Soft Top Hard Shoulder
|Soft Top Hard Shoulder|
2013 on demand movie release poster
|Directed by||Stefan Schwartz|
|Produced by||Richard Holmes|
|Screenplay by||Peter Capaldi|
|Music by||Chris Rea|
Soft Top Hard Shoulder is a 1993 British comedy drama film directed by Stefan Schwartz, produced by Richard Holmes, written by and starring Peter Capaldi, Frances Barber, Jeremy Northam and Richard Wilson.
Gavin Bellini is a Glaswegian artist who left Glasgow for London some 8 years previously, has since neglected to stay in touch with his family in Glasgow. Gavin's family were ice cream makers who had a factory in Glasgow and have recently sold it as Gavin's father is in poor health. By chance he meets his Uncle Salvatore in a London Italian restaurant who sits him down to talk to him about his absence, and gives him the ultimatum that he be in Glasgow in 2 days time at 7:30pm sharp for his Father's 60th birthday party. If he fails to show up, he gets cut out of his father's will.
This then leaves him the problem of how to get to Glasgow as he is broke apart from the £30 that his Uncle Salvatore gives him. He then remembers he has a 1971 Triumph Herald given to him by a Country & Western group for doing the graphics for their album. The story then follows him on his journey from London to Glasgow with lots of comedy, mishaps and an attractive hitchhiker with a story to tell along the way.
The score and title track were composed by Chris Rea.
- Peter Capaldi ... Gavin Bellini
- Frances Barber ... Miss Trumble
- Catherine Russell ... Animal Rights Activist
- Jeremy Northam ... John
- Richard Wilson ... Uncle Salvatore
- Elaine Collins ... Yvonne
- Peter Ferdinando ... Homeless Youth
- Sophie Hall ... Nancy
- Scott Hall ... Mr. Young
- Simon Callow ... Eddie Cherdowski
- Phyllis Logan ... Karla
- Robert James ... Campbell
- Andrew Downie ... Brodie
- Ann Scott-Jones ... Mrs. Tutty
- Lindy Whiteford ... Peggy
- Bill Gavin ... Man in Tiny Car
- Michael Nardone ... Stevie
- Billy McColl ... Kevin the Guru
- Clive Russell ... Clegg
- Jeremy Lee ... Radio Voices
- Kate Harding ... Radio Voices
A re-mastered version was release in December 2013 on Vimeo On Demand.
|1992||London Film Festival||Audience Award||Stefan Schwartz||Won|
|1993||BAFTA Scotland Award||Best Film||Richard Holmes||Won|
|Best Actor||Peter Capaldi||Won|
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