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Geordie [DVD] [1955]

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  • Actors: Alastair Sim, Bill Travers, Norah Gorsen, Brian Reece, Raymond Huntley
  • Directors: Frank Launder
  • Format: Colour, PAL, Full Screen, Mono
  • 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: U
  • Studio: Optimum Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 4 May 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TJKVQ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,769 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1950s comedy drama starring Bill Travers. Not content with being so small and slight in stature anymore, young Scots lad Geordie (Travers) sends away for a home body building kit in an effort to bulk himself up. As the months progress, Geordie becomes a muscley, toned athlete with a particular aptitude for hammer throwing. As he becomes a national champion, he finds himself being selected to represent the UK in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.

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"I'm not keen on competitions as competitions, Mr. McNabb," says Geordie MacTaggart, a very big young Scot. Asks Mr. McNabb, the local minister, "Why? Where's the harm in them?" "Where's the use in them?" says Geordie.

This Frank Launder/Sidney Gilliat movie from 1955 (Launder directed. They collaborated on the screenplay and produced) is one of the most sweet-natured stories you can hope to see. There's not much drama and there's no question how the innocent romance will turn out. The movie is all character driven, and the character is Geordie. He was a puny highland lad at school who by chance heard of the mail-order Henry Samson Body Building Course. His parents encouraged him and he exercised with a passion. Now grown, he has become the biggest and strongest lad in his glen. His father is the head gameskeeper for the local laird (played by Alastair Sim). When death occurs, Geordie (Bill Travers) becomes the head gameskeeper at 21. And then Mr. Samson writes Geordie that his next exercises should be throwing the hammer. Mr. McNabb shows him how...and it's not long before the laird and Mr. McNabb have persuaded Geordie that competing in the Highland Games is a worthy endeavor...especially if he beats all those lowland Glasgow policemen. Geordie wins, but not without some charming drama. He's recruited to join the British Olympic team for the 1956 summer games in Melbourne. And there he meets the Swedish women's shot put champion, a blonde who kisses almost as well as she puts the shot. And the rest...is just as sweet natured as what has gone before.

Geordie is an honest and forthright young man, not swayed by attractions beyond his glen. He and his almost sweetheart, Jean (Norah Gerson), are obviously meant for each other if Geordie can only figure it out.
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I first watched this exactly 50 years ago at Guernsey's cinema in August 1963. Absolutely delighted to be able to get it on Amazon. A heart-warming tale about Geordie, a skinny Scottish estate gamekeepers son who decides to reply to an advert for a body-building course while he is still only a 'very wee boy'. We catch up with him a few years later as the cottage downstairs ceiling his family live in shakes and vibrates while he is doing his exercises upstairs. Alistair Simm, the laird, sets him on the road to representing Great Britain in the Hammer event at the Olympics after narrowly escaping a sledgehammer thrown by a now very well developed and fully grown Geordie (Bill Travers) while bird-watching on his estate.
The film was made in 1955, released in 1956 and looks forward to the Olympic Games in Australia in 1960. There is a love interest or two, some fabulous highland scenery and a story line that has you rooting for Geordie all the way through. It may be dated but what wouldn't I give to live life at that pace today?
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I saw this movie years ago as a child and loved it so when it became available on DVD I snapped it up. Memories can be tricky things and often things do not live up to expectations. This is not the case with Geordie. It is wonderful. An old fashioned story which today might be regarded as kitsch. Who cares! The hero, played by Bill Travers is the honest to the bone, noble Scots who is unwillingly thrust into the limelight and responds in the only way he knows - with honesty and integrity. The dialogue between Travers and Alastair Sims is sparkling, the scenery is beautiful and the colours gorgeous. The Melbourne Olympics are woven seamlessly into the film. The love story might raise a few feminist hackles but is more than acceptable in the context of the story. This is British film making at its' best - wonderful ensemble cast, high production values and first rate direction. All in all a great film, if you like Monarch of the Glen you will love Geordie.
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This Movie was bought as a gift for my Stepfather who really likes this Movie! i have not seen it but he assures me it is a great old Movie, so i will take his word for it! He had looked for it many times yet never found it, so when i saw it i thought great as Christmas was coming and i was stuck for something extra to get him, he was very happy with it and kept telling me i should watch it some time, so when i do get round to watching it, i will come back and Edit this review with my thoughts on the Film!
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My daughter bought "Ring of Bright Water" for my mum and I wondered if there was a video of a film I loved - "Geordie". Found it easily on Amazon and it was every bit as good as I remembered. Very glad I bought it.
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The film has a very straightforward plot: set in the Scottish Highlands, Geordie MacTaggart is a very undersized boy who takes up a postal bodybuilding course and upon achieving a Herculean body, goes on to become the world champion at hammer-throwing at the Melbourne Olympics - that’s the basics.

But as you’d expect with a Gilliat & Launder film, there’s a lot more to it than that. There’s a tremendous cast: Bill Travers plays Geordie, with Norah Gorsen as his girl-friend, Jean. The younger Geordie - prior to his bodybuilding course - is very nicely played by Paul Young (“Don’t call me wee!”) and the younger Jean, by Anna Ferguson (“Och, sorry Geordie!”)

There’s Alistair Sim as the slightly dotty Laird, employer to Geordie and his father, very well played by Jameson Clark, who has some beautifully delivered, dry, one-liners.

The blissful romance between Geordie & Jean is slightly disrupted after Geordie’s encounter with the Danish shot-putter, Helga, a rather overwhelming Doris Goddard, but not for long; Geordie’s simple charm, plus the acquisition of a hat, adorned with gruesome plastic fruit for Jean is sufficient to ensure that everything ends happily.

With terrific music by William Alwyn, this is a lovely film which doesn't date - watch it and be happy.
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