• The Book Thief (2013)

The Book Thief

Release Date: November 8th, 2013

DVD Release Date: March 11th, 2014

PG-13 |2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary

In 1938, young orphan Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson). When Hans, a kindly housepainter, learns that Liesel cannot read, he teaches the child the wonders of the written language. Liesel grows to love books, even rescuing one from a Nazi bonfire. Though Liesel's new family barely scrape by, their situation becomes even more precarious when they secretly shelter a Jewish boy whose father once saved Hans' life.

Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse, Nico Liersch, Ben Schnetzer, Levin Liam, Barbara Auer, Roger Allam

Director: Brian Percival

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Sunswept Entertainment

Keywords: 1940s, Fall, Growing up, Passionate, House, Escape

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Stephen FarberThe Hollywood Reporter

    You may come away more impressed by the intentions than by the achievements. show more

  • 50
    Jordan HoffmanFilm.com

    An embarrassing gut-punch of unfiltered schmaltz, but its sympathy for the devil-style humanism is well-meaning. show more

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Then Death feels the need to intrude again. And again. If his accent weren't so charming, his voice so resonant, it would be depressing, all this meddling and mortality. show more

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Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Original Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Music (Original Score)