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Shelter (2014)

TV-MA | | Drama | 11 December 2015 (UK)
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Hannah and Tahir fall in love while homeless on the streets of New York. Shelter explores how they got there, and as we learn about their pasts we realize they need each other to build a future.


Paul Bettany


Paul Bettany (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adolfo Mendez-Nouel Adolfo Mendez-Nouel ... Corrections Officer
Anthony Mackie ... Tahir
Kevin Hoffman ... Brendan
Teddy Cañez ... Station Officer
Steve Cirbus Steve Cirbus ... Jerry
Alok Tewari ... Abdul
Haythem Noor Haythem Noor ... Man at Mosque
Jennifer Connelly ... Hannah
Wilson Montuori Wilson Montuori ... Guitarist
Jean-François Ogoubiyi ... French Guy 1
Laurent Caillat Laurent Caillat ... French Guy 2
J.D. Williams ... Drug Dealer
Bruce Altman ... Peter
Susanna Guzman Susanna Guzman ... Housekeeper
Rob Morgan ... Franklin


Hannah and Tahir fall in love while homeless on the streets of New York. Shelter explores how they got there, and as we learn about their pasts we realize they need each other to build a future.

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Release Date:

11 December 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf den Strassen von New York See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Did You Know?


Paul Bettany decided to film Jennifer Connelly after his experience with giving a homeless person a $20 bill. The scene, in the beginning, shows Connelly at an angle that would be from her perspective, as opposed to seeing the full frame with people giving her money. This is because Bettany gave a homeless man a $20 bill while walking into a store, received thanks from the man, and walked out to see the man put out his hand again. When Bettany told the man he had just given him $20, the man said, "Oh, that was you," to which Bettany realized a perfect frame would not be the whole picture but rather what is in front of them. See more »


When Tahir pulls Hannah off the fence on the bridge and they both struggle on the ground, in the far away shot his arm is around her neck, but in the next instant in the closeup shot his arm is around her chest/torso. See more »


Referenced in Talking Dead: JSS (2015) See more »


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View of homelessness done right
28 March 2016 | by feloziajohnsonSee all my reviews

I didn't know what to expect from the short summary, but I love Anthony Mackie so I watched. I was mesmerized from beginning to end at the intimate view of homelessness, the sense of being invisible and unworthy was palpable. The love story between the main characters seemed a little forced at the beginning, but midway through their chemistry was obvious. They want to save each other. It was beautiful, sad and haunting. Anthony Mackie's portrayal of the Nigerian refugee struggling to overcome his past losses was heart wrenching. Jennifer Connelly's portrayal of a heroin addict is an unsympathetic role and she does a great job being an awful person. Their connection seems very slight at first; the evolution of their relationship seemed very dependent on both of their losses.

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