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Millions (2004)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  8 April 2005 (USA)
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Ethics, being human and the soul come to the fore when a 7-year old finds a bag of Pounds just days before the currency is switched to Euros and learns what we are really made of.

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The UK is about to switch its currency from Pounds to Euros, giving a gang a chance to rob the poorly-secured train loaded with money on its way to incineration. But, during the robbery, one of the big bags falls literally from the sky on Damian's playhouse, a 7-year old given to talking to saints. The boy then starts seeing what the world and the people around him are made of. Ethics, being human and the soul all come to the forefront in this film. Written by Reuben Cogo

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euro | train | robbery | money | saint | See more »

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$12,776 (Chile) (21 April 2006)

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$12,776 (Chile) (21 April 2006)
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Danny Boyle and Frank Cottrell Boyce mention at 27:17 in the DVD commentary, that one of the actors who play the martyrs of Uganda claimed to be a descendant of the real martyrs of Uganda of 1881. See more »

Goofs

Nations transitioning to the euro were allowed to keep legacy currency in circulation as legal tender for two months - and, even after the official dates, they continued to be accepted for exchange by national central banks for varying periods - and indefinitely in some countries. See more »

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[first lines]
Damian Cunningham: [voiceover] The French have said au revoir to the franc, the Germans have said auf wiedersehen to the mark, and the Portuguese have said... whatever to their thing.
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Carol of the Bells
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Written by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (uncredited)
English lyrics by Peter Wilhousky (uncredited)
Performed by The Northwest Boychoir
Arranged by Joe Crnko (as Joseph Crnko)
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One in a Million
26 March 2011 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure that any movie has left me in a bigger emotional mess at the end, ever. It is very hard to find a film where its driving force is good-natured, pure, simple innocence. Everything is cynical, dry or overly-clever.

Millions manages to encapsulate the simple joys and pains of childhood and put it up on screen in remarkable fashion. Sure it's a little gooey, but it's a good kind of gooey. Here is a film with something of a spiritual backbone, but not in a way that is preachy or overly top-down.

A gem of an idea is backed up with amazing style. Director of Photography Anthony Dod Mantle pulls all sorts of tricks out of his hat, each appropriate and enriching to the film as a whole. Alex Etel's performance is superlative; the camera goes right in his eyes and you can see palpable emotion from the child actor there.

The storytelling device of introducing the Saints, Damian's "imaginary friends", is handled deftly and sweetly, not in a silly, obvious manner. The actors who portray the saints, including Enzo Cilenti and Alun Armstrong, have a down-to-earth, human manner about them that puts the audience at ease and allows us to enjoy their presence just as the character of Damian does.

The film harks back to old-fashioned children's' films, with its slimy villain, morally off-center older brother, honest hardworking dad and larger-than-life backdrop. When the waterworks start to flow, the audience won't feel cheated, because the film worked hard at creating (not engineering) that emotion, and deserves it.


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