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The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 17, April 24, 2005, Article 17

ANOTHER NUMISMATIC FILM CONNECTION: MILLIONS

Another recently-released film has a numismatic connection:
"Millions". Apart from the piles and piles of stage money shown
on film (time for an update to Fred Reed's new book already!),
the film's plot turns on a rare numismatic event - an official
currency changeover:

"Ensconced in his cardboard shed by the railway tracks, 7-year-old
Damian (Alex Etel) is mulling over the changes in his life... His
contemplations are disrupted when an enormous bag of cash
crashes through the roof of his retreat.

As you might expect, this monetary miracle sets in motion the
delightful British parable Millions, as the two brothers tackle their
newfound fortune."

"Upon study, the bag contains nearly a quarter of a million pounds
-- too much, really, for the lads to understand exactly how much
that is. Basically, they know itís a lot because, unpacked and
stacked, the cash towers above them. It would take a lifetime
for two boys to spend it on their desires -- a double-scoop of
ice cream here, a video game there. The rub is that itís only a
few days to E-Day, when Britain changes over to the Euro.
The booty has to be spent or converted pronto, or itís
valueless."

To read the full review, see: Full Review

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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