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Comfort and Joy (1984)

PG | | Comedy | 10 October 1984 (USA)
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.

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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A war about wafers. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Trivia

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. 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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Danny Boy
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Traditional tune with lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly
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Ice cream and Kunzle cake
11 February 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

A slight tale from Bill Forsyth and bizarrely inspired by actual Ice Cream wars that took place in Glasgow in the 1980s. This is more an absurdist comedy drama whereas the real events were more sinister.

Bill Paterson is the early morning DJ 'Dicky' Bird left rudderless when his suddenly girlfriend leaves him and taking most of his possessions with her.

Dicky's remaining pride and joy is a red sports BMW and his witty one liners for his radio show. While following an attractive girl in an ice cream van he suddenly finds himself middle of an ice cream van war. He soon winds up become an intermediary between the warring parties as his local fame is recognized.

His radio boss meanwhile thinks Dicky is going nuts with the breakdown of his relationship and the ice cream feud takes it toll.

Dicky may have an answer as soon as you can shout 'Baked Alaska' and maybe he can turn his life around as well.

Bill Patterson hits the right tone as the radio presenter missing his shoplifting Ex. It would had been easy to make his character bitter or a smarmy smart Alec.

The ice cream feud looks sinister but soon settles down as they banter over Kunzle cake. However the film needs more than this for its heart and soul and Forsyth just could not provide anything more substantial. It is good fun but that is all.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

10 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,057,368

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,057,368
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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