“I only wish, McTaggart, that you had acquired as much in knowledge as you have in height and weight.”
A tiny Scottish lad (Paul Young) grows into a “gentle giant” (Bill Travers) who learns to throw hammers, and is recruited to represent Britain in the Australian Olympics.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Alastair Sim Films
This enjoyable Scottish fable — reminiscent of Bill Forsyth’s recent imports, particularly Local Hero (1983) — plays like a biopic, but is pure fiction all the way. It’s an innocuous fairy tale which can easily be described as “heartwarming” — after all, what’s not to love about this handsome “gentle giant” who, despite his other-worldly strength, longs for little more than the hills of Scotland, his own sweet lass (Norah Gerson), and a chance to proudly wear his father’s kilt in the Olympics? While the story gets bogged down in the final reel by an inane subplot about a female Danish athlete (Doris Goddard) who lusts after Geordie, until then it’s all sweet, breezy sailing.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- “Wee Geordie” starting his mail-order exercise regime
- Geordie walking out during the Olympics in his father’s Black Watch kilt
- Alastair Sim as a local laird who takes a fatherly interest in Geordie
No, but it’s worth a look.