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The Great MacArthy (1975)

Macarthy is a country football player who is kidnapped by the South Melbourne Football Club and made a star player in the city.


David Baker


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Jarratt ... McCarthy
Judy Morris ... Miss Russell
Kate Fitzpatrick ... Andrea
Sandra McGregor Sandra McGregor ... Vera
Barry Humphries ... Col Ball-Miller
John Frawley John Frawley ... Webster
Colin Croft Colin Croft ... Tranter
Chris Haywood ... Warburton
Colin Drake Colin Drake ... Ackerman
Ron Frazer Ron Frazer ... Twentyman (as Ron Fraser)
Max Gillies ... Stan
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ... Macguinness
Lou Richards ... Lou Arnold
Jack Dyer Jack Dyer ... Jack Diehard
Jim Bowles Jim Bowles ... Les
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Macarthy is a country football player who is kidnapped by the South Melbourne Football Club and made a star player in the city.

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He's footy's most forward full forward.


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Actor Max Gillies plays two characters in this movie. See more »


During the match against Richmond, the commentator gives the score as South Melbourne 8 5 53 to Richmond 13 13 91. In the next shot, the scoreboard shows the score as South Melbourne 9 11 65 to Richmond 17 6 108. See more »


McCarthy: [to the woman in hospital bed] Psst! It's me.
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An obnoxious mess.... with one exception
1 December 2007 | by Marco_TrevisiolSee all my reviews

It's been surprising how few sports-related films have been made in Australia considering how obsessed the country is about sport and how it's treated as a major factor in the national mindset.

Therefore it's particularly disappointing that this film about the indigenous sport of Aussie Rules football - centred around country footballer McCarthy kidnapped to play in the big city league - is such a dud. You know it's in trouble in the pre-credits sequence which is full of mindless, inane activity and bad mugging by the actors, resulting in zero entertainment value.

And it never really recovers. The main culprit is the frenetic, tiresome direction by David Baker which never allows anything of promise to develop. And for all the 'anything goes' attitude the film is desperate to portray, the plot is relentlessly obvious and predictable.

One aspect does survive though - the central romance between McCarthy and a teacher played by Judy Morris is quite sweet and even moving at times. Credit for this goes to Morris' genuine and affecting performance, especially impressive in the context of the caricatured hysteria from most of the cast.

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Release Date:

4 August 1975 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Salute to the Great McCarthy See more »

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Stony Creek Films See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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