That Sinking Feeling VHS
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1980 Scottish comedy & first film written and directed by the great Bill Forsyth . The young actors in film were members of the Glasgow Youth Theatre. 4 of whom went on to feature in Forsyth's following film Gregory's Girl. Our heroes, 4 bored, unemployed teens in dreary, rainy Glasgow come up with a complicated scheme: to steal sinks from a warehouse dressed as girls and using a stop-motion potion.
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One of them cooks up the idea to dress up as cleaning ladies, and pilfer stainless steel sinks.
Of course, this is a stupid idea, but results in a dry humorous movie in the same vein as Bill Forsyth's most famous film, 'Local Hero'. I don't think it's as good as 'Hero', or even the under appreciated 'Gregory's Girl'. However, this was Forsyth's first widely distributed film, and gives lots of hints at things to come.
'That Sinking Feeling' is a great film! Highly recommended, especially if you like very dry humor, with lots of perplexing and quirky characters. Four and a half stars! Buy this now!
I was 14 and working on my grandad's farm on the week-ends. Late on Saturday night, I came in from the milking parlour and settled in front of the telly with my grandparents and two best friends (one of whom was my uncle though only four months older); we were tight and life was one laugh after another (at least from where I was sitting). My grandparents were the archetypal kind; they didn't just make you feel good; they made you feel you were on top of the world!
So, there we are dozing in front of the telly. There's a fire in the grate and I'm post-hot bath, with a full belly. Then something called 'That Sinking Feeling' comes on the telly. We start watching and within a matter of moments we were all laughing our socks off. I've never remembered any film so clearly in my life and oh, the frustration when trying to describe its wonder in the years 'til now. People would generally just look blank; if they hadn't seen it, they didn't know. I may have met two other people in the years between then and now who had also seen it; and in each case, their response was the same as mine. What a piece of work!
It's warm, it's quick, it's really, really daft and it exudes a deep and sincere love of the people it portrays. The filming is just wonderful; the acting and casting inch perfect and Glasgow almost steals the show as an extra character.
Possibly the film that moved me most in this lifetime. And that, because it made me laugh from my heart. Groovy!
"I've got one word to say to you all" ... pause ... "sink" ...
I received a rather nasty comment to my original review (dated this month) telling me that my review was incorrect and that I couldn't be bothered to get the
information correct. Of course I wrote the review based on the DVD available in 2012. The person making the comment refers to a BD/DVD made first available
on April 21, 2014. So...... I am happy to see that BFI has released a version of the film with the original Scot soundtrack and I am delighted. I have ordered
it (at a cheaper price than Amazon is offering) and hope for the best.
ORIGINAL REVIEW OF SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 I understand that the original soundtrack was overdubbed with more "Americanized" English replacing the original actor's
accents taking away all the Scottish nationalism from the film. The complete opinion of all the Scottish and UK reviews
stated that this new DVD should be burned and lacked all the humor of the original. Just a warning to those of you who
are thinking of getting this film on DVD from the UK. Forget it. Keep your VHS with the original soundtrack and hope
that someday the distributors will learn to keep things as they were loved by all.
a part of the film as anything.
I've given this two stars because of the accents that have been overdubbed. They have replaced the Glasgow accents with actors who once saw Scotland on a postcard. Turned a five star movie into a near disaster. The original was so good I couldn't bring myself to give this no stars at all