next England manager.



    i had two such morons at my senior school ( sam hoyle and mike coyde ) where are you?



    regards piroflip

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    It's on television next week.

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    (cully @ Jan 25 2006, 11:57 AM)

    It's on television next week.
    Maybe I'll give it another try - just wish JGS wasn't in it.



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    My favourite british film-it captures early male adolesence so deftly and there are some great quirky moments-the kid as a penguin, the toothbrush on the kitchen side-make sure you get the R1 that is at least in it's correct OAR-the U.K DVD is one of the worst I have ever seen.

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    One of the things I most like about 'Gregory's Girl' is the way Gregory

    (the innocent male dupe...) is stitched up by the females and passed around from one girl to another in the closing scenes...



    My favourite line: "You know, we girlies look after one another" !



    The scenes with Gregory and his kid sister are also absolutely charming.

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    GG has some pretty unique touches. For me Bill Forsyth's use of visual gags ensure it stands apart.

    I like the scene of Gregory waiting beneath the huge Shopping Mall clock for his date, constantly checking his watch, the lost penguin roaming the school corridors, the stocky pupil who is the Home Economics "specialist".



    I remember it well and it was one of the films that inspired me to get into video/TV production... so much so that i stole a few ideas from these scenes for subsequent dramas I screenplayed and directed 15 years later. So I have a soft spot for GG.



    PS the Shopping Mall clock currently sits in a store cupboard in the Cumbernauld shopping mall awaiting re-development.

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    I loved that movie

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    Apologies for bumping up this thread.I watched this last night on BBC4, as part of their Scotland season and I too love this film,there is not a bad character in it. I was 14 when it came out and remember having a huge crush on Clare Grogan,that film meant a lot to this hormonal teenager.



    On another note,I went searching on the net for Colin Tully's music from the film but had no luck,maybe someone here might point me in the right direction!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fellwanderer
    Maybe I'll give it another try - just wish JGS wasn't in it.

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    If that's really the case then I wouldn't worry about giving it anther try ... He does appear quite a bit.

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