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No Surrender (1985)

R | | Comedy | 6 August 1986 (USA)
It's New Year's Eve in Thatcher's de-industrialising Britain. The scene is set at a seedy bar in Liverpool where a group of Irish Protestant and Irish Catholic pensioners will gather to clash and bash the new year in.

Director:

Peter Smith

Writer:

Alan Bleasdale
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Angelis ... Mike
Avis Bunnage Avis Bunnage ... Martha Gorman
James Ellis James Ellis ... Paddy Burke
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Mr. Ross
Bernard Hill ... Bernard
Ray McAnally ... Billy McRacken
Mark Mulholland Mark Mulholland ... Norman
Joanne Whalley ... Cheryl
J.G. Devlin J.G. Devlin ... George Gorman
Vince Earl Vince Earl ... Frank
Ken Jones Ken Jones ... Ronny
Michael Ripper ... Tony Bonaparte
Marjorie Sudell Marjorie Sudell ... Barbara
Joan Turner Joan Turner ... Superwoman
Richard Alexander Richard Alexander ... Smoking Kid
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Storyline

A scheduling mixup means two groups of old-timers have reserved the same bar for a party on the same night. The situation is trickier than expected since the bar is in Liverpool, and one group are Protestant die-hards while the other consists of Catholics hard-liners. Written by Reid Gagle

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Taglines:

A Normal Night Out These Days

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ei anneta periksi See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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witty, funny, tragic, profound - a great movie
25 January 2005 | by jd110See all my reviews

Just like in Josep Heller's book "Catch 22" this move, uses black humour to make some very poignant and telling observations on the ultimate futility of hatred and fighting. The underlying message shouldn't be seen as "Life is short - hat's the point?" it is more "Life is short what's the point in nursing sectarian hatred to the end of your days?". Some might see this as a film with a bleak outlook on humanity (at least the variety that hails from the northern part of my native country), however, I think that this film really has a message of hope when we see how Ray McNally's staunchly Protestan/Unionist character learns from the experiences and offers news year's greetings to his Catholic son-in-law. A New Year greeting that symbolizes a new beginning in his family and perhaps an inspirational model for us all, remember, when the grim reaper comes for us, he/she won't care whether we are Catholic/Protestant, Nationalist/Unionist.


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