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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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Alan Bird is getting nothing he wants this Christmas. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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.. 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 »

Soundtracks

Captain of Your Ship
(uncredited)
Written by Kenny Young and Ben Yardley
Performed by Reparata and the Delrons
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Not Forsyth's best, but still a charmer
5 January 1999 | by Brian14LeonardSee all my reviews

This film's main plot ingredient is ice cream...but until it gets there (10 - 20 minutes in), it's surprisingly bland for a Bill Forsyth movie. Nevertheless, if you can make it through that beginning, you're in for a treat...maybe not on the order of a pint of Ben and Jerry's, but at least a fudgsicle from the corner mini-mart. It's also an unsung Christmas movie, good to check out if you're tired of seeing It's a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story over and over. Cheerio, folks!


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