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Comfort and Joy (1984)

 -  Comedy  -  10 October 1984 (USA)
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Radio host Alan Bird witnesses how an ice cream van is attacked and destroyed by an angry competitor. This leads him into the struggle between two Italian families, the Bernardis and the ... See full summary »

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Charlotte (as C.P.Grogan)
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Trevor
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Colin
Rikki Fulton ...
Hilary
Roberto Bernardi ...
Mr. McCool
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Bruno
Peter Rossi ...
Paolo
Billy McElhaney ...
Renato
Gilly Gilchrist ...
Rufus
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Gloria
Ona McCracken ...
Nancy
Elizabeth Sinclair ...
Fiona
Katy Black ...
Sarah
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Radio host Alan Bird witnesses how an ice cream van is attacked and destroyed by an angry competitor. This leads him into the struggle between two Italian families, the Bernardis and the Rossis, over whose ice cream vans can sell where in Glasgow. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Alan Bird is getting nothing he wants this Christmas. See more »

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Conforto E Prazer  »

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Mark Knopfler, lead singer of Dire Straits, wrote the soundtrack for this film. Lyrics from a previous Dire Straits album "Love Over Gold" are used as dialogue in the film: "I hear the terrible twins came to call on you" is similar to: "I hear the seven deadly sins came to call on you", and "The bigger they are, baby, the harder they fall on you" are both lyrics from the song "It Never Rains". Alan Bird says the words "dire straits" in one of the radio studio scenes shortly after Maddy has left him. See more »

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During the end credits, Alan 'Dickie' Bird (Bill Paterson) is heard taping and screwing up a radio commercial. See more »

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Ice cream and Kunzle cake
11 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A slight tale from Bill Forsyth and bizarrely inspired by actual Ice Cream wars that took place in Glasgow in the 1980s although this is more an absurdist comedy drama whereas the real events were more sinister.

Bill Paterson is the early morning DJ 'Dicky' Bird left rudderless when his suddenly girlfriend leaves him and taking most of his possessions with her.

His remaining pride and joy is a red sports BMW and his witty one liners for his radio show. Whilst following an attractive girl in an ice cream van he suddenly finds himself middle of an ice cream van war and soon ends up become an intermediary between the warring parties as his local fame is recognized.

His radio boss meanwhile thinks he is going nuts with the breakdown of his relationship and the ice cream feud takes it toll with his BMW that turns out to be a family feud but Dicky may have an answer as soon as you can shout 'Baked Alaska' and maybe he can turn his life around as well.

Bill Patterson hits the right tone as the radio presenter missing his shoplifting Ex. It would had been easy to make his character bitter or a smarmy smart Alec.

The ice cream feud looks sinister but soon settles down as they banter over Kunzle cake but the film needs more than this for its heart and soul and Forsyth just could not provide anything more substantial. Its good fun but that is all.


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