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Never Let Me Go -- Set in a dystopian Britain, boarding school friends Ruth (Knightley), Kathy (Mulligan), and Tommy (Garfield) face the sobering reality that awaits them all as they mature into adults.
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Never Let Me Go -- Interview: "Sally Hawkins On Miss Lucy's Relationship With The Children"
Never Let Me Go -- Set in a dystopian Britain, boarding school friends Ruth (Knightley), Kathy (Mulligan), and Tommy (Garfield) face the sobering reality that awaits them all as they mature into adults.
Never Let Me Go -- Interview: "Andrew Garfield On The Script"

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Writers:
Kazuo Ishiguro (novel)
Alex Garland (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 November 2010 (Chile) See more »
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Plot:
A love triangle develops between three friends who came of age at a mysterious, secluded boarding school and are destined to lead brief lives. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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6 wins & 24 nominations See more »
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Never Let Me Go is, in my eyes, an elegant and heartbreaking movie, but it's not for everyone. See more (282 total) »

Cast

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Carey Mulligan ... Kathy

Andrew Garfield ... Tommy

Izzy Meikle-Small ... Young Kathy (as Isobel Meikle-Small)

Charlie Rowe ... Young Tommy

Ella Purnell ... Young Ruth

Charlotte Rampling ... Miss Emily

Sally Hawkins ... Miss Lucy
Kate Bowes Renna ... Miss Geraldine

Hannah Sharp ... Amanda
Christina Carrafiell ... Laura

Oliver Parsons ... Arthur
Luke Bryant ... David
Fidelis Morgan ... Matron
Damien Thomas ... Doctor
Nathalie Richard ... Madame
Huggy Leaver ... Delivery Man 1
Charles Cork ... Delivery Man 2
Sylvie Macdonald ... Bumper Crop Girl

Keira Knightley ... Ruth

David Sterne ... Keffers

Andrea Riseborough ... Chrissie

Domhnall Gleeson ... Rodney

Kate Sissons ... Sitcom Girl

Amy Lennox ... Sitcom Girl
Anna Maria Everett ... Waitress

John Gillespie ... Male Office Worker
Rachel Boss ... Female Office Worker

Lydia Wilson ... Hannah

Monica Dolan ... Nurse
Chidi Chickwe ... George
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harvey Allpress ... (uncredited)
Beverley Beck ... Passer By (uncredited)
George Formby ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mark Romanek 
 
Writing credits
Kazuo Ishiguro (novel)

Alex Garland (screenplay)

Produced by
Alex Garland .... executive producer
Richard Hewitt .... co-producer
Kazuo Ishiguro .... executive producer
Andrew Macdonald .... producer
Allon Reich .... producer
Tessa Ross .... executive producer
Joanne Smith .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Rachel Portman 
 
Cinematography by
Adam Kimmel 
 
Film Editing by
Barney Pilling 
 
Casting by
Kate Dowd 
 
Production Design by
Mark Digby 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Cripps 
Denis Schnegg (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Michelle Day 
 
Costume Design by
Rachael Fleming 
Steven Noble 
 
Makeup Department
Jessica Afshar-Shirazi .... hair trainee
Jessica Afshar-Shirazi .... makeup trainee
Jessica Alexander .... make-up and hair trainee
Catherine Davies .... hair stylist
Sian Grigg .... chief hair designer
Sian Grigg .... chief makeup designer
Sallie Jaye .... makeup artist: Scotland
Waldo Mason .... prosthetic designer
Belinda Parish .... hair stylist (as Bindy Parrish)
Belinda Parish .... makeup artist (as Bindy Parrish)
Alex Rouse .... wigmaker
Tapio Salmi .... hair stylist
Tapio Salmi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
John Crampton .... unit manager
Donald Sabourin .... production manager
Clare St. John .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Grumett .... first assistant director
Carol-Anne Henderson .... third assistant director: Scotland (as Carol Anne Genderson)
Carley Lane .... third assistant director
Sarah MacFarlane .... second assistant director: crowd
Jo Tew .... second assistant director
Erin Lander .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Matt Amos .... painter
Viv Ball .... painter
Bruce Barnes .... site supervisor
Jon Bates .... stand-by propman
Gillian Campbell .... hod painter
Christopher Chandler .... dressing props
Phil Claxton .... painter
Nic Clayton .... carpenter
Tim Cooke .... carpenter
Joseph Craig .... dressing props
Dan Crandon .... construction manager
Steven Davies .... stagehand (as Steve Davies)
Steve Deane .... studio supervisor
Darren Flindall .... construction rigger
Ronald Fowler .... plasterer (as Ron Fowler)
Dean Hawley .... painter
Jason Htay .... carpenter
Ben Johnson .... stand-by propman
Alex MacDonald .... painter
Charlie Malik .... prop storeman
Dan Marsden .... carpenter
Richard Mason .... carpenter
Zane McGill .... carpenter
Brian Montgomery .... carpenter
Garry Moore .... stand-by carpenter
Adrian Platt .... dressing props
Tim Powis .... assistant construction manager
Ken Rai-Green .... carpenter
Jody Raynes .... painter
Paul Rigby .... stagehand
Mike Short .... carpenter
Nick Thomas .... property master
Mark Wallis .... carpenter
Paul 'Welcie' Wellstead .... construction rigger (as Paul Wellstead)
Joe Wilmott .... carpenter (as Joe Wilmot)
Lee Wiseman .... dressing props
Nick Wood .... painter
Cara Brower .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Charlie Cobb .... fine artist (uncredited)
Anita Dhillon .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Katrina Dunn .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Arwel Evans .... stand-by art director (uncredited)
Nadine Herrmann .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Robert Judd .... dressing props (uncredited)
Loretta Lipworth .... art department runner (uncredited)
Kathryn Pyle .... production buyer (uncredited)
Andrew Tapper .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Luke Whitelock .... draftsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Hugo Adams .... foley editor
Niv Adiri .... sound effects editor
Mark Appleby .... adr mixer
Luke Brown .... assistant foley mixer
Jodie Campbell .... sound assistant
Ed Colyer .... foley mixer (as Edward Coluer)
James Corless .... sound mix technician
Tom Deane .... adr mixer
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Gillian Dodders .... supervising dialogue editor
Mike Dowson .... sound re-recording mixer
Danny Freemantle .... assistant sound editor
Glenn Freemantle .... sound designer
Glenn Freemantle .... supervising sound editor
Glen Gathard .... assistant foley mixer
Jim Greenhorn .... production sound mixer
Andrea King .... foley artist
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
Emilie O'Connor .... assistant dialogue editor
Richard Pryke .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Scrivener .... sound mix technician
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Ian Tapp .... dialogue premix
Tristan Tarrant .... boom operator
Sandy Buchanan .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Nick Foley .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Tom Ryan .... adr recordist (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Philip Young .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Sam Conway .... special effects supervisor
Chris Giles .... special effects technician
Tez Palmer .... special effects technician (as Terry Palmer)
Mark White .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Nemanja Antanaskovic .... 3d artist: Baseblack
Adrian Banton .... compositing lead: Baseblack
Klaudija Cermak .... compositor: Baseblack
Stephen Elson .... visual effects executive producer: Baseblack
Adam Glasman .... DI colourist
Neil Harrison .... digital intermediate systems administrator
Dan Helme .... data wrangler: Ascent 142 Features
Timothy P. Jones .... digital film bureau: Ascent 142 Features
Stephanie C. Kelly .... compositor: Baseblack (as Stephanie Kelly)
Robbie Lee .... visual effects editor: Baseblack
Paul Nendick .... head of technology: Baseblack
John Palmer .... digital film bureau manager: Ascent 142 Features
Kate Phillips .... visual effects producer: Baseblack
Gordon Pratt .... digital film bureau: Ascent 142 Features
Matthew Twyford .... visual effects supervisor: Baseblack
Pragti Wadhwa .... compositor: Baseblack
Mark Webb .... visual effects coordinator: Baseblack
Fiorenza Bagnariol .... digital film bureau (uncredited)
Stuart Bullen .... compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunt player
Frank Henson .... stunt coordinator
Dave Holland .... stunt player (as David Holland)
Paul Kennington .... stunt player
Jo McLaren .... stunt player
Helen Steinway Bailey .... stunt player
Claire Lawrence .... driving double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Arthur .... gaffer: Scotland (as Steve Arthurs)
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Guy Bennett .... trainee grip
Alfie Biddle .... clapper loader
Reg Boddy .... rigging electrician
Ashley Bond .... focus puller
Tommy Carlin .... rigging electrician
John Clarke .... additional electrician
John Colley .... gaffer
Vernon Connolly .... additional electrician
Luke Coulter .... clapper loader: Scotland
Barny Crocker .... loader: "b" camera
Gary Donague .... rigging electrician (as Gary Donaghue)
Avelino Fernandez .... electrician
Stephen Finberg .... additional electrician
Dan Garlick .... grip: "b" camera
Robert Gavigan .... rigging electrician
Stuart Godfrey .... grip
Dave Grey .... stand-by rigger (as David Grey)
Pat Hagerty .... rigger (as Pat Hagarty)
Matthew Hall .... practical electrician
Alex Howe .... focus puller: "b" camera
Iain Johnstone .... grip: Scotland
Benjamin Kerr .... additional electrician
Frank King .... rigger
Vince Madden .... rigging gaffer
Ginger McCarthy .... supervising rigger (as Steve 'Ginger' McCarthy)
Michael McDermott .... rigger
Joe McGee .... practical electrician
Pat Miller .... rigger (as Patrick Miller)
Paul Molloy .... additional electrician
Julian Morson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Julian Morson .... steadicam operator
Onkar Narang .... additional electrician
Mark Packman .... additional electrician
Mike Parsons .... electrician
John Paxton .... video assist operator
Mark Richards .... rigger
John Saunders .... additional electrician
Christopher Schneider .... camera intern
Richard B. Shean .... video and computer playback operator
Chris Tann .... electrician
Dave Thom .... electrician: Scotland (as David Thom)
Steve Walsh .... electrician
Danny Webster .... rigger
Steven Young .... additional electrician
Sashi Kissoon .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Danny McGee .... practical electrician (uncredited)
Ian Speed .... libra technician (uncredited)
Marc Woodcock .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Bernadette Gepheart .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clementine Charity .... costume assistant: Scotland (as Clemantine Charity)
Charlotte Child .... costume supervisor
Isla Wickham .... wardrobe assistant
Anne T. Delaney .... costume assistant: dailies (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mark Bankhead .... additional digital intermediate engineer
Mark Dear .... additional digital intermediate engineer
Marie Fernandes .... digital intermediate producer
Alec Gibson .... color timer
Emanuele Giraldo .... first assistant editor
Adam Glasman .... digital colorist
Emily Greenwood .... digital on-line editor
Steve Harrow .... post-production consultant: Steeple Post Production Services
Patrick Malone .... digital intermediate head of department
Hanh Nguyen .... editor trainee
Darren Rae .... colorist: dailies
Aurora Shannon .... digital intermediate assistant
Laurent Treherne .... digital intermediate technical supervisor
 
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Chris Cozens .... auricle control systems
Helen Crayford .... musician: piano
Marcia Crayford .... musician: violin solos
Chris Dibble .... music recording engineer
George Drakoulias .... music supervisor
George Hamer .... orchestra contractor
Yann McCullough .... music editor
Jeremy Murphy .... assistant music recording engineer
Rachel Portman .... orchestrator
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Colin Rae .... music preparation
David Snell .... conductor
Jehan Stefan .... assistant to orchestrator
Jehan Stefan .... music librarian
Paul Watkins .... musician: cello solos
Hugh Webb .... musician: harp
Karen Westropp .... production assistant: Rachel Portman
Youki Yamamoto .... music associate
Marcia Crayford .... orchestra leader (uncredited)
Ryan Hanifl .... musicians: vocals (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mick Boddy .... driver: minibus
Paul Brosman .... driver: facilities
Simon Burgess .... driver: facilities
Fergus Cotter .... unit driver
Tim Harrison .... driver: facilities
Darren Helman .... driver
Jeff Hudson .... unit driver (as Jeff 'Jefferzz' Hudson)
Marc Mills .... driver: minibus, Scotland
Pete Newman .... driver: minibus (as Peter Newman)
Graham Poppleton .... unit driver
Barry Quibell .... driver: camera truck, Scotland
Lea Robinson .... unit driver
Dan Smith .... driver: facilities
Marcus Ward .... unit driver
Gary Weekes .... vehicle coordinator
Barrie Williams .... transportation captain (as Barrie 'Bazza' Williams)
Dave Williams .... facilities driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Steve 'Barney' Barnett .... catering manager
Linda Bowen .... assistant accountant: post production
Stuart Cadenhead .... floor runner: Scotland
Fiona Carruthers .... accommodation coordinator
Juliette Caton .... acting and voice coach: children
Annie Clapton .... production trainee
Sarah Clark .... unit publicist
Leah Clarke .... assistant to producers
Jonah Coombes .... supervising location manager
Eleri Coulten .... location assistant
David Coupland .... production runner
Michael Davis .... dailies assistant (as Mike Davies)
Ryan Delaney .... runner: DNA Films
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
Michael Dovey .... travel agent: ET Travel
Ellie Downham .... guild trainee/cashier
Lloret Dunn .... location manager: Scotland
Jake Edmonds .... health & safety advisor
Tom Forbes .... assistant: Mark Romanek
Mark Gillespie .... runner: rushes
Linda Gregory .... production accountant
Paul Grindey .... head of business affairs: Film4
Tarn Harper .... accountant: post production
Jo Harrop .... accommodation coordinator
Stuart Hendry .... assistant stills photographer
Charles Howes .... head tutor
Adam Hutchins .... stand-in
Amy Irvine .... stand in: Keira Knightley
Carlton Jarvis .... medical advisor
Tracey Josephs .... head of production: Film4
Sue Lacy .... stand-in
Claire Lawrence .... stand-in (as Claire Lawrence-Burgoyne)
Sarah Lawrence .... additional runner
Helene Lenszner .... location scout (as Helene Lenszer)
Carl Lewin .... catering assistant (as Karl Lewin)
Jules MacIver .... unit nurse: Scotland (as Jules McIver)
Layla Mall .... production coordinator
Lottie Mason .... location trainee
Joy Maxwell Davis .... unit nurse (as Joy Maxwell-Davis)
Karen McConnell .... assistant location manager: Scotland
Markus Meedt .... post production assistant
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact
Robert Norris .... legal services: Reed Smith, Film4
Christian Otty .... floor runner: Scotland
Andy Parry .... safety advisor
Alex Paterakis .... stand-in
Heather Pearse .... stand-in
Kate Penlington .... clearance coordinator
Tanya Phegan .... development executive: DNA Films
Neil Pierson .... second assistant accountant (as Neil Pearson)
Kevin Pipkin .... location runner
Martin Poultney .... digital intermediate sales: Ascent 142 Features
Emma Reid .... location assistant: Isle of Man
Claire Robertson .... location accountant
Délia Rémy .... stand-in (as Delia Remy)
Graham Samels .... catering assistant
Neil Samels .... chef
Joan Scheckel .... workshop development
Asha Sharma .... location scout
Jack Steed .... stand-in
Vaughn Stein .... floor runner
Yanel Tallada .... stand-in
Amie Tridgell .... assistant location manager
Lizanne Tulip .... stand-in: Sally Hawkins
Josh Yudkin .... location manager
Charlie Coombes .... runner (uncredited)
Maureen Duffy .... completion guarantor (uncredited)
Dan Maslen .... visual consultant (uncredited)
Monty Till .... floor runner: dailies (uncredited)
Eva Yates .... assistant: Tessa Ross (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for some sexuality and nudity
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103 min
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Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Chile:14 | Chile:TE (some cinemas) | Germany:12 | Ireland:15A | Japan:G | Malaysia:18 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Philippines:R-13 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | UK:12A | USA:R (certificate #45798)
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The French title, "Auprès de moi toujours", translates to "Close To Me Always."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Tommy runs in the sand out to the wrecked boat on the beach. Soon after, all 3 friends look at the boat, but Tommy's footprints in the sand are gone.See more »
Quotes:
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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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54 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
Never Let Me Go is, in my eyes, an elegant and heartbreaking movie, but it's not for everyone., 15 December 2010
Author: Ryan_MYeah

Recently I got a chance to see Never Let Me Go, a film based on the acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.

I ask those who read my review to take it with a grain of salt, as the film is sharply divisive between love and hate. Those who love it say it's emotionally devastating, those who don't find emotion to be lacked. But from my point of view, I find it to be an elegant feature.

Carey Mulligan stars as Kathy, a passionate young girl who is in a complicated love triangle that also includes Tommy (Played by Andrew Garfield), the not so secret love of Kathy's life, and Ruth (Played by Keira Knightley), a jealous woman who stole Tommy while the three of them were attending a mysterious boarding school known as Hailsham, where all students are bred for a specific purpose explained to us at the end of the first act.

Alex Garland, the writer of films such as 28 Days Later, may not have been the most obvious choice to pen the script, but since seeing the film, I understand why. It may come across as a melodramatic romance, but at Never Let Me Go's core is an enigmatic Science-Fiction, make no mistake about that. Even if you don't find the passion to be translated effectively on screen, you can tell it was there on paper. The result is a captivating feature leading to a finale that, as far as emotions go, is heartbreaking to behold, but it wasn't overwhelmingly tragic.

I also admired the performances. Not just from Andrew Garfield's fine performance as Tommy, not just for Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins and Nathalie Richard making great use of their small roles, or even Keira Knightley's exceptional, and gripping performance as Ruth, the true driving force is Carey Mulligan. The Handling of her character is perfect, made even more so by her gentle performance of quiet passion.

It's also a beautifully shot feature, sporting lovely cinematography by Adam Kimmel, as well as a lovely score by Rachel Portman. Although at times her score feels a little intrusive to the more quiet nature of the visuals, her strings score captures a strong essence of each character's emotional state.

Like I said, take a huge grain of salt in regard to Never let Me Go, which I give ***1/2 out of ****

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