Up 194 this week

The Kite Runner (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  11 January 2008 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 66,085 users   Metascore: 61/100
Reviews: 225 user | 199 critic | 34 from Metacritic.com

After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.



(screenplay), (novel)
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.

Director: Mark Herman
Stars: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend
Broken Things (2002)
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young boy's love for the piano offers escape from his parents disintegrating marriage and the bullies at school.

Director: Vincent Lambe
Stars: Diarmuid Noyes, Eamonn Hunt, Bernadette McKenna
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films from the Live Action category for 2013.

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

Director: Brian Percival
Stars: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films from the Live Action category for 2012.

Osama (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Taliban are ruling Afghanistan, they being a repressive regime especially for women, who, among other things, are not allowed to work. This situation is especially difficult for one ... See full summary »

Director: Siddiq Barmak
Stars: Marina Golbahari, Zubaida Sahar, Mohammad Arif Herati
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films from the Live Action category for 2014.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra, who relays to him the story about her niece, ... See full summary »

Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh
Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jim Caviezel, Mozhan Marnò
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of a Californian couple expecting a child and their group of friends confronted with the tragedy of a big loss.

Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Radha Mitchell, Megan Mullally, Catherine Lloyd Burns
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed.

Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Taylor Simpson
Changeling (2008)
Drama | History | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films from the Live Action category for 2015.



Cast overview, first billed only:
Sayed Jafar Masihullah Gharibzada ...
Mir Mahmood Shah Hashimi ...
Nabi Tanha ...
Bahram Ehsas ...
Tamim Nawabi ...
Mohamad Nabi Attai ...
Uncle Saifo the Kite Seller
Mohamad Nadir Sarwari ...
Spice Merchant
Party Worker


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There is a way to be good again.



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 »

Parents Guide:






| | | |

Release Date:

11 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cometas en el cielo  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Author Khaled Hosseini describes the filming (in Kashgar, China) of the Kabul kite tournament scenes: "There weren't actually any kites in the sky. We were just kind of looking up at these strings going up to these cables and hanging from the other side there were water bottles to give the string a sense of tension." To which director Marc Forster adds "Yes, because we had no wind." CG kites were added in post-production. See more »


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 »


Baba: There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft... When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.
See more »


References El Cid (1961) See more »


Tanha Shudam Tanha
Written & Performed by Ahmad Zahir
Courtesy of Shabnam Zahir
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

This is truly one of those times when a film does great justice to a book!
15 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently was lucky enough to see "The Kite Runner" in a small theater, surrounded by seasoned movie-goers who knew how to enjoy a masterpiece of such sophistication. With all the controversy surrounding this film's central scene these days, I was expecting a piece both crude and violent. But the way Mr. Forster handled the delicate subject was touching and really, deeply moving. Even though the film's credits indicated China as the main location for the shoot, I could have sworn I was seeing Kabul throughout the scenes which are meant to be taking place in Afghanistan. The acting, by non-professionals as well as professional actors, is excellent and the casting is magnificent. So, this is a movie I would see again and again, because though it is undeniably sad in its subject, the masterful way it has been made awakens a whole new hope in modern cinema.

222 of 279 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DID YOU CRY? j-anthonyriley
Lack of emotion in the film movieman1991
Is the book or the movie better? mcbalbs
Overrated adambenoit
Maybe he planted the watch to HELP him? thatfridaynight
Couldn't read the subtitles...Blended into the background lebellue
Discuss The Kite Runner (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: