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Lion (2016)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 6 January 2017 (USA)
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A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

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Garth Davis

Writers:

Saroo Brierley (adapted from the book "A Long Way Home" by), Luke Davies (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sunny Pawar ... Young Saroo
Abhishek Bharate ... Guddu
Priyanka Bose ... Kamla
Khushi Solanki Khushi Solanki ... Young Shekila
Shankar Nisode Shankar Nisode ... Shankar
Tannishtha Chatterjee ... Noor
Nawazuddin Siddiqui ... Rama
Riddhi Sen ... Café Man
Koushik Sen ... Police Official
Rita Boy ... Amita
Udayshankar Pal Udayshankar Pal ... Liluah Teacher (as Uday Shankar Paul)
Surojit Das Surojit Das ... Shonedeep / Haunted Boy
Deepti Naval ... Mrs. Sood
Menik Gooneratne ... Swarmina
David Wenham ... John Brierley
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Storyline

In 1986, Saroo was a five-year-old child in India of a poor but happy rural family. On a trip with his brother, Saroo soon finds himself alone and trapped in a moving decommissioned passenger train that takes him to Calcutta, 1000 miles away from home. Now totally lost in an alien urban environment and too young to identify either himself or his home to the authorities, Saroo struggles to survive as a street child until he is sent to an orphanage. Soon, Saroo is selected to be adopted by the Brierley family in Tasmania, where he grows up in a loving, prosperous home. However, for all his material good fortune, Saroo finds himself plagued by his memories of his lost family in his adulthood and tries to search for them even as his guilt drives him to hide this quest from his adoptive parents and his girlfriend. Only when he has an epiphany does he realize not only the answers he needs, but also the steadfast love that he has always had with all his loved ones in both worlds. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The true story of a life lost and found See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sensuality. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Site | Official Site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

UK | Australia | USA

Language:

English | Hindi | Bengali

Release Date:

6 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Long Way Home See more »

Filming Locations:

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,360, 27 November 2016

Gross USA:

$51,738,905

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,312,928
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman both had previously worked with screenwriter Luke Davies on Anton Corbijn's 'Life' (2015) and also on the filmed adaption of his novel 'Candy' (2006). Canning said: "Having worked with Luke on two previous films, we felt that he had the right sort of emotional sensibility to tackle this story." See more »

Goofs

Most trains shown in this movie are liveried in blue. However, around 1986, Indian passenger trains were predominantly painted maroon. The switch to blue only started in the late 90s. See more »

Quotes

Saroo Brierley: I'm sorry you couldn't have your own kids.
Sue Brierley: What are you saying?
Saroo Brierley: We... we... weren't blank pages, were we? Like your own would have been. You weren't just adopting us but our past as well. I feel like we're killing you.
Sue Brierley: I could have had kids.
Saroo Brierley: What?
Sue Brierley: We chose not to have kids. We wanted the two of you. That's what we wanted. We wanted the two of you in our lives.That's what we chose.
[pause]
Sue Brierley: That's one of the reasons I fell in love with your dad.
[pause]
Sue Brierley: Because we both felt as if... the world has ...
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Crazy Credits

After the final credits, there's an earlier shot with the boys on the train tunnel and the credits "In loving memory of Guddu". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lion: Saroo's Story (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Atomos XII
Written by Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie
Published by Embassy Music Corporation by kind permission of the Music Sales Group
Performed by The Winged Victory for the Sullen
Licensed courtesy of Kranky, Ltd and Erased Tapes Records
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A movie with a soul of its own
15 December 2016 | by bibo-93638See all my reviews

To put it in simple words, "Lion" is a journey that grabs you entirely ; whether you want it or not, you are a part of each and every scene. Exactly like the hero, you find yourself having visions of a past that you think you have forgotten, you long for something more and you dig for something deeper. This is a journey back home, filled with emotions, hard decisions, and an infinite willingness to reach somewhere safe.. Simple story, dream like sequences and real characters that are aware that "there are no white pages" but that in a way, there is always a black ink somewhere that you can use to finish the endless books that you have in your head. A gem and must see. Highly recommended for the cast's performances, the musical score and the emotional layer that refuses to let you go even after the movie had ended.


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