Of Greed and Giving
Release Date: March 11, 2005
Starring: Alex Etel, Lewis McGibbon,
James Nesbitt, Daisy Donovan,
and Christopher Fulford
Genre: Dramatic Comedy
Audience: Children and adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Danny Boyle
Executive Producer: Francois Ivernel, Cameron
McCracken, and David Thompson
Producer: Graham Broadbent, Andrew
Hauptman, Damien Jones, and
Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce
Address Comments To:Peter Rice, President
Fox Searchlight Pictures
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
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Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-4402
The adventure takes off for Damien while playing by train tracks in a cardboard playhouse. St. Clare of Assisi appears to him and comforts him in an offhanded way, but their conversation is abruptly ended when a bag of money crashes into the playhouse. Taking it as a sign from God, Damien wants to use the money to help people in need. Throughout the movie, he interacts with saints and non-saints to help him discern how he could use the money for good. St. Peter, St. Nicholas, The Martyrs of Uganda, St. Francis, and others show up for Damien at critical times to encourage him on in his endeavors.
However, from the beginning, Anthony is also aware of the money and has different plans for it. Ever calculating, Anthony’s ambition is to use the wealth to expand his influence at school and purchase everything on his wish list. At one point, 9-year-old Anthony humorously attempts to go into real estate. His desire is always to guard his own interests, which forces him at points to lie in order to defend himself and his funds. As part of his cover-up, Anthony insists that Damien not tell their father about the money, a situation that drives the action in the first half of the movie.
The story takes a more dramatic turn when the two boys realize that the money came from a bank robbery. They soon discover that a thief is on their heels to regain the stolen pounds. The problem is compounded when their father and his new love interest also discover the money. What enfolds is an allegory of sorts, illustrating the effects of money on people.
For an additional twist, the movie is fictionally set in the days before the British change-over from the pound to the euro, meaning that for the entire duration of the movie, the money is like a ticking bomb, soon to be rendered useless to anyone. Whatever designs each character has on the money must be performed quickly.
In all, MILLIONS is a delightful movie that raises insightful questions about the value of money and the important things in life. Because of some obvious flaws, such as St. Peter minimizing one of Christ’s miracles and Clare of Assisi smoking cigarettes, the movie requires discernment, but the moral, Christian message, for those who seek it, is invaluable.
MILLIONS is an allegory illustrating the effects of money on people. A delightful movie, it raises insightful questions about the value of money and the important things in life. Because of some obvious flaws, such as St. Peter minimizing one of Christ’s miracles, the movie requires discernment, but the moral, Christian message, for those who seek it, is invaluable.