Gregory's Girl

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Overview

The sophomore film of Scottish director Bill Forsyth was his first international hit, a typically quirky comedy set amongst colorful Scottish teenagers. Gregory John Gordon Sinclair is a normal, gangly, hormonally-challenged student who, like his pals, has begun to discover the charms of the opposite sex, particularly those of Dorothy Dee Hepburn, the new girl in school and a talented soccer player. Dorothy joins the team, and Gregory instantly becomes smitten with her. Gregory's affections are a given in spite ...
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Overview

The sophomore film of Scottish director Bill Forsyth was his first international hit, a typically quirky comedy set amongst colorful Scottish teenagers. Gregory John Gordon Sinclair is a normal, gangly, hormonally-challenged student who, like his pals, has begun to discover the charms of the opposite sex, particularly those of Dorothy Dee Hepburn, the new girl in school and a talented soccer player. Dorothy joins the team, and Gregory instantly becomes smitten with her. Gregory's affections are a given in spite of the fact that Dorothy is a better player than most of the boys on the hapless team, and her presence inspires a great deal of angst and embarrassment. Gregory is prepared to go to humiliating lengths in order to win Dorothy's attention, but it doesn't quite work out as he anticipates. The winner of a BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay, Gregory's Girl was followed 18 years later by a sequel, Gregory's Two Girls 1999.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
A warm-hearted tale of puppy love, Scottish director Bill Forsyth's breakthrough hit is a "small movie" in the very best sense of the word. The plot of Gregory's Girl couldn't be simpler. The eponymous hero, a preternaturally pale and lanky Scottish teenager John Gordon Sinclair develops a crush on his soccer team's one and only female player Dee Hepburn. Undeterred by the fact that's she a far better player than he and every other boy on the team, Gregory proceeds to pursue her with an enthusiasm bordering on the spastic, until a surprise chain of events leads him into the arms of a different girl Clare Grogan of the band Altered Images. One of the geekiest teens to ever grace the screen, Gregory's absolute lack of self-consciousness sets him apart from the typical adolescent hero. Absent from Gregory's Girl is the social anxiety and cut-throat behavior characteristic of so many American high school comedies. The movie has an air of innocence and gentle humor that make it seem very much of another era, which in fact it is: Watching Gregory's Girl today is to step into an early '80s time-warp complete with feathered hair and Dorothy Hamill 'dos. Much of the pleasure here is in the details, as Forsyth casts a loving eye on the film's Scottish middle-class milieu. The performances are charming and unforced, and the casting of Gregory's gang of gangly, horny pals - a wonderful assortment of the kind of faces that you never see in Hollywood movies - is inspired. Gregory's Girl is a rarity - a coming-of-age film that is genuinely sweet and quirky without ever becoming cloying or sentimental.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The second film by Scottish writer/director Bill Forsyth, Gregory's Girl has all of the gentle charm and quirky, unsentimental emotion (not to mention a befuddled person dressed as a penguin) that most Hollywood teen films lacked in the ensuing two decades. Set in a nondescript Scottish town, Forsyth's tale features a group of teens who actually seem like real people rather than idealized icons as they humorously muddle through the trials of adolescence. Breathing new life into the age-old high school concerns with sports and love, John Gordon Sinclair's gawkily sincere Gregory falls hard for the female athlete Dorothy. Rather than a threat to Gregory's nascent masculinity, Dee Hepburn's Dorothy is an alluringly robust beauty. Gregory's friends and his winningly sagacious kid sister provide breezily eccentric support, while sneakily pretty Clare Grogan proves to Gregory that you can indeed dance while lying on the ground. An award-winning success in the U.K. and deemed "irresistible" by The New York Times, Gregory's Girl became a sleeper hit in the U.S., definitively establishing Forsyth's gift for genial, oddball comedy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/1995
  • UPC: 026359091032
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Gordon Sinclair Gregory
Dee Hepburn Dorothy
Jake D'Arcy Phil Menzies
Clare Grogan Susan
Robert Buchanan Andy
William Greenlees Steve
Alan Love Eric
Caroline Guthrie Carol
Carol Macartney Margo
Douglas Sannachan Billy
Chic Murray Headmaster
Allison Foester Madeline
Alex Norton Alec
John Bett Alistair
David Anderson Gregory's father
Pat Harkins Kelvin
Technical Credits
Bill Forsyth Director, Screenwriter
Adrienne Atkinson Art Director
Davina Belling Producer
Lois Burwell Makeup
Michael Coulter Cinematographer
John Gow Editor
Paddy Higson Production Manager
Ian Madden Asst. Director
Clive Parsons Producer
Jan Pester Camera Operator
Colin Tully Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely charming!

    I fell in love with this film when I was 17. The cast is wonderful, the scenery a postcard for Scottish tourism, and the light jazz soundtrack completes the wonderment. I have long waited for the chance to own this film on DVD. Now if only the soundtrack was available...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great first love story

    I could watch this movie over and over again into infinity. I have the video and I'm getting the DVD for a more permanent copy. It never ceases to be funny, heartbreaking, and overall very satisfying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally! Now how about a Bill Forsyth DVD anthology?

    Whenever I'm bored, I visit the site to see if Gregory's Girl has made it to DVD. You can imagine my excitement today. This film arrived at the independent screens in 1981. I have fond memories of Gregory's crush which I look forward to preserving in my small library. It would be swell if a Bill Forsyth boxed DVD set were offered, but it's usually serial movies like Terminator and Rocky that come together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2000

    Still smile about this movie 16 years after first seeing it.

    This is one of the most charming movies I have ever seen. I can't wait to share it with my 3 daughters when they are old enough to appreciate it. Most movies portray teen boys as crass and rude at best, and it's so wonderful to have this point of view. These guys do have feelings - although they don't often know how to identify or deal with them - and they are just the sort of guys I hope my three girls find to go out with.

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