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Never Let Me Go (2010)

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The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Kathy (as Isobel Meikle-Small)
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As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nunca me abandones  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$111,734 (USA) (17 September 2010)


$2,412,045 (USA) (10 December 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mark Romanek was glad to get the opportunity to direct this film "From the moment I finished the novel, it became my dream to film it. Kazuo Ishiguro's conception is so daring, so eerie and beautiful." See more »


In one shot, Rodney's red Volvo Estate has an 'A' registration from 1983-84. In a later shot it has a 'G' registration, meaning it was manufactured in 1989-1990. See more »


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Title Card: The breakthrough in medical science came in 1952. Doctors could now cure the previously incurable. By 1967, life expectancy passed 100 years.
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Crazy Credits

The Hailsham School Song can be briefly heard at the very end of the credits. See more »


Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 6 December 2010 (2010) See more »


Written by Mike Smith and Richard Erskin
Published by KPM Music
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User Reviews

High quality film that was interesting and crosses into various genres
15 October 2010 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Never Let Me Go" is an interesting, haunting and affecting story of love and jealousy. The story that we see occurring on the surface is fairly commonplace of friends growing up together and falling in love. But the backdrop of this film, which eventually takes over the main story, is science fiction like. It's dark and tragic and thought-provoking.

The world the film is set in is 1980s England and it looks very similar to the real world. But it's not our world and I had a hard time fully realizing all the characterizations for characters in a world that I don't quite know and understand. But it's just such a well done film that my interest was piqued and the story had me captivated, or at least curious, from beginning to end.

The film was incredibly well shot, making dreary England look spectacular but still getting the feeling of damp and cold across. It was also really well cast. The kids playing the younger versions of Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield looked and sounded just like them and were able to carry the beginning of the film. As others noted, Garfield also really stood out for me and his character moved me.

I recommend "Never Let Me Go" because of the high quality of film-making. The science fiction elements are rather subtle so it's more for fans of romantic dramas, but it's an interesting enough film that it can cross into most genres.

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