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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

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Jira Banjara ...
Airport Security Guard (as Hira Banjara)
Sheikh Wali ...
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Sanchita Choudhary ...
Jamal's Mother
Himanshu Tyagi ...
Mr Nanda
Sharib Hashmi ...
Prakash
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Storyline

The story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's Kaun Banega Crorepati? (2000) (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?) But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Each chapter of Jamal's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really ... Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Love and money... You have mixed them both. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quisiera ser millonario  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$360,018, 16 November 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$141,319,928

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$377,910,544
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The cricket match being shown on television in Javed's house is the 1st one day international of the Future Cup between India and South Africa played at Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast on June 26 2007. As shown in the movie, Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian batsman, was run out on 99. India went on to score 242 and South Africa won the match by 4 wickets with 3 balls remaining. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the last song and dance sequence on the railway platform, hoardings for shows on NDTV Imagine (and entertainment TV channel) are prominent. NDTV Imagine launched in 2008 and the promotion could not have began in 2006 - the year where the story of the film happens in. See more »

Quotes

Prem Kumar: It's getting hot in here.
Jamal Malik: Are you nervous?
Prem Kumar: [audience laughs] What? Am I nervous ? It's you who's in the hot seat, my friend!
Jamal Malik: Yes, sorry.
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Crazy Credits

Several of the cast perform a traditional Bollywood song and dance number set in a train station over the end credits. See more »

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Latika's Theme
Music by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Suzanne D'Mello
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User Reviews

A film unworthy of the hype
22 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

I initially hated the idea of Slumdog millionaire, nut after reading positive reviews, and reading the book which had been on the shelf for ages, I changed my mind and decided to go see it.

After seeing the film i didn't know what to think. It had too many moments were it didn't know what genre it was. It wasn't a clever blend, it was just a mishmash of genres which felt like someone put together a puzzle with a sledgehammer with the intention of it being a perfect picture, but there was too much attempt of putting power into the intricacy of the film and it was smashed leaving only a few pieces actually looking good.

Saying that, the film did have it's memorable moments. Anil Kapoor was very memorable as the Indian Chris Tarrant, and A.R Rahman gave the film a successful score. Danny Boyle's direction was unmemorable, which was disappointing considering his previous repertoire of films.

Overall the film was annoying and a massive let down, with memorable moments, but not enough of them to get past the fact that the screenplay was written so Simon Beaufoy could cram every possible style of film into one collage of a script


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