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Running Time:
2 hours

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for some violence, disturbing images and language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This exuberantly effervescent fantasy is arguably one of the best films of the year.

Additional Info:
DVD Features:

Slumdog Dreams: Danny Boyle & The Making of Slumdog Millionaire; ; Deleted Scenes:; Chase Through Slums Longer Version; Boys At Container Yard/Beanbags/Yellow Dress; Prem At Police Station; Frederick Stevens Question ; Jamal at Opera, Boys Leave Agra; Jamal Searches, finds Arvind ; Chowpatty Beach And Tulip Star; Jamal Returns To Tulip Star ; Jamal Wakes In Slum; "Why Can't You Leave It Alone" Jamal Loseshttp://video.barnesandnoble.com/search/imageviewer.asp?ean=024543574415 Latika, Calls Salim; The Folder: Commentary by Director Danny Boyle and Actor Dev Patel; Commentary by Producer Christian Colson and Writer Simon Beaufoy; Slumdog Cutdown.

Slumdog Millionaire
Jamal Malik (Dev Patel), is an 18 year-old menial laborer in Mumbai, India, but he's about to win a fortune on India's television version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The show's deliciously devious host (Anil Kapoor) is suspicious of how this slumdog could know all the answers, and during an overnight break, Jamal is taken into custody and tortured by a police inspector (Irfan Khan) and his sadistic interrogator, to discover how he cheated. In a series of flashback, during the television show and the police questioning, we learn how Jamal happens to know the answers, including the race riot that left him and his brother Samir orphans, forced to become street beggars, as well as all of the other gems of information that Jamal seems to have at his fingertips. 

This fantastically energetic film directed by Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting") interweaves sequences from Jamal's past and present, highlighted by zippy camerawork charging along at the speed of the train on which Jamal and Salim hitch a ride and where they meet Latika, a fellow orphan who continues to reappear at various points in their lives. As maturity brings out the violent and ambitious side of Salim (Madhur Mittal), Latika (Freida Pinto) has grown into a beauty, forced into a relationship with a wealthy gangster. Jamal finds himself alone and longing to find his brother and Latika. So in a last-ditch effort to bring them all back together, Jamal goes on the TV show.

In typical Bollywood style, there's even a boisterous dance sequence during the closing credits, but everything before it has been so totally dramatic that this brief dip into fantasy doesn't seem to be inconsistent. The performances are uniformly exceptional, from veterans Indian actors
Anil Kapoor and Irfan Khan to the young actors who play both the younger and older Jamal, Latika and Salim. The actors' enthusiasm, coupled with Boyle's energy makes magic out of this story of coincidences and luck and eventually fate. Although it may seem to be a cliched tale, no recent film has felt so exuberantly effervescent.

Slumdog Millionaire with Dev Patel: DVD Cover


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