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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 »


Vic Sarin

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Complete credited cast:
Maury Chaykin ... Floyd Lucas
Margaret Langrick Margaret Langrick ... Dolores Lucas
Paul Gross ... Stephen Miller
Jayne Eastwood ... Mrs. Brockel
Ted Follows Ted Follows ... Roy
Richard Fitch Richard Fitch ... C.I.L. Truck Driver
Grant Roll Grant Roll ... Mechanic


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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10 May 1990 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Directorial debut for Vic Sarin. See more »


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Written by Mavety & Stannard
Published by Warner Brothers Music Ltd.
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A chilling and desolate psychological piece
10 February 2003 | by sfrashSee all my reviews

Winter cold in rural Manitoba and a cluttered and claustrophobic living space behind a disused service station set the scene for this unnerving Canadian psychological drama. Maury Chaykin is an under-employed independent tow truck driver without a permit and without means to pay his bills. Everyone in town is creeped out by his disconcerting presence. Driving home in a blizzard Chaykin discovers handsome traveling salesman Paul Gross unconscious in a snowy ditch. What at first looks like a misfit playing good Samaritan turns into a twisted tale when the wounded Gross is presented as a gift to 18-year-old Dolores, played with sweet naivete by Margaret Langrick. Gross, at first grateful for his rescue quickly becomes wary of his odd circumstance, never knowing who, if anyone, he can trust. The neglected and immature Langrick tries to turn on a charm trying to woo the captive Gross. Chaykin is never far away - always menacing - and Gross is always on edge trying not to do the wrong thing to set off his demented host. The turning point, as Gross regains his health, is a birthday party for Dolores in the dreary garage, fueled by flirtatious banter and longing looks from Langrick and too much alcohol. When Langrick suddenly appears to perform an impromptu stage show for the two men Gross is confused, wondering about the daughter's innocence and end up reading the father's enthusiasm entirely wrong. Desperation and divided loyalties drive the taut conclusion. This film sticks with you like a winter chill.

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