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That Sinking Feeling (1979)

The theft of a consignment of stainless steel sinks is planned with the intricacy of a diamond heist by a group of amiably feckless unemployed Glasgow teenagers led by the out-to-lunch Ronnie (Robert Buchanan).

But, as in so many caper movies, nothing goes smoothly.

Shot on 16mm for a near-zero budget, the film is daft, meandering and utterly charming. Many of the cast, who were then members of the Glasgow Youth Theatre, would return in Gregory’s Girl (1981).

Scottish cinema has certainly come a long way since Bill Forsyth made his directorial debut with this thin, but still enjoyable, comedy which established the Forsyth style: underplayed humour and seemingly irrelevant gags, with a subtle payoff and the quirky use of the local idiom.

The original Glaswegian dialogue was dubbed over with a blander version to appease Stateside ears, but was later restored.

Ronnie
Robert Buchanan
Vic
John Hughes
Wal
Billy Greenlees
Simmy
Douglas Sannachan
Alec
Alan Love
thatsinkingfeeling_002The Wee Man
Eric Joseph
Andy
John Gordon-Sinclair
Policeman
Danny Benson
Van Driver
Eddie Burt
Doctor
Tom Mannion

Director
Bill Forsyth