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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas -- The forbidden friendship between an eight-year-old German boy and a young Jewish concentration camp prisoner in World War II-era Germany.

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John Boyne (novel)
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28 November 2008 (USA) See more »
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A timeless story of innocence lost and humanity found. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Asa Butterfield ... Bruno
Zac Mattoon O'Brien ... Leon (as Zac Mattoon-O'Brien)
Domonkos Németh ... Martin
Henry Kingsmill ... Karl

Vera Farmiga ... Mother

Cara Horgan ... Maria
Zsuzsa Holl ... Berlin Cook

Amber Beattie ... Gretel
László Áron ... Lars

David Thewlis ... Father

Richard Johnson ... Grandpa

Sheila Hancock ... Grandma

Charlie Baker ... Palm Court Singer
Iván Verebély ... Meinberg
Béla Fesztbaum ... Schultz
Attila Egyed ... Heinz

Rupert Friend ... Lieutenant Kotler

David Hayman ... Pavel

Jim Norton ... Herr Liszt

Jack Scanlon ... Shmuel
László Nádasi ... Isaak
László Quitt ... Kapo 1

Mihály Szabados ... Kapo 2
Zsolt Sáfár Kovács ... Kapo 3 Sonderkommando
Gábor Harsai ... Elderly Jewish Man (as Gábor Harsay)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julia Papp ... Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mark Herman 
 
Writing credits
John Boyne (novel)

Mark Herman (screenplay)

Produced by
Rosie Alison .... co-producer
Mark Herman .... executive producer
David Heyman .... producer
Christine Langan .... executive producer
Mary Richards .... line producer
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
Benoît Delhomme (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Ellis 
 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Pippa Hall 
 
Production Design by
Martin Childs 
 
Art Direction by
Rod McLean (supervising art director)
Razvan Radu  (as Rázvan Radu)
Szilvia Ritter 
Mónika Esztán (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Gábor Nagy 
 
Costume Design by
Natalie Ward 
 
Makeup Department
Jacqueline Bhavnani .... hair stylist
Jacqueline Bhavnani .... makeup artist
Hildegard Haide .... makeup artist
Marese Langan .... hair designer
Marese Langan .... makeup designer
Alex Rouse .... wigmaker
Erzsébet Rácz .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Tania Blunden .... post-production supervisor
Daniel Hassid .... executive in charge of production
István Király .... unit manager
Gyorgy Kuntner .... production manager (as Gyõrgy Kuntner)
Mary Richards .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Monika Bota .... additional assistant director: crowd (as Mónika Bóta)
Heidi Gower .... third assistant director
Zsuzsa Gurban .... co-first assistant director (as Zsuzsa Gurbán)
Martin Harrison .... first assistant director
Vera Janisch .... assistant director
Bernadett Lõvey .... third assistant director
István Pocsai .... third assistant director
Chris Stoaling .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Sándor Bognár .... stand-by construction
Barna Brill .... construction manager
Péter Brill .... construction manager
István Busa .... swing gang
Bálint Diószegi .... property buyer
Peter Gantner .... assistant set decorator (as Péter Gantner)
Attila Horváth .... stand-by construction
Gábor Hutter .... swing gang
János Jován .... set builder
Gábor Kiss .... set builder
Géza Kotán .... painter
Balázs Kovács .... stand-by propman
Balázs Kovács .... swing gang
István Kovács .... swing gang
Tibor Lucza .... painter
László Mohovics .... swing gang
Sándor Nagy .... stand-by property master
László Németh .... painter
David Packard .... scenic artist
Zoltán Pamuk .... painter
Gábor Posevitz .... property master
Sándor Rád .... set builder
Ferenc Simiglai .... painter
István Szabó .... set builder
Kinga Szabó .... art department coordinator
Károly Turzai .... painter
Zoltán Varga .... swing gang
István Zsolnai .... painter
Catherine Byrne .... art department researcher (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Burgis .... foley artist (as Pete Burgis)
John Casali .... sound mixer
Andie Derrick .... foley artist (as Andi Derrick)
Joe Gallagher .... dialogue editor
Rodney Glenn .... supervising sound editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Attila Kohári .... cable man
Jerome McCann .... sound playback operator
Mark Paterson .... sound re-recording mixer
György Rajna .... boom operator
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Ed Colyer .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Glen Gathard .... assistant foley mixer (uncredited)
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Gábor Balog .... standby special effects technician
János Berki .... standby special effects technician
Ferenc Kardos .... special effects supervisor
Gyula Krasnyánszky .... pyrotechnician
Ferenc Ormos .... special effects supervisor
György Solymosi .... standby special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Louie Alexander .... retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC
Simon Allmark .... visual effects editorial: Double Negative
Ben Baker .... head of digital lab: Framestore-CFC
Adrian Banton .... 2d supervisor: Double Negative
Turea Blyth .... visual effects editorial
Jerome Dewhurst .... di engineer
Miles Drake .... visual effects editorial: Double Negative
Michael Bruce Ellis .... visual effects supervisor: Double Negative (as Mike Ellis)
Adam Glasman .... digital intermediate colourist
Gavin Gregory .... visual effects coordinator: Double Negative
Edwina Jamieson .... retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC (as Edwin Jamieson)
David Johnston .... data operator: Framestore-CFC
Serena Lam .... visual effects artist: Double Negative
Matthew Leach .... studio assistant
Tracey Leadbetter .... visual effects producer: Double Negative
Edwin Metternich .... retouch and restoration: Framestore
Effandi Mohamed .... visual effects artist: Double Negative (as Effandi Bin Mohamed)
Stuart Nippard .... conform editor: Framestore-CFC
Zelda Tinska .... visual effects editorial: Double Negative
Jon Veal .... visual effects artist: Double Negative
Szvák Antal .... visual effects coordinator: Cube Effects (uncredited)
Matthew Baker .... retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC (uncredited)
Zoltán Benyó .... visual effects producer: Cube Effects (uncredited)
Zachary Bloom .... scanning and recording: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
Clare Brody .... data operator: Framestore (uncredited)
Péter Bujdosó .... matte painting supervisor: Cube Effects (uncredited)
Paul Burke .... scanning and recording: Framestore (uncredited)
Andy Burrow .... scanning & recording manager (uncredited)
Dave Calub .... retouch and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
Francesca Canducci .... retouch and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
Ronan Carr .... restoration artist: digital restoration (uncredited)
Zoe Cousins .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Laboncz Edina .... digital paint and rotoscope artist: Cube Effects (uncredited)
Richard Edwards .... data operator: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
André Gabriella .... digital paint and rotoscope artist: Cube Effects (uncredited)
Mai Gray .... retouch and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
Alistair Hamer .... film mastering engineer (uncredited)
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: double negative (uncredited)
Adam Hawkes .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Karsten Hecker .... film mastering engineer: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
Jan Hogevold .... executive producer: framestore di (uncredited)
John Inch .... retouch and restoration (uncredited)
Horváth Gál István .... rotoscope artist: Cube Effects (uncredited)
Liana Jackson .... retouch and restoration (uncredited)
Éva Korda .... rotoscope artist: Cube Effects (uncredited)
Károly Körmöczi .... rotoscope artist: Cube Effects (uncredited)
Taz Lodder .... technical support: Double Negative (uncredited)
Esme Long .... production manager (uncredited)
James Long .... data operator: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
Kevin Lowery .... film mastering engineer (uncredited)
Veronica Marcano .... scanning & recording operator: Framestore (uncredited)
Peregrine McCafferty .... matchmove artist: Double Negative (uncredited)
Gurel Mehmet .... concept artist: Double Negative (uncredited)
Adam Parker .... retouch and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
Lee Rankin .... scanning and recording: Framestore (uncredited)
James Reed .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Jimmy Saul .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Noémi Somoskövy .... visual effects coordinator: Cube Effects (uncredited)
Nick Stanley .... retouch and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
Maria Stroka .... senior digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Mátyás Szabó .... senior digital artist: Cube Effects (uncredited)
Gábor Székely .... technical director: Cube Effects (uncredited)
Pál Tauszig .... digital compositor: Cube Effects (uncredited)
Odean Thompson .... digital paint and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
Gábor Tóth .... lead digital compositor: Cube Effects (uncredited)
Péter Závorszky .... visual effects production manager: Cube Effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
György Kivés .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernõ Bacsics .... rigging electrician
Gyula Balogh .... rigging electrician
András Bozsár .... rigging electrician
Zsolt Büti .... gaffer
István Csehy .... rigging electrician
Gergely Csepregi .... focus puller: "b" camera
Zoltán Dzsupin .... clapper loader: "b" camera
Tibor Gazdig .... electrician
Márton Gregus .... electrician
István Gyura .... crane operator
Károly Gál .... best boy (as Károly Gaál)
Tamás Hámori .... remote head operator
Gábor Inczédy .... electrician
Tibor Kecskeméti .... grip
Andy Long .... gaffer
Dávid Lukács .... still photographer
László Major .... electrician
Sándor Major .... generator operator
Mark Milsome .... focus puller: "a" camera
Nikolaos Papanikolaou .... remote head technician
Pal Perlaki .... grip (as Pál Perlaki)
Alastair Rae .... Steadicam operator (as Alistair Rae)
György Réder .... camera operator: "b" camera
Imre Sisa .... dolly grip
Imre Sisa .... key grip
Richárd Szeidermann .... electrician
András Szöke .... clapper loader: "a" camera (as András Szõke)
Tamás Takács .... video assistant
Ádám Turbuk .... camera trainee
András Tóth .... best boy
András Tóth .... dolly grip: second camera
László Tóth .... rigging electrician
Norbert Kroó .... camera car assistant (uncredited)
Attila Pfeffer .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Lengyel Péter .... light board operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Éva Bajusz .... casting assistant
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Sándor Dénes .... casting: c rowd
Mariann Kuzmanné Rónay .... casting: children, Hungary (as Marianne Kuzman)
Veronika Varjasi .... casting director: Hungary (as Vera Varjasi)
Donna Morong .... executive in charge of casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Liza Bracey .... assistant costume designer
Agnes Forgacs .... dresser: crowd (as Agnes Forgács)
Enikö Karádi .... dresser: crowd
Anikó Nagy .... costume interpreter
Imre Orosz .... costume supervisor
Péter Palotás .... dresser: crowd
Orsolya Sallai .... dresser
Gábor Simkó .... dresser
Nat Turner .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Turea Blyth .... digital intermediate editorial
Janó Fekete .... colorist: dailies
Adam Glasman .... colorist
Jan Hogevold .... digital intermediate executive producer
Paul Hyman .... first assistant editor
Faye Morgan .... post-production coordinator (as Faye Stevens)
Karenjit Sahota .... trainee assistant editor
Maria Stroka .... digital intermediate senior producer
Sean Cooney .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy DeCresent)
Jim Henrikson .... music scoring supervisor
James Horner .... musician: piano
Aaron Martin .... synthesizer programmer
Simon Rhodes .... music mixer
Simon Rhodes .... music recordist
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Nigel Stone .... music editor: temp score
Ian Underwood .... synthesizer programmer
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
James Horner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Richard Wheeler Jr. .... scoring crew (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Zoltán Bai .... driver: producer
István Bodor .... driver
Edit Boroznaki .... driver
Pál Boroznaki .... driver
Dani Bozsik .... driver
Feri Farkas .... driver
Viktor Fülöp .... driver
András Grúz .... driver
Sándor Horváth .... driver
Dani Király .... driver
Tamás Nagy .... transportation coordinator
Jozsef Nyiri .... driver (as Jósef Nyíri)
Tibor Nyári .... driver: props
Imre Solti .... driver
Antal Szbára .... driver
László Szücs .... driver
Hajnalka Tarján .... driver
Sándor Vercz .... driver: director
János Zeve .... driver: props
 
Other crew
Gyorgy Bacsatyai .... legal services: Hungary, Kovari Tercsak Salans Attorneys
Zsolt Bajczar .... catering crew (as Zsolt Bajczár)
Gyõrgy Bajczár .... catering crew
Alex Balogh .... stand-in: Asa Butterfield
Richárd Balogh .... stand-in: Asa Butterfield
Celia Bannerman .... acting coach
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
Michael Bartol .... staff production coordinator: Miramax Films
Daisy Beattie .... chaperone
Susan Beattie .... chaperone
Márk Bedó .... stand-in: Zac Mattoon-O'Brien
Samantha Black .... production coordinator
Imre Bodo .... assistant location manager
Márk Bogan .... stand-in: Jack Mattoon-O'Brien
Kristóf Brabanti .... stand-in: Jack Scanlon
Sam Butterfield .... chaperone
Márk Csutár .... double: Henry Kingsmall
Noel Donnellon .... title sequence producer
Béla Dévényi .... catering crew
Renáta Dévényi .... catering crew
Márk Elliott .... double: Zac Mattoon-O'Brien
Jake Farr .... chaperone
Mercedesz Forrai .... stand-in: Amber Beattie
Olivia Fridez .... stand-in: Amber Beattie
Béla Gajdos .... armorer
Krisztián Haraszti .... stand-in: Asa Butterfield
Tarn Harper .... accountant: post-production
Csaba Harsányi .... armorer
Ágota Horváth .... cashier
Márton Ivanov .... location assistant
Vera Janisch .... floor production assistant
Barbara Kaltner .... catering crew
Adrienn Kamarás .... production secretary
Gabriella Kardos .... stand-in: Amber Beattie
András Kassai .... location maintenance (as Andrán Kásai)
John Kaylin .... dubbing producer
Deepti Khurana .... legal services: UK, Wiggin LLP
Mandy Kingsmill .... chaperone
Martin Pályi Kiss .... double: Domonkos Németh
Csilla Koráng .... location security supervisor
Kinga Kovacs .... production accountant: Hungary (as Kinga Trimmel-Kovács)
Balázs Kovács .... crowd marshall
György Kristóf .... floor production assistant
Zsuzsanna Kõhegyi .... assistant: Eurofilm Studió
Levente Lórincz .... stand-in: Domonkos Németh
Marcell Magyar .... double: Jack Scanlon
Hajnalka Makk .... assistant: Mark Herman
Péter Mendel .... double: Asa Butterfield
Sharon Milton .... tutor
Péter Miskolczi .... production services: Hungary, Eurofilm Studió
Valéria Molnár .... stand-in: Amber Beattie
Charles Moore .... legal services: UK, Wiggin LLP
Julian Murray .... first assistant accountant
Lajos Nagy .... assistant accountant
Till Neumann .... legal services: Germany, Brehm & von Moers
Mihály Nyíri .... fire safety
David Z. Obadiah .... titles sequence producer
Katharine Otway .... legal services: UK, Wiggin LLP (as Katherine Otway)
Justin Pollard .... researcher
Stephanie G. Pollard .... researcher (as Stephanie Pollard)
Martin F. Polyák .... stand-in: Jack Scanlon
Mark Preston .... assistant: Mark Herman
Fiona Scanlon .... chaperone
Peter J. Silbermann .... unit publicist
Marianna Strommer .... assistant production coordinator
Richard Szabó .... facilities manager
Laura Teleki .... double: Amber Beattie
Tamas Tercsak .... legal services: Hungary, Kovari Tercsak Salans Attorneys
András Tóth .... location manager
Patrik Vadai .... stand-in: Jack Scanlon
Zsuzsa Varadi .... production coordinator (as Zsuzsa Váradi)
Krisztián Varga .... stand-in: Henry Kingsmill
Gábor Váradi .... production services: Hungary, Eurofilm Studió
Joanna Warner .... chaperone
Evelyn Wenzel .... researcher: German
Polly Wilby .... assistant accountant: post-production
Betty Williams .... financial controller
Oliver Wiseman .... assistant: Mr Heyman
Nandi Kiss .... set runner (uncredited)
Gergö Marton .... set production assistant (uncredited)
János Papp .... health and safety advisor (uncredited)
Roger Phillips .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Tim Corrie .... special thanks
Harvey Herman .... special thanks
Joy Herman .... special thanks
Laura Herman .... special thanks
David Nochimson .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" - UK (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic material involving the Holocaust
Runtime:
94 min | Israel:93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Bruno's parents are named Ralf and Elsa, but in the credits of the film they are listed as 'Mother' and 'Father'. This is a tribute to the novel, in which the narrative focuses solely on Bruno's point of view.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The "hero" sandwich that Bruno attempts to smuggle out for Schmuel appears to be about six inches long. When it is later discovered on the ground after having fallen out of Bruno's pocket it is several inches longer.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mother:Hello, sweetheart.
Bruno:Mum, what's going on?
Mother:We're celebrating.
Bruno:Celebrating?
Mother:Mm, your father's been given a promotion.
Gretel:That means a better job.
Bruno:I know what promotion is.
Mother:So we're having a little party to celebrate.
Bruno:He's still going to be a soldier though, isn't he?
[...]
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FAQ

How do Bruno and Shmuel meet?
What became of Lieutenant Kotler?
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107 out of 133 people found the following review useful.
One of the most affecting pieces of Cinema released in years, 22 September 2008
Author: tpurcell-1 from Dublin, Ireland

There are more dramatic and more philosophical pieces of cinema dealing with this very emotive subject, but few deal with the horror, futility and falsehood of the "final solution" with such clear simplicity. We see the lead characters as both humans and monsters we see internal conflict and how they each come to terms with their conflicts, above all we see how futile their conclusions were.

There will be the predictable comparisons with Schindler's List but you might also want to compare this movie to "The Counterfeiters" which also deals with the conflicts necessary to survive. Watching this movie I kept being drawn back to Primo Levi's book "If This is Man" the story of his time as a prisoner suffering from this evil.

The great success of the film is its simplicity, it does not seek to over analyse but simply allows the development of the characters to tell the story.

One of the contributers spoke of how he was in screen 9 (if I remember correctly) in Cineworld Dublin - I was in Screen 11 and I can had the same experience, the film ended and no one moved, all were in a state of shock, no, sorrow. This is not a film for young children, but older children and adults familiar with the evil addressed in this movie should go and see it. This movie deserves great success. I rate it 9 out of 10 and would have given it a perfect score except for some small technical questions, but none that take away from this fantastic piece of cinema - All associated with this movie should be rightly proud of there work and if any of you read these comments - Thank You!

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