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The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (2008)

Asa Butterfield , David Thewlis , Mark Herman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,184 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, Zac Mattoon O'Brien, Domonkos Németh
  • Directors: Mark Herman
  • Writers: Mark Herman, John Boyne
  • Producers: Mark Herman, Christine Langan, David Heyman, Mary Richards, Rosie Alison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SEUJ82
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,695 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Boy In The Striped Pajamas" on IMDb

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Based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is the tale of curious 8 year-old Bruno. Bored in his new home, Bruno wanders off into the nearby woods where he discovers an unusual fence, behind which is a boy strangely dressed in “black- and-white pajamas.” Bruno embarks in a most unusual friendship with the boy, one that proves both ordinary and remarkable, both inspiring and tragic in this “unforgettable motion picture experience” (Pete Hammond, Hollywood.com).

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281 of 291 people found the following review helpful
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2008 was a very big year for films adapted from books, with several reaching the high acclaim of Academy Award nominations. One adapted film that didn't get much recognition, however, is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, based on the novel by John Boyne.

The film opens with the following quote emblazoned on the screen: "Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows." As the quote suggests, this is a sort of coming of age film, and over the course of 94 minutes,those in the audience slowly watch the innocence of children unravel before their eyes as the reality of what is taking place becomes more and more illuminated.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is the story of a family living in Berlin during World War II. The main character, an eight-year-old boy named Bruno (Asa Butterfield), spends his time in Berlin playing with his friends and reading adventure novels. His father, brilliantly played by David Thewlis (most will recognize him as Professor Lupin from the Harry Potter franchise), soon gets a promotion, however, and Bruno, his parents, and his sister move to the German countryside where his father will take up his new position. Unlike their time in Berlin, Bruno's parents are careful to keep their son close to home, and Bruno, an explorer and adventurer at heart, is confined to the small fenced area surrounding their house.

From his bedroom window, Bruno can see what he thinks is a strange farm off in the distance. He notices that the "farmers" act strangely and wear strange "pajamas" while they work. Later, he notices that the smokestacks on the farm give off an absolutely wretched stench when they are burning.
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139 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good, thought-provoking film. February 6, 2009
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After I read the novel by John Boyne and heard the news that a movie adaption was currently in theatres, I was slightly scared that the film would be too extreme and dramatic for me, because I don't do well at all with films that scare me or make me sad- and thinking about the plot of the book, I knew watching a movie version would tear me to pieces.
But, as it happened, my school went on a field trip to see the movie a few weeks after I finished the book, and I ended up having to watch the whole movie through and write a report comparing and contrasting it from the novel. And guess what?- I sobbed like a baby in front of all my friends.
Although the last parts of the movie are very sad and deeply patronizing, it is overall a very good adaption of the book that caused so much controversy among young readers like me(I'm 15 by the way).
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves 10 Stars September 17, 2011
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By Darrell Stoddard, darrellstoddard@gmail.com

This emotionally wrenching film deserves 10 Stars. Changed my life forever and a major part of my life was spent in motion pictures. The movie will change your life everlastingly too if you open your heart to a simple fictional story of a little German boy who befriends a Jewish boy through the barbed wire fence of a concentration camp.

My heart was ripped out, but I will be a more loving, gracious, forgiving person for having seen this sensitive and also horrifying motion picture. YES, as the reviewers have said: It is "historically inaccurate to the extreme." "It is total fiction." It is "ridiculously contrived." It is "all too absurd." It is "hard to swallow." It is "forced and artificial," and "The actors have British accents instead of German."

One critic posed the question, "Did Bruno's father in the end get what he deserved?" Such moralizing and such criticisms of the film make me wonder if those viewers of the film missed the unanswered questions of the Holocaust. How could it happen? How could so many good people allow it to happen?

The most insightful reviewer said, "What is appalling to me is reading all of the one-star reviews. I now see how the holocaust (shoah) could have taken place. All that is necessary is for a nation to be composed of and ruled by people with no feelings, bereft of human compassion and sensitivity, just like several of the reviewers here."

Great Art (even fiction) reveals to us "things as they really are". Through Bruno and his mother, we see through the eyes of Germans who were totally innocent until they came face to face with with the horrors of the "final solution.
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76 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie February 16, 2009
Format:DVD
I know that many movie critics bombed this movie, but you really need to decide for yourself.

I thought this movie was very well made, the acting was excellent, and the story was very intriguing. I have read the book the movie is based from, and the movie follows the book very closely.

I have to say my favorite part of the movie is the music - the soundtrack is amazing! It was made by the same composer that did the soundtrack for Titanic and Braveheart, to name a few.

Be prepared for a shocking ending - some don't like it, but I did. I think it's a realistic approach to the Holocaust - not every story has a happy ending.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Shaking Stars August 20, 2009
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I knew I would hate THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS - but I knew I had to see it. I finally did. I sat on the edge of a chair for the entire viewing and shivered at what has happened and what could so easily happen again. I remember seeing SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993), walking out saying to my husband, "We must see that all of our grandchildren have a copy of this before we die."

Somehow you don't want to remember these things that must never be forgotten!

At the end of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS, I did not speak and could not think. It took perhaps 48 hours before I could "begin" to think clearly. I cannot tell you the end - it would be wrong - but you must see it. And, right after I purchase SCHINDLER'S LIST for all 15 of our grandchildren, I will need to purchase another 15 copies of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS.

Saint Ambrose of Milan once said: "Not only for every idle word, but for every idle silence shall we be called to account." These two movies mentioned here need to be in every library known to man. Don't miss seeing THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS and know it could be your son, your grandson or your great grandson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A unique view point. Bring the tissues!
Published 7 hours ago by Chris Postlewait
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was way to sad at the end
This was a very interesting perspective. I thought it was way to sad at the end. They could have made it a little more of a happier ending, although I know that it wasn't for so... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Kristi M. Schrofer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 14 hours ago by Carol Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars The two child actors are awesome. Although the outcome is sad
The two child actors are awesome. Although the outcome is sad, it is still one of my favorite movies.
Published 18 hours ago by Luana Concha
4.0 out of 5 stars Cannot say I loved the movie due to the background subject matter
Cannot say I loved the movie due to the background subject matter, but Wow...what a movie. Outstanding performances by all. Asa was awesome... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Paul Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful movie that is worth viewing
Very interesting and thought provoking story of a high ranking German officer and his family during World War II with a very surprising ending. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Katharine S. Dupre
4.0 out of 5 stars Man's inhumanity to man.
Very, very sad. Very hard movie to watch. The acting was great.
Published 19 hours ago by Robin
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent war film.
War film with shocking impact ending.
Published 19 hours ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars It looked O. K. but the English accents ...
It looked O.K. but the English accents made it difficult to follow much of the time.
Published 1 day ago by PBX Bob
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very good film, dealing with the WW2 era.
Published 1 day ago by William r. Moon
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