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Never Let Go [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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John Cummings (Todd) is a struggling cosmetics salesman who buys a Ford Anglia car from crooked criminal Lionel Meadows (Sellers). When the car is stolen, Cummings, without insurance, finds his job on the line and his marriage facing crisis. Refusing to accept it as just one of those unfortunate things, Cummings starts digging for answers and finds himself in a world of violence, apathy and suicide.
As the classic film noir cycle came to an end, there was still the odd film to filter through post 1958 that deserved to have been better regarded in noir circles. One such film is Britain's biting thriller, Never Let Go. Its history is interesting. Landed with the X Certificate in Britain, a certificate normally afforded blood drenched horror or pornography, the picture garnered some notoriety on account of its brutal violence and frank language. By today's standards it's obviously tame, but transporting oneself back to 1960 it's easy to see why the picture caused a stir. The other notable thing to come with the film's package was the appearance of Peter Sellers in a very rare serious role. In short he plays a vile angry bastard, and plays it brilliantly so, but the critics kicked him for it, and his army of fans were dismayed to see the great comic actor playing fearsome drama. So stung was he by the criticism and fall out, Sellers refused to do serious drama again. And that, on this evidence, is a tragic shame.
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The narrative follows up the links and establishes the various relationships. Towers has a girlfriend, Jackie (Carol White) who is also Meadows' lover; he reckons that he could show the ex-reform schoolgirl a good time. Poor old Tommy is attacked twice by Meadows as he tried to protect Jackie. Cummings is put on to Towers via the newspaper seller Alfie. From there Cummings latched on to Meadows' seedy operation which is enforced by threats and violence. These shifting relationships are the backbone of the film.
Cummings had always been a dreamer but nothing ever worked out for him - he is a loser who knows himself to be a failure. His sympathetic wife loves him enough to tell him 'I don't care about the car' especially as he has been beaten up by Cliff after forcing an entry into Meadows'garage. The police become involved after the stolen Anglia has been reported. Another link occurs after Alfie is found dead in his room shortly after being visited by Meadows.Read more ›
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Brilliant acting all round, and if you love the look of '50s Britain, there some some superb shots of various cars and buildings here.Published 10 months ago by Suzy Geeson
Another Sellers tour de force, this time as a thoroughly despicable character.
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This DVD stars the late Peter Sellers in one of his few straight parts he plays a salsman who buys himself a car but it is stolen and he vows he will find it at any costPublished 15 months ago by Shirley Steadman
I saw this film when it first came out many years ago. I have always wanted to see it again, but never found it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bob H
I was looking forward to seeing Peter Sellers in a straight role but this took the biscuit. It was quite the most awful performance I have seen, I didn't know whether to laugh or... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Pam Pike