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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | 26 November 2008 (USA)
Through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, a forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.

Director:

Mark Herman

Writers:

John Boyne (novel), Mark Herman (written for the screen by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Asa Butterfield ... Bruno
Zac Mattoon O'Brien Zac Mattoon O'Brien ... Leon (as Zac Mattoon-O'Brien)
Domonkos Németh Domonkos Németh ... Martin
Henry Kingsmill Henry Kingsmill ... Karl
Vera Farmiga ... Mother
Cara Horgan ... Maria
Zsuzsa Holl Zsuzsa Holl ... Berlin Cook
Amber Beattie ... Gretel
László Áron ... Lars
David Thewlis ... Father
Richard Johnson ... Grandpa
Sheila Hancock ... Grandma
Charlie Baker Charlie Baker ... Palm Court Singer
Iván Verebély Iván Verebély ... Meinberg
Béla Fesztbaum Béla Fesztbaum ... Schultz
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Storyline

Bruno an eight-year-old boy from Berlin, Germany is moved with his mother, Elder sister, SS Commander father to a countryside in Europe where his father powers over a concentration camp for Jews. Bruno went "exploring" one day and befriended a child his age named Shmuel. Shmuel was a Jew. The boy became good friends until Bruno was scheduled to move to a new location.

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Plot Keywords:

jew | boy | poison gas | fence | jewish | See All (162) »

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Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us... See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic material involving the Holocaust | See all certifications »

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Rupert Friend initially turned down the role as Lieutenant Kotler because he was shocked by the violent nature of his character. He said, "I mean, it's not particularly flattering to be associated with a group of people who attempted to exterminate an entire race. I'm not a shouty person, and I'm not violent either. The character scared me. But then I realized that that was probably the point. It was about putting a human face on these atrocities." However, Friend struggled throughout filming and became withdrawn after shooting the more harrowing scenes. See more »

Goofs

At the going away party in the Berlin house, the band is playing jazz music. This is highly unlikely in an SS officer's home, circa 1942 as the Nazis has prohibited Jazz music in the 1930s. 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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Crazy Credits

Quotation displayed before the opening titles: "Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows - John Betjeman" See more »


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Smile When You Say Goodbye
Written by Harry Parr Davies (as Harry Parr-Davies)
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Moving + doesn't put a foot wrong
11 September 2008 | by sara-343See all my reviews

You don't often sit in a BAFTA screening and hear weeping behind you but even the most hardened cineaste would be moved by this look at the holocaust through an Aryan child's eyes.

It is beautifully scripted, acted and shot too - with none of the anachronisms of taste and language that bedevil historically-set films such as The Duchess.

A small, British movie with an unusual take on a ghastly and well-worn subject.

PS - for parents: It's a 12A in Britain and I wouldn't take a child under about eleven. Nor would I let them go alone.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$253,085, 9 November 2008

Gross USA:

$9,046,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,416,563
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color | Black and White (propaganda film - final scene)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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