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Just Another Saturday [1975] [DVD]

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  • Actors: John Morrison, Eileen McCallum, Bill Henderson, Ken Hutchison, Billy Connolly
  • Directors: John MacKenzie
  • Producers: Graeme MacDonald
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: 12
  • Studio: John Williams Productions
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jun. 2006
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5TIIS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,974 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Originally broadcast as part of the BBC's 'Play for Today' series in 1975, this controversial tale is set in Glasgow during the Orange Walk parade and features appearances by Eileen McCallum, Ken Hutchison and Billy Connolly. John Morrison stars as John McNeil, a young man who is gradually coming to terms with the violent and unpleasant truth behind the marching and symbolic pageantry.

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I have the Entire Play for today series Featuring The Elephant's Graveyard,Just a Boys Game ,Just Another Saturday + Down among the Big Boys and am real Glad I got these Originally in 2006 When Asda and Hmv along with Virgin Aka as Zavvi Sold these and it is great Amazon sells them as These are not Easy to come by Obviously Due to the Sensitive issue of Secterianism in Northern and The Republic of Ireland.
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I had never heard of this series, let alone the individual Just another Saturday episode, until I got it as a present for Christmas.

Was pleasantly surprised at it's thoughtful look at life in 70s Glasgow. The story follows a young boy who is a drum major in a band on a Orange Walk.
While he takes a huge amount of pride in what he does, over the course of the day we see a variety of other characters, driven by different motivations, and we get a look at the sectarian undercurrent in Glasgow, looking at both sides of the divide.

The only downside is that there are certain bits that tend to meander - showing overlong sections of flute band music and footage. While interesting to get a feel for the whole experience, some of these sections do go on a bit.

apart from that, definitely recommended.
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I bought this DVD for my husband who used to live on the west coast of Scotland where sectarianism was so rife back in the 1970's. He said it was a blast from the past and showed how things were back then. Quite a thoughtful film.
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Remember seeing this play first time around back in the seventies,contraverstial,reminds me growing up in the west of Scotland,excellent viewing,some good humour,also a serious side,highly recommend this DVD.
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Having watched this film many times it brings back a lot of memories. My father(lead tip drummer) Jimmy Cameron(passed away) who can be seen sat in Hughes Orange Halls listening to a joke along with friends Bobby Haggerty and Jimmy Halley(sadly in a home now).
The bands name was actually the Maryhill Flute Band but was changed for a reason unknown to myself to the Muir Flute Band.
Most of the people in the band were from the Easterhouse Masonic Club.
The scene from what is meant to look like wine alley in Govan, was actually shot on the Sunday after the parade in Edinburgh Studios in Leith I think it was, as with old man getting his window smashed and blood on his face.
Each person was paid for there services I think it was 17 pound and after shooting of the last scene they were taken to a Hotel and as my mum put it(she was not there) the bar was drunk dry, baby shams an all Lol.
I was only 6 in 1975 so some of the info I got was a bit sketchy(I think most people at the parades then were half cut) but for me a great watch.
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Glasgow, that place you might have heard of as voting to be Scottish (or is that Irish Scottish?) over North British is a hotbed of religious bigotry. I'm not talking about the 70s, when this TV play is based. I am talking about now. The Dear Green Place, as the more kailyard of locals refer to the brutal, violent, unkempt, corrupt township is a mix of Irish Catholic immigrant families mixed with staunchly British Unionist Protestant. The minority groups there are truly minority, oddly in contrast to the image of the Friendly City, where you are more likely to be met with a smile on a Friday night than with an open razor. (Thanks to Messrs. Gillette, perchance).

John Morrison and other leads in this renowned BBC Play For Today show the character of the town, where to back down is a show of weakness and where you have to wear your allegiance to either Proddy of Catholic on your sleeve. The Orange Order marching season is the setting of the play, showing the still present resistance of the Catholic areas (the drums of the marching bands usually beat loader and longer passing the Catholic Chapels), where they pretend they are in Olde Edinburgh without the attendant "Gardyloo!" as they chuck the contents of bladder and bowels over the marchers.

Well worth checking out for the nature and explanation of the Chippy Jock Weegie, with his macho stance and 100% unwavering conviction to a cause. Other Peter McDougall plays explain the "West Coast" Scots character and alienation.

Visit Glasgow. It's a very friendly and helpful city, with wonderful Victorian and Art Deco Architecture, lovely park space and charming and humourous residents. Really.
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I got this on recomendation and i was not disapointed, it might not be to everyones taste but i enjoyed it.
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Blast from the past husband enjoyed it not seen it in years
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