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Forgive and Forget (2000)

In this riveting dramedy, David's world is ripped apart when he realizes he is losing his best friend of fourteen years to his new girlfriend.


Aisling Walsh


Mark Burt




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Simm ... Theo
Steve John Shepherd ... David O'Neil
Laura Fraser ... Hannah
Maurice Roëves ... Michael O'Neil
Ger Ryan ... Ruth O'Neil
Meera Syal ... Judith Adams
Stephen Graham ... John
Roger Griffiths ... Carlton
Huggy Leaver Huggy Leaver ... Paul
Charles De'Ath ... Alex (as Charlie De'Ath)
Isabella Marsh Isabella Marsh ... Gabby
Jonathan Slinger ... Carl
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Nicky
Annette Bentley Annette Bentley ... Michelle
June Page June Page ... Carol


David O'Neil, a plasterer and mature student Theo have been best mates for fourteen years and are practically inseparable. However, their friendship has become strained as Theo is about to move in with his long-term girlfriend, photographer Hannah. A raging jealousy awakes in David and he starts scheming to break up the loving couple using Hannah's insecurities against them. When the couple eventually separate David is in a quandary about his next move and is forced to confront his long-hidden homosexuality and feelings towards Theo. Eventually, David decides to reveal his sexual orientation and deep love for Theo very publicly by arranging for them both to appear as guests on Judith Adams' talk-show, "forgive and forget", with tragic consequences for their friendship and David's family. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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A minor modern masterpiece
9 December 2001 | by jon.wardSee all my reviews

Don't expect to feel comfortable or be warmed by a Hollywood ending.

Do expect a well-acted fable about the dangers of falling in love with your best friend and how pursuing that love and destroy your friendship. 'How do you tell someone you love them?' 'Just tell them and hope they believe you.' The added closet homosexual existence of one of the friends, and relationship with his family, makes matters more complex.

You are pretty much left to make your own conclusions from the ending. I will be watching this movie again.

Also there are some novel south of the Thames (London) locations.

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Release Date:

3 January 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Forgive and forget - Pardonner et oublier See more »

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London, England, UK See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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