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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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1,319 ( 191)
Won 8 Oscars. Another 147 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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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 USA:

$360,018, 16 November 2008

Gross USA:

$141,319,928

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$377,910,544
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The pile of excreta that the young Jamal jumps into was made from a combination of peanut butter and chocolate. See more »

Goofs

The cricket match shown between India and South Africa was played in the Belfast, whereas the commentator says that it's being played in the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. See more »

Quotes

Javed: My enemy's enemy is a friend.
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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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Referenced in The Losers (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Gluck: No.43 (AIR) (Orphée et Eurydice)
Composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Performed by Orchestra des Concerts Lamoureux with Hans Rosbaud & Leopold Simoneau
Courtesy of Decca Music Group
Under Licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Over-rated! Slum Dog should not win the Best Picture
19 February 2009 | by rkd5023See all my reviews

Good movie, but Christ, it is over rated. It shouldn't get best picture, it really was not that entirely original or innovative. I am just so upset because it was good, maybe even great, but it was not anything that should win best picture or be in the top 30 movies of all time...I mean, seriously, the top 30? Wow, there are so many better films than this. There was not any part in it where I stopped and was like, "That's great, never been done before or at least has never been done that well." I don't know, even the ending was like, what the hell? I guess you could call it fairy-tale, because it definitely was not realistic...it didn't even really follow the themes of the movie, that greed and money is not what's important. He should have lost and felt content anyway because he got his love, it would have better made the point I suppose.


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