Slumdog Millionaire

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Overview

Accused of cheating and desperate to prove his innocence, an eighteen-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai reflects back on his tumultuous life while competing to win 20 million rupees on India's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in Danny Boyle's inspirational drama. Jamal Malik Dev Patel may not have a penny to his name, but that could all change in a matter of hours. He's one question away from taking the top prize on India's most popular television game show, but as with everything else in Jamal's life, it ...
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Accused of cheating and desperate to prove his innocence, an eighteen-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai reflects back on his tumultuous life while competing to win 20 million rupees on India's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in Danny Boyle's inspirational drama. Jamal Malik Dev Patel may not have a penny to his name, but that could all change in a matter of hours. He's one question away from taking the top prize on India's most popular television game show, but as with everything else in Jamal's life, it isn't going to be easy. Arrested by police under suspicion of cheating, Jamal is interrogated by the authorities. The police simply can't believe that a common "slumdog" could possibly possess the knowledge to get this far in the game, and in order to convince them of how he gained such knowledge, Jamal begins reflecting back on his childhood. As young boys, Jamal and his older brother, Salim, lived in squalor, and lost their mother in a mob attack on Muslims. Subsequently forced to rely on their own wits to survive, the desperate siblings fell back on petty crime, eventually befriending adorable yet feisty young Latika as they sought out food and shelter on the unforgiving streets of Mumbai. Though life on the streets was never easy, Jamal's experiences ultimately instilled in him the knowledge he needed to answer the tough questions posed to him on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. And though Jamal makes a convincing case for himself, one question still remains: why would a young man with no apparent desire for wealth or fame be so determined to win big on a national game show? Of course, it won't be long until everyone finds out the answer to this burning question, because as Jamal sits down to find out whether he will be rich beyond his wildest dreams, 60 million viewers remain transfixed to their televisions eager to see if he'll correctly answer the final question.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Making of Slumdog Millionaire featurette with Golden Globe-winning director Danny Boyle; 12 deleted scenes; Audio commentary with director Danny Boyle and actor Dev Patel; And More!
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire is what type of film? A an inspirational underdog story, B a harrowing look at the life of a Mumbai street child, C an epic romance punctuated by tragedy and victory, or D an affecting crime drama centered upon bitter sibling rivalry. Give up? Slumdog Millionaire is all of those things and more. It's the reason we go to the movies in the first place, and by the time it reaches its climax, you're likely to be yelling at the screen the same way that television viewers around the world did back when Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was at the peak of its popularity. Whether you go to the movies to be thrilled, terrified, elated, inspired, or simply entertained, Slumdog Millionaire does not disappoint. At this point in his career, Boyle has worked in a variety of genres, and here they all come together to create the perfect cinematic storm, an irresistible burst of big-screen optimism that will have the critics swooning and the cynics smiling. Of course, there are times when the waters can get pretty rough for India's most beloved dark-horse game-show contestant, but what are the best moments in life without the worst ones to make them all the more meaningful? The first time we see Jamal, he's being tortured by the police. He's just come off the set of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and the authorities are convinced that he's just cheated his way to the million-dollar question. But Jamal is no cheat, and as he recalls the life experiences that taught him the answers to the questions he was asked on the popular game show, we come to learn why street smarts are as essential to surviving in the slums of Mumbai as ruthless business savvy is to rising through the criminal ranks. Jamal and his older brother, Salim, were just young boys when their single mother was killed by rioters right before their eyes, and after being orphaned they lived in a garbage dump just to survive. In those dark days, the only thing that kept Jamal going was his love for the beautiful Latika. She, too, was an orphan, and upon joining the two brothers, she was forever bound by fate to both of them. Later, when Jamal and Salim were driven apart by lust and greed, Jamal and Latika were forced to go their separate ways. Now, years later, Jamal is determined to get his lady back, and reasoning that the best way to find her is to become a contestant on the nation's most popular game show, the lovelorn "chai boy" lands an appearance on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? But Jamal never thought that he would even get close to winning the top prize, and when he does, the authorities want to know how a kid born in the ghetto could possibly know the answers to such difficult questions. Thus begins a truly remarkable tale of hope, love, and profound adversity. As the detective reviews a videotape of Jamal's appearance on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, the irrepressible "slumdog" tells the story of how he came to know the answer to each question in vivid detail. Each answer is a journey unto itself -- sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes humorous -- and the further we travel, the more we become invested in the characters. Through it all, we come to understand just what a decent person Jamal truly is, and why his romance with Latika seemed doomed from the moment they first met. This effect is owed largely to actor Dev Patel, who portrays the older Jamal with such terminal honesty that he gives us a constant place to project our optimism. We relate to him, and after experiencing his hardships, we want desperately to see him win the money and walk away with the girl. His innocence is infectious, and even as different actors take over the role throughout Jamal's journey to adulthood, that purity remains a compelling constant. It's a testament to the casting that we always know Jamal, Salim, and Latika the moment they appear onscreen, and in a movie as nonlinear as Slumdog Millionaire, it's essential that the viewer doesn't get distracted from the story by the struggle to pick out the main players. Fortunately, that never happens, leaving us free to lose ourselves in Simon Beaufoy's smartly structured screenplay, Anthony Dod Mantle's hyper-saturated, glowingly gritty photography, and Chris Dickens' crackerjack editing -- all of which are marvelously held together by veteran Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman's buoyant score, an invigorating fusion of Eastern and Western musical sensibilities. A great movie is something more than the sum total of all its parts, and here, the elements all come together to form a feature that speaks a universal form of optimism that isn't likely to get lost in translation, no matter where it screens, or who is watching.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2009
  • UPC: 024543574415
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Color / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,766

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dev Patel Jamal Malik (older)
Freida Pinto Latika (older)
Madhur Mittal Salim Malik (older)
Anil Kapoor Prem Kumar
Irfan Khan Police Inspector
Tanay Chheda Jamal (middle)
Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar Latika (middle)
Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala Salim (middle)
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar Jamal (youngest)
Rubina Ali Latika (youngest)
Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail Salim (youngest)
Saurabh Shukla Sergeant Srinivas
Raj Zutshi Director
Mahesh Manjrekar Javed
Himanshu Tyagi Mr. Nanda
Technical Credits
Danny Boyle Director
Maya Arulpragasam Songwriter
Simon Beaufoy Screenwriter
Christian Colson Producer
Chris Dickens Editor
Mark Digby Production Designer
Glenn Freemantle Sound/Sound Designer
Gail Stevens Cog Casting
Virginia Holmes Makeup
Suttirat Anne Larlarb Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Dod Mantle Cinematographer
Rajeev Mehra Production Manager
Natasha Nischol Makeup
Paul Smith Executive Producer
Resul Pookutty Sound Mixer
A.R. Rahman Score Composer
Abhishek Redkar Art Director
Paul Ritchie Co-producer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
Gail Stevens Casting
Loveleen Tandan Casting
Jennifer Wynne Production Manager
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Slumdog Millionaire
1. One Question Away [3:51]
2. Tell Me How You Cheated [2:39]
3. Children Of The Slums [3:18]
4. Superstar! [5:09]
5. India's National Emblem [1:52]
6. Bow And Arrow [4:05]
7. Orphaned And Homeless [2:18]
8. A Bloody Saint [3:03]
9. Little Beggars [3:52]
10. Run! [8:14]
11. Riding The Rails [2:57]
12. Is This Heaven? [6:53]
13. Ben Franklin [2:04]
14. The Unlucky One [4:05]
15. On His Knees [5:09]
16. My Enemy's Enemy [2:49]
17. The Man With The Gun [4:29]
18. Friends And Family [5:51]
19. The Old Slum [3:13]
20. Why Are You Here? [2:15]
21. You Could Lose Everything [5:30]
22. So Close [1:01]
23. The Answer Is B. [2:42]
24. Please Forgive Me [7:46]
25. We Love You, Jamal! [4:34]
26. The Third Musketeer [2:35]
27. It Is Written [8:06]
28. End Titles [2:47]
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An Inspiring Film

    Apart from opening the eyes of many of us about what life is like for some people in other parts of the world, this movie also sends the important universal message of not giving up on one's hopes and dreams, which is very inspirational for many of us. A great story with a great director, cast, crew, & music.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This is one of the handful of films that appropriatly claimed the Oscar for best picture!

    No more to say.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely superb - I will watch over & over, ad infinitem

    Most strikingly beautiful, moving production. Reality and fantasy linked, making the reality all that much more devastating. I loved the characters, cared about them. So far I have watched it once, with one of my nephews, and I am glad I bought it because I can watch it again and again. I hope to watch it with each of my nephews separately, because we can share our feelings about the movie, and I have an excuse to watch it again and again. A truly great movie is one that one wants to share.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Tried, But This Movie Just Isn't Very Good

    The way that many people felt when Crash won the Academy Award for Best Picture was finally understandable to me after this overrated, trite film won an Oscar, much less many Oscars. The lead characters have no chemistry, which doesn't really matter since they share almost no screentime. The script is so cliche and exposition heavy. The film treats abject poverty as a plot device. The only thing good was the game show host.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Way too overrated

    I saw this movie when it first came out in limited release...and I enjoyed it. It didnt blow me away. It didnt change my life. It was just a well made movie. I love almost everything Danny Boyle has ever done, but this was a bit...cliche. The acting was solid, as was the pacing, but my two biggest qualms with the movie (SPOILERS) was the stupid scene with the brother in the tub full of money and the fact that she says "kiss me" at the end. The "kiss me" part wasnt needed, and it almost would have been more powerful if they just rushed across the train station, and just as they met, the film cut to black. Oh well. (END SPOILERS) My biggest qualm with this film is not even the films fault, but the academy's. This was not the best movie of last year. In fact, I think they really missed the mark with most of the Best Picture nominees. But that didnt even bother me that much, because out of the nominations, this or Benjamin Button should have won. There were better non-nominated movies, however. Regardless of that though...the fact that this movie won sound-editing and other technical categories is a travesty. Last year, despite the non-artsy nature of the films, The Dark Knight and Wall-E were released. The Dark Knight was a gorgeous achievement of cinematography, while Wall-E created an entire emotional connection to a character, or characters, who could not talk. They did this through the visuals, and through the sounds eminating from both the characters, and the environment. Slumdog...did nothing new. If you've ever seen a Danny Boyle movie, it's the same old scheme. Frankly, I've lost all faith in the Academy, due in large part to oversights like this and the complete snub of Mickey Rourke in the Wrestler. Again, this is a good movie. But it isnt the second coming, it isnt the most uplifting film ever, and it wasnt even the best movie of last year.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Academy Award Winning Best Picture of the Year!

    I had been dieing to see Slumdog Millionaire when it first came out in the movie theater, but i couldn't. It is rated R and my mom wasn't sure if i should see it with her or not. So i waited till it came out on DVD which killed me because my whole family went and saw it without me. I couldn't tell you how many times i watched the trailer and clips. After it won Best Picture of the Year, i was even more anxious. When it finally came out on DVD i went and bought it the first day and watched it that night. It was one of the best movies i had ever seen. The director, Danny Boyle, really did a good job with this movie. It is disturbing though and i can see why its rated R. I loved it though and its worth buying. (i wrote this same review to the book which is also good)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    It Totally Obliterated My Mind

    I loved this movie. It was funny, sad, realistic, clever, exciting, entertaining, and intelligent. There was not one moment that caused me boredom. Absolutely BRILLIANT. My favorite movie was once Moulin Rouge, but this movie is competing for the title.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Intense

    An intense movie you will want to see again~compelling glimpse of another world.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    one very awesome movie dawg

    best movie eva made fool

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    one very amazing movie

    i heard the song to this movie on the radio i loved the orginial song so i made a choice to go see the movie it was one very awesome film from begining to end but i also heard the new remixed version of the movies theme song pcd featuring nicole whatever her name is destroyed the movies theme song i reccomanded ozzy osbourne for lots of reasons because his music is ibntelligent and very upbeat and very poistive

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Phenomenal

    The movie is wonderful and it shows you what a diverse and exciting country India is. I think those who feel that the move is "overrated" are just annoyed at the hype and attention this movie has received from all over the world. I have to say, it is an exciting movie that is different from the Hollywood norm and allows you to get a glimpse of a new country with different people who live different lifestyles. If you are able to recognize the movie for its beautiful presentation, great acting, fabulous soundtrack, and commendable cinematography, it will be easy to appreciate the movie.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    As good as they say it is!

    When Slumdog Millionaire was in theaters everyone I knew who saw it told me, "You have to see it, it's amazing," then they continued to sing it's glory. Odd as it might sound this sort of praise actually makes me hesitant to see movies. Almost always the movie will fail expectations set by the reviews. The movie came out on DVD and I bought it, but didn't immediately watch it. This was an error on my part.

    This movie is everything that a movie should be. I wondered what would happen next and when the story did move on I was surprised. The music, the actors, the pacing, even the smallest details in the backround, were pitch perfect. Every emotion you can possibly feel run through you when you watch this movie. They blend action, romance, and suspence perfectly.

    I recommend this movie to everyone.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

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    Liked it? No. LOVED IT!

    I saw this based on the recommendation of just one person and was floored. What a roller-coaster ride. I didn't really know what to expect but the kids did a fantastic job with their roles and I was equally impressed by the connection to the music used for each scene. A wonderful story.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Simply Miraculous

    Well, What can I say about Slumdog Millionaire other than its flawless. This movie was beyond my expectations. I was expecting a masterpiece and I got even more. This movie was wonderfully pieced together, Kudos to Danny Boyle. And if you don't believe me on how good this movie is then maybe you will believe the eight oscars it won in 2009 for Best picture, Best director, Best adapted screenplay, Best original score, Best original song, Best film editing, Best cinematography, and Best sound mixing. I would also like to mention that I think the MPAA completely dropped the ball on this one. Rated R? Rated R as in the same rating given to The Hangover and Friday the 13th? This was by far the most mild R rated film I have ever seen. Its ashame too because I know many parents will automatically see Rated R and will not allow their kids to see this. The content of this movie I will rate on a scale of 1-10 Sexual Content : 4 Language : 4 and Violence : 6.5 this movie should be rerated PG-13. It's truely amazing and one of my all-time favorites.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie

    Good for teens and adults. Gets us out in the world, and teaches us about other cultures and backgrounds.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Larger than Life!

    I loved the cinematography - the colors were vivid, the locations were real and gritty, the young actors were as natural as could be. But the plot was a bit larger than life, and I found myself thinking it was a bit of a fantasy. Definitely a film to escape into, despite the all too real poverty that was portrayed in the slums. The film starkly showed the differences between the "haves" and the have-nots". Outstanding all in all.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hyped to Failure

    The first half of this movie (maybe 2/3) was relatively engaging. I felt as though the film was gathering steam, and found it particularly interesting how the character Jamal was able to answer the questions on the game show based on personal experience.

    Unfortunately, the narrative fizzled, and I felt unimpressed and uninspired by what I was hoping would be a fantastic film (one I had heard such good things about by critics and friends). Granted, critical acclaim typically amounts to doodley-squat in my eyes ("Juno", anyone?), but I had high expextations for this film. As the narrative unfolded, it seemed to get too predictable, too self-congratulatory, to a degree.

    While "Slumdog" is by no means an awful film, it simply doesn't live up to the hype.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Loved It!

    I hadn't actually seen the movie when I bought it, but it was a movie I had wanted to see. I thought that maybe with all the hype circulating around the movie I wouldn't be as impressed with it as others were, but I loved it. I loved the story being told and I believe it's a movie that everyone needs to see!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hype Machine

    I tried hard to resist this film. Anything that bombards me with so much incredible press I find suspicious. Example? The Da Vinci code: with everyone and their mother talking to me about it I resisted reading it for months until I finally gave in. The difference between Slumdog Millionaire and the Da Vinci Code? I actually enjoyed Slumdog.

    Despite myself I was thoroughly engaged, entertained, and delighted by the film. I still found myself put off by the constant talk about it everywhere-- I mean, comparing this film to such intense dramas such as Milk and The Wrestler?? Come on-- but really, deep down, I definitely enjoyed this movie. It is the epitome of the "feel good" film. Everything, from the end credits to the cinematography to the acting to the music, spins together to create a great and enjoyable film.

    The current controversy surrounding the situation of the child actors in the film really raises awareness to the child poverty issue that is really at the heart of the film. While the film is ultimately "feel good" it is important not to ignore the whole "slum dog" topic that is often skirted aside by the uplifting ending.

    The idea of this game show being imported to a poverty stricken and turbulent area and changing lives may seem far-fetched to some, but after seeing a preview screening of a documentary called Afghan Star (which focuses on Afghanistan's version of American Idol) the topic is much more believable in my mind. Afghan Star mirrors many of the scenes in Slumdog Millionaire that were often the most interesting, but this time for real-- people in rural villages crowded around small televisions in tiny rural and barren towns, families rigging up antennas to be able to catch the show in time, and a nation that ignores its problems for brief moments to come together and cheer for an underdog to change their lives on a reality show. Because of the real people at the heart of this film I found Afghan Star ultimately more moving and deep, and it also addresses the greater issues at work in the country from the turbulent politics to the social changes at work in the country.

    Slumdog Millionaire is still a great feel-good film that really so many people can enjoy and, at the same time, be exposed to another culture along the way!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not What Expected

    Well done, but not what expected, especially the violence. I guess it was too much realism. Did enjoy the parts during the game show and the train scene at the end. The music was terrific.

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