• The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Release Date: November 7th, 2008

DVD Release Date: March 10th, 2009

PG-13 |1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

During World War II, 8-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield) and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father (David Thewlis) has just become commandant. Unhappy and lonely, he wanders out behind his house one day and finds Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), a Jewish boy of his age. Though the barbed-wire fence of the camp separates them, the boys begin a forbidden friendship, oblivious to the real nature of their surroundings.

Cast: David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Rupert Friend, Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Amber Beattie, Cara Horgan, Richard Johnson

Director: Mark Herman

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Heyday Films, Miramax Films

Keywords: Engaging, Mother, Growing up, Transformation, Touching, 1940s, Son, Friendship, Sister

Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Bob MondelloNPR

    The faux-naive point of view probably worked better in the novel; the literalness of film renders certain of the story's conceits overly precious. show more

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The film succeeds to the degree that it does -- partially, but honorably and sometimes affectingly -- because it was made as well as it was. show more

  • 80
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    Boyne's tale is starkly cautionary, and writer-director Herman handles a difficult topic with great sensitivity, drawing splendid performances from his young actors with David Thewlis and Vera Farmiga and the other grown-ups reliably efficient. show more

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