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The Kite Runner (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  11 January 2008 (USA)
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After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.

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Sayed Jafar Masihullah Gharibzada ...
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Mir Mahmood Shah Hashimi ...
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Nabi Tanha ...
Ali
Elham Ehsas ...
Bahram Ehsas ...
Wali
Tamim Nawabi ...
Kamal
Mohamad Nabi Attai ...
Uncle Saifo the Kite Seller
Mohamad Nadir Sarwari ...
Spice Merchant
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In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kitting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kitting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for strong thematic material including the rape of a child, violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$471,713 (USA) (14 December 2007)

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$15,797,907 (USA) (11 April 2008)
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In the book the servant boy, Hassan, was a harelip (cleft upper lip), but that was left out of the film because it would have required two hours of makeup every day, it would have been difficult for the boy to act in the makeup, Director Mark Forster didn't want to put the boy through it, and it wasn't essential to the script. See more »

Goofs

The stoning of adulterers in the stadium is incorrectly depicted. The correct process involves digging two holes. The woman is placed in the hole up to her shoulders with only her neck and head showing out, and the man is placed in his hole up to his knees with the rest of his body showing out. See more »

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Young Hassan: For you, a thousand times over
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 15 December 2007 (2007) See more »

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Omaid e Man
Written & Performed by Ehsan Aman
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I hope Afghanistan shares a similar fate.
17 December 2007 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

After seeing the prosthetic legs dropping from the sky by parachute in Kandahar (2001), one of the most memorable images in all of cinema, I wondered why there weren't more stories coming out of such a tumultuous country, tied to Americans forever by 9/11. And now I think I know why.

Such a beautifully-wrought adaptation of the wildly-popular novel of the same name, The Kite Runner is a model of fine film-making in almost all respects except one: It's too pat. So maybe Charlie Wilson's War will show me that films about Afghanistan will not revolve around formulae and clichés.

The redemption of the protagonist, Amir (Khalid Abdalla), has been told forever in literature and film, just not in Afghanistan. So no matter how tear-jerking the film may be, it is still a story told many times of a man who commits an egregious sin as a child but redeems himself in the end with an act of courage. Meanwhile, director Marc Forster and screenwriter David Beniof lace the film with the major motif, kite running, to such an ingenious extent that it not only ties in the hero's youth with his maturity, it also provides a figurative way of showing the desolation and hope of the country mixed of course with contradictory elements such as cutting string and blessed artificial legs.

Thus the film as metaphor is a success in showing the dismal past of a struggling country and its hopeful future. The cinematic images also emphasize this duality: The vistas with snow capped mountains and endless plains deflect the vision of a barren land where trees that manage to grow have been cut down by invaders, in this case 1979 Russia. The titular activity flourishes in large part because the arid, stony land offers few other possibilities. When the land is revisited in 2000, the limited country seems almost completely bereft of color and resources, a gray prison that parades adulterers to be stoned in the soccer stadium and little boys abused by an out-of-control Taliban.

But true to the formula, Amir has a second chance. I hope Afghanistan shares a similar fate.


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