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Gregory's Girl [VHS] (1982)

John Gordon Sinclair , Dee Hepburn , Bill Forsyth  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, Jake D'Arcy, Clare Grogan, Robert Buchanan
  • Directors: Bill Forsyth
  • Writers: Bill Forsyth
  • Producers: Clive Parsons, Davina Belling
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: January 31, 1995
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630334769X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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There is something so utterly captivating about this Bill Forsyth film--whether it's the quaintness of authentic Scottish accents (softened for its U.S. release) or the wholly universal story of young love. But what really gives Gregory's Girl its evergreen appeal is the enchanting performance of young Gordon John Sinclair as the eponymous gangly lead. With his shock of red hair, he's all arms and legs--and inexperience. Gregory becomes infatuated with Dorothy (a lovely Dee Hepburn), who proves a heartier and better athlete than he is. Gregory's so clueless, he relies on advice from his wee sister. The story may be familiar, but Forsyth's astute and affectionate rendering gives the film its momentum (the film won best screenplay at the British Academy Awards). If American viewers at first struggle to understand the well-written banter, it is worth the effort because there's charm in nearly every line. It's curious that both Sinclair and Hepburn, seemingly poised on the brink of stardom here, either chose not to take advantage of the possible opportunity or weren't ever offered roles as wonderful as these. (Sinclair had a small role in Forsyth's Local Hero and starred in 1986's The Girl in the Picture and other small films. Hepburn appears to have worked only once post-Gregory, a brief stint in the British series Crossroads.) Forsyth completed a 1998 sequel, with Sinclair and Ever After's Dougray Scott. --N.F. Mendoza

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best film about young love? November 16, 2001
Format:DVD
Finally, "Gregory's Girl" is out on DVD... I can throw away my worn out old VHS copy. There are several surprising things about this DVD for Americans who are accustomed to the cable or VHS version of the movie... First, many small scenes were edited out of the US version. Why? I can't tell... The scenes seem harmless enough. However, the biggest shock on this DVD is the original Scottish soundtrack. All these years, those dozens and dozens of viewings, those classic lines that are stuck in my head ("It's a well known fact.")... They simply sound BETTER in the original dialogue. What studio executive pinhead thought it would be a good idea to re-record the dialogue with more British-sounding voices? The moral of the story here is: Watch this DVD with the Scottish soundtrack and it will almost be like watching a new movie. And I thank the non-pinheads at MGM for including both audio versions so we could make the choice.
This movie is, quite simply, a beautifully crafted, intelligent, witty, sweet look at awkward adolescence. I never tire of it, and now that it's on DVD I know I'll never wear it out.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for ruining the movie September 23, 2002
Format:DVD
Very quickly, this is a wonderful, gentle comedy which plays well to people who understand British humour. But why, why, why did the studio cut parts out? The DVD format could easily hold the entire movie. My recommendation is to buy the VHS tape, it's cheaper anyway and it shows the movie uncut. To the studio staff who made the decision to cut parts out....thanks for nothing.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Twist In The Tale January 12, 2005
Format:DVD
I remember this Movie from when I was sixteen years old, so I associate it with a coming of age, Which is essentially what this movie is about. Much in the same way as John Hughes set the standard in 80s America , Forsyth set the standard in the late 70s and early 80s in the UK , albiet on a smaller scale.

Gregory on a voyage of self discovery finds that his destiny isnt necessarily in his own hands and also that everything happens for a reason. There is a certain amount of sentimentality associated with this movie but this isnt a criticism, In fact it lends a certain charm to this story.

An understated role by a certain CP Grogan establishes a credible ending to this movie and one that a lot of school girls of her age will identify with. This is one of the reasons this movie has endured the ravages of time. Enough to inspire a sequel "Gregory's Two Girls" which has unfortunately neither the charm or credibility or simplicity that the original of some 20 years earlier has.

I strongly encourage you to play this movie with the original scottish soundtrack as to not do so would detract from the film in its original glory.

Also Claire Grogan is not only a member of new wave band "Altered Images" but also a star of Red Dwarf, a rather popular Britcom. Nowadays she can be seen presenting on MTV Europe as well as doing the odd 80s revival tour.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy on the sugar, lady!! December 9, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
having attended a state high school on the west coast of scotland in the 80's i can categorically state that this film captures exactly the mood of the west-coast scottish schoolboy of the time. Forsythe uses Jacques Tati type humour to put his vision across. And what a vision it is-- hormones, confusion and utterly gorgeous midsummer Scottish sunshine and blonde haired girls. C'mon, there's a world out there, and it's our's 'cause we're young and immortal. Watching the country park scenes now as a 31 year old I realise that being young was stoopid but great. This film is the only truly scotch classic. Forget those Edinburgh trainspotting depressive drug users, the drug is life and Glasgow is the best city in the world, like new york but without the commuting time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film - it's a well known fact!! December 9, 2001
Format:DVD
It's been a long time since this classic gem filmed in Cumbernauld has been released. I recently found a VHS copy through ebay, unaware that the movie was finally being reissued on DVD. I encourage anyone with a sense of humour to see this movie.
The story revolves aroung Gregory and Dorothy. Dorothy has just joined the boys soccer team and has enraptured Gregory. With all his courage he asks Dorothy out on a date and she agrees; only to stand him up that night. However he meets Carol, then Margo, then Susan, who it turns out has had eyes for Gregory all along.
Incredible performance turned in by Gordon John Sinclair as the tall, awkward and lanky Gregory in his quest to woo the gorgeous Dorothy (Dee Hepburn) with the hair, the smell and the teeth.
If anyone ever figured out what the hell the penguin was doing in the halls of the high school I'd love to know.
This movie is chock full of laughs and will leave you with a warm heart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's g o r g e o u s!!! December 3, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
What is not to like about this film? It is a charming and interesting little love story. Although slightly off-beat and full of odd characters, Gregory's Girl is nevertheless chock full of good humour and pleasingly entertaining....Not to mention the wonderful Scottish brogue accenting every last bit of witty dialogue. One can not help but empathize in similar school-boy fashion and skittishness with the main character Gregory and his plight for the love of the 'new-girl/soccer-diva'. "She's gorgeous!", says he....Add an uniquely 80's soundtrack (all the rage once again I admit)to top it off, who can ask for more? And if anyone remembers that 80's band 'Altered Images', then they should see this film! I first saw it in the 80's and loved it! To this day it remains one of my favourites! I highly recommend this film to anyone, they'll enjoy it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Too bad it is dubbed to take away authentic Scottish
Interesting because it is set in the U.K. but it appears they dubbed the original Scottish dialog with something less colloquial which is why I wanted to watch it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon's Best Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Feel-Good Film
I've seen this film several times in the last 30 years and enjoy it more each time. The characters are likeable and the story is warm, funny, and intelligent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fine Knots
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Reliance on Quirks.
Viewed: 6/14
Rate: 4

6/13: The fancy-sounding title, Gregory's Girl, seems to indicate the quality of the film. Unfortunately, it's anything but. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Austin Somlo
4.0 out of 5 stars Quriky
Quirky movie, I never get tired of watching it. Also recommend "Local Hero", and "That Sinking Feeling", also "Better of Dead".
Published 5 months ago by Jim Ditro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A gorgeous little movie. Superb acting from the young cast. It's not often you find coming of age films that ring true. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Louis DeLalio
3.0 out of 5 stars oops!
This is one of my mom's favorite movies that she has not been able to find. I decided to show her how smart I am and buy it for her, Of course I am not as smart as I thought... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Christine Matson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gregry's Girl
This movie was not a ver deep human interest story, However, I still enjoyed the movie. It is a nice movie for High Schoolers interested in a light movie
Published 19 months ago by Joanne Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Gregory's Girl DVD
My husband & I are ex-patriate Scots living in Canada, and in our adolescence Bill Forsyth's "Gregory's Girl" came out and quickly became iconic in Scotland and one of our... Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by Auld Scotians
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful movie
I loved this movie when I rented it soon after it was released on video in the '80's. After years of telling people about it, I decided I needed to own it. Read more
Published on March 6, 2010 by Marda K. Kirkwood
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising and quirky comedy
This film is perfect for fans of Robert Altman's "O.C. and Stiggs" or the films of Savage Steve Holland ("Better Off Dead"). Read more
Published on December 15, 2009 by vitajex
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