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DANNY BOYLE'S SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

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British director Danny Boyle, best known for the gritty heroin opus Trainspotting, has accomplished the impossible: He's brought genuine drama to the kitschy roving lights and final answers of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. His latest film, Slumdog Millionaire, tells the story of Jamal, an Indian teenager whose hopes for escaping poverty and getting the girl hinge on winning the Hindi version of your grandma's favorite game show. Amid accusations of cheating, Jamal is forced to explain how he became so knowledgeable during his early life, part of which was spent with a Fagin-like caretaker who blinded orphans to make them more profitable beggars. The film's complexity belies the sparkle of its Regis-y backdrop—right up until the Bollywood song-and-dance number during the closing credits. David Walters



The trailer for Slumdog Millionaire

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