Millions DVD

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Danny Boyle directs this story about saints, miracles and the way a child's imagination can help sort out the mysteries of life.

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Released
17 April 2019
Directors
Actors
Format
DVD 
Publisher
Pathe Distribution Ltd 
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Runtime
94 minutes 
Features
PAL 
Barcode
5060002834169 
  • Average Rating for Millions [2004] - 4 out of 5


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  • Millions [2004]
    Charlie Whately-Smith

    The recent success of 'Slumdog Millionaire' means that you can't pick up a newspaper without some reference to the film, or its newly-exalted director, Danny Boyle. It has been described as a modern-day fairy tale, with many surprised at the filmmaker's perceived change of direction since the likes of 'Trainspotting' and '28 Days Later'. However, as 'Millions' shows, 'Slumdog' was far from his first foray into feel-good or fairy tale territory.

    2005's 'Millions' is, if not a fairy tale then a fantastical story about childhood wonder and goodness. In a Britain about to swap sterling for the Euro, we meet Damian, a seven year-old, Anthony his nine-year old brother and their father Ronnie (James Nesbitt) who are moving to a new-build community following the death of the boys' mother.

    One day a suitcase containing £265,000 crash lands on Damian's playhouse. He is a heart-warmingly virtuous boy who, to help him cope with the loss of his mother, holds hallucinatory discussions with long-dead saints whose dates he can reel off like other boys would football statistics. He believes the money has been sent from God and wants to use it to help the poor.

    While business-minded Anthony has dreams of snapping up property and scuba equipment, he is frustrated at every turn by Damian's misguided altruism, whether it's treating the homeless to a Pizza Hut banquet or stuffing £20 notes into the letterbox of the Mormons who live across the road. Amongst these amusing sequences shot with flair and dexterity, Boyle is asking real questions and expressing key ideas: What would be the 'right' thing to do with the money? How can you be good; good enough for sainthood? Does moving mean moving on?

    Alex Etel, who plays Damian, is seriously impressive. His charming naivety and furrow-browed ethics always feel natural and as well as making us laugh, he lets us see that he is really an isolated little boy who misses his mum. What is great is that Boyle never resorts to syrupy sentimentalism or preachy condescension but instead handles the subject with humour, subtlety and trademark quirky style.

    An accidental discovery of big cash has been used in films for decades - from No Country for Old Men to Dumb & Dumber - but in this film the money shows the children how the world really works, and teaches them about what is truly important. This is a film which celebrates life and joy unashamedly and is as endearing as it is infectious.

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Can anyone be truly good? From acclaimed director Danny Boyle Millions is a refreshingly feel-good change of direction for the popular film-maker. When a railway heist goes wrong, an enormous bag of money falls from the sky into the hands of Damian and Anthony. There's only one thing to do - spend it like there's no tomorrow - because in twelve days time Britain converts to the Euro and all sterling heads for the incinerator. But how can an eight and ten-year old hope to spend a cool quarter of a million quid in just over a week? Anthony's plans create a black market in the school playground, while Damian wants to help the poor if he can find any. Oh, and the train robbers want their money back. Will they manage to spend the money before it's worthless? Will the school authorities discover what's going on? Or will the robbers get there first? Actors Alexander Nathan Etel, Lewis Owen McGibbon, James Nesbitt, Daisy Donovan, Christopher Fulford, Pearce Quigley, Jane Hogarth & Leslie Phillips Director Danny Boyle Certificate 12 years and over Year 2004 Screen Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Subtitles English ; English for the hearing impaired Duration 1 hour and 34 minutes (approx)

Comedy directed by Danny Boyle. When a railway heist goes wrong, an enormous bag of money falls from the sky into the hands of Damian (Alexander Nathan Etel) and Anthony (Lewis Owen McGibbon). There's only one thing to do - spend it like there's no tomorrow - because in twelve days time Britain converts to the Euro and all sterling heads for the incinerator. But how can an eight and ten-year-old hope to spend a cool quarter of a million quid in just over a week? Anthony's plans create a black market in the school playground, while Damian wants to help the poor if he can find any. Oh, and the train robbers want their money back. Will they manage to spend the money before it's worthless? Will the school authorities discover what's going on? Or will the robbers get there first?

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