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It was directed by Sandy Johnson from a script by Stan Hey. It featured a sound track of classic Motown tracks. White American soul fan John Carloff John Shea arrives in Liverpool on a tourist coach: he's there to answer a help ad placed by black Liverpudlian Ritchie Lee Lenny Henry regarding setting up a mobile soul disco.
Both unemployed, they nonetheless both have something to offer: John has a five-foot-high stack of original soul singles, and Ritchie has disco equipment plus an old ice cream van which has been converted into what he describes as "the Popemobile with attitude. The bloke just asked if we were a '60s disco Ritchie predicts trouble "a wedding reception in Kirkby is a disaster!
As Ritchie predicts, the reception degenerates into a huge punch-up, and as John and Richie make their getaway, the van breaks down. Ritchie then introduces John to Kecks Pete Postlethwaite a British Rail buffet car attendant with high Doce cascabeles.
Pasodoble campero - nuestra españa - antologia folklorica who sold the van to Ritchie. The following night Ritchie and John arrive outside Kecks's lock up to find a strange noise coming from within. Kecks appears with a number of parcels which they load into the van and take to Kecks's flat. When they arrive, Kecks tells the lads to go on up to his flat while he locks up their van, but while they're not looking he sneakily hides a parcel in the freezer compartment.
Ritchie and John then head for the nearest pub, commenting how "one minute you're down and then you're up again. They hurry back to Kecks's flat and arrive just as he is trying to leave wearing a poor-quality disguise. They force Kecks to tell them what's going on. However, since the contact won't be there in till later in the week, they will have Coast To Coast - Various - A Song A Day Keeps The Pain Away (File) sit on the plates for a few days. You piss off out of Liverpool and we have to hang about and listen for cockney accents!
On the way out, they pass a couple of guys on the stairs, who make a comment about the weather. After a few moments, John and Richie realize that these men had cockney accents, so they jump in their van and head off to Parkestone.
The two men - the gangster Kecks is trying to swindle Johnny Shannon plus his enforcer and torturer The Chiropodist Peter Vaughan - continue up to Kecks' flat, where they kill him. As John and Ritchie have a few days to travel, they decide to zig-zag to their destination because they are worried about being pursued by the cockney gangsters and the police. On catching a news bulletin, they are startled to discover that the police are looking for two men in connection with Kecks' murder.
En route they stay at a small hotel, complete with reluctant racist landlord Tim Barker and a llama in the garden. Although Richie is obviously very attracted to Susan, it is John's bed that Susan visits in the night. He tells Susan that if he remains absent for much longer he will be classed as a deserter.
After leaving the hotel and stopping off to refuel, Richie offers a lift to an American soldier named Curtis Al Matthews whose car has broken down and who needs a lift to a US Air Force base. Mindful of his AWOL status, John becomes increasingly agitated, particularly when Curtis insists that he and Richie join him for a beer inside the base. Curtis then invites them to perform a DJ gig in the soldiers' canteen bar.
Richie is very excited to perform there, but cannot understand John's reluctance and sourness. Revitalised by the music, John begins to enjoy himself and to relax a little. Curtis invites volunteers to perform with the Allstars and Richie persuades John to join him on stage where the two sing Drift Away to rapturous applause, and reconcile.
One of the soldiers in the audience comments that he recognizes John. John and Richie leave the base with their two-week friendship clearly strengthened by the experience. They continue on their journey to Parkestone only to discover that the two gangsters have arrived first and murdered the recipient. The gangsters threaten them with a sawn-off shotgun, but when Richie blunders into a nearby lever, they are plunged into a vat of grain and suffocate.
Their feet are seen shortly afterwards, protruding from a lorry-load of grain leaving the processing plant. The police arrive: Richie realizes that they have come for John Coast To Coast - Various - A Song A Day Keeps The Pain Away (File) he sees military personnel getting out of the police car.
Milesign - John LewisOrchestra U.S.A. - Orchestra U.S.A. gets into the car without fuss, asking Richie to look after his records. Richie then discovers the plates that Kecks hid in the fridge in their van, and smiles to Papa Beeto - Mad Man. Having completed his sentence, he leaves the centre and is astonished to find Richie is there to collect him.
Richie is resplendent in white, with a cowboy-style hat, fringed leather coat and boots, and driving a very large white American car. Astonished by the change in his friend's circumstances, John asks what has happened: Richie explains, enigmatically, that he was "left some money", and that they have a gig in Pasadena.
John points out that Pasadena is miles away, so Richie replies that they had better get a move on, playing some fantastic Motown tunes on the way. The two friends depart and the car is seen driving away into the distance as the credits roll. The film has a strong following, but contractual problems  and the costs of licensing the soundtrack music have prevented it from being distributed on video or DVD.
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