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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

  • Rate: 8.2/10 total 280,735 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Romance | Thriller
  • Release Date: 23 January 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 120 min
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  • Rate: 8.2/10 total 280,735 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Romance | Thriller
  • Release Date: 23 January 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 120 min
  • Filming Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Budget: $15,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $141,319,195(USA)(24 May 2009)
  • Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and Saurabh Shukla
  • Original Music By: A.R. Rahman   
  • Soundtrack: Paper Planes
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Question | Slum | Cheating | 2000s | Millionaire

Writing Credits By:

  • Simon Beaufoy (screenplay)
  • Vikas Swarup (novel "Q & A")

Known Trivia

  • 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.
  • The actor whose autograph young Jamal gets is Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan is a very real, and very famous Indian actor, the original host of the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (called Kaun Banega Crorepati?), and also the father-in-law of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (or Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan as she is known after marriage).
  • 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.
  • The film used a prototype Digital Cinema Camera from Silicon Imaging. When used in Mumbai, there were SI technicians on set constantly to deal with any problems the prototype had, of which there were many.
  • Director Danny Boyle placed the money to be paid to the 3 lead child actors in a trust that is to be released to them upon their completion of grade school at 16 years of age. The production company has set up for an auto-rikshaw driver to take the kids to school everyday until they are 16 years old.
  • Chris Tarrant, the host of the original, UK version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, featured in Danny Boyle’s debut film Shallow Grave. He appears as the host of another TV quiz show “Lose A Million” but only on a TV screen.
  • The current exchange rate for 20,000,000 Rupees (the grand prize on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”) is USD$411,600.
  • The film was originally intended to receive a PG-13 rating. In the end, it received an R rating because of its intense tone. With no time or money for appeals, the film was released with its given rating.
  • Approximately 20% of the movie’s dialog is in Hindi (with English subtitles).
  • The pile of excreta that the young Jamal jumps into was made from a combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

Goofs: Anachronisms: Although the events of the movie are set in the summer of 2006, the cricket match being played at Javed's house between India and South Africa was played in 2007.

Plot: A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers. Full summary »  »

Story: 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? (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…Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Christian Colson known as producer
  • François Ivernel known as co-executive producer
  • Ivana Mackinnon known as associate producer
  • Cameron McCracken known as co-executive producer
  • Tabrez Noorani known as line producer
  • Paul Ritchie known as co-producer
  • Tessa Ross known as executive producer
  • Paul Smith known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Dev Patel known as Older Jamal
  • Saurabh Shukla known as Sergeant Srinivas
  • Anil Kapoor known as Prem
  • Rajendranath Zutshi known as Director (as Raj Zutshi)
  • Jeneva Talwar known as Vision Mixer
  • Freida Pinto known as Older Latika
  • Irrfan known as Police Inspector (as Irrfan Khan)
  • Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail known as Youngest Salim
  • Ayush Mahesh Khedekar known as Youngest Jamal
  • Jira Banjara known as Airport Security Guard (as Hira Banjara)
  • Sheikh Wali known as Airport Security Guard
  • Mahesh Manjrekar known as Javed
  • Sanchita Choudhary known as Jamal's Mother
  • Himanshu Tyagi known as Mr Nanda
  • Sharib Hashmi known as Prakash
  • Virendra Chatterjee known as Slum Man
  • Feroze Khan known as Amitabh Bachchan
  • Sunil Kumar Agrawal known as Mr Chi (as Sunil Aggarwal)
  • Virender Kumar known as Man on Fire (as Virender Kumar Gharu)
  • Devesh Rawal known as Blue Boy
  • Rubina Ali known as Youngest Latika
  • Ankur Vikal known as Maman
  • Tiger known as Punnoose
  • Chirag Parmar known as Young Arvind
  • Nazneen Shaikh known as Baby
  • Farzana Ansari known as Latika's Friend
  • Anupam Shyam known as Old Villager
  • Salim Chaus known as Ticket Collector
  • Singh Shera Family known as Family in Train
  • Harvinder Kaur known as Family in Train
  • Narendra Singh Bhati known as Family in Train (as Narendra Singh)
  • Tanay Chheda known as Middle Jamal (as Tanay Hemant Chheda)
  • Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala known as Middle Salim
  • Satya Mudgal known as Taj Mahal Guide
  • Janet de Vigne known as Ada / Mrs MacKintosh
  • William Relton known as Peter
  • David Gilliam known as Clark
  • Mia Drake Inderbitzin known as Adele (as Mia Inderbitzin)
  • Kinder Singh known as Driver
  • Christine Matovich Singh known as Opera Singer
  • Thomas Lehmkuhl known as Opera Singer
  • Siddesh Patil known as Older Arvind
  • Najma Shaikh known as Woman at Brothel
  • Saeeda Shaikh known as Woman at Brothel
  • Alka Satpute known as Woman at Brothel
  • Tabassum Khan known as Woman at Brothel
  • Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar known as Middle Latika
  • Sitaram Panchal known as Dance Teacher
  • Nigel Caesar known as Hotel Security Guard
  • Ajit Pandey known as Javed's Goon
  • Kedar Thapar known as Javed's Goon
  • Amit Leonard known as Javed's Goon
  • Rajesh Kumar known as Javed's Goon
  • Sagar Ghopalkar known as Javed's Goon
  • Pradeep Solanki known as Javed's Goon
  • Abdul Hamid Sheikh known as Javed's Goon (as Hamid Sheikh)
  • Dheeraj Waghela known as Javed's Goon
  • Shruti Seth known as Call Centre Instructor (as Shruti S Seth)
  • Arfi Lamba known as Bardi
  • Taira Colah known as Nasreen
  • Varun Bagri known as Call Centre Trainee
  • Ankur Tewari known as Dave
  • Anjum Sharma known as Operator
  • Madhur Mittal known as Older Salim
  • Sarfaraz Khan known as Autorickshaw Driver
  • Syed Fazal Hussain known as Autorickshaw Driver (as Syed Hussain)
  • Umar Khan known as Autorickshaw Driver (as Umer Khan)
  • Imran Hasnee known as Javed's House Doorkeeper
  • Homai Billimoria known as KBC Contestant
  • Udayan Baijal known as Cricket Commentator
  • Sandeep Kaul known as Floor Manager
  • Rufee Ahmed known as Double for Irrfan Khan
  • Rhea Lawyer known as TV Reporter
  • Deepali Dalvi known as Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
  • Anisha Nagar known as Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
  • Farrah Shaikh known as Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
  • Mamta Sharma known as Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
  • Neha M. Khatarawalla known as Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
  • Tanya Singh known as Newsreader
  • Anand Tiwari known as Newsreader
  • Faezeh Jalali known as Newsreader
  • Meghana Jhalani known as Newsreader
  • Rupali Mehra known as Newsreader
  • Anju Singh known as Newsreader
  • Saurabh Agarwal known as Call Centre Manager
  • Mark Boucher known as Himself – South African Cricketer (archive footage)
  • Andre Nel known as Himself – South African Cricketer (archive footage)
  • Yuvraj Singh known as Himself – Indian Cricketer (archive footage)
  • Sachin Tendulkar known as Himself – Indian Cricketer (archive footage)
  • Amitabh Bachchan known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Virginia Holmes known as hair designer
  • Virginia Holmes known as makeup designer
  • Natasha Nischol known as hair designer
  • Natasha Nischol known as makeup designer

Art Department:

  • Kathy Heaser known as graphic artist
  • Brendan Houghton known as storyboard artist
  • Aditya Kanwar known as stand-by art director
  • Srinivas Konda known as property master
  • Andrew Tapper known as graphic designer
  • Marc Knapton known as computer graphics (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Celador Films (presents)
  • Film4 (presents)
  • Pathé Pictures International

Other Companies:

  • Pille Filmgeräteverleih  camera equipment provided by
  • A.M. Studios  music recorded at (as AM Studios)
  • AP  titles
  • ARRI Media  camera and grip equipment provided by
  • Anvil Post Production  foley recording
  • Bonded Services  film storage
  • Dead  post-production services
  • Fatts  post-production script services
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Fuji Photo Film  motion picture film supplied by
  • Gearbox Sound and Vision  Avid Adrenalines and Avid Unity LanShare LP supplied by
  • Gearbox Sound and Vision  editing equipment
  • Goldcrest Post Production London  adr recording (as Goldcrest Post Production)
  • HireWorks  film equipment
  • India Take One Productions  production services
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Interscope Records  soundtrack
  • J & E Post Production  post-production consultant
  • KM Musiq Studio  music recorded at
  • Lights & Grips Equipment Hirers India  grip and lighting equipment
  • Modern VideoFilm  post-production facilities
  • Moving Picture Company (MPC)  digital film mastering
  • Nirvana Studio  music recorded at
  • Out of Eden  score mixed at
  • P S TECHNIK  camera equipment provided by
  • Panalux  lighting consumables
  • Panchthan Recording Inn, Chennai  music recorded at (as Panchathan Record Inn)
  • Pinewood Studios Group, The  sound re-recording
  • Pinewood Studios  sound re-recording
  • Pixion  telecine services
  • Professional Negative Cutting  negative management
  • Smart DV  editing equipment
  • Sound 24  sound editing and post production


  • Fox Searchlight Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • International Film Distribution Consultants (2008-2009) (Non-USA) (theatrical)
  • Chantier Films (2008) (Turkey) (theatrical)
  • FS Film Oy (2009) (Finland) (theatrical) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
  • Londra Films P&D (2009) (Bolivia) (theatrical)
  • Serenity Entertainment International (2009) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Ablo (2009) (Romania) (all media)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Audio Visual Enterprises (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • Bazuca Films (2009) (Chile) (all media)
  • Bontonfilm (2009) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • Castello Lopes Multimedia (2009) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Channel 4 Television Corporation (2010) (UK) (TV)
  • Cinéart (2008) (Belgium) (all media)
  • Cinéart (2009) (Netherlands) (all media)
  • Distribution Company (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
  • EDKO Film (2009) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • Europa Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Filmax (2008) (Spain) (all media)
  • Fox STAR Studios (2009) (India) (all media)
  • GAGA (2009) (Japan) (all media)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2009) (Singapore) (all media)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2009) (USA) (TV)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2009) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2008) (Australia) (all media)
  • Lev Films (2009) (Israel) (all media)
  • Lucky Red (2008) (Italy) (all media)
  • Mediasoft Films (2008) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Monolith Plus (2008) (Poland) (all media)
  • Monopole-Pathé (2008) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Myndform (2009) (Iceland) (all media)
  • Pathé Distribution (2008) (UK) (all media)
  • Pathé (2009) (France) (all media)
  • Phars Film (2009) (Middle East) (all media)
  • Pinema (2008) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Prokino Filmverleih (2008) (Germany) (all media)
  • Svensk Filmindustri (SF) (2008) (Scandinavia) (all media)
  • Twin Pics (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Viva International Pictures (2009) (Philippines) (all media)
  • Vizion (2009) (Hungary) (all media)
  • Volga Film (2009) (Russia) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • CIS London
  • Rushes Post Production (end credits)

Visual Effects by:

  • Matthew Bristowe known as digital lab producer: MPC
  • Stefan Ciupek known as digital camera supervisor
  • James Cundill known as online editor
  • Nick Drew known as visual effects production manager: CIS London
  • Paddy Eason known as digital compositor: CIS London
  • David Emeny known as digital compositor: CIS London
  • Alec Feegrade known as film recording
  • Adam Gascoyne known as visual effects supervisor
  • Matthew Hangar known as software support
  • Warwick Hewett known as assistant vfx producer: Rushes
  • Simon Hughes known as compositor: CIS London
  • Tom Kemplen known as visual effects editor
  • Matthew Lawrence known as motion graphics
  • Brad Le-Riche known as motion graphics
  • Begoña Lopez known as digital lab producer: MPC
  • Hugh Macdonald known as senior digital compositor: CIS London
  • Collette Nunes known as visual effects editor: CIS London
  • Roma O'Connor known as visual effects executive producer
  • Jonathan Opgenhaffen known as matte painter: CIS London
  • Jesse Parkhill known as digital compositor
  • Matthew Redding known as visual effects artist: DEAD
  • Becky Roberts known as visual effects producer
  • David Wahlberg known as digital compositor: CIS London
  • Pat Wintersgill known as on-line editor

Release Date:

  • USA 30 August 2008 (Telluride Film Festival)
  • Canada 7 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • USA 17 October 2008 (Austin Film Festival)
  • USA 19 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • UK 31 October 2008 (London Film Festival)
  • USA 7 November 2008 (AFI Film Festival)
  • USA 8 November 2008 (Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival)
  • Canada 12 November 2008 (Toronto)
  • USA 12 November 2008 (limited)
  • Norway 20 November 2008 (Oslo International Film Festival)
  • Italy 5 December 2008
  • Australia 11 December 2008 (limited)
  • Australia 18 December 2008
  • Ireland 9 January 2009
  • UK 9 January 2009
  • Belgium 14 January 2009
  • France 14 January 2009
  • Switzerland 14 January 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Iceland 16 January 2009
  • Israel 22 January 2009
  • Switzerland 22 January 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Canada 23 January 2009
  • India 23 January 2009
  • Norway 23 January 2009
  • Sweden 23 January 2009 (Göteborg International Film Festival)
  • USA 23 January 2009
  • New Zealand 5 February 2009
  • Portugal 5 February 2009
  • Netherlands 9 February 2009 (Amsterdam) (The Hague) (premiere)
  • Indonesia 11 February 2009
  • Argentina 12 February 2009
  • Malaysia 12 February 2009
  • Netherlands 12 February 2009
  • Russia 12 February 2009
  • Singapore 12 February 2009
  • Bulgaria 13 February 2009
  • Spain 13 February 2009
  • Uruguay 13 February 2009
  • Hungary 19 February 2009
  • Kazakhstan 19 February 2009
  • Kuwait 19 February 2009
  • Peru 19 February 2009
  • Brazil 20 February 2009 (limited)
  • Mexico 20 February 2009
  • Croatia 26 February 2009
  • Czech Republic 26 February 2009
  • Hong Kong 26 February 2009
  • Slovakia 26 February 2009
  • Latvia 27 February 2009
  • Poland 27 February 2009
  • Turkey 27 February 2009
  • Venezuela 27 February 2009
  • Japan 1 March 2009 (Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Greece 5 March 2009
  • Lebanon 5 March 2009
  • Brazil 6 March 2009
  • Denmark 6 March 2009
  • Sweden 6 March 2009
  • Estonia 13 March 2009
  • Finland 13 March 2009
  • Pakistan 13 March 2009
  • Romania 13 March 2009
  • Taiwan 13 March 2009
  • Egypt 18 March 2009
  • Germany 19 March 2009
  • South Korea 19 March 2009
  • Austria 20 March 2009
  • Panama 20 March 2009
  • China 26 March 2009
  • Philippines 11 April 2009
  • Japan 18 April 2009
  • Bangladesh 9 October 2009
  • Japan 11 June 2010 (EU Film Days)

MPAA: Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language



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  1. Malickfan86 from Toronto, ON
    30 Mar 2012, 5:49 pm

    There has already been some talk coming from Telluride that this filmis set to be this year's 'Juno.' It does have the same distributor andit is set for the same release period, and for anyone who hears thisbuzz, they will definitely not be disappointed.

    During the premiere of the final cut (in the words of director DannyBoyle) at the Toronto International Film Festival, the audience gavethe film an incredibly enthusiastic response, and it went on to win thePeople's Choice Award. Boyle, who is sometimes called a British RichardLinklater for yet again surprising the audience with such diversesubject matter, worked his magic. He transcended genres and created atruly unique and energetic picture.

    Just about every aspect of this film deserves merit, and above all itbelongs to Boyle, who managed to assemble such a massive achievement.The score by A.R. Rahman, with contributions from M.I.A., perfectlyaccompanies the action on screen. Still, it is great enough to belistened to on its own. With India as a backdrop, Boyle and hiscinematographer have composed some remarkable images. The acting isroundly impressive, especially coming from the younger cast, almost allof which has never acted before.

    The film begins as Jamal (Skins' Dev Patel) is under interrogation byMumbai police for cheating on India's version of Who Wants To Be aMillionaire, being only one question away from winning it all. As theinspector says, even doctors and lawyers cannot come close to the 20mrupee prize, and so Jamal, having grown up on the streets of Mumbai,cannot possibly know these things. As Jamal tries to avoid furthertorture, he begins to explain to the police how he knew each of theanswers. Flashbacks present Jamal's boyhood and explain how he got tothe show.

    At the centre of his journey is his brother, Salim, and a girl, Latika,who is left a homeless orphan after an attack that took Jamal's motheras well. After running from a man who exploits the trio for labour,Jamal replays the incident when Latika left his life when she wasunable to catch a moving train. His uncertainty of her fate on thestreets of Mumbai and his intense desire to see his first and only loveagain lead him to the interrogation room where the film began.

    Like 'Juno,' Slumdog Millionaire is by genre a comedic drama, but itbecomes much more. The film asks questions about fate, righteousness,greed, and even urban sprawl. Above all, however, it asks about love inthe face of the most dire obstacles, and if it can truly prosper.Jamal's story is a tragic and unfortunate one, but as seen through hiseyes, it is still beautiful. The vast colour palate of India overwhelmany negative feelings, and Jamal's hope of finding and being withLatika overwhelm despair. For Jamal, 20m rupees isn't his prize. Itwould be nearly impossible for there to be a better picture this year.

  2. aharmas from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:49 pm

    Danny Boyle has come up with some interesting cinema, certainlydefining himself as someone above average. What he achieves in "SlumdogMillionaire" is transcend the line between inspiration and a miracle,awakening an emotional connection to the very special element greatcinema can deliver. The packages might have changed, and the contentsare more controversial and maybe a bit more tied to reality, certainlytaking us to an exotic local, teaching us that our world extends beyondour freeway and limited perception of how more than the other half ofthe world's population has to deal without certainly preaching to us.

    The tale of two brothers' lives is told to us through episodicflashbacks tied to an episode of India's "Who Wants to be amillionaire?". At first, the story introduces one of the brothers asbeing the subject of a very strong interrogation to find out whether heis being truthful about some knowledge that might be relevant to thegame. As he answers the questions, we discover that this young man'slife story might be more interesting than we originally expected.

    There is an element of freshness in the way the story is presented, aswe accompany Jamal through his life odyssey from a young child in theslums to a man who is determined to save those he loves. There are somestrong emotions in the film, and Boyle's direction keeps the filmdynamic and engaging.

    Prepare yourself to be overtaken by emotions as varied as joy, pity,happiness, anger, revulsion, surprise, and an exhilarating conclusionrarely seen in movies anymore. This film has made me grateful to bealive and that we still have people in cinema like Boyle whounderstands the power and beauty of the medium. He knows that theperfect mix of a great story and the respective imagery can provokeunforgettable memories in its audience.

  3. Vincent Cadena from Dallas, Tx
    30 Mar 2012, 5:49 pm

    Danny Boyle has been a favorite of mine since I saw Shallow Grave,since then he's gone on to make three masterpieces(Trainspotting,28Days Later and Millions), a near perfect film(Sunshine) a guiltypleasure(The Beach) and a total miss(A Life Less Ordinary). SlumdogMillionaire comes out of nowhere and it could very well be his bestfilm and one of the best films of the decade. Visually like Boylesprevious work it's stunning, Apocalypse Now and City of God come tomind and there are dutch angles galore. The raw style mixed with theamazing locations make this film one of the most cinematic experiencesyou'll ever see. The Sound is perfect, I haven't heard audio like thisin a while. This film needs a Sound Oscar nomination, it sounds thatgood. I went into seeing this knowing very little about it and theperson I took with me didn't know anything about it, so I'll just sayit's about a young man that goes on Indias Who Wants to be aMillionaire, it's a very unconventional film where they tell the storyof his life in flashbacks while he plays the game. It's funny, sad,thrilling, basically a very enjoyable film that deserves numerous Oscarnominations. Also the lead actress is one of the most beautiful womenI've ever seen, if she isn't a huge star after this I'd be extremelysurprised. If the academy doesn't honor this film with numerousnominations it will be a shame but this film will be studied in 20years and whoever sees this will love it, so even if it doesn't get asingle nomination it won't matter. Don't miss this film, it's perfect!

  4. JABKool from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:49 pm

    I just saw this at the Savannah Film Festival (on Friday October 31st,2008), held by the Savannah College Of Art and Design (SCAD) and assoon as the credits started rolling for this movie the first word thatcame out of my mouth was "WOW!!!" This movie is easily one of the bestof 2008, I honestly don't know how the people have given this movie aaverage rating of 7 here on IMDb. This movie is the heart wrenchingtale of a person who has everything he ever loved taken away from him,only to try with everything that he has to regain his true love andgain more than he could ever hope. It is preformed and put together insuch a way that it forgets and bypasses every love story cliché. Themovie starts out a little confusing but is very quickly sorted out andunderstood. Danny Boyle has made a film that inspires and encouragespeople of all ages.

    To summarize the deep and perfectly delivered message of this movie;you don't have to be a genius to know the answers in life, sometimeslife is just written(whether you call it fate or destiny). This movieI'm sure will find its place amongst the great love movie's like "ThePrincess Bride", "Casablanca", and "Titanic". Some people I know haveproblems over the fact that this movie takes place in India, but if youjust for one moment let go of that and watch this movie you willinstantly find out just how amazing this movie is.

    Even though I am writing this review now in November, I hope that youwill read this review when the film comes out officially in January andgo out and see it. BECAUSE WHETHER YOU GO INTO THAT THEATER ALONE;WITHOUT A GIRLFRIEND OR NOT, YOU WILL WALK OUT OF THAT THEATERINSPIRED, ENCOURAGED, HOPEFUL, BUT MOST OF ALL IN LOVE WITH THIS FILM.

    For my closing statement I need to mention that recently this film gotan undeserving "R" rating, but this is one movie you should not beashamed to have your parents take you to see. And is the perfect movieto take a loved one to.

  5. Jay from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 5:49 pm

    I also saw this film at to Toronto Film Festival. The audience gave it a well deserved standing ovation. This story is told seamlessly. The revealing look into the Mumbai slum is just one of the beautiful and terrifying story lines. The use of flashbacks to tell the story took you on a journey in time and culture. They used three sets of actors of three different ages to move the story. The use of the youngest actors (actually slum kids from Mumbai) stole the show. These kids were incredible showing both the beauty and the horrors of growing up in Bombay. And that’s not to take away from the amazing performances of Freida, Dev, and the actor playing the older Saleem. There performances moved many to tears. See this movie it won’t disappoint!

  6. yogeshnachnani from India
    30 Mar 2012, 5:49 pm

    I FULLY AGREE that it is a good movie, no doubt about it, but it ishighly overrated. If u people like this, there are 100s of other IndianMovies that are made much better than this(Both old and NEW). As forRahman's music, it is GREAT (again no doubt). But this is definitelynot his best. Pls go hear "dil se" and u'll know what i am talkingabout! Compare this movie to previous Oscar winners like Americanbeauty, and well, u'll know wat i mean.

    Verdict : To everyone who has still not seen the film, It's definitelya one time watch. Good music,Good story and Good (kind hearted if i mayadd) cast and crew. But i request you to watch it with an open mind.And by the way, Mumbai is not just a "slum area". :-)

  7. anhedonia from Planet Earth
    30 Mar 2012, 5:49 pm

    I won't see a better, more exhilarating movie this year than DannyBoyle's "Slumdog Millionaire." If Academy voters have any sense, theywill nominate this for Best Picture and Best Director and then voteoverwhelmingly for it for both awards.

    Boyle has taken what is essentially a story about a young man onIndia's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" and transformed itinto a gritty, realistic, powerful and, at times, gut-wrenching fairytale. It's a Dickensian picture about a world rarely, if ever, seen inmainstream movies, a film that grabs us from the opening frame anddoesn't let go until the credits roll at the end.

    This is why I love movies. Films like "Slumdog Millionaire" are rare.They are things of beauty, works of art that make me fall in love withmovies all over again. Boyle has done it twice. First with "Millions"(2004), which also, coincidentally, was about a young boy and money;and now with "Slumdog Millionaire."

    This is Boyle's masterpiece – a stunningly original piece offilm-making.

    Every once in a while there is a sleeper film, usually an independentmovie, that comes along, takes everyone by surprise, then gets terrificword of mouth and becomes a huge success. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"(2002), "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006) – though I did not care much forit – and "Juno" (2007) are such films. But, frankly, those films can'thold a candle to "Slumdog Millionaire."

    What might surprise many viewers is that a third of the dialogue is inHindi. (And Boyle's placement of subtitles on the screen makes suchgood sense!) Please do not let that dissuade you from seeing thismarvelous film. Do not let the R rating prevent you, either. What wasthe MPAA thinking? Honestly! There are far more offensive, vulgar andviolent movies that are rated PG-13. "Slumdog Millionaire" should neverhave received an R rating. (This film should be mandatory viewing foryoung people, especially those in industrialized nations.)

    Simon Beaufoy's script was originally entirely in English, but Boyle'sdecision to have the Indian kids speak in Hindi, instead, is the rightcall. Having the children speaking in their native tongue makes perfectsense, especially because Boyle and Beaufoy depicts the realism of thekids' lives.

    That's what incredible about this film. Boyle and Beaufoy do not shyaway from showing the squalor of Bombay. These kids live in deplorableconditions amid the grime, sewers and trash dumps of the slums. And,yet, thanks of Boyle true ingenuity, he creates uplifting and evenhumorous moments in the slums. There is one moment – and I shan't spoilit for anyone, but you will know it when you see it – that very wellmight be my favorite film moment in the last five years.

    Boyle doesn't do a thing wrong here. From his choice of actors to themusic to his choice of colors, Boyle works his magic.

    The performances are uniformly good. Irrfan Khan finds the rightbalance between a tormentor and a quasi-father figure as the policeofficer. There's young Dev Patel as Jamal, playing with confidence,bringing a wonderful swagger to his role, as well as a sense of fearthat we completely understand. Freida Pinto as the love interest issuperb. And, of course, there are the three young 'uns. Perfectly cast,they actually make the film work. Their performances as Jamal, Salimand Latika are so utterly convincing that they completely draw us intothe picture and make the jobs of the older actors playing them mucheasier.

    "Slumdog Millionaire" is, I suppose, a dramatic comedy at heart. But itis also much more. It is a film about friendship, gratitude, love,betrayal, poverty and hope. It makes you laugh, weep and cheer as youcan't help but marvel at Boyle's sheer genius.

    The film moves along at a breakneck pace, yet none of the cinematicflair – and there is plenty – seems superfluous. Everything Boyle does,including the Bollywood touches, makes sense. There's such abrilliantly kinetic energy to this film that it is impossible not to beenthralled by it.

    What Boyle has done is truly miraculous. He has turned a film aboutstreet life in Bombay into a visceral, genuine crowd-pleaser. And youwill walk out of the movie theater feeling inspired and hopeful,knowing you've just seen something very special.

    "Slumdog Millionaire" is not to be missed. It is the best movie of theyear. And it is, without any doubt, one of the ten best films of thedecade.

  8. ametaphysicalshark from
    30 Mar 2012, 5:49 pm

    The editing, digital cinematography, and Danny Boyle's direction (withco-director Loveleen Tandan) create a fascinating aesthetic which isperfect for the material. However, barely anyone (among the vastminority of people and critics who didn't care for this massivelyacclaimed film) is complaining about the film's technical virtueshowever, so how about all that contrived, sappy melodrama?

    To my surprise, "Slumdog Millionaire" is very tasteful in almost everyrespect. The romance scenes are either beautifully understated (most ofthe scenes with them as children/young teenagers, and a couple afterthat) or fantasy melodrama like much of the stuff near the end of thefilm (although the actual final pre-credit shot itself is again, atender and beautiful moment). I have no issues with the fantasymelodrama however, because most of the film is done in that tone. Eventhe very realistic and brutally true-to-life scenes involving the raidsof Muslim sections of the slums by Hindus, and the luring of childrento a life of begging on the streets (for gangsters and criminals) inexchange for accommodation and food are done in a manner that is bothtastefully evocative of reality while fitting in tone with much of therest of the film, which has a more hopeful tone. It sounds improbable,but that's what the screenwriter and director(s) achieve here. The filmdoesn't strive for 'gritty realism', but everything in the film (yes,everything) is perfectly evocative of reality. The trouble with 'grittyrealism' is that it often is gritty and hopeless in a way life rarelyis to most of us, and is actually laughable if done wrong. Jamal'sflashbacks to the begging end in misery, but before that we get thehappiness and relief of slum life that these children felt. The raid isunrelentingly horrifying, but it is a haunting memory rather thansomething the film dwells on without stopping. The film also gives usscenes of comedic escapism which are still within the realm ofplausibility as well.

    If you don't know the general plot by now, here it is: Jamal is a boyfrom the slums of Mumbai who has reached the final question on "WhoWants to be a Millionaire" against all odds. The film, through a plotdevice I won't reveal even though it's only a mild spoiler, reveals thesources of Jamal's knowledge of the answers to each question (exceptfor the ones he doesn't know and guesses at/uses the lifelines for)through flashbacks to him throughout his childhood and teenage years.Here enter the accusations of the film's supposedly 'hilarious','impossible', and 'dumb' contrivances. There's no way a chai wala knowsthe answers to those questions, and it's too convenient that he happensto have experienced something suitable for all those answers. I beg todiffer. With a life like Jamal's (which is, believe it or not, beingled right now by many children in India) I should hope that he gainedat least that much knowledge. He didn't actually know the answers toevery question, and on a game of both luck and knowledge it's entirelyplausible to me that Jamal's game could actually happen. The only hugecontrivance is the nature of the very last question and what happenswhen it's asked, but by then the movie had me in its grasp and the ployworked. The fact that every member of the cast is absolutely excellent,including the child actors, doesn't hurt either.

    It sounds odd, but "Slumdog Millionaire" seemed to me like it found away to combine a realist look at India (and, according to the Indianperson with whom I attended the film, it is absolutely spot-on inalmost every regard, and certainly doesn't contradict anything I sawduring my short visit to India) and a romantic melodrama. The endresult, with the screenplay that combines the drama, comedy, andthriller genres to great effect, is both an aesthetic triumph, andunlikely as it sounds, a crowd-pleasing masterpiece. Also, the music isbrilliant, both the original score by the legendary A.R. Rahman and theexcellent choices made when it comes to the pop music included in thefilm (though that is to be expected from a Danny Boyle film). As forthose moaning about the love story, perhaps you have not found thatperson yet, get back to me when you do.

  9. slseel from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:49 pm

    This is an extraordinary film. From the original concept of the novelon which it is based (Q&A by Vikas Swarup), the screenplay by SimonBeaufoy (Full Monty) but especially the masterful creation anddirection of the film by Danny Boyle. From the opening moments untilthe final scene, the audience was fully engaged. I was completely lostin the world that Danny Boyle created. This is not a story that hasbeen told and retold, hashed and rehashed. It is fresh and engaging -all at once quickly moving, romantic, violent, culturally insightful,desperate and slightly fantastic. There are some comic elements to thefilm but to describe it as a "comedy" seems inappropriate. The film wasshot on location in India, mostly in Mumbai. Slumdog Millionaire is yetanother testament to depth and range of Boyle's artistic talent who hasdirected such diverse films as Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, 28 DaysLater and Sunshine.

    I saw the film on at the 2008 Telluride Film Festival as a "sneakpreview." The film was introduced by Boyle who said that the officialopening of the film would be the next weekend at the Toronto FilmFestival. He also said that there may be some final tweaking of thefilm prior to Toronto.

    In the discussion after the film Boyle strongly recommended threeIndian made films: Satya, Company and Black Friday. He described eachas superb. Boyle also stated that a portion of the Slumdog Millionairewas shot with a Canon EOS still camera, especially around the TajMahal, rather than a proper movie camera which creates unwantedattention while filming at popular tourist locations in India.


  10. CineCritic2517 from Netherlands
    30 Mar 2012, 5:49 pm

    Since it received no less than 8 Oscars, I foresaw that Slumdog wouldnot be of my liking, but I was frankly still baffled that the picturedid not even meet my poorest of expectations, turning out to be justanother overcheesed melodrama and an altogether quixotic mess of afilm.

    With leads totally bereft of any charisma and zero chemistry betweenthem, I progressively wondered who exactly I was supposed to root for.I think at some point I went for the game show host, since he wasapparently paying the game money out his own pocket? and was obviouslythe victim of a swindle, much like myself.

    Come on, people don't instantly become of interest or garner sympathyjust because they had a rough time. It takes a believable backdrop, asolid script and character development to achieve this. This picturefails terribly on all these counts and does so rather conspicuously,much like a cartoon or a parody. Oh, this was a realistic portrait of atypical slum in Bombay? They must have recently painted and vacuumedthe place then.

    Heavy handed and utterly contrived situations furthered my annoyance asthe movie turned into an inconceivable question and answer game wherequeue back sequences, in perfect chronological alignment, convenientlyallowed the main lead to be able to rush through the game show, nevershowing the proper emotion or physical reaction such a tense situationsurely would bring. No wonder the comic book villain cops didn't buythe lead's explanation that he simply knew all the answers. Our poorlead is beaten and tortured as the morally bankrupt cops try to forceout a confession. But after a few weepy lifetime tales, the copmiraculously turns from foe to friend acting like the father one neverhad. Please give us a break.

    And what was up with these kids being able to speak perfect English allof a sudden? Since when is the WWTBAM show broad-casted live? Sincewhen do you only need to answer 6 questions in this quiz and what inGod's name is so glorious or symbolic about being shot to death in abathtub full of money?

    Why is it that nowadays films with a story line that would really onlybe suitable for young children with its simplistic and utterlyunrealistic plot points, seem so fit to gather so much general acclaimfrom a mature audience? I know people are easy to manipulate with thesesorts of rags to riches claptrap, but surely this level of schmaltz andinsultingly lame and predictable story progression would open up a feweyes here and there?

    I guess that the better the movies come, the worse they actually are.

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