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Comfort and Joy (1984) Poster

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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.
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Peter Capaldi's family, who were quite well known for being ice cream makers, supplied all the ice cream for the film. (Capaldi worked with Forsyth on Local Hero).
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Metrosound 261, the radio station that Dicky Bird is a DJ on was a spoof take of a real Glasgow radio station called Radio Clyde 261, so called because they transmitted on 261 MW until 1989 when they switched to FM transmission.
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Inspired by real events in Glasgow.
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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.
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David O'Hara's first cinema feature.
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George Rossi, who makes his acting début here alongside his brother Peter Rossi is a member of a well-known ice cream family, and he himself worked on the vans growing up.
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The gold/silver presentation record on the wall of Dickie Birds Boss's office is actually "Altered Images" Ist album "Happy Birthday" from 1982. Clare Grogan , or C.P. Grogan (the lead singer of Altered Images) also plays the love interest Charlotte..
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Dicky Bird's car is a 1983 BMW 323i Baur TC convertible, the registration number A329 SGB is a correct Glasgow number, but has subsequently disappeared.
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Bill Paterson walks out of the department store Fraser's at the start of the movie with Eleanor David. he of course went on to play Ally Fraser in Auf Wiedersehen Pet.
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