The Boy in the Striped Pajamas [DVD] [2008]

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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (313 out of 321)

Synopsis


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, and Asa Butterfield star in Little Voice writer/director Mark Herman's adaptation of John Boyne's novel concerning the forbidden friendship that between an eight-year-old German boy and a Jewish concentration camp prisoner in World War II-era Germany. The innocent son of a high-ranking Nazi commandant, Bruno has been largely shielded from the harsh realities of the war. When Bruno discovers that his father has been promoted and that their family will be moving from Berlin into the countryside, he doesn't take the news well. Increasingly bored in his sprawling yet dreary country abode and forbidden by his mother from exploring the backyard, young Bruno searches for something to do while his older sister plays with dolls and vies for the attention of handsome Lieutenant Kotler (Rupert Friend). One day, bored and gazing out his bedroom window, Bruno spies what first appears to be a nearby farm; his parents refuse to discuss it, and all of the inhabitants there are curiously clad in striped pajamas. But while Bruno's mother naïvely believes the "farm" to be an internment camp, her husband has sworn under oath never to reveal that it is in fact an extermination camp specifically designed to help the Nazis achieve their horrific "Final Solution." Eventually defying his mother's rules and venturing out beyond the backyard, Bruno arrives at a barbed wire fence to find a young boy just his age emptying rubble from a wheel barrel. Like Pavel, the kitchen worker who cooks all of Bruno's meals, the young boy is wearing striped pajamas. His name is Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), and before long the two young boys become fast friends. But the closer these two boys grow, the more Bruno becomes awakened to the horrors unfolding all around them. His mother is catching on quickly as well, a fact that causes great tension in her marriage to Bruno's father. Later, after Bruno swipes a piece of cake for Shmuel, Lt. Kotler accuses the Jewish boy of stealing and delivers a swift punishment. When Bruno's father announces that the young boy and his mother will be going to live with their aunt in Heidelberg, Bruno grabs a shovel and makes his way to the camp, setting into motion a tragic and devastating sequence of events. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Asa Butterfield
    Asa Butterfield - Bruno
  • Jack Scanlon
    Jack Scanlon - Shmuel
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    Amber Beattie - Gretel
  • David Thewlis
    David Thewlis - Bruno's Father
  • Vera Farmiga
    Vera Farmiga - Elsa, Bruno's Mother



Overall customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My 13 year old son was absolutely quiet...

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    Rockinrobin
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    My 13 year old son was absolutely quiet as the credits rolled.... There is no such thing as a perfect movie. Especially since we all have our own ideas about what that would entail. Usually we excuse artistic license as a means of telling a story allowing room for things to happen that may seem out of place. This movie has the feel of a stage play, with young characters showing emotion well beyond their years. The two boys eyes are enough to tell the story. Is Bruno naive? Yes he is, but he represents everyone who turned a deaf ear to the atrocities of WWII. Seen through his eyes we are taken on the journey of an innocent and in seeing it that way it makes it even harder to believe that anyone who knew what was happening at that time would look away or pretend that it was not happening. He trusts that people are good and his innocent heart knows that no one is the enemy just because of something like their nationality, especially another 8 year old boy. The picture is gorgeous, the sound is fantastic especially in the closing scene as we race to the conclusion. Vera Farmiga is wonderful here - I wish they had actually developed her breakdown even further. And the two boys are captivating. Perfect movie? No such thing. Stunning movie? Thought provoking? Absolutely.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Heart wrenching human side of WW2.

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    Steve
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    If the human story of WW2 interests you The Boy in the Striped Pajamas will pierce your heart. This is not your typical graphic battle film, rather from the veiwpoint of the spirit of people torn between loyalty to one's country and the love of family. It strikes the heart of being human no matter which side you are on. It's not for the faint of heart as children are involved, but if you wish to see the struggle between loving others from a human perspective this will touch your innermost emotions. Based on a fictional novel it could easily have been fact. Must see for those interested in the "human" story of WW2.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superbly amazing, great for classrooms too!

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    kougaswoman69

    In my history class we ended up watching this movie. I really wasn't sure about it, and it seemed kind of dumb at first but once it started, I really really got into it! It's so sad and nearly made me tear up. Truly remarkable acting, and all over a very amazing movie. We have a lot of racist people up here, and even people who drive around waving the Na*i flag. It's horrendous! I really want to show this in my Economics class(we watch movies occasionally) because we have a lot of racist people in there as well. I am definitely thinking I might end up just buying this movie. It's totally sad, but one you HAVE to see!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Movie

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    tridud

    My 12 year old son wanted to see this movie. Not knowing too much about it, I checked out the story and thought it would be good for him to see. This is one of the most powerful movies we have ever seen. From the actors to the costumes to the direction and filming, it is fantastic. (Should have won the Academy Award.) It really opened my son's eyes to the horrors of war and we could relate it to current situations in today's world. I highly reccomend it for mature 12 year olds and up. You'll never be the same after you see it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good

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    Shay
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    Only had this printer for about a week. It is more complicated than my previous HP Photo smart B210 which only lasted five years at most. I was not going to pay over $100 again for another printer since the previous one was short lived.. The ink is about the same price, but I don't know how long it last yet. The paper tray is a lot cheaper made on this unit. Time will tell if this HP printer last longer or not. The bad thing is it didn't come with instructions on how to scan and so on. The great thing is that it does make copies and I bought on sale.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Friendship Prevails over Genocide

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    Papa
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    Son of a German Commandant develops a friendship with a boy who is a resident of the death camp. The German son persists in his friendship even after he has been forbidden to do so, by visiting his friend at the wire on the outskirts of the camp. His innocence prevents him from understanding the purpose of the camp and thus the reasons for his father's attempts to keep them apart. His care for his friend prevails over his parents' admonitions, illustrating the power of friendship. A twist ending will shock you.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Chilling Subject Matter

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    David
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    "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" is not the "feel good hit of the summer".. BUT, it is an important movie to consider working into your and your family's educational viewing. Watch it before showing it to your kids - it could give you nightmares, so the kids are likely more at risk to be especially freaked-out. This said, it is an important opportunity to get a safe version of some time in other people's shoes - other people who endured the unimaginable.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hard to watch considering it was real

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    Batman52
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    Like "Schindler's List," this story depicted what atrocities Hitler's regime did to the Jewish people. It was a captivating story and the actors were great, especially the two young boys, the central characters. We found the ending to be too abrupt however, expecting more drama or suspense. Also like "Schindler's List," in spite of being a great movie, it will be hard to watch again any time soon. I would strongly recommend it and also encourage discussion among parents and their children who may view it.

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