PG | | Comedy
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.
Mark Knopfler, 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: one of Alan Bird's radio colleagues says, "I hear the seven deadly sins and the terrible twins came to call on you"; Alan mutters "Dire straits"; his colleague replies "the bigger they are, babe, the harder they fall on you". "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".
If you've got to steal things, then at least be practical! We needed onions! We did not need more Christmas lights!
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.
During the end credits, Alan 'Dickie' Bird (Bill Paterson) is heard taping and screwing up a radio commercial.