That Sinking Feeling (1979)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Crime

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Ronnie, Wal, Andy and Vic are four bored, unemployed teens in dreary, rainy Glasgow. Ronnie comes up with a great idea. He has noticed that stainless steel sinks are worth a lot of money ... See full summary »


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4 December 2009 | mw1561
a little gem of a movie
I saw this film a few weeks ago on television. Not expecting much, I was completely taken with it. It is a charming, poignant and funny story that takes place in working-class Glascow. What could have been a story about despair, unemployment, bleak prospects and rage against the system turned into a delightful caper film. The director obviously has a lot of love for the city of Glascow, and it shows itself at every turn I won't give the plot away except to say that this film is proof that you don't need a big budget, special effects, gratuitous violence and drawn-out car chases to make a wonderful film.

Two little things stand out in my mind. The 2 youths who break into an impromptu singing of the Sex Pistols' "Holiday in the Sun" when asked they they were planning to go after the caper, and the doctor, who when predicting life in 2069 remarks that "Partick Thistle" will have won the European Cup". You have to know a little about football (soccer) to appreciate the humor in that. Speaking of football, we never did find out if the characters in the film were from the "green half" or "blue half" of Glascow. Pity that, but it does not detract from a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. I highly recommend this film.

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