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Cold Comfort (1989)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 10 May 1990 (USA)
Three lonely people depend on each other when they get stranded at a deserted gas station in a blizzard. Floyd is a truck driver balancing on the edge of lunacy. He is the caring father of ... See full summary »

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Floyd Lucas
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Dolores Lucas
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Stephen Miller
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Mrs. Brockel
Ted Follows ...
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C.I.L. Truck Driver
Grant Roll ...
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Three lonely people depend on each other when they get stranded at a deserted gas station in a blizzard. Floyd is a truck driver balancing on the edge of lunacy. He is the caring father of 16-year old Dolores, but is also torn up by sexual feelings for his daughter. Sales rep. Steven also ends up in the blizzard with his car in a ditch. Floyd rescued Steven and brings him along as a birthday present for Dolores. In all the confusion Steven doesn't realize at first how he has become a prisoner. He is the pawn in a chess game between father and daughter which evolves in a matter of life and death. Written by Evert Meulie, esq. <evert@royal.net>

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When Dolores turned 18, Daddy gave her the perfect present...A perfect stranger. See more »

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Directorial debut for Vic Sarin. See more »

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Stephen Miller: This is the very latest in ersatz Italian leather!
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Strange One
Written by Mavety & Stannard
Published by Warner Brothers Music Ltd.
Performed by Marianne Faithfull
Courtesy of Island Records
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creepy, dark, very well done
5 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very good, very creepy movie. I went into it thinking about Stephen King's Misery (although I've only read the book, not seen the film), but I forgot about it right away. The performances of the three leads are excellent; I've yet to be disappointed in anything Maury Chaykin has done, and here he's fantastic as the psychopathic, insecure Floyd Lucas. Paul Gross, early in his career (I believe this was his first feature film), is already demonstrating the talent that will help him become one of the most popular actors in Canada. I've never seen Margaret Langrick in any other film, but she was very good in her role as Floyd's damaged and conflicted daughter.

The setting is dark and bleak; the small glimpses of comic relief emphasize the creepiness of the story and the desperateness of Stephen's situation. I'm a fan of psychological thrillers; this was a good one. If you don't like claustrophobic and dark, don't see it, but I recommend it to anyone who does and wants to see the genre done right.

Also, as a response to the reviewer before me: the film is set in Alberta, not Alaska, and Stephen Miller is a travelling salesman, not an escaped convict.


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