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Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is just one question away from winning a fortune on India's version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But how has this uneducated young man from the slums succeeded in providing correct responses to questions that have stumped countless scholars before him? And will he ultimately win it all or lose everything, including his true love?
Danny Boyle (Sunshine) directed this wildly energetic, Dickensian drama about the desultory life and times of an Indian boy whose bleak, formative experiences lead to an appearance on his country's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Jamal (played as a young man by Dev Patel) and his brother are orphaned as children, raising themselves in various slums and crime-ridden neighorhoods and falling in, for a while, with a monstrous gang exploiting children as beggars and prostitutes. Driven by his love for Latika (Freida Pinto), Jamal, while a teen, later goes on a journey to rescue her from the gang's clutches, only to lose her again to another oppressive fate as the lover of a notorious gangster.
Running parallel with this dark yet irresistible adventure, told in flashback vignettes, is the almost inexplicable sight of Jamal winning every challenge on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," a strong showing that leads to a vicious police interrogation. As Jamal explains how he knows the answer to every question on the show as the result of harsh events in his knockabout life, the chaos of his existence gains shape, perspective and soulfulness. The film's violence is offset by a mesmerizing exotica shot and edited with a great whoosh of vitality. Boyle successfully sells the story's most unlikely elements with nods to literary and cinematic conventions that touch an audience's heart more than its head. --Tom Keogh
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What a wonderful, colorful, fun-sad-hopeful film with love story and fascinating glimpses of Indian culture.Published 1 day ago by Harriet S. Leveen
“Slumdog Millionaire” is not what I expected it to be and is like nothing I have ever seen before. Read more
Great Movie, Unfortunately my time ran out before I could finish the movie, and I was not paying Amazon more money to watch the end.Published 9 days ago by Mike Quinn
One of my most favorite movie of all time. I just cannot help but feel so touched after watching this film. Read morePublished 10 days ago by brian gokey
seen it before just as good the second time. No actors you recognize. Great storyPublished 18 days ago by greg mccaul
Im not into watching any movie where children are tortured. But hey, thats just me. Supposedly this movie won an award. Id give it 0 stars if possible.Published 18 days ago by Jerry Nelson
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I understand there's a hotline # for issues with Fox products...try 1-888-223-4FOX
Mar 31, 2009 by LC | See all 35 posts
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The ending of "Slumdog" is a tribute to Bollywood films, whcih usually have a showy and uplifting finale, after a brutal and dramatic experience. I thought it was fitting, unexpected and very well-done. "City of God" is a great film, but we don't need the same film done...
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I just received my Slumdog DVD today and it was great! I can't believe how quickly I got this considering I just talked to the customer service rep yesterday. Thank you Fox!
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I too have bought two different copies of the blu-ray version of Slumdog and neither one has been able to load on my blu-ray player. I've never had problems with any other blu-ray disc.
Jun 20, 2009 by W. Norman | See all 3 posts
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hey, bought a copy Tuesday, called and already have my new DVD in hand... right on!
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