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Slumdog Millionaire

2008

Could there be a bigger crowd-pleaser than a movie that combines rags-to-riches Bollywood melodrama with the TV phenomenon Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Scripted by Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty), this effervescent love story centers on a poor young man (Dev Patel) who's competing on the Indian version of the much-franchised quiz show. Each question triggers a flashback to his grim past on the streets of Mumbai, where he was torn between his survival-oriented brother and a defenseless girl, and these recollections lead to epiphanies that bring the young contestant ever closer to a multimillion-dollar jackpot—to the chagrin of the show's silky host (Anil Kapoor). The movie brushes against some of India's worst social ills, but it's essentially a fairy tale. Danny Boyle (Millions) and Loveleen Tandan directed; with Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto, and Irfan Khan. 120 min.

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Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/slumdogmillionaire

Director: Danny Boyle

Writer: Simon Beaufoy

Producer: Christian Colson

Cast: Dev Patel, Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan

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