Never Let Go

Never Let Go

Director: John Guillermin, Richard Todd, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Sellars

Cast: John Guillermin, Richard Todd, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Sellars

     
 

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This shockingly violent yet engaging crime drama is about a bitter battle for survival in the lingering poverty of post-World War II London. Richard Todd plays optimistic but ineffectual soap and shampoo salesman John Cummings whose job becomes even harder when his new car is stolen. The theft triggers an unraveling of Cummings' life, and he channels his desperate

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This shockingly violent yet engaging crime drama is about a bitter battle for survival in the lingering poverty of post-World War II London. Richard Todd plays optimistic but ineffectual soap and shampoo salesman John Cummings whose job becomes even harder when his new car is stolen. The theft triggers an unraveling of Cummings' life, and he channels his desperate energy toward retrieving his stolen vehicle. He first tracks it down through young tough Tommy Towers (pop star Adam Faith), who actually stole the automobile, and then to his boss Lionel Meadows (Peter Sellers), who heads the car thief ring. Meadows hides his sadistic tendencies behind the facade of a legitimate business. Above the garage he uses as a front, he has locked Tommy's girlfriend, Jackie (Carol White), in his apartment and appropriated her as his moll. Cummings tries to get the police involved, but they cannot act for lack of any evidence. He then earns the trust of Tommy and Jackie to get better knowledge of how Meadows operates his business. In his naïve attempts to confront the car ring, Cummings is at first treated as an annoyance, but as his intention to destroy Meadows' business and livelihood becomes clear, the crime boss vows to destroy him in turn. ~ Michael Buening

Editorial Reviews

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John Guillerman's overlooked film is a great pulpy British noir. Alun Falconer's dialogue is crisp and brutal, the camera angles and lighting by cinematographer Christopher Challis are as severe as anything shot by John Alton, and the narrative tensions are adequately frayed by the squealing horns of John Barry's big jazz score. Its macho pessimism approaches camp, but just enough to give the movie a healthy dose of self-aware amusement, never to undermine the story told. Peter Sellers exploits his comedic remove to make Meadows a terrifying offbeat villain, lending an ironic sneer to the calm-before-the-storm veneer that proceeds his character's violent outbursts. Besides being a rare dramatic turn for the actor, it's also one of the few performances where Sellers fits in and plays off the cast, instead of standing apart as an attention-grabbing star. The cast is uniformly strong, particularly Elizabeth Sellars as Cummings' loving but frustrated wife, Anne. The film is essentially a nasty riff on capitalism, with two temperamentally opposite, but similarly desperate men fighting to assert their manhood in a ruthless sink-or-swim urban environment. Upon release, the film gained some notoriety for its violence, primarily for Meadows' abusive treatment of Jackie and a scene where he crushes Tommy's hand in a record cabinet, and was banned in Finland.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2012
UPC:
0089859875328
Original Release:
1960
Source:
Vci Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
64,853

Special Features

Photo Gallery; Original Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Todd John Cummings
Peter Sellers Lionel Meadows
Elizabeth Sellars Anne Cummings
Adam Faith Tommy Towers
Carol White Jackie
Mervyn Johns Alfie Barnes
Noel Willman Inspector Thomas
David Lodge Cliff
Peter Jones Alec Berger
John Bailey MacKinnon
Nigel Stock Regan
John Le Mesurier Pennington
John Dunbar Station Sergeant
Charles Houston Cyril Spink
Cyril Shaps Cypriot
Marianne Stone Madge

Technical Credits
John Guillermin Director
John Barry Score Composer,Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Lionel Bart Songwriter
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Trevor Crole-Rees Makeup
Peter de Sarigny Producer,Screenwriter
Alun Falconer Screenwriter
Vi Murray Costumes/Costume Designer
George Provis Art Director
Ralph Sheldon Editor
John Wilcox Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Never Let Go
1. Intro [4:21]
2. It''s Gone! [7:19]
3. Car Problems [8:50]
4. Uninsured [6:29]
5. Mr. Meadows [9:05]
6. The Law [9:27]
7. Ruddy Mess [5:22]
8. Berger''s [6:23]
9. Girl Trouble [6:15]
10. Peanut [7:02]
11. Tipped Off [7:34]
12. Set It Through [9:23]

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