Comfort and Joy (1984) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
6.8/ 10 (771 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Kings Road Entertainment [us]
Lake (Comfort and Joy) Limited

Production Designer

All Producers

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Release Date
(USA) - 10 October 1984
(Australia) - 10 January 1985
(Sweden) - 25 January 1985
(Denmark) - 12 August 1985
(Finland) - 25 July 1986

Running Time

Have you ever had one of those weeks... Alan Bird is getting nothing he wants this Christmas. A war about wafers.

christmas, ice-cream, ice-cream-man, independent-film, radio, radio-dj, van,

Technical Support
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Bernardi, Roberto (I) as [Mr. McCool] <7>
  2. Brown, Arnold as [Psychiatrist] <18>
  3. Buchanan, Robert (II) as [Trevor's Workman] <23>
  4. Campbell, Alistair (I) as [Keith] <28>
  5. Donachie, Ron as [George] <17>
  6. Fulton, Rikki as [Hilary] <6>
  7. Gilchrist, Gilly as [Rufus] <11>
  8. Greenlees, Billy as [Trevor's Workman] <22>
  9. Irving, Johnny as [Bob Hope Look-Alike] <36>
  10. Jeffries, Ray as [Removal Man] <33>
  11. Johnstone, Billy (I) as [Amos] <20>
  12. Kearney, Charles as [All-Night DJ] <29>
  13. Lewsley, Patrick as [Removal Man] <34>
  14. Mac, Johnny (I) as [Fred Astaire Look-Alike] <37>
  15. Malahide, Patrick as [Colin] <5>
  16. McColl, Iain as [Archie] <19>
  17. McElhaney, Billy as [Renato] <10>
  18. Norton, Alex (I) as [Trevor] <4>
  19. O Hara, David (I) as [Engineer] <26>
  20. Paterson, Bill (I) as [Alan] <1>
  21. Rossi, George (I) as [Bruno] <8>
  22. Rossi, Peter (I) as [Paolo] <9>
  23. Sannachan, Douglas as [Trevor's Workman] <21>
  24. Starrett, Bob (I) as [Trevor's Workman] <25>
  25. Tall, Alan as [Trevor's Workman] <24>
  26. Veitch, Ronald McCleod as [Dentist] <35>
  27. Wylie, Alan as [Newsreader] <27>
  28. Black, Katy as [Sarah] <15>
  29. Black, Robin (I) as [Lily] <16>
  30. Cameron, Elspeth (I) as (as Elspet Cameron) [Mrs. Wilson] <30>
  31. David, Eleanor as [Maddy] <2>
  32. Deans, Pearl as [Maria] <32>
  33. Grogan, Clare as (as C. P. Grogan) [Charlotte] <3>
  34. Guthrie, Caroline as [Gloria] <12>
  35. Lally, Teri as [Shop Assistant] <31>
  36. McCracken, Ona as [Nancy] <13>
  37. Sinclair, Elizabeth as [Fiona] <14>


  1. Comedy

Full Plot

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. Mattias Thuresson Plot not found

Total Business

GR: USD 1,057,368 (USA) GR: USD 1,058,762 (Worldwide) GR: USD 1,394 (Germany)

Movie Certificate

L (Iceland)
PG (Australia)
K-8 (Finland)
7 (Sweden)

Music Composers

  1. Knopfler, Mark


  1. Menges, Chris (I)


Cannon/VMP [de] - (1988) (West Germany) (VHS)
Cinema Club [gb] - (2004) (UK) (DVD)
Universal Pictures [us] - (1984) (USA) (theatrical)
VTI Home Vídeo [br] - (Brazil) (VHS)
Video Medien Pool (VMP) GmbH [de] - (1988) (West Germany) (VHS)

Film Editors

  1. Ellis, Michael (I)


  1. Campbell, Alison (II) (production coordinator)
  2. Powell, Zakiya (publicist)
  3. Rambaut, Pat (continuity)
  4. Stuart, Alan (I) (fight arranger)

Other Titles

  1. Das Ice-Cream-Syndikat (1986) (ENG)
    (West Germany) (video title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK


- 'Mark Knopfler' (qv), lead singer of Dire Straits, wrote the soundtrack for this film. Lyrics from a previous Dire Straits album "Love Over Gold" are used as dialogue in the film: "I hear the terrible twins came to call on you" is similar to: "I hear the seven deadly sins came to call on you", and "The bigger they are, baby, the harder they fall on you" are both lyrics from the song "It Never Rains". Alan Bird says the words "dire straits" in one of the radio studio scenes shortly after Maddy has left him.

- Inspired by real events in Glasgow.

- There was a real Ice Cream war in Glasgow in 1984, and it lead to murders within the City of Glasgow. It was suspected that it was really a drug-land turf war by ice cream vendors who used their ice cream vans as a front.

- 'David O'Hara (I)' (qv)'s first cinema feature.

- Peter Capaldi's family, who were quite well known for being ice cream makers, supplied all the ice cream for the film. (Capaldi worked with Forsyth on Local Hero).

- 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.

- Metrosound 261, the radio station that