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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 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 »
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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:

$1,058,762
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David O'Hara's first cinema feature. 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....
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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 »

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Billie Jean
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Written by Michael Jackson
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Worst. Movie. I. Have. Ever. Seen.
3 May 2013 | by ktbear2See 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.


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