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Spoiled Movie Endings

Title Year Length (Minutes) MPAA Rating My Rating
Slumdog Millionaire 2008 120 R 4.0 out of 5 ducks
Jamal, 18, is being beaten up in police custody for allegedly cheating on India's "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" game show, he a slumdog (kid from the slums of India). He's just one question away from winning the game when they broke for the night, and the host turned him over to police. As Jamal stands unafraid of the detective, the film cuts between his answering of the progressive questions, and how his life experiences have taught him the answer to a given question (the name of the famous Indian actor, who's face is on a $100 bill, the object in a god's hand, etc.). As an 8-year-old orphan, he and older brother Salim -- the stronger, more scam-prone of the pair -- scraped by, and Jamal took a fancy to Latika. As children, they were recruited to beg for Maman, but they fled when Salim witnessed them blinding a boy to boost his beggar potential; in their escape, Latika couldn't run fast enough to jump the same train and is left behind. Fast forward a few years, and they're scamming tourists, all the while Jamal continues his search for Latika; he tracks her down in a brothel, still untouched but Maman is having her learn belly dancing. Salim and Jamal go there to take her out, Maman objects, and Salim shoots and kills him; they flee. Salim runs Jamal off with a gun after telling Latika he saved her life, so now she owes him [implied sleeping with him]. Years later, Salim now works for the gangster enemy of Maman, who hires the teen to be in his thug group; the guy also has Latika in his group of women. Jamal sees her at the gangster's home, tells her he'll wait for her at the train station at 5pm each day until she comes, and leaves; he does see her one day, but Salim and the other thugs take her back, cutting her face with a knife. Jamal tells the detective he answers honestly when asked a question, and the detective figures the boy isn't cheating, given he's just implicated himself by proxy to Maman's murder. (The show's host also tries to feed Jamal a wrong answer, but he ignores it and answers the question correctly.) Jamal reveals he's less interested in the money, but wants to find Latika and knew she watches the show. Jamal is back on the show as Salim helps Latika escape and run to Jamal, giving her car keys and his phone, and asks her to forgive him. Jamal doesn't know the last question (name of the third Musketeer), phones a friend -- Salim -- and Latika answers, but she doesn't know the answer, either; Jamal guesses correctly and wins $20 million rupees. Back at the gangsters, Salim makes good in his promise to keep the gangster from going after Latika: Salim sits in a bathtub filled with currency, and shoots his boss before the thugs shoot and kill him. He finds Latika at the train station a little after 5pm, they kiss (he telling her it was written as their destiny); in closing credits, there's a musical number at the train station with the adult and child version of the couple. Moving film reel
Looking for more detail about this film? Try the film's page on IMDB by clicking on the IMDB logo: IMDB details for Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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