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Gregory's Girl

Gregory's Girl
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91 minutes
UK (1980)
PG

starring John Gordon Sinclair , Jake D'Arcy , Robert Buchanan , Dee Hepburn , Clarie Grogan , Billy Greenless
written by Bill Forsyth
directed by Bill Forsyth
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Essential British 80s teen movie, starring John Gordon Sinclair as the goofy schoolboy infatuated with a fantastic female footballer in his class

Forsyth's sparky debut, That Sinking Feeling, proved too Scottish for wide consumption and was even dubbed into English for TV. As a result his first popular success was with this charming story of schoolgirl Dorothy (Hepburn) who is such a whiz at football that she rescues an ailing team - to the chagrin of the boys. Except, that is, for gangling goalie Gregory (Sinclair), who is, at least initially, too shy to make his feelings known.

The film has fresh, no-nonsense performances and a script so rooted in truth that it seems to have materialized not been written. The strength is in the uncluttered presentation of this slight story of adolescent pangs (about both football and first love) that never veers over into passion. All very charming. So what happened to Forsyth, whose concerns and sympathy for these youngsters disappeared in a welter of Hollywood dollars?





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