As an admired local celebrity, Bird meets with McCool and his sons Bruno, Paolo, and Renato. Comfort and Joy is an underrated gem of a Christmas movie. To his amazement, three men drive up and proceed to smash up the van with baseball bats. Bunny he keeps trying to reach. This leads him into the struggle between two Italian families over the icecream market of Glasgow. Various misadventures follow, with his red suffering more and more damage each time.
You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie. But with all his good intentions Allan continually finds himself and his car coming worse off. Hilary then orders Bird to see a psychiatrist about the Mr. True, the last half of the movie tends to be less ingenious and original. From the point she departs with no explanation the pic flashes a sparky moment or two, but it doesn't reach the high spots again. Los Angeles Times 5 Feb 1984: k70. 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.
View our and All movie names, logos, and brands are property of their respective owners. The Guardian 16 Nov 1983: 2. It's just that they're all Scottish. Partly because they force him and partly because he's smitten with the girl, Dickey becomes a negotiator between the two sides in the ice cream wars, and the movie escalates into the kind of modulated insanity that Forsyth does so well. McCool -- are the kind of low key caricatures that Forsyth knows how to draw so carefully that they never go over the edge.
What makes Bill Forsyth's film so endearing is the way he shows so many people making mountains out of emotional and personal windmills. This is a wonderful movie, even apart from the standard Forsyth running gag about people who think they look like somebody else this movie's examples are the losers of a and look-alike contest. He then goes back and forth between them and Trevor and Charlotte later revealed to be McCool's rebellious daughter , trying to negotiate a peaceful settlement. 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. Howard, this fast-paced, occasionally humorous sequel to Conan the Barbarian features the hero Arnold Schwarzenegger as he is commissioned by the evil queen Taramis Sarah Douglas to safely escort a teen princess Olivia D'Abo and her powerful bodyguard Wilt Chamberlain to a far away castle to retrieve the magic Horn of Dagon. As in , the has followed a rabbit through a tunnel, with sometimes bizarre consequences. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert.
In the ersatz world of jingles, pop music, and inane chatter, he is a big star; to everyone else he is nothing but a pain. Their world deserves to be recognized, even though very different from English life at the same time. Year Released 1984 Cast Includes Bill Paterson, Eleanor David, Clare Grogan, Alex Norton, Patrick Malahide Rate Movie: © 2011-19 Countdown Until Christmas. People struggle to survive in this city in whatever way they can, even if it means selling ice cream for a living. The humour was much hit and miss, wherein the more subtle things worked a lot better than the bigger 'ice cream war' developments.
It is daft yet somehow works without feeling like a set piece gag which is what happens through out. In addition, I struggled somewhat with the local accents my first go-around I made the mistake of watching it late at night after a long day at work. It is simply pride - as well as other issues - that prevents them from arriving at a deal. Bunny operators of the brunette's truck are poachers. He might be on his own on Christmas Day, but he understands the importance now of maintaining relationships, both personal and public.
Advertisement The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. Forsyth makes small movies about small events in the lives of man. A movie so rich in wit, originality and expertise — at least for its first half — that it's hard to know where to start with this review. They stop only long enough to recognize Dickey Bird and make a request for a record dedication. Intrigued by this ice cream war Allan decides to try and broker a peace deal between the rivals, using his position to try and smooth things over. Comments Have you watched Comfort and Joy yet? Bill Paterson and the rest of the cast mostly do a decent job, but on the whole they can not save the so-so script from falling further apart toward the end. Synopsis Radio host Alan Bird witnesses how an ice cream van is attacked and destroyed by an angry competitor.
Synopsis Radio host Alan Bird witnesses how an ice cream van is attacked and destroyed by an angry competitor. The film is replete with memorable cameos, from Scottish actor Rikki Fulton's Hilary - Alan's smooth-talking boss who thinks his star employee has gone barking mad - to C. Radio host Alan Bird witnesses how an ice cream van is attacked and destroyed by an angry competitor. This is a terrific 'small' movie, and it is very frustrating that it has not been issued in Region 1 Format, when there is so much really bad stuff out there. Here is a movie just 30 years old but it is a comedy which takes its time to establish characters so that we not only understand them but feel like part of their lives.