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The Book Thief (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 27 November 2013 (USA)
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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 protected by her adoptive parents.

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Narrator / Death (voice)
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Julian Lehmann ...
Gotthard Lange ...
Grave Digger
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Jewish Accountant
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In 1938, the young girl Liesel Meminger is traveling by train with her mother and her younger brother when he dies. Her mother buries the boy in a cemetery by the tracks and Liesel picks up a book, "The Gravediggers Handbook", which was left on the grave of her brother and brings it with her. Liesel is delivered to a foster family in a small town and later she learns that her mother left her because she is a communist. Her stepmother, Rosa Hubermann, is a rude but caring woman and her stepfather, Hans Hubermann, is a simple kind-hearted man. Liesel befriends her next door neighbor, the boy Rudy Steiner, and they go together to the school. When Hans discovers that Liesel cannot read, he teaches her using her book and Liesel becomes an obsessed reader. During a Nazi speech where the locals are forced to burn books in a bonfire, Liesel recovers one book for her and the Mayor's wife Ilsa Hermann witnesses her action. Meanwhile Hans hides the Jewish Max Vandenburg, who is the son of a ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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book | basement | nazi | girl | library | See All (78) »

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This is the tale of the Book Thief, as narrated by death. And when Death tells a story, you really have to listen. It's just a small story really, about, amongst other things: a girl+an accordionist+some fanatical Germans+a Jewish fist fighter+and quite a lot of thievery. See more »

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Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and intense depiction of thematic material | See all certifications »

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Ladrona de libros  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$105,005 (USA) (8 November 2013)

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$21,483,154 (USA) (4 April 2014)
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Robert Sheehan (II) auditioned for the part of Max Vandenburg. The video with his reading leaked online. See more »

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While in the basement, Hans comments that the snowman will not melt because "it's freezing down here," yet no character's breath can be seen in the air, despite the fact that all are breathing heavily. See more »

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Narrator: One small fact: you are going to die. Despite every effort, no one lives forever. Sorry to be such a spoiler. My advice is when the time comes, don't panic. It doesn't seem to help.
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Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, Gut Nacht, Op. 49, No. 4
Written by Johannes Brahms
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A must-see movie for anyone interested in the Nazi Era.
29 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

As the daughter of a Holocaust Survivor, I raced to see this movie on Thanksgiving Day.

Our hero, a little girl, has a compelling personal history. Her brother dies on the way of them being placed with foster parents. She also cannot read.

Her foster father becomes her natural ally when he teaches her to read. Then she is befriended by her neighbor, a little boy.

Added to the mix is that her foster parents hide a Jew. The little girl is drawn to him, especially after she learns her own mother, a Communist, most likely became a victim of the Nazis.

The Jewish young man furthers her education with reading and writing lessons. When he falls ill, she reads to him as a lifeline to keep him connected to living.

The historic context of this story is well documented with the Night of the Broken Glass and book burning.

This movie is a must- see for anyone like me who is compelled to learn about the human and historic drama of the Nazi era.


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