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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.

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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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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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A Normal Night Out These Days

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Comedy

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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lively satire of the DisUnited Kingdom
20 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

The opening title sets the scene: "Liverpool, New Years' Eve. Just another night out (these days)". Into the same shabby nightclub on the outskirts of town come two separate parties of old-age pensioners out to ring in the New Year, one devoutly Protestant, with a fugitive terrorist hiding in their ranks, and the other a group of Irish Catholics dressed for a costume ball, led by a blind ex-boxer with a grudge to settle. Occupying the no-man's land in between is a collection of mentally retarded hospital patients blissfully unaware that they've simply traded one asylum for another. To make matters worse, the comedy act is a total flop, the magician's rabbit commits a nuisance under his hat (while he's wearing it), and the dance band turns out to be a nihilistic post-punk group who chant "We're gonna die die die die die…" The resulting bedlam is rowdy, hilarious, and chilling, with a dark streak of humor deeply rooted in the tragic religious and political antagonism defining life in modern England.


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