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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.

Director:

Marc Forster

Writers:

David Benioff (screenplay), Khaled Hosseini (novel)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Khalid Abdalla ... Amir
Atossa Leoni ... Soraya
Shaun Toub ... Rahim Khan
Sayed Jafar Masihullah Gharibzada Sayed Jafar Masihullah Gharibzada ... Omar
Zekeria Ebrahimi ... Young Amir
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada ... Young Hassan
Mir Mahmood Shah Hashimi Mir Mahmood Shah Hashimi ... Business Man in Baba's Study
Homayoun Ershadi ... Baba
Nabi Tanha Nabi Tanha ... Ali
Elham Ehsas ... Young Assef
Bahram Ehsas Bahram Ehsas ... Wali
Tamim Nawabi Tamim Nawabi ... Kamal
Mohamad Nabi Attai Mohamad Nabi Attai ... Uncle Saifo the Kite Seller
Mohamad Nadir Sarwari Mohamad Nadir Sarwari ... Spice Merchant
Mustafa Haidari ... 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 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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Taglines:

There is a way to be good again.

Genres:

Drama

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 »

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Country:

USA | China | UK | Afghanistan

Language:

Dari | English | Pushto | Russian | Urdu

Release Date:

11 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cometas en el cielo See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$471,713, 16 December 2007

Gross USA:

$15,800,078

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,634,825
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title 'Playground Bully'. See more »

Goofs

The last scene shows the kites flying in a strong wind, but there is none at ground level (note her hair), nor matching chop on the water, and the glimpse of a sailboat suggests a breeze from the another direction. See more »

Quotes

Baba: The Mullahs want to rule our souls... and the Communists tell us we don't have any.
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Soundtracks

Beds are Burning
Written by Peter Garrett, Peter Gifford, Rob Hirst (as Robert Hirst) and Jim Moginie (as James Moginie)
Performed by Midnight Oil
Courtesy of Columbia Records and Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Australia) Pty.
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Loyalty, Cowardice, Betrayal and Redemption
10 October 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir (Zekeria Ebrahimi) and the Hazara boy Hassan (Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada), who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali (Nabi Tanha), 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 (Homayoun Ershadi) blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassam to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan (Shaun Toub), who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kitting, Hassam runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef (Elham Ehsas) 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 invade Afghanistan and Baba and Amir escape to Pakistan. In 1988, they have a simple life in Fremont, California, when Amir graduates in a public college for the pride and joy of Baba. Later Amir meets his countrywoman Soraya (Atossa Leoni) and they get married. In 2000, after the death of Baba, Amir is a famous novelist and receives a phone call from the terminal Rahim Khan, who discloses secrets about his family, forcing Amir to return to Peshawar, in Pakistan, in a journey of redemption.

I am not familiar with the Afghan culture and I did not read this novel in spite of the recommendation of my daughter, and yesterday I decided to watch this movie on DVD. I found a good story of loyalty, cowardice, betrayal and redemption, with a brief insight in the recent history of Afghanistan, from a peaceful period in the 70's to the present days with the Taliban. The actors and actresses have great performances, giving credibility to the realistic story. The arid locations in China recall the images we see in television from Afghanistan. In the end, I found "The Kite Runner" a good movie. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Caçador de Pipa" ("The Kite Chaser")


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