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  • Actors: Michael Angelis, Bernard Hill, Joanne Whalley, Ray McAnnally
  • Directors: Peter Smith
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052XSSQ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,299 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It's New Year's Eve at The Charleston, a run-down club in Liverpool owned by the local gangland boss. The new manager has arrived and soon discovers 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, among them a drunken blind ex-boxer, on the other equally boisterous protestant revellers.
One of the great British comedies of the 80's written by the creator of Boys From The Blackstuff, Alan Bleasdale.

Bonus Feature: 'Making No Surrender' featuring interviews with Director Peter Smith and Producer Mamoun Hassan.

Reviews:
Blistering Black Comedy - Sunday Express
Brutally Funny - Mail On Sunday.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 April 2012
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This film is the best example you will see of the black humour that the early 80s was producing. It's worth seeing for familiar faces such as Joanne Whalley, Bernard Hill, Ray McAnally, James Ellis, Tom Georgeson, Michael Angelis and even cameo performances from Joe McGann, Mark McGann, Elvis Costello and a host of others whose names may not register but faces will. That every single one of them puts in a good performance is what makes this such a great if unconventional film.

The plot itself is simple. The last manager of a night club has deliberately, as a parting gift to the gangster who owns it, booked both the local Catholic and Protestant senior citizens groups into a new years do. In a city like Liverpool that alone is asking for trouble. But he has upped the ante by adding in a party of seniors from the local care home, a shambolic magician and an alternative rock band that are about as far from the music these people are expecting as you can get. New manager Michael Angelis has to deal with all of this with the help of doorman Bernard Hill and kitchen help and wannabe singer Joanne Whalley. Throw in an on the run Belfast gunman, fancy dress competition and a toilet brawl between the leaders of the two sectarian groups, one of whom is blind and you've got the elements of what this is, a well crafted comedic disaster that, as said above, is made by the spot on performances of all involved.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Macphail on 9 Jan. 2006
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Unlike the previous reviewer that I believe was speaking of another film this one is a funny title about the a new night club manager who, on his first night, discovers that there has been a huge mistake; the orange lodge and knights of st colombus have been booked in together. Not wishing to offend either he invites both to enter. What ensues is one of the funniest hogmanay parties in years with both sides continually fighting with each other.
However the plot has a more serious darker side to it aswell, the night club is run by gangsters and there are numerous incidents and references to the paramilitary organisations (although these are never actually named). Although the film seems to have two sides to it a funny and a serious dark side, I believe it is meant to be a comedy. It's the laughs that I remember.
A very enjoyable film, but don't take it too seriously.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tox VINE VOICE on 10 July 2013
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What do you get if you mix a group of Catholic pensioners in fancy dress, a group of Orange Order Pensioners with accordion band, a blind ex boxer, a former loyalist hard man with a daughter who "married out", a loyalist gunman on the run and a mini bus full of disabled people who have broken down?

Not sure yet?

OK, add in the fact they are at a run down nightclub on a piece of wasteland which is run by "the mob", it's New Years Eve and the former manager is having issues with his bosses in the back room. The acts booked for the night are a tuneless punk band and a magician with stage fright. There is growing animosity between the pensioners and there is an armed gunman in the gents toilets.

The twists and turns in the story are stunning and the film ends with a very touching message of reconciliation. I have been after this on DVD for years as my old VHS copy has given up the ghost. It is absolutely brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OLDLOL on 19 May 2014
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Having seen this on Television and recorded it at the same time I have watched it many times until the vhs tape broke
it is good to be able to see it again .
So now for the review, to start with it is not a side splitting comedy as some would have you believe however it has good clever humour with a dark side and some sad parts the ending is quite poinient,the Liverpool accent is the key to this film without it it would not be so good and probably not work at all,for those familiar with Bleasdale this is not to be missed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevan Cooke on 31 May 2009
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This dark Eighties comedy was a rare foray onto the big screen by Alan Bleasdale. Many of his regulars, including both Bernard Hill and Michael Angelis from Boys From The Black Stuff, are present, and there is a memorable cameo from Elvis Costello as a hapless magician.

The plot revolves around a chaotic night at a club, as the new manager comes to realise that acts and events have been booked by his predecessor specifically to sabotage his first night.

This film was surely the inspiration for Peter Kay's television series Phoenix Nights, and is long overdue a re-release.
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I had forgot how funny this film is and certainly did not think I would ever see it on DVD. The plot is superb a Catholic Social Club and an Orange Lodge descending on a run down night club for their New Years Eve Party with the entertainment being a local punk band and a magician (Elvis Costello) with a dead rabbit. Brilliant comedy at its best
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This is very much of it's time and has now become dated. I loved it when I first saw it back in the 80's and still loved it when I watched it again recently. Is probably an acquired taste, due to the then trouble in Ireland. Not for the faint-hearted!
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Alan Bleasdale at his very best. A brilliantly funny film exposing the ridiculous sectarianism between catholic and protestant with top class scouse humour thrown in
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