British Comedy Guide

No Surrender

Dark comedy drama by Alan Bleasdale, centred around a run-down nightclub in Liverpool and a particularly shambolic New Year's Eve party

Genre
Film
Released
1985
Starring
Michael Angelis, Avis Bunnage, James Ellis, Tom Georgeson, Bernard Hill, Ray McAnally, Mark Mulholland, Joanne Whalley and others
Writer
Alan Bleasdale
Director
Peter Smith
Producer
Mamoun Hassan

When new manager Mike arrives at Liverpool's run-down Charleston nightclub, he's not quite prepared for the mayhem that awaits.

As if starting his new position on New Year's Eve wasn't bad enough, Mike soon finds that his predecessor is being held captive in a store-room by the gangland boss owner of the club, and slowly being beaten to a pulp, and that the bookings for the evening aren't entirely conduscive to a peaceful night.

There's one coach load of staunch Protestant OAPs, another full of Catholics (all dressed up in hope of a non-existant fancy dress prize), and a minibus of dementia sufferers whose plight is only likely to distress everyone else - and that's just the audience.

Naturally, the only way to round off such an evening is with a mass punch-up in the gents' toilets being interrupted by a police raid just before midnight...

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