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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:

Bill Forsyth

Writer:

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

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Cast

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

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Taglines:

From the director of "Local Hero" and "Gregory's Girl" See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

10 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conforto E Prazer See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,057,368

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,057,368
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Inspired by real events in Glasgow. 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

Hilary: Alan, you have not been yourself lately.
Alan: That's just the point. I wasn't myself before when you thought I was myself, but now I am myself.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
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Written by Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr
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Marvelous
30 July 2002 | by UACWSee all my reviews

Anything Bill Forsyth does is worth collecting. You will like some movies more than others, but they're all gems - the antithesis of the Hollywood movie that has to come out of the screen and grab you, yank you. This is film making about people; this is a movie about the human spirit; there are elements of Fawlty Towers in here, the way certain plot elements gradually collide; viewers across the pond may feel bored, expecting something to 'happen' in the sense they are used to; but Forsyth is the best there is for the human soul.

See it - and collect it.


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