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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sayed Jafar Masihullah Gharibzada ...
Mir Mahmood Shah Hashimi ...
Nabi Tanha ...
Bahram Ehsas ...
Tamim Nawabi ...
Mohamad Nabi Attai ...
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Release Date:

11 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cometas en el cielo  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$15,797,907 (USA) (11 April 2008)

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Rahim looks at the picture of Soraya, Amir's wife, and puts it down on the table (at around 20 mins), but we don't actually see where he puts it. In the next shot, the picture is not seen anymore. See more »


Baba: Fuck the Russia!
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References El Cid (1961) See more »


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Variance on Theft
16 December 2007 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Based on the mega-best seller from author Khaled Hosseini, the film provides us a peak at the ugliness of post-Russia invaded Afghanistan and the terror of the Taliban. Director Marc Foster adds a gem to his resume, which already includes "Monster's Ball", "Finding Neverland" and "Stranger Than Fiction".

The story of young friends Amir and Hassan and the unknown bond they share into the next generation. This is a story of honor and courage and loyalty and is an unusual coming-of-age tale. Some great scenes of the boys when they are kids and then a couple of truly amazing scenes as Amir returns as an adult to find Hassan's imprisoned son.

This is tight, compelling story telling with a message. The acting is solid throughout, with no one actor stealing the screen. Although not a pleasant story to watch unfold, it is certainly meaningful and heart felt. Plus a quick shot of Midnight Oil playing in the pool hall is a welcome gift.

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