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Life of Pi (2012)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy  |  21 November 2012 (USA)
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A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ayush Tandon ...
Gautam Belur ...
Ayaan Khan ...
Mohd. Abbas Khaleeli ...
Older Insurance Investigator
Younger Insurance Investigator
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In Canada, a writer visits the Indian storyteller Pi Patel and asks him to tell his life story. Pi tells the story of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, and the origin of his nickname. One day, his father, a zoo owner, explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has hence decided to move to Canada, where the animals the family owns would also be sold. They board on a Japanese cargo ship with the animals and out of the blue, there is a storm, followed by a shipwrecking. Pi survives in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. They are adrift in the Pacific Ocean, with aggressive hyena and Richard Parker getting hungry. Pi needs to find a way to survive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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canadian | pi | tiger | zoo | india | See All (249) »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una aventura extraordinaria  »

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Box Office


$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,451,514 (USA) (21 November 2012)


$124,976,634 (USA) (5 July 2013)

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Did You Know?


The Piscine Molitor was located in Paris, next to Parc Bois de Boulogne, between Stade Roland Garros and Parc des Princes. It opened in 1929, closed in 1989, and was classified as a French historical monument on March 27, 1990. In 2007 a renovation project was initiated, and a luxury hotel complex with the original swimming pools opened on May 19th, 2014. See more »


When standing in French class talking about his name, Pi writes the number pi to nine digits after the decimal point. According to mathematical rounding rules the ninth digit should be 4, not 3 (pi = 3.14159 26535 89793 ... ). See more »


[first lines]
Writer: So, you were raised in a zoo?
Adult Pi Patel: Born and raised. In Pondicherry, in what was the French part of India. My father owned the zoo, and I was delivered on short notice by a herpetologist, who was there to check on the Bengal monitor lizard. Mother and I were both healthy, but the poor lizard escaped and was trampled by a frightened cassowary. The way of karma, huh? The way of God.
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The making and legal distribution of this film supported over 14,000 jobs and involved over 600,000 work hours. See more »


Featured in The Oscars Red Carpet Live (2013) See more »


Written by Arunagirinathar
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2 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

Saw this the other night at the NYFF. Wow. It's an incredible film, a true cinematic achievement, possibly a classic and maybe will be the first 3D movie to break through and win the Best Picture Oscar. Some of the images were so beautiful that the audience gasped at many of them. I felt transported and like I was seeing a movie for the very first time. I haven't felt that sort of magic in a movie theater in a long, long time.

I read the book and liked it and the film may even improve upon it which is kind of a miracle considering it's kids, animals and water just about all the time. The spiritual themes are simple and deep and raise more questions about faith and belief than answer anything. No preaching going on here and there could be. Without giving anything away, it's a wonderful story about storytelling and how telling our stories can get us through the most horrible life experiences and to help deal with the aftermath of them.

It's an incredible film experience. Go see it!

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