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Never Say Die (1988)

A young couple are mysteriously pursued by people with increasingly elaborate attempts to kill them; they narrowly escape death repeatedly via a series of car chases and shoot-outs.

Director:

Geoff Murphy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Temuera Morrison ... Alf Winters
Lisa Eilbacher ... Melissa Jones
George Wendt ... Mr. Witten
Tony Barry ... Insp. Evans
Jason Greenwood Jason Greenwood ... Fire Chief
Judy Fyfe Judy Fyfe ... Woman Driver
Phillip Gordon Phillip Gordon ... Taxi Driver (as Phil Gordon)
Ian Richard Stewart Ian Richard Stewart ... Hunter
Peter Bell Peter Bell ... Cop in Jaguar
Marcel Kroes Marcel Kroes ... Cop in Jaguar
Russell Smith Russell Smith ... Pilot
John Clarke ... Car Salesman
Geoff Murphy ... Jack
Elizabeth McRae Elizabeth McRae ... Daisy
Jill Ranger Jill Ranger ... Westport Airport Girl
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A young couple are mysteriously pursued by people with increasingly elaborate attempts to kill them; they narrowly escape death repeatedly via a series of car chases and shoot-outs.

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When everyone's out to get you, and you don't know why... NEVER SAY DIE!

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Action | Comedy

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1988 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Kieltäydy kuolemasta See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Never Say Die
Performed by Bunny Walters
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Forget it
2 October 1999 | by Jack_YanSee all my reviews

Geoff Murphy has directed some excellent action films. Both his earlier Goodbye Pork Pie—to which Never Say Die has been compared—and his later Under Siege: Dark Territory are well-paced films, but Never Say Die seems to miss the mark.

Never Say Die tries to decide whether it's action, comedy or thriller but comes across as "none of the above". The story seems disjointed, while the relationship between the two lead characters (played by Temuera Morrison and Lisa Eilbacher, particularly stunning here) comes across as uncomfortable thanks to the script (also by Murphy). It's a pity—both are able performers.

One knows from the neatly arranged car chases and photography that Murphy is capable of so much more. Compared to his other efforts, Never Say Die is tiresome, slowly paced and struggles throughout its 90 minutes. Its few saving graces aren't enough.


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