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Old 02-09-2008, 03:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default All time favourite movie?

GREGORY'S GIRL (1981)


Considering my taste in movies, this may seem an odd choice but I can still can't seem to lose my love for it.

I should imagine many younger posters here have never even heard of the film. It was a low budget Scottish movie that boasted no major stars (although Clare Grogan enjoyed a modicum of success in 80's pop band Altered Images), was set on a council estate and technically uninspiring. What it has got is a fantastic, heartfelt and honest script.

Gregory is a gawky 14 year old lad who has a fixation for a girl who tries out for the school football team, of which he is the goalkeeper. His journey into trying to capture her heart leads him on a very different path to the original he had envisaged. There are many themes in the film that only become apparent on rewatching many times. The women in Gregory's life are far more emotionally smarter than him. This includes his younger sister and the schoolgirls who conspire to match Gregory with the girl he SHOULD be with. The film has a surreal, even zany sense of humour bubbling under the surface. The appearance of a young student dressed as a penguin wandering the school corridors aimlessly is repeated. Gregory's older brother who is a fantastic cook, and who bribes the school head is another strange figure. He is played absolutely straight, but the idea of a working class Scottish teenager being adept at cookery and fancy cakes is slightly surreal.

The film is one of the sweetest evocations of being a typically awkward teenager struggling for identity. It is played so natural and honestlyand resonated with me To this day it remains my favourite ever movie. I have seen many better acted films, better directed films but barely none as honestly and innocently made.

So c'mon what ya got?
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Old 02-09-2008, 04:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Never heard of it dude.
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Never heard of it dude.
That surprises me. It's a good movie, but I want to watch it again to grasp its full depth (last time I watched it, I'd been awake for 30 hours or something ridiculous like that). Anyway, my favourite movie would have to be one of these two:




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Old 02-09-2008, 05:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That surprises me. It's a good movie, but I want to watch it again to grasp its full depth (last time I watched it, I'd been awake for 30 hours or something ridiculous like that).
I've probably watched it upwards of 15 times
and I still notice new things each time I watch it.
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Old 02-09-2008, 05:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That surprises me. It's a good movie, but I want to watch it again to grasp its full depth (last time I watched it, I'd been awake for 30 hours or something ridiculous like that)
The dude quote should have given it away lol. I have seen it at least half a dozen times. Edit is your friend! Sam Elliots intro voiceover is a delicious conciet 9if you know who he is and what films he has been in.
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The dude quote should have given it away lol. I have seen it at least half a dozen times. Edit is your friend! Sam Elliots intro voiceover is a delicious conciet 9if you know who he is and what films he has been in.
Haha, I feel stupid for missing that.

I should have known better though - you've seen every movie ever created!
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No not quite, very nearly though lol. have you ever seen Manhunter? As you like Silence you may know a little background?
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Since I was like 8 and first saw this movie on laserdisc I have been in love with it. I've seen it a good 20 times and still adore everything about it. Don't bother seeing the second one though, it sucked majorly.
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It's got Michael Caine , Noel Coward , Benny Hill , Lots of cars & a football match
What more could you want.

And Lee's choice would be second on my list.
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