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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

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) »

Taglines:

Zäune trennen, doch Hoffnung eint. (Fences divide, but hope unites.) 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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Trivia

While the concentration camp is never mentioned by name, Auschwitz was the only Nazi death camp with four crematoria. The SS officers are discussing the building's construction in the Commandant's office when Bruno's mother interrupts the meeting. In the book, Bruno calls it "Out-With." See more »

Goofs

When in the commandant's office, both he and his wife look and point in the opposite direction to the camp they are referring to, as the camp is behind the house, not in front of it. 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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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Holocaust Films (2014) See more »

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Ich liebe das Leben
Written by Matthias Seuffert
Courtesy of APM Music
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Perfectly weighted film...
13 September 2008 | by tomashaffenden-1See all my reviews

I'm a man's man, and it takes something really exceptional to break my emotionless machine persona. This film ripped me apart and reminded me (and my partner) of humanity inside even the most hardened man.

Perfectly weighted film in every way, from pace to acting and all framed with a wonderful score. The subtlety of the looks passing between the actors and a finale that ensured silence until the final credit rolled, makes this one of the best films i've seen in a long time.

This is the first review I have never written and i cannot think of a better way to have opened my account.


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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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