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  • Actors: Windsor Davies, Sharon Morgan, Hugh Griffith, John Hefin, Dewi Morris
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Duke Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sept. 2006
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5U7BA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,670 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Welsh rugby match against the French in 1977 serves as the backdrop for this sporting comedy. A group of Welsh fans travel to Paris to watch their heroes in action, and cause a ruck to match any constructed on the pitch. Windsor Davies stars as Mog Jones, Hugh Griffith is undertaker Caradog Lloyd Evans, and Dewi Morris plays his son. Real life rugby stars Gerald Davies, JPR Williams, and Phil Bennett also put in appearances.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on 19 Dec. 2000
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Well, what have we here? Quite simply the finest 50 minutes of Welsh comedy since Ryan Davies first said 'And don't call Will on your Father!'. I wouldn't expect too many people living to the right of Offa's Dyke to get what it's all about, but those of us who have enjoyed so many tours (particularly to watch the boys lose in Paris), there is a quintessential Welshness that soars from the screen in this affectionately scripted and wonderfully performed slice of life.
This is probably Windsor Davies's finest hour as Mog the Tour leader, who insists on reminding the boys that they are 'ambassadors for Wales', in the city where 'you'll see it all, kid'. No review of Grand Slam would be complete without reference to Hugh Griffith's portrayal of Caradog Lloyd Evans - the eyebrows are as expressively unruly as when he picked up his Oscar for Ben Hur and the relationship with Glyn ('I'm used to his smells') is surely reminiscent of Albert and Harold Steptoe at their crotchety best.
Sion Probert's Maldwyn ('I'm here, I'm there, I'm everywhere, so beware!') hits the mark as the high camp boutique proprietor, whose window tribute to 'the boys' means so much to him. The supporting characters come straight from a weekend with the committee and supporters of quite possibly any Welsh rugby club, even today.
I have waited over 20 years for this to be released. Now that it's here I'll be snapping up a copy or two for fellow exiled Welshmen - simply brilliant!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
"I've heard of a caterpiller turning into a butterfly, but....", Mr Lloyd Evans mumbles as he eyes his long lost war time French lovely. Meanwhile the antics are reaching a hilarious climax with Mog (Windsor Davies) sparking a madcap bar room brawl in the Parisian brothel.
The whole film lurches from one hilarious moment to the next, live footage of the actual game simply highlighting the realism of the Tour mentality that seeps through the beer soaked pores of the film.
Everything you want from a film - Welsh heroes, rugby, fighting, brothels, even a bit of flesh as a bonus. Maldwyn himself provide a decade of one liners.
The only thing I don't like about the film is the actual lack of a Grand Slam - still Glyn manages to get a result.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The best rugby film ever made. It's a fly-on-the-wall type coverage of a Welsh rugby club's journey to Paris to watch Wales take on France for the five nations Grand Slam.
Having been on many such tours myself, I can honestly say that it captures the humour and cameraderie of 'tour' perfectly. I can't believe that the spontaneous banter between the cast was at all scripted. Ten out of ten for Windsor Davies for pacifying a furious French hotelier, "Don't fight it", and wearing a Gendarme's hat.
Recommended for absolutely everyone who enjoys a good laugh and a couple of drinks with the lads. Wives and girlfriends of tourists should be banned from seeing it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Craig Fisher on 15 Sept. 2006
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In my opinion Grand Slam is the greatest hour of television ever made. The characters are played perfectly and the one liners will have you laughing from beginning to end. If you enjoy superb comedy which you like to go back and watch time and time again then this is a must see for you.
"Im here, Im there. Im everywhere, So beware!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Akehurst on 8 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
For any Welsh man .. or woman who loves rugby and their National team then this is, and has always been the one and only film to watch.

With such classic actors and actresses it is a joy everytime I watch it, and like most others it is greatt to finally have it on DVD. The family's old copy taken off the BBC in the 1970's and also the VHS version bought out a few years ago are now showing wear and tear through age.

To watch this takes me back to my childhood and time spent in Llanharan with the family, being in the rugby club social events, ahh ..nostalgia 'aint what it used to be.

Cymru am byth!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Sellers on 15 Sept. 2006
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This film is a classic from the golden years of Welsh rugby - when men were men, and sideburns were mandatory. The film essentially follows a group of members from a backwater Welsh rugby club who have managed to secure tickets to the Grandslam decider at Parc des Princes in Paris, and traces their journey to France and the 'entertainment' they make for themselves before and after the game.

The cast is headed by Windsor Davies in his pomp; revelling as the club captain - who could have hooked for Llanelli but was "too small and not mobile enough". There are strippers, gendarmes, beers, fights, beers, songs, beers and even some rugby. For anyone who has had the privelage of going on a rugby tour, you will both wince and delight at the behaviour of the gang that may remind you of your own shenanigans. This film has been impossible to find to buy over the last few years - a group of us have been handing round the same old taped-from-TV copy for as long as I can remember. I am going to order 2 copies, one for me and one as a present for my Dad who keeps asking if I can lend him the tape each time his brother comes round so they can relive their rather debauched youth...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It was so good to see this gem of a Welsh film again after what must be decades since I last saw it. Just amazed that it was only an hour long as it seemed feature length when i was younger. The cast are amazing and even after all these years it still cracks me up, although it must be a Welsh thing as my English wife soon got bored with it. But she loves TWIN TOWN, GAVIN AND STACEY etc; so maybe her lack of interest may just be down to the fact that this film now looks dated and is just full of typical Welsh stereotypes. Nevertheless, it's a great film to have in one's library and I'm glad I've got it. It arrived quickly and was packaged well.
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