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Lagaan
 
 

Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, India 2001
224 mins. Hindi dialogue with English sub-titles

SHORT-LISTED : BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM AT 2002 OSCARS

 
Summary:
 

It's 1895 and the villainous British offer to remove a crippling tax if the local villagers can beat them at cricket.  The best film ever made about cricket with blazing song and dance numbers.  A Bollywood classic.

 
What the Critics say:
 
"A lavish epic, a gorgeous love story, and a rollicking adventure yarn.  Larger than life and outrageously enjoyable, it's got a dash of spaghetti western, a hint of Kurosawa, with a bracing shot of Kipling."  (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)

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