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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
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Bahram Ehsas ...
Wali
Tamim Nawabi ...
Kamal
Mohamad Nabi Attai ...
Uncle Saifo the Kite Seller
Mohamad Nadir Sarwari ...
Spice Merchant
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Party Worker
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Storyline

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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There is a way to be good again.

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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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11 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cometas en el cielo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$15,797,907 (USA) (11 April 2008)
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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 »

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When Hassan first points the slingshot at the three big guys to save Amir it is crossed but in the next shot it appears to be normal again. See more »

Quotes

Young Hassan: For you, a thousand times over
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Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

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Yadi Rozgari Shereem
Written & Performed by Ahmad Zahir
Courtesy of Shabnam Zahir
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READ THE BOOK.... very disappointing film.
12 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having just read the book and a day later watched the film I can tell you I was severely disappointed. To be fair there was quite a bit to shoehorn into the film and as a result the film moved at an amazing pace compared with the book. Plenty was left some of it quite important in my opinion. A good example - Hassan actually had an operation for his birthday present from Amir's father to correct his harelip not a kite! I think because so many of the scenes in the film were very short as they were trying to fit so much into the film there is little time to engage with the characters and have any emotional attachment to them. This made the film almost not caring about its purpose. The emotion of the book never appeared in the film. I was not upset or distressed at all. I should have been. The truth of the tale is devastating. But the actors didn't seem engaged in the weight of their portrayal.

In short PLEASE READ THE BOOK! The film is weak and soulless.


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