Slumdog MillionaireDirector: Danny Boyle
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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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- 20th Century Fox
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- [Wide Screen, Color]
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Cast & Crew
|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|
|Himanshu Tyagi||Mr. Nanda|
|Mark Digby||Production Designer|
|Glenn Freemantle||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Gail Stevens Cog||Casting|
|Suttirat Anne Larlarb||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Anthony Dod Mantle||Cinematographer|
|Rajeev Mehra||Production Manager|
|Paul Smith||Executive Producer|
|Resul Pookutty||Sound Mixer|
|A.R. Rahman||Score Composer|
|Abhishek Redkar||Art Director|
|Tessa Ross||Executive Producer|
|Jennifer Wynne||Production Manager|
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]
Language And Audio
Hindi/English 5.1 Dolby Surround
French Dolby Surround
English Subtitles: On
French Subtitles: On
Spanish Subtitles: On
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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.
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.
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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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
An intense movie you will want to see again~compelling glimpse of another world.
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.
This is an amazing movie in every way, and it is in my top all time favorite list. A heartwarming and evocative story that provides hope and awareness. It also has an incredible soundtrack that has quickly become one of the most played on my MP3.
This movie had everything you could ask for and more! I was not expecting it to be so good even though it won an academy award. In a way it reminded me of "The Sixth Sense" in that there was so much going on that you missed things and thought about them after the movie was over. I did not go to the theater to see this movie but bought the DVD; I wish I had seen it on the BIG SCREEN!
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
Good for teens and adults. Gets us out in the world, and teaches us about other cultures and backgrounds.