6.9/10
1,334
17 user 18 critic

Comfort and Joy (1984)

PG | | Comedy | 10 October 1984 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Forsyth
Stars: Tom Mannion, Eddie Burt, Richard Demarco
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection.

Director: Bill Forsyth
Stars: John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, Jake D'Arcy
Housekeeping (1987)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the Pacific Northwest in 1955, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Forsyth
Stars: Christine Lahti, Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill
Local Hero (1983)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.

Director: Bill Forsyth
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay
Breaking In (1989)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Professional thief Ernie takes Mike on as an apprentice, but while Mike clearly has "larceny in his heart", it will take him a long time to get as good as Ernie.

Director: Bill Forsyth
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Casey Siemaszko, Sheila Kelley
Comfort and Joy (TV Movie 2003)
Romance | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The life of Jane Berry was all materialist, until one Christmas Eve, she is involved in a car accident that changes her life forever. She wakes up to discover she is the mother of two, a ... See full summary »

Director: Maggie Greenwald
Stars: Nancy McKeon, Steven Eckholdt, Paul Dooley
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Bill Forsyth returns to the romantic comedy of Gregory's Girl. Twenty years after his teenage crush on a football-mad schoolgirl, Gregory is back at his old school, teaching English. When ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Forsyth
Stars: Carly McKinnon, John Gordon Sinclair, John Murtagh
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two Scottish friends become local folk heroes and tourist attractions when they start holding up tour buses with novelty items.

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Vincent Friell, Ned Beatty, Joe Mullaney
High Hopes (1988)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London, Shirley and Cyril, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, mum's ghastly upper-middle-class neighbors, and ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Phil Davis, Ruth Sheen, Edna Doré
Enjô (1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Goichi Mizoguchi, an aspiring Buddhist monk who became involved in the temple that was owned by his father, through a series of flashbacks, framed as a police interrogation, Mizoguchi ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Ganjirô Nakamura, Tatsuya Nakadai
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of hard-luck Melvin E. Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Paul Le Mat, Jason Robards, Elizabeth Cheshire
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Alan
Eleanor David ...
Maddy
...
Charlotte (as C.P.Grogan)
...
Trevor
...
Colin
Rikki Fulton ...
Hilary
Roberto Bernardi ...
Mr. McCool
...
Bruno
Peter Rossi ...
Paolo
Billy McElhaney ...
Renato
Gilly Gilchrist ...
Rufus
...
Gloria
Ona McCracken ...
Nancy
Elizabeth Sinclair ...
Fiona
Katy Black ...
Sarah
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Have you ever had one of those weeks... See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

10 October 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Conforto E Prazer  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

There was a real Ice Cream war in Glasgow in 1984, and it lead to murders within the City of Glasgow. It was suspected that it was really a drug-land turf war by ice cream vendors who used their ice cream vans as a front. See more »

Goofs

You see Dickie arriving at the radio station at around 6am. The film is set at Christmas time in Glasgow, so at that time of year the sunrise is about 9am. Yet we can see the city skyline through the window and not just a dark view. See more »

Quotes

Alan: Well it's 4 o'clock on this lovely, peaceful Christmas afternoon and this is Dickie Bird here being a very happy Christmas worm. You know, I got really sentimental after the morning show today, and I thought about poor, old Steve Kelly having to come in here and spend the afternoon away from his lovely wife and happy kids, so bachelor-boy Dickie volunteered and here I am. You know, I must be crackers, mad or crazy, but to tell you the truth, we're having a pretty good time in Metro Sound today....
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Soundtracks

Frosty the Snowman
(uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Worst. Movie. I. Have. Ever. Seen.
3 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would give this movie less stars, if it were possible. I will never forget my parents forcing my brother and I to see this piece of nonsensical drivel for my brother's 11th birthday. It's the only time I have ever felt sorry for him. Siskel and Ebert both gave it "Thumbs up" and it was in limited run at the fine arts theater next to the Chicago Symphony Hall. This means we actually had to TRAVEL to see this waste of time. We sat through it and heard the nuns behind us complain about it. You know you are in trouble when nuns are complaining. It made no sense whatsoever to us. We never cared about any of the characters, so we didn't care who won or not. My brother was so disappointed that his birthday was wasted. My parents felt so bad about making us see this movie. I tried watching it about 15 years ago when it was on cable. I couldn't sit through it. It was worse than I had remembered. Absolutely awful. The only reason to watch this movie is for your "Bad movie night: international version." There is absolutely NO Comfort or Joy in this film.


3 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?