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The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)

An out-of-work Irish immigrant in Montreal remains hopeful that his luck is about to change but his disillusioned family grow tired of his pigheadedness and instability.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ginger Coffey
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Vera Coffey
Liam Redmond ...
MacGregor
Tom Harvey ...
Joe McGlade
Libby McClintock ...
Paulie Coffey
Leo Leyden ...
Brott
Powys Thomas ...
Fox
Tom Kneebone ...
Kenny
Leslie Yeo ...
Mr. Mountain
Vernon Chapman ...
Hawkins
Paul Guèvremont ...
Marcel
Barry Stewart ...
Clarence
Arch McDonnell ...
O'Donnell
Ovila Légaré ...
Judge
Jacques Godin ...
Policeman
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Storyline

James Francis "Ginger" Coffey has no luck finding a job in his native Ireland and him being a dreamer, he decides the place to find a job is Canada. He moves his wife, Vera, and 14-year old daughter, Paulie, to Montreal in hopes of a better life. After six months nothing has changed and his family despise their new surroundings. The Coffey's do have one thing in their favor: a rich friend named Tom who lands Ginger a job at a Newspaper. It's a dream come true for Ginger who always fancied himself a journalist and he waltzes in expecting a reporting gig and a by-line on his first day. The blow to his pride is almost too much for him when he discovers the job is as a proofreader but he accepts it begrudgingly. The job does not pay enough and Ginger is forced to take a second job as a delivery man for a diaper-laundering service. Just when things are going well, Ginger's pigheadedness and unfounded self-importance cause him to make poor choices and his life begins to spiral downward ... Written by pr1mal_1

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A solid sensitive film portraying two people involved in a deep rooted marital relationship. See more »

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12 November 1964 (Canada)  »

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Das Glück des Ginger Coffey  »

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CAD 500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Robert Shaw and Mary Ure, who play a married couple, were husband and wife in real life. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Lonely Passion of Brian Moore (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

The Theme from Ginger Coffey
Written by Will Holt (uncredited) & Bernardo Segall (uncredited)
Recorded by Kai Winding and His Orchestra
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Robert Shaw before he became 'Robert Shaw'
29 June 2004 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

I'm writing this review as one of Mr. Robert Shaw's biggest fans. He utterly shines in this movie. This is one of his early, largely overlooked classics. When I need an overdose of RS, I put this one on. This film comes off raw, realistic and almost agonizing. Halfway through the movie, I feel so bad for Ginger and his impossible dreams. Shaw emotes Ginger's frustration and optimism with equal ease. Great location shooting, and Mary Ure always makes my heart wince. Excellent vehicle for the couple; Mr. and Mrs. Shaw shine in this one, folks! Simple Shaw before Quint, Treece and Kabakov came along.


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