Life of Pi

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama, Family
Running Time:  127 min.
Release Date: November 21, 2012
DVD: March 12, 2013

Current rating: Rating: 4.32
based on 148 votes and 42 reviews
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Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu , Adil Hussain, Gérard Depardieu, Rafe Spall


A man named Pi tells a story that occurred when he was 16. When his family decides to move their zoo from India to Canada, Pi winds up as the only human survivor of the tragic sinking of a cargo ship.

On the sea in a lifeboat, he's accompanied by the other survivors—a zebra, a hyena, a female orangutan and a 450-pound aggressive Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Pi tries catching fish to feed the tiger so he won't get eaten himself.

When officials from the Maritime department don't believe his story, Pi tells them another one but this time with a slightly different angle.

Andrew Garfield was initially considered for the role of "The Writer" but Tobey Maguire was cast. As filming progressed, Maguire was replaced by Rafe Spall because the director thought Maguire's fame would have been too distracting.

Life of Pi is based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel.

Director: Ang Lee
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Producer(s): Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark
Screenplay: David Magee
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  • 4 stars "well done! a very good adaptation of a great novel."
  • 5 stars "One of the best movies I've ever seen. Read the book years ago, not only I wasn't disappointed, I don't think the movie could have been done better."
  • 5 stars "such an amazing movie. an amazing story"