That Sinking Feeling Review

That Sinking Feeling
A gang of teenagers attempt to relieve their boredom by engaging in an unusual "hobby" - they steal plumbing supplies for fun.

by William Thomas |
Published on
Release Date:

01 Jan 1979

Running Time:

92 minutes



Original Title:

That Sinking Feeling

Bill Forsyth’s first feature, made with unknown young actors in Glasgow, is funnier, meaner and less wistful than his subsequent successes, and certainly something you’ll want to own if you’ve already worn out your copies of Gregory’s Girl and Local Hero.

A group of unemployed kids see a way out of their rut by masterminding a heist, but unaccountably decide to rob a warehouse of a cache of amazingly non-valuable sinks. A typical joke has a depressed teenager explain that his suicide attempt failed because his cornflakes bowl wasn't deep enough for him to drown in it.

Unfortunately for viewers Stateside, the producers redubbed the dialogue reduce the heavy Glasgow accents, which would have been unintelligible to yanky-doodles.

A whimsical directorial debut from Forsyth that's every bit as funny and entertaining as his more celebrated pieces
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