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Millions (2005)

A movie directed by Danny Boyle

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A Wonderful, Heartwarming Family Film

  • Mar 20, 2007
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Young Damian (Alex Etel) and his investment-minded brother, Anthony, miss their recently deceased mother very badly. So does their father. With that in mind, Damian and Anthony's dad moves them out of their old home and into a new one hoping to exorcise any painful memories. Once moved in, Damian sets up a cardboard house along the railroad tracks where he can escape into his own little world. While playing one day, a bag full of money literally falls on top of Damian's world. He shares his good fortune with Anthony who immediately begins to strategize on how to invest the money wisely. Unfortunately for the duo, the money will be useless in just a few days whenever the UK converts all of its money into Euros. Damian, being a very, very devout Christian, decides to give the money to the poor because he believes that it is a gift from God. Anthony, worried about things such as exchange and interest rates, tries to spend as much of his money on himself and stash some of it away in investments such as real estate.

Of course, this wasn't a gift from God. It was just one sack of a number of sacks of money strategically stolen and hidden by bank robbers. One of them was supposed to pick up the bag that young Damian found, and quickly begins to follow the young boy in order to get his money back. All of this is done without Damian's father knowing about this until one day at school, Damian makes a rather large contribution to a fund for poor children. The lady who is collecting the donations (Daisy Donovan), falls not only for the boy's giving heart but for his father as well.

As the story unfolds, Damian, Anthony, their dad and his new girlfriend struggle over what to do with the money. All the while Damian is getting advice from Catholic Saints who visit him throughout the film.

What happens to the money? Does the criminal ever catch up to Damian? You'll have to watch to find out. As another reviewer stated, this film does start out a tad bit slow but it soon picks up to a very nice pace. I don't recall any major curse words in the film. There is a little bit of peril, though, that might scare a few youngsters. Still, this is a wonderful film to watch with your entire family. After watching it, I'm sure that it will trigger many questions and comments from all observers.

It's a cute and heartwarming tale that is sure to please everyone in the family. I highly recommend it.

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review by . July 21, 2013
As the story opens, we meet brothers Damian and Anthony, who have just lost their mother. The family moves to a new house to begin life without her, and Damian finds a big bag full of cash. This sounds like a dream come true, but in two weeks' time, England will switch to Euros and the Pound will be worthless. The boys have to come up with creative ways to spend the money (before a very scary man finds it and them).      This is a sweet and uplifting movie and I enjoyed it …
review by . April 25, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
"Millions" is a stylish and heart-warming family film. It centers around Damian (Alex Etel), a boy who is suffering from the loss of his mother. He is living in a new setting, a middle-class suburb in England, with his older brother, Anthony (Lewis McGibbin) and Ronnie, his father (James Nesbitt). One day a piece of luggage filled with money hits his homemade fortress nestled close to the railroad. Of course he and his brother are astonished, but Damian, who has a great devotion to saints, has a …
review by . August 12, 2005
posted in Screen Gems
This is one of those movies that you sometimes run across purely by accident, and once you've seen it you're so glad you did. At least, that's what happened to me.    The story is a smart "what-if" sort of premise, starting with the idea that Great Britain is in a rush to convert their legal tender from Pounds Sterling to the Euro. As the movie begins, the final date for this changeover is a little over a week away, after which the Pound will no longer be usable anywhere in Britain. …
review by . November 07, 2005
Danny Boyle ('28 Days Later', 'Trainspotting', 'A Life Less Ordinary') has a way with stories that transports a good script (in this case one by Frank Cottrell Boyce) into a cinematic range that creates magic. MILLIONS may seem like a little family tale on the surface, but in Boyle's hands this story about the struggle between Janus ethics vaults off into magical realism, happily taking the audience along for a journey of wonder and joy and the importance of charity.    Damian …
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Millionswears its heart on its sleeve, and it wears it well. Two boys, still grieving the death of their mother, find themselves the unwitting benefactors of a bag of bank robbery loot in the week before the United Kingdom switches its official currency to the Euro. What's a kid to do? Director Danny Boyle takes a simple premise and, with the help of Frank Cottrell Boyce's sweet, smart script, finds something special to say about the hopes everyone has for the future of a changing world. Brothers Anthony and Damian have vastly different agendas for the stash, and then have to deal not only with the money's original thief but with the disarming woman who seems to be stealing their widowed father. The film is full of quirks that work--seven-year-old Damian (an endearing Alex Etel) has private conversations with a collection of eclectic religious saints--and a technically spirited way of commingling both the scary realities and fanciful imaginings of young minds.--Steve Wiecking
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Director: Danny Boyle
Screen Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
Runtime: 98 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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