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Millions (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 29 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.

Director:

Danny Boyle
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Etel ... Damian
Lewis McGibbon ... Anthony
James Nesbitt ... Ronnie
Daisy Donovan ... Dorothy
Christopher Fulford ... The Man
Pearce Quigley ... Community Policeman
Jane Hogarth Jane Hogarth ... Mum
Alun Armstrong ... St Peter
Enzo Cilenti ... St Francis
Nasser Memarzia ... St Joseph
Kathryn Pogson Kathryn Pogson ... St Clare
Harry Kirkham Harry Kirkham ... St Nicholas
Cornelius Macarthy ... Gonzaga
Kolade Agboke Kolade Agboke ... Ambrosio
Leslie Phillips ... Leslie Phillips
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Can anyone be truly good? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Millones See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£293,032 (United Kingdom), 27 May 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,224, 13 March 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,583,149, 28 August 2005
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2013, this is Danny Boyle's only film without an R rating from the MPAA in the USA. See more »

Goofs

The railway line next to the new housing estate changes between electrified and non-electrified several times throughout the film as the overhead wires are not present in a number of scenes. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

When the Pathe logo comes up, the shadow of the hen has a halo over its head. See more »

Connections

References Edward Scissorhands (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Blackout
Music by Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme
Lyrics by Matthew Bellamy
Performed by Muse
Produced by Paul Reeve, John Cornfield and Muse
Engineered by John Cornfield
Courtesy of Warner Strategic Marketing UK
(P) & (C) Taste Media Ltd 2003
Published by Taste Music Ltd
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Mixed bag
24 April 2005 | by Fong_Chun_KinSee all my reviews

Before I watched the show I knew that 'Millions' has generally garnered favourable reviews from tons of critics, with a local reviewer raving about it and allocating it the full 5 stars. With great reviews come great expectations.

Disclaimer: I have yet to rid the disease of reading too many reviews of a film before watching it. Perhaps I'll carry that sickness forever, because I simply love to read about movies, every single one of them, regardless of whether I'll be watching them or not.

That said, the movie did not meet my expectations. 'Over-rated'... the initial thought. But first, the good points. Alexander Etel is perfectly cast as the highly imaginative and innocent young protagonist. Through the many 'appearances' of godly beings throughout the film, the audiences share his holy world, a world of angels and saints which he uses to replace the loss of his late mother. The boy convinces with his doe-eyed expressions and intimate heartfelt conversations with the saints who visit him every now and then.

The cinematography is unique, the settings are interesting and the way the whole movie was shot is very unusual... which could be a double-edged sword in terms of plot development. For me, this style achieves cinematic originality but compromises on the flow required for simple story-telling. There are far too many interjections and interruptions in the story... there are many moments when just as you are about to catch hold of something, the scene stops abruptly and leaves you dangling midway. This is all a little bit frustrating really, which ultimately results in a lack of emotion and inspiration in my mind as the movie reaches it ending.

The film is definitely watchable and deserves to be commended for having many special features not commonly seen in other movies. Whether these features are pulled off effectively is a matter of subjectivity; they didn't work too well for me but may leave a huge impression on you.

Rating: 7.4


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