Never Say Die

Never Say Die - 1988

Everard Films - 98/103 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9120052899283

Cast: Temuera Morrison, Lisa Eilbacher, Tony Barry, George Wendt.
Screenplay: Geoff Murphy; Photography: Rory O'Shea; Editor: Scott Conrad; Music: Billy Kristian, Sam Negri; Producers: Geoff Murphy, Murray Newey; Executive Producer: Barrie Everard; Director: Geoff Murphy.

Investigative journalist, Alf Winters (Morrison), meets his American girlfriend, Melissa Jones (Eilbacher), at Auckland airport. As they park outside Alf's house, it explodes. It is soon apparent that persons unknown want them dead, but the police are either skeptical or in the pay of those responsible. They play hide and seek around New Zealand with the stalkers, all the while coping with car chases, plane crashes, bullets and explosions. They return to Auckland for a meeting with Melissa's American lawyer (Wendt). The stunt drivers keep this film from being a dud; that and the wonderful New Zealand landscapes.

Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: C+

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A PAL All-regions DVD-ROM (although the label incorrectly says Region 2) was released 07 January 2021 in German speaking territories with the title of "Stirb Niemals Allein". It has both spoken English and German DD 2.0 soundtracks. It is presented in its original 1.33:1 format. There are no extras. The last 6 minutes is still too dark, but better than the VHS. Note to US purchasers, although it can be purchased from Amazon US, it is about $10 cheaper to buy it from Amazon DE, after considering taxes and shipping and it shipped by DHL arriving in about a week.

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"Director Geoff Murphy toyed with the idea for the film before he directed The Quiet Earth in 1984. It wasn't until early 1988 that Murphy sat down and began to work it through. 'It fascinated me, the idea of a New Zealander who's convinced someone is trying to kill him. Anywhere else, particularly in the States, no one would question the logic of it'" - ("Slam-bang NZ action", The Evening Post, January 31, 1991)


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