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Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

Despite its nearly four-hour length, despite that fact that it's in Hindi, despite the fact that it's a historical drama and despite the fact that it's about a cricket game, this Academy Award-nominated film is one of the most joyous, unabashedly entertaining films of the year. The year is 1893, and a group of poor Indian villagers are forced to play their first-ever game of cricket against an evil British captain and his troops. If the villagers win, their taxes will be canceled for three years. If they lose, however, they'll have to pay triple. It's basically The Bad News Bears, Rocky, Slap Shot, Major League and about a half-dozen other inspirational sports flicks rolled into one epic package. Did I mention there are musical numbers? There are. In English, Hindi and Bhojpuri with English subtitles. 225 minutes