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Jockice

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Gregory's Girl
« on: July 20, 2017, 05:09:11 PM »
One of the late Barry Norman's favourite films ever. And my late mum's. And mine. I'm still alive though. After mentioning it on another thread. I'm very tempted to watch it again tonight. It just has so many great bits. Any other fans? Or haters? I'd like to know either way.

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2017, 05:12:37 PM »
They made us watch it in Year 6 so I am conditioned to hate it. Also it's about young love and that just makes me angry. Young people should be miserable! A more accurate Gregory's Girl would have been a movie about a boy being made to watch Gregory's Girl at school and hating it.

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2017, 05:13:29 PM »
I'm fine.

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2017, 05:19:48 PM »
They made us watch it in Year 6 so I am conditioned to hate it. Also it's about young love and that just makes me angry. Young people should be miserable! A more accurate Gregory's Girl would have been a movie about a boy being made to watch Gregory's Girl at school and hating it.

Yeah, I can see how watching films at school can put you off. For some reason when we were about 14, my year was treated to a screening of The Wild Geese. At a convent school. That sort of thing would make the tabloids nowadays. Along with the story about Gloria Foreignsurname going topless on the school field. A den of iniquity that place was.

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2017, 05:26:18 PM »
I watched it again a couple of years ago and it wasn't quite as good as I remember. It's very slight. But some great bits. My favourite is when he's sloping around the schoolyard and those teachers see him from the window and make some disparaging comment about what a clown he is.

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2017, 05:27:49 PM »
I'm a big fan of Bill Forsyth's work. Gregory's Girl, Local Hero and Comfort and Joy are pitch perfect for me and you can see the genesis of it all in That Sinking Feeling. Real feel good stuff, and I was a huge Altered Images fan too.

It's a shame Gregory's 2 Girls wasn't great although entertaining enough.

Didn't they knock down the Cumbernauld school it was filmed in a couple of years ago?

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2017, 05:40:38 PM »
Yeah, Abronhill High School - demolished in 2014.

Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2017, 08:14:05 PM »
Yeah, I can see how watching films at school can put you off. For some reason when we were about 14, my year was treated to a screening of The Wild Geese. At a convent school. That sort of thing would make the tabloids nowadays. Along with the story about Gloria Foreignsurname going topless on the school field. A den of iniquity that place was.

They showed us Walkabout when we were 14. This was great because we got to see Jenny Agutter swimming naked in a pond.

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2017, 08:20:54 PM »
Gregory's Two Girls worth watching at all, or was Forsyth a completely spent force by then?   He still seemed like a really nice fella in those recent Kermode interviews he did.
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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2017, 10:40:39 AM »
Haven't seen it for years, would love to give it another watch. I remember seeing 'That Sinking Feeling' on one of its rare TV outings ages ago, really liked that too.
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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2017, 11:35:05 AM »
I bluddy love this. Just thinking about him attempting to scare his little sister's "boyfriend" off has got me smiling.

And this that was then sort of quoted in Trainspotting:

"In another million years, there'll be no men, no women. There'll just be people. Just a whole world full of wankers."

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2017, 11:47:05 AM »
Didn't they knock down the Cumbernauld school it was filmed in a couple of years ago?

A good friend of mine went to this school and was there while they were filming. Some of his pals are extras in the film.

I've never seen it.

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2017, 08:03:29 PM »
Gregory's Two Girls worth watching at all, or was Forsyth a completely spent force by then?   He still seemed like a really nice fella in those recent Kermode interviews he did.

It's got some nice moments and is definitely a Forsyth film in style. It's his 'american' films that really haven't seemed to have worked. In fact I've not actually seen Housekeeping, Breaking In or Being Human.


Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2017, 08:59:11 PM »
Gregory's Girl is a strange one. I remember watching it in secondary school at the age of 13, and taking a thorough dislike to it. I'd probably be able to recognise it's poignancy today as opposed to the immature 13 year old I was back then.

It almost certainly would be far superior to what I remember, especially considering that some years after I watched Local Hero. That is undeniably one of the best films ever made and in my top 3 favourite films of all time. Beautiful film without being sentimental.

Seen part of Comfort & Joy which I really enjoyed too. I recognise the genius of Bill Forsyth today so it's a definite one to re-watch.

Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2017, 11:24:00 PM »
 There was a novelization that my local library had - this was in the early 90s - so I ended up watching the film when shown one afternoon on BBC2 as a result. I don't know that many people who seem to have seen it,which is a real shame.

I love the fact that all of Gregory's friends are so into their hobbies. Cooking boy is my favourite.

Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2019, 03:28:57 PM »
Heads up local Hero's on film 4 tomorrow.

Twed

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2019, 04:00:21 PM »
What is it in 2019 eh Gregory's Slag Wife? FFS, bollocks mate

Jockice

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2019, 05:40:22 PM »
Heads up local Hero's on film 4 tomorrow.

Ooh cheers. Haven't seen that for many a year.

Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2019, 08:29:34 PM »
Tits, bum, fanny, the lot.

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2019, 08:33:53 PM »
"gregory's gerril"... the little sister was brulliant.

I preferred "comfort & joy" but enjoyed all of y'r man's work of that era.

grogan's a real sweetie. used to see her at work when she had a thing on VH-1.

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2019, 08:37:00 PM »

Jockice

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2019, 09:25:06 AM »
Tits, bum, fanny, the lot.

Great opening scene. The first time I ever saw GG was on a very rare cinema visit with both parents (a double bill with Chariots Of Fire) and for a few seconds I was cringing with embarrassment in the way that only a self-conscious 15-year-old boy can. But luckily mum and dad laughed so I relaxed.

Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2019, 12:11:59 PM »
wow, that's spooky...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-48881237

Have the police called Alan 'Dicky' Bird and his secret recipe yet?

Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2019, 01:20:22 PM »
It should be the law that if you're an ice cream man you should have to change your surname to something like whippy by deed poll.

Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #24 on: July 06, 2019, 01:22:45 PM »
"gregory's gerril"... the little sister was brulliant.

I preferred "comfort & joy" but enjoyed all of y'r man's work of that era.

grogan's a real sweetie. used to see her at work when she had a thing on VH-1.

That Sinking Feeling is really good given it's a first film shot on a shoestring with lads from the youth theatre.

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #25 on: July 06, 2019, 06:58:08 PM »
Great opening scene. The first time I ever saw GG was on a very rare cinema visit with both parents (a double bill with Chariots Of Fire) and for a few seconds I was cringing with embarrassment in the way that only a self-conscious 15-year-old boy can. But luckily mum and dad laughed so I relaxed.
When we did this as the school play the teachers censored it, so in my role as Eric the photographer, I had to say "Boobs!" as I lusted after an offstage topless nurse.

pigamus

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2019, 07:01:43 PM »
My favourite film. Ever noticed how odd it is that Dee Hepburn literally disappears half way through? Took me years to even notice. Cleverer than it's given credit for.

Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #27 on: July 07, 2019, 01:54:44 AM »
"gregory's gerril"... the little sister was brulliant.

My favorite moment of the film is when she threatens her gangly brother: "I'll hurt you."

Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #28 on: July 07, 2019, 02:32:50 AM »
Nobody saw the Richard Gere inspired porn remake of this film then, Gregory’s Gerbil.

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Re: Gregory's Girl
« Reply #29 on: July 07, 2019, 11:07:03 AM »
Heads up local Hero's on film 4 tomorrow.

Bollocks! Missed it.