No Surrender DVD
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Directed by Peter Smith
Produced in 1985
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Subtitled 'A Deadpan Farce', No Surrender - Alan Bleasdale's sole cinematic outing - got a right kicking on its 1985 release. A black comedy that was too dark and unfunny, it quickly vanished into obscurity. But it attracted a cult following, not least in its native Liverpool, and its value has been contextualised by the success of bleak working-class satires like Shameless. The premise is a scorcher. In an act of revenge, the outgoing manager of the Charleston Club has leased it out to both the local Irish Catholic and Ulster Protestant communities for New Year's Eve. But, as he is being pulped by the mobsters he's gypped, an escaped terrorist shows up, along with three of the worst turns in the history of clubland. There's no denying the inconsistency of the performances, with only Ray McAnally's impenitent bigot and James Ellis's blind boxer standing out. But Boys from the Blackstuff Michael Angelis and Bernard Hill amuse as the harassed new boss and the ex-Legionnaire bouncer, while Elvis Costello's inept magician simply has to be seen to be disbelieved.
David Parkinson on 21st June 2011
Author of 191 reviews
Set on New Year's Eve at a run-down club in Liverpool owned by the local gangland boss, No Surrender is a very funny black comedy which sees a new manager arrive to find that his out-of-favour predecessor has booked a band that can't play, a magician with a dead rabbit and two parties of rowdy OAPs. On one coach arrives a devout Catholic social club in fancy dress for a non-existent prize, and on the other, a group of Protestant revellers. Mayhem ensues when they collide.
A great British comedy of the 1980s, written by the creator of Boys from the Blackstuff, Alan Bleasdale.
Publisher: Second Sight
Length: 100 mins
Cat No: 2NDVD3204
Format: DVD Colour
- Making-of, featuring interviews with Peter Smith (Director) and Mamoun Hassan (Producer).