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The Kite Runner (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama | 11 January 2008 (USA)
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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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 kiting 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 kiting, 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)  »

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Cometas en el cielo  »

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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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In the DVD commentary, David Benioff said Uncle Saifo's lines in Dari are completely different from the English subtitles. Director Marc Forster said that the improvisation technique was common among the Afghan actors, many of whom weren't professional actors. See more »

Goofs

In the film, when Amir's father is buried, a wood coffin is used. Muslim burial rituals do not permit that. Rather, cloth coffin is used to wrap the dead, then he/she is deposited in the grave on the body's right side with face revealed and directed to Makkah. See more »

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Amir: [explaining Sohrab's presence] You see, General Sahib, my father slept with his servant's wife, and she bore him a son named Hassan. Hassan is dead now. That boy sleeping in the other room is Hassan's son. He's my nephew. That's what you tell people when they ask. And one more thing, General Sahib: you will never again refer to him as "a Hazara boy" in my presence. He has a name, and it's Sohrab.
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Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

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Tauta Wyum Yow Awhang
Written & Performed by Yar Mohammad and Homa Afghanmeena
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Fantastic Cinematography
28 November 2007 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I just saw it at an advance screening I haven't read the book, but heard many good things about it.

The movie was absolutely fantastic, very moving. With a roller coaster of emotions you totally connect with the characters. Shaun Toub was great, it was a complete departure from his usual roles, and his acting for those who understand Persian/Dari was incredible.

One thing to notes it that Khaled Hosseini actually loved the film which is unusual for book adaptation movies. Even after seeing the movie several times "he was sobbing".

Also the animation from the intro was exquisite, with names displayed as if it were Persian calligraphy, very unique! At times the translation was not clearly conveying the message efficiently, but all in all this was a great movie.


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