That Sinking Feeling

Synopsis: 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 and comes up with a complicated scheme: to steal sinks from a warehouse dressed as girls and using a stop-motion potion.
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Bill Forsyth
  1 win.
93 min

- How much is a hamburger and a coffee?

- 45 pence.

45 pence...

- 45?

- 45, yes.

See you the morra.

Say you and your Spanish eyes

will wait for me...

Oh, you and your Spanish eyes

Will wait for me

Yes, you and your Spanish eyes

Will wait for me...

You've got to make the most

of what life offers you.

Life isn't meant to be easy.

Not for anybody.

OK, some of us may start out

with more than others.

More... advantages, you might say.

That's not the main item.

It's basically every man for himself.

Take the two of us, for instance.

What did we start with?

What did we do with ourselves?

For a start, there's my 'O' levels.


Ah! Now, there's a fair advantage

you might say, eh?

But I worked for them.

You see,

that's what you and I have in common.

Not the 'O' levels, no.

The advantages, eh?

You know, the little supports

that help us along life's weary way.

Let's face facts, Earl.

We've had our fair share of advantages.

Like, for instance,

you had a nice, warm country,

money, a big house,

girls, a big horse.

Aye. And I bet you ate

a lot of nice curries up at that...

Kandahar, eh?

Nicely done, Earl.

Oh, wait a minute here.

I don't see too many 'O' levels there,

Earl old son.

How did you do it?

And why the bloody hell

don't I have a job?


Go on your bike! I'm trying

to sleep here. Come on, clear off!

Go on!

...PX-135 conversion

for the quadraphonic speakers.

You've got the wattage meters

built in at the start.

- How much is that?

- Including the pre-amp, that'd be 740.

- What about the FM tuner with...

- Automatic phase tracker?

- Aye, automatic phase tracker.

- Another 460.

You've got the basics

for a first-rate system.

- Eh?

- The basics.

Oh, the basics.

If you took the Elite speakers, I could

give you the lot for, say, 1,080?

- Have you got a cigarette?

- Aye, certainly.

You're tempting me,

but I want tae think about it.

- About that automatic...

- Phase tracker?

Aye, phase tracker.

I'll pop in on Friday and let you know.

Thanks a lot. That piss-taker,

I mean phase tracker is magic.

Aye, my dad only needs it on Saturday,

so it's mine all week.

- I've got to buy my own petrol.

- Really?

Aye, it's 20 miles

to the gallon in town.

- That's tough.

- Are you working yet...?

- That's tough, too.

- Well, things are tough all over.

Aye. I have to scoot now. See you!

Oh, come on!

- Where are you going?

- I'm going for a walk. See you later.

- I'll get it fixed in a minute.

- It's no' that...

- I'll no' be a minute.

- See you later, Ronnie.

The rain's definitely goin' off, eh?

It sure is.

A good shower

really cleans the place up.

It makes the world sparkle.

It sure does.

Did you have a good day?

- Very enjoyable.

- Same here. Very, very enjoyable.

Me, too. In the park mostly.

It's miserable, isn't it?


I tried to kill myself today.

Just after you left, Wal.

I took a mouthful of Corn Flakes

and milk and held my nose shut.

I tried to drown myself

in Corn Flakes and milk!

No, if you want to kill yourself,

what you dae is,

you stand somewhere wet,

get yourself a good earth,

then plug yourself into the mains.

That's what I was gonnae dae.


No, I think the best way

is out a window.

Really high up.

Hit the ground at 120 mile an hour.

I was gonnae try that up

at the high flats, but the lifts were stuck.

Couldnae be bothered climbing

400 stairs.

Christ, you'd be fit for nothing

by the time you got to the top!

There's got to be more to life

than committing suicide.

There's got to be something.

There's got to be some way out.

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Bill Forsyth

William David "Bill" Forsyth (born 29 July 1946) is a Scottish film director and writer known for his films Gregory's Girl (1981), Local Hero (1983), and Comfort and Joy (1984). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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