The Luck of Ginger Coffey (film)
|The Luck of Ginger Coffey|
|Directed by||Irvin Kershner|
|Produced by||Leon Roth|
|Written by||Brian Moore|
|Music by||Bernardo Segall|
|Editing by||Antony Gibbs|
|Distributed by||Continental Distributing Inc.|
|Running time||100 min.|
The Luck of Ginger Coffey is a 1964 film directed by Irvin Kershner. It was filmed in Montreal by Crawley Films. It is based on the Governor General's Award winning novel by Northern Irish-Canadian writer Brian Moore.
The Luck of Ginger Coffey is about an Irishman named James Francis Coffey. He is called 'Ginger' because of his reddish hair and moustache. He is unfulfilled career-wise, no matter which job he takes on. After his release from the Army, he and his wife Veronica, together with their daughter Paulie, move to Montreal.
In Canada, Coffey still has trouble finding work. Veronica gets very upset when she finds out that Ginger is still unemployed and has spent their ticket money home.
However broke and empty-hearted they may be, they do have one friend to count on in Canada: Gerry Grosvenor, who helps Coffey get a job working as a proofreader at a newspaper. Coffey is unimpressed once again and continues to tell Veronica it will all get better, but Veronica has her own plans for improving her life in Canada. She leaves Coffey for Grosvenor and takes Paulie with her. She also takes all of Coffey's money and most of his belongings. Coffey gets a small place at the YMCA, and during his stay there he encounters a man who offers him a diaper delivery and pick-up job.
Coffey finds this job even more repulsive than his current one but takes it anyway, with a plan in mind: To get back at Paulie and impress Veronica with his selflessness. Veronica is still unconvinced, but Paulie turns to her father's side and they get a flat of their own. Coffey is obsessed with Veronica and begins to get sick from lack of sleep and food and an excessive work schedule. He is also obsessed with being promoted to reporter so that Veronica will take him back, but unfortunately she only brings up the topic of divorce. After many drunk excursions, fist fights with Gerry, a run-in with the police and promotion battles, Veronica finally sees how hard Ginger is working and fighting for her, and at the moment when he finally decides to let her go she sees just how much he really loves her.
- Robert Shaw as Ginger Coffey
- Mary Ure as Vera Coffey
- Liam Redmond as MacGregor
- Tom Harvey as Joe McGlade
- Libby McClintock as Paulie Coffey
- Leo Leyden as Brott
- Powys Thomas as Fox
- Tom Kneebone as Kenny
- Leslie Yeo as Mr. Mountain
- Vernon Chapman as Hawkins
- "The Luck of Ginger Coffey". Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
- The Luck of Ginger Coffey at the Internet Movie Database
- The Luck of Ginger Coffey at allmovie