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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Updated: Oct 15, 2022

Plot Summary: As 18-year-old Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) answers questions on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," flashbacks show how he got there. Part of a stable of young thieves after their mother dies, Jamal and his brother, Salim, survive on the streets of Mumbai. Salim finds the life of crime agreeable, but Jamal scrapes by with small jobs until landing a spot on the game show.

What this movie is about?: A fairy-tale romance mixed with the hard reality of two poor Muslim kids from India.

Best Performance: Dev Patel (Older Jamal)

Best Minor Performance: Anil Kapoor/Danny Boyle

Most Charismatic Award: Anil Kapoor (Prem)/Madhur Mittal (Older Salim)

Best Scene: Hindi attack on the Muslim community/Prem giving Jamal the wrong answer

Favorite Scene: Jamal diving in shit to meet his hero.

Best Line: “When somebody asks me a question, I tell them the answer.”

Honorable Mention: “- Prem: Final question for twenty million rupees, and he's smiling. I guess you know the answer.

- Older Jamal: Do you believe it, I don't!

- Prem: You don't? So you take the ten million and walk?

- Older Jamal: No. I'll play.”

Funniest Line: Money and women. The reasons for make most mistakes in life.”

Most Indelible Moment: The Ending/Credits

The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 6.5

Impact/Significance: 8

Novelty: 9

Classic-ness: 6.5

Rewatchability: 6

Audience Score: 9

Total: 45

*Recognition: Nominated for Best Sound Editing, Won Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score and Song, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, and Cinematography

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