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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Narrator / Death (voice)
... Liesel Meminger
... Liesel's Mother
Julian Lehmann ... Liesel's Brother
Gotthard Lange ... Grave Digger
... Priest
... Frau Heinrich
... Hans Hubermann
... Rosa Hubermann
Nico Liersch ... Rudy Steiner
... Football Urchin
Paul Schaefer ... Football Urchin
Nozomi Linus Kaisar ... Fat Faced Goalie
... Alex Steiner
Robert Beyer ... 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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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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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,005, 8 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,488,481

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,586,316
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2.35 : 1
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People were expected to display the swastika in their windows and anyone who didn't was accused of being against Hitler. He had people taken away who were suspected of Communism or being the enemy. See more »

Goofs

Rudy Steiner wears a winter jumper with a metal zipper. Buttons on children's clothing are much cheaper and much more likely with war-time metal shortages in 1942 Germany. The zipper was mostly seen as a novelty item in this era. 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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Deutschlandlied
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn
Lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben
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An Understated Classic
28 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

No extended fight scenes. No unnecessary pyrotechnics. Simply a story of ordinary people conducting themselves in extraordinary fashion when faced with the hell of Hitler's Third Reich and World War II.

The literary vehicle of Death as the Narrator is a masterstroke, as is the overall emphasis of words/books/art overcoming evil.

And it's all done with compassion for children at their best and most vulnerable, and adults bypassing the convention of the era to display kindness, caring and understanding.

An understated classic, there aren't enough movies like this being produced.

And that's a damn shame.


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