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Soft Top Hard Shoulder (1992)

Eight years ago, Gavin artistic son of an Scots/Italian ice-cream dynasty, turned his back on Glasgow and moved south to London to make his name illustrating children's books. Now, ... See full summary »

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Stefan Schwartz

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Peter Capaldi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Capaldi ... Gavin Bellini
Frances Barber ... Miss Trumble
Catherine Russell ... Animal Rights Activist
Jeremy Northam ... John
Richard Wilson ... Uncle Salvatore
Elaine Collins Elaine Collins ... Yvonne
Peter Ferdinando ... Homeless Youth
Sophie Hall Sophie Hall ... Nancy
Scott Hall Scott Hall ... Mr. Young
Simon Callow ... Eddie Cherdowski
Phyllis Logan ... Karla
Robert James ... Campbell
Andrew Downie Andrew Downie ... Brodie
Ann Scott-Jones Ann Scott-Jones ... Mrs. Tutty
Lindy Whiteford ... Peggy
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Eight years ago, Gavin artistic son of an Scots/Italian ice-cream dynasty, turned his back on Glasgow and moved south to London to make his name illustrating children's books. Now, frustrated and broke, his Uncle Sal appears with an offer. Gavin's father has sold the family business. To get his share of the proceeds,Gavin must return home for his father's birthday party. Swayed by the money, he sets off north and picks up a hitchicker with a secret. Their journey is difficult but ultimately rewarding. Written by <flinta@research.natpower.co.uk>

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1993 (UK) See more »

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Nonstop nach Glasgow See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Gruber Bros See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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Co-stars Peter Capaldi and Elaine Collins are husband and wife in real life. See more »

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Gavin Bellini: Grandfather came from Italy. He was very poor but proud. Now, a cousin of his had gone to America. Grandpa fancied that so he took his life savings and bought a ticket to New York. As soon as he arrived he wrote to his family, "Mama," it says, "Long ride, and just like we imagined, everyone speaks English. More rain than I thought." He wasn't in America, he was in Scotland. He was conned. But he never got bitter about it because he never admitted it happened. To the end of his days he pretended...
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It started with a bit of very familiar scenery
6 June 2005 | by capri4285See all my reviews

What drew my attention to this film was the fact that a place where Gavin was trying to hitch a lift was in fact a place that was VERY close to where I lived at the time. I don't know how you add to the filming locations on this site, but I can tell you that the scene where Gavin gets a lift from the Skinhead with the luton Transit Van is none other than the old A74 road at Coalburn,Lanarkshire,Scotland that was the main route south before the motorway was built parallel to it, and in fact I was taken on that very road to learn to drive, and the café he goes into I know very well,too! but after this I really concentrated on the film and watched it again and found it is actually a well written film with two leading Scottish actors in it (Who incidentally live in Hamilton,Scotland!) who as someone pointed out are really married. The film consisted of some good scenes using a lot of British places such as where I've already mentioned but it takes you up through the M6 motorway, Tebay services (The big tower on the motorway) and a fair bit of scenery from the Scottish borders as well as Morecambe. The 1971 Triumph Herald that Gavin drove in the film is roughly one of the last made and was quite fitting for the character, although a couple of bits with the scenery here annoyed me such as when they break down, Karla the mechanic doesn't exactly turn the engine over for long, and if the Dynamo had gone(Watch the film!) you wouldn't be turning anything over cos the battery would be flat! Overall it was a good film using a lot of instantly recognisable scenery which for me is a bonus instead of places in America that I wouldn't recognise if you stood me there.


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