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Slumdog Millionaire [DVD]

Dev Patel , Freida Pinto , Danny Boyle , Loveleen Tandan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor, Rajendranath Zutshi
  • Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan
  • Writers: Simon Beaufoy, Vikas Swarup
  • Producers: Cameron McCracken, Christian Colson, François Ivernel, Ivana MacKinnon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun. 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JJBC5S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,824 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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This Mumbai-set, rags-to-possible riches tale, co-directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan, was the winner of eight Oscars at the 2009 Academy Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is an 18-year-old street kid from the slums of Mumbai. So what is he doing appearing on the Indian version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'? How can a young man from his background of poverty have acquired the knowledge to be only one correct answer away from winning 20 million rupees? With only one more question to be asked, however, the dream turns to nightmare. As the hooter sounds to signal the end of the show, Jamal is arrested and accused of cheating. No-one can believe that he could really know all of the answers he has given. As Jamal tells the story of his life to the police, the reasons for his success begin to appear. Will Jamal be freed to hear the final question and, if so, will he know the answer?


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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78 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Dec. 2008
As a British born Indian, I wanted to see Boyle take on his version of a bollywood film with a good mix of his direction, all the charm that most of Indian films have. Result, a good directorial effort with an Indian version of City of God; far less brutal and replaces that sardonic hardship from City of God to the hopeful dreams of a young boy from the slums, very much a style common in Indian films today.

I've been to India before and seen what this film shows. It doesn't make it less dreary by sugar coating; that's not Boyle's style, he will show what is there and this film depicts India's culture, beauty, depression, poverty, lustre, greed, vengeance, corruption and all the moralities. You might be mistaken into thinking I'm being patriotic but the fact is Boyle has made a very good film, with keeping the actual Indian viewers of this film in mind. He has given it a love story like most Indian films while providing the action and tension that so many Indian-film lovers sitting on corner streets in Mumbai and Delhi will want to see.

I've lived in West London all my life and this is as close to showing India any European film has done in the last 20 years, that includes Bend it like Beckham and Ghandi.

West-Londoner-born, like myself, Dev Patel made his début on SKINS, and excellent UK drama series involving the life of College/Sixformer teens. A good choice since learning an language and accent is easier, but also a familiar face to those who watch Skins. The main focus is on him becoming more than he is, a subtle underdog story that doesn't boast of its pious superiority. He just wants to find the girl, Latika, he met when he was a boy, save her from poverty, prostitution and give her a life she deserves.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 26 Aug. 2011
I was almost put off by a lot of hype trying to connect this film to Bollywood in some way which wouldn't have really been my cup of tea. What Danny Boyle has achieved here, however, is a stunningly vivid and touching film all about ordinary people which should translate to just about every country and culture in the world. A well deserved barrel load of Oscars and nothing to do with Bollywood at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not feel good 5 Jun. 2014
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I think this is the most depressing movie I have ever watched! I clearly live on a different planet to the people that describe this movie as "feel good". I'm off now to look for a beam and a length of rope.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 14 Jan. 2009
By Marly Z
It's been a long time since I've seen a film that's affected me as much as this one has.

The film follows Jamal Malik, an 18 year old slum boy in Mumbai who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'. Jamal has managed to answer the questions correctly and has won 100,000 rupees, but the show ends before he can answer the final question, and whilst leaving the studio Jamal is arrested by the police who accuse him of cheating, claiming that no Slumdog would know the answers to the questions. The film opens with Jamal being tortured, but once the police officers realise that this is not working the sergeant attempts a more civil approach to get Jamal to talk by asking him how he knew the answer to each question. As Jamal explains to the sergeant the experiences in his life that led to him knowing the answers to these questions, we as the viewer see these flashbacks into Jamal's childhood, following his life from 5 years old to now and are given an insight into the slums of Mumbai, and one child's journey through all of it.

The film is incredible, and pulls at every one of your heartstrings. I cried, I laughed, I was biting my nails with tension, covering my face with my hands unable to watch, smiling, frowning - the film is an emotional rollercoaster but never allows you to ponder on any one emotion too long, jumping from place to place, mixing jokes among tears. The soundtrack is perfect, the actors are all very good (the children especially are amazing), the colours on the screen gorgeous, and for 2 hours you feel like you genuinely are transported to Mumbai - it all feels so genuine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film that I recommend 30 Jun. 2016
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Slumdog Millionaire is 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 “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. I highly recommend this film. It was great quality and arrived really quickly. The film itself is funny and is great film with lots of great moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Silly, beautiful story 12 Nov. 2015
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I find some of the comments on this film say more about the watcher than they do about the film. This film is beautifully made and extremely well acted almost without exception. There ARE points where accusations of "glossing over" the serious flaws in Indian culture are held up to be seen, but this is not a documentary, nor is it an indictment of the many dreadful aspects of modern Indian culture. It is a silly story about Jamal and his story. Unless you take this film on the terms Danny Boyle made it, you are missing the point. I've edited this review after watching Danny Boyle's commentary. It just makes it better still.
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