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The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

Based on the novel by Richard C. Morais, this story is about the coming together of cultures.

YOU GET TO SEE THIS MOVIE AND YOU GET TO SEE THIS MOVIE AND YOU GET TO SEE THIS MOVIE! Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg…
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YOU GET TO SEE THIS MOVIE AND YOU GET TO SEE THIS MOVIE AND YOU GET TO SEE THIS MOVIE! Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg both produce this film

Details Release Date: Aug 08, 2014; With: Rohan Chand and Helen Mirren; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

It's curry versus coq au vin in The Hundred-Foot Journey, a culture-clash tale directed by Lasse Hallström, who last dipped into the foodie-film genre with his 2000 confection Chocolat. Produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Richard C. Morais, the movie tells the story of the Kadams, an Indian family that opens a restaurant in rural France just 100 feet from a Michelin-starred establishment owned by a haughty haute cuisiniste (Helen Mirren). She is, to put it mildly, not impressed with their boisterous Bollywood-style eatery. Their rivalry escalates until young cook Hassan (Manish Dayal) and sous-chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) fuse their cultures as they would flavors in a five-star entrée. ''It's a bit of a fable, but a fable that wants to be realistically told,'' Hallström says. ''It's a melting pot of languages, of food, and of people.''

For the director, the most rewarding part of making the movie came when he got to work directly with Spielberg after wrapping. ''It's like a dream of mine,'' Hallström says. ''To have him sit next to me in the editing room and give me comments on the film was just heavenly.'' Kind of like perfectly cooked chicken tikka...or duck à l'orange.
Originally posted Apr 09, 2014
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Weekend of Aug 17 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $28.4 2 $117.6 C+
2.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$24.7 3 $222.3 A-
3. $17.7 1 $26.1 F
4.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$16.2 1 $16.2 B
5.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$12.8 1 $12.8 C-
6.
Into the Storm
Warner Bros.
$7.7 2 $31.3 D+
7.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$7.1 2 $23.6 B
8.
Lucy
Universal
$5.3 4 $107.5 B
9.
Step Up All In
Lionsgate
$2.7 2 $11.8 B-
10.
Boyhood
IFC
$2.1 6 $13.8 A
* in millions