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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, gentle, funny, genius.
Okay, I'm biased. I must have seen this film fifteen times before I was fifteen (and fifteen times since) but I still enjoy every moment. It's a film that can't help but be funny, full of characters who suffer from the same condition. The harder you squeeze this film the more charm oozes out and therein lies its magic. No tag-team of gag writers can write a film like...
Published on 21 Mar 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Beware! no subtitles!
Now, before I get lynched I'm not saying this because I don't understand the Scottish accent, but I bought this classic film (which I would give 10 stars if it were possible) for my girlfriend, who's Dutch. Even though her English is perfect, she often watches dvd's with the subs on so she doesn't lose meaning because of regional/national accents.
I have never heard...
Published on 3 May 2005


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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, gentle, funny, genius., 21 Mar 2002
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This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD] [1981] (DVD)
Okay, I'm biased. I must have seen this film fifteen times before I was fifteen (and fifteen times since) but I still enjoy every moment. It's a film that can't help but be funny, full of characters who suffer from the same condition. The harder you squeeze this film the more charm oozes out and therein lies its magic. No tag-team of gag writers can write a film like this. They could never muster the innocence and faith wrapped up in these characters and their stories.
It's a film about kids pretending to be grown ups and doing a better job of it than their parents. It's about how the awkwardness and uncertainty of youth never really leaves us. Above all it's about hope: how sometimes not getting what you want is the best thing that can happen. Smart, funny, moving and all made to look so easy. `Bella, Bella!' Five stars just ain't enough.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable kids and adults.Subtle direction , great script., 18 Dec 2001
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Acute understanding of teenagers trying to cope with their own and what they believe are society's expectations of them, usually with hilarious results. Director Bill Forsyth's teens, adults, school and community solidly believable. John Gordon Sinclair's early talent for goofy comedy a joy to watch.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It all came flooding back, 17 Feb 2006
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J. Goddin "jim38229" (South East England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD] [1981] (DVD)
I saw this as a spotty youth and loved it. I saw it again as a spotty middle aged person and loved it just as much. These kids could act! The script is subtly amusing and well observed.
Highly recommended.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Off you go, you small boys ...", 1 Oct 2002
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MarmiteMan (Norwich, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD] [1981] (DVD)
Scottish director Bill Forsyth's second film (his first was That Sinking Feeling, a Glasgow Youth Theatre project), and here he tapped into the male adolescent psyche of young love with such astute and affectionate ease, that it has been accorded 'evergreen' status by all who fondly remember it. Every school has its 'Gregory' - the lanky, gangly, all arms and legs pimply youth, whom everyone just knows, often with cringeing embarrassment, will unfailingly say the wrong things, at the wrong time, in the wrong context - whatever the situation. Perhaps that is because we secretly suspect that we are ourselves an inexperienced Gregory ...
Filmed mostly in or around a recently-completed housing estate near Scottish 'new town' Cumbernauld, our Gregory (hero-to-many John Gordon Sinclair), hopeless goalie of the school's hopeless football team, becomes infatuated with attractive tomboyish Dorothy (Dee Hepburn) ... who is clearly way out of his league. Ever been there? Gregory's wee 10-year old sister Maddy advises on dress sense - Gregory has none, constantly opting for unfashionable brown - whilst around him his friends go on being teenage boys. Eg. Andy likes to stand on the bridge and watch the lorries go by below ("Did you know that 11 tonnes of Corn Flakes goes under this bridge every morning?")
The film is stuffed with small quirks and visual vignets: the teachers laughing from the window at Gregory's 'shadow goalkeeping' on the playground below; the Headmaster (Chic Murray) tasting a jam-doughnut whilst pastry-obsessed Steve takes down the orders; the peeping-tom schoolboys mesmerized (Andy almost faints) when a nurse removes her brassière whilst smaller but apparently more worldy boys don't bat an eyelid ("All that fuss over a bit o' tit, eh ..."); the Boys' gym-teacher dancing a hip-loosening routine with Dorothy; Gregory's marvellously-accented attempts at bellowing in Italian ("Bella bella ...!") whilst blow-drying his hair ("Arrividerci, Gordon - hurry back."); the photographs sale; the Headmaster's retort, "Off you go, you small boys" as he plays the piano; Gregory's uniquely-bewildered looks as he is shunted from girl to girl ("Here's 50p, you can get plenty of chips with that ..."); the infinitely tender scene of young love as Gregory and Susan (the still utterly delectable and every British schoolboy's 1981 wet dream: Clare Grogan!) are laying on their backs on the grass, 'dancing' so as not to fall off the planet's surface ("You have what is called ... natural ability!"); Susan's remark, "Why are boys so obsessed with numbers ...?"; the two boys' mis-spelled attempt to hitch a ride to Caracus/Caracas ... and perhaps the oddest of all - "Hey, Room 4." - is the mysterious penguin that is never explained, "Room 16 ...?" There are those who hold that the penguin is merely there as a metaphor for Life: we are all shuffling around looking for our mate or for where we ought to be ... Actually, I'd say that was about right ...!
Immensely and endearingly popular with People Of A Certain Age (that's us, folks!), even in the United States - where apparently the Scottish accents had to be 'softened' somewhat. Perhaps the film helped inspire that Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers song, Even The Losers (Get Lucky). Whereas Steven Spielberg used to remind us of our 'inner-child,' Bill Forsyth prolonged our teens ... for deep down, most of us still are, or want to be, just teenagers ...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Gregory's Girl, 22 May 2009
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Mr. B. Hayes "Bransky" (Dundee, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD] [1981] (DVD)
Quite simply Gregory's Girl is one of the finest British (and more specifically Scottish) films of all time...

Whimsical and made in 1981, it now looks a littled dated in terms of hairstyles and clothes -- however the story is timeless and looks at young love and dating in a Scottish town (Cumbernauld near Glasgow). Oh and there's also some school football in it!!!

John Gordon Sinclair is excellent as the awkward teenager Gregory (most young men will be able to identify with him!) and his first love Dorothy (Gregory's Girl) played by Dee Hepburn with long flowing blonde hair looks stunning (oh to be young again!). Claire Grogan as Susan is also as bubbly and as lovely as ever.

Be warned that the ending is very sudden, but satisfying none the less -- I won't give it away -- you'll need to watch the film!!!

As for the DVD, its in Fullscreen (4:3) format and the sound is only mono which is a little disappointing... However don't let it spoil your enjoyment -- what else can you get these days for less than 3.00!?

Thoroughy recommended!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Endearing Classsic Gets The Blu Ray Treatment, 7 May 2014
This review is from: Gregory's Girl [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Everything positive that has been written about this film has been true. So after years of poor treatment on video and UK DVD (wrong screen ratio and poor soundtrack to name two) it finally gets the treatment it deserves and you won't be disappointed with the results.
The transfer is in 1:85 Widescreen and the picture is clear and the low budget soundtrack is remarkably clear and just as importantly, in its original native glory.
The extras though sparse are a delight. The Bill Forsyth interview is very revealing and the Clare Grogan interview expands upon and adds to Bill Forsyth's. Audio commentary with Bill Forsyth and Mark Kemode is a welcome narrative and enhancement too.

Buy this Blu Ray you won't regret your purchase
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last excellent transfer for an excellent film., 8 May 2014
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James Rowles (Barnstaple, DEVON United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gregory's Girl [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The transfer for this blu ray was surprisingly much better than I expected - pinewood have restored it and it looks very very good and in the widescreen format. This is far far better than previous UK dvd releases of this wonderful film. The extras are also good including a decent commentary with Bill Forsyth and Mark Kermode.

Highly recommended - a decent treatment to an excellent british film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bella! Bella! Don't drop the penguin..., 18 July 2009
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A film from another magical world of Scottish-made Chryslers, when teenage girls look pretty and where the sun shines brightly long after 8.30pm...where you could realistically get off with Clare* Grogan (*the interrent tells me she was born Claire, and I can't remember which spelling she now prefers!);-) (her Equity name is now C.P.....)

If you never found this on video, now's your chance to get a shiny disc thingy of it.

Anyone who saw this when it first came out, but not since, will relish the chance to enjoy it again.

In particular, for all the classic moments, like the electric machines at breakfast time and the Italian lessons ("Bella! Bella!") - not to mention how high Gregory used to be able to raise his arm - by being able to watch the film again using a DVD with rewind and pause, you can perhaps work out what actually happens by looking at the little discussions that happen between the girls. I've not met a teenage bloke yet who could explain the plot after just one viewing...

I looked up Christopher Higson - credited as the boy in the penguin suit who embodies this film in his cameos wandering around the school. Apparently he created models for The Lord of the Rings and is therefore subsequently the most successful actor in the film!

As per the other comment, no subtitles, no other languages. The German DVD doesn't even have the English soundtrack! The English edition is far cheaper, though...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gets Better And Better The More You See It, 17 Feb 2014
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I didn't think I'd like this film, made in the 80s and the cast is now relatively unknown. But I found myself rooting for Gregory, all us lads know how he must feel. There's a fit girl in your school who's popular and nice but you haven't the guys to ask her out. His mates are great (that guy who's boss at baking is my fave).
It's actually a bit risqué in parts. Boobs within the first 60 seconds of the film, the male teachers are (I think) worryingly pervy towards the female students and I the window cleaner and the female teacher are obviously getting it on.
This is a great film, funny, heart-warming and makes you think of your old days in school. Gregory reminds me 15 years ago... lanky and awkward.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film ... a classic, 6 Nov 2013
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Great film ... a classic of it's the 1980s. Brilliantly directed and captured the feeling of those difficult teenage years.
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