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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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A Mumbai teenager reflects on his life after being accused of cheating on the Indian version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

Directors:

Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan (co-director)

Writers:

Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Vikas Swarup (novel)
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Won 8 Oscars. Another 146 wins & 129 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dev Patel ... Older Jamal
Saurabh Shukla ... Sergeant Srinivas
Anil Kapoor ... Prem
Raj Zutshi ... Director
Jeneva Talwar Jeneva Talwar ... Vision Mixer
Freida Pinto ... Older Latika
Irrfan Khan ... Police Inspector
Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail ... Youngest Salim
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar ... Youngest Jamal
Jira Banjara Jira Banjara ... Airport Security Guard (as Hira Banjara)
Sheikh Wali Sheikh Wali ... Airport Security Guard
Mahesh Manjrekar ... Javed
Sanchita Choudhary Sanchita Choudhary ... Jamal's Mother
Himanshu Tyagi 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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Taglines:

The boy who had the answer to every question. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [UK]

Country:

UK | India

Language:

English | Hindi | French | German

Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slumdog Millionaire See more »

Filming Locations:

India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,827,457 (United Kingdom), 11 January 2009, Limited Release

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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Mercedes-Benz asked that its logos be removed in scenes taking place in the slums. The company, according to Danny Boyle, did not want to be associated with the poverty-stricken area, fearing that that might taint its image. See more »

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The scene where young Jamal tries to steal food, hanging upside down on the train shows a window which had removable bars (it's like a fire escape). These kind of bars were not installed until after the 2002 Gujarat riots. See more »

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Prem Kumar: A few hours ago, you were giving chai for the phone walahs. And now you're richer than they will ever be. What a player!
Prem Kumar: [to the audience] Ladies and gentlemen, what a player!
[audience applauds]
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Performed by M.I.A.
Published by Imagen Music, Hollertronix, Domino Publishing Company Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Ltd.,
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Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Deserved The Oscar For Cinematography
15 April 2009 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I thought the best part of this movie was the photography. Check this film out on Blu-Ray, if you have the opportunity: it's magnificent-looking. They even make slums look beautiful! I'm glad it won the Oscar for cinematography. Scene after scene is gorgeous.

Story-wise, it's okay; good, but nothing super. For the first half of the film, it reminded me of "City Of God," about the homeless kids in Brazil, but that film had far more violent kids. This one mainly had kids as pranksters and then victims of some sicko adult who wants to use them to make money.

The story will be fun for those who used to be hooked on the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" quiz show, but the host here in this Indian version is no lovable Regis Philbin. You won't like him.

Almost all of the story is told in flashback, so be prepared for that. It's one of those stories where all the little pieces fit together in the end to explain why things happened in the start of the film.

I wouldn't have voted for this as the Best Picture Of The Year but it is entertaining and a feast for the eyes.


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