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Born Equal (2006)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 17 December 2006
Four characters living in one neighborhood in London - all living dramatically different lives, all of them on the edge - see their stories unfold.

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Dominic Savage

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Dominic Savage
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carlyle ... Robert
Colin Firth ... Mark
Peter McNeil O'Connor ... Hostel Manager
Nicholas Burns Nicholas Burns ... Michael
Pearce Quigley ... Beggar 1
Anne-Marie Duff ... Michelle
Gemma Barrett Gemma Barrett ... Danielle
Charlie Creed-Miles ... Man in Hostel
Emilia Fox ... Laura
David Oyelowo ... Yemi
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Itshe
Anne-Marie Bossman Anne-Marie Bossman ... Adanna
Megan Dodds ... Anastasia
Marguerite Fontaine-Anselm Marguerite Fontaine-Anselm ... Housing Officer
Toby Kebbell ... Beggar 2
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London banker Mark has just made a fortune in a financial deal. Feeling stifled by his pregnant wife's material expectations and guilty after facing some abused homeless, he becomes a shelter benefactor. Trying his hand as volunteer, he takes a personal interest in runaway teenager Zoe, whose expectations prove even worse. Also in the shelter is recently released violent repeat-offender Robert. He takes a romantic interest in runway pregnant Michelle and her preteen daughter Danielle, while looking for his mother Margaret, who forbade him to see his beloved late dad. Mark's noble intentions lead to unexpected dramas. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gennimenoi isoi See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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BBC Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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A great show, great acting, lacklustre ending!
18 December 2006 | by antj999See all my reviews

When initially seeing the advert for this in BBC I was so excited to see such a cast in a TV production which looked like it was going to be amazing.......did it disappoint? Not really....

The acting was superb by all, I honestly can't pick a flaw in the acting from anyone. The concept was great and the story - just as good.

So what's with a 6/10? There is NOTHING I can fault about this show, NOTHING.....other than the end. The whole thing was fantastic, it looked like it was building up to such an amazing end. The 3 different stories all going on at once, all taking place based around these people living in a single hostel. I was expecting these people and their lives to come together, to all affect one another climaxing the plot.....this is where it went wrong. Thi just didn't happen. 1 of the 3 sub-plots (the Nigerian one, starring David Oyelowo) remained completely isolated from the rest. The other 2 sub-plots (Firth's and Carlyle's) come together right at the end.....but too quickly and not in enough depth to please.

Overall it was an entertaining 85 minutes, but it left me feeling.....let down!


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