Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

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Director: Danny Boyle

Cast: Danny Boyle, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal

     
 

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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 aSee more details below

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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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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:
03/31/2009
UPC:
0024543574415
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
5,521

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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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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