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A Number (2008)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  10 September 2008 (UK)
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A father is confronted by the sons he had cloned decades earlier. Based on a play by Caryl Churchill.

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When Salter's son, Bernard, is told that he's a result of a cloning experiment, he finds out that he's one of an unknown number of human clones. He confronts his father and demands an explanation. Why was he created? Is he an original or a copy? Salter tries to explain the background for the experiment to his shocked son. Written by HardHouseClubber

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11 September 2008 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

I must say I really only watched this programme for Tom Wilkinson, although the premise was intriguing, with the idea that a man finds out he is a clone & that there are other copies of him walking around, & the confrontation with his father about what happened. And despite a decent storyline, right from the start it was clear it was originally for the stage, with the dialogue very much in the style of a David Mamet play (Oleanna springs to mind), with the progression & dialogue unclear in many places.

The performances however can't be faulted, with excellent performances from Rhys Ifans & Tom Wilkinson, however perhaps the script would've been better adapted for television than taken directly from the play.


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