The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner
Based on the popular book, this is a tale of redemption between two childhood friends. An unpleasant incident during their childhood in Afghanistan eventually led two friends to go separate ways. Now, years later, one decides to return to Afghanistan from the USA, to try and redress past issues. However things do not go quite as he expects. The film is mostly in English, with some scenes being subtitled.

124 minutes.
Mature Accompaniment under 13 (Violence).
Drama, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Khalid Abdalia, Atossa Leoni, Shaun Toub, Sayed Jafar Masihullah Gharibzada, Zekeria Ebrahimi, Agmad Jhan Mahmidzada
Director
Marc Forster
ScreenplayDavid Benioff, from the novel by Khaled Hosseini
MusicAlberto Iglesias
CinematographyRoberto Schaefer
EditingMatt Chesse
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2007
Produced byDreakworks SKG, MacDonald./Parkes Productions, Neal Street Productions, Participant Productions, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Wonderland Films

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageOccasional, contextual, low impact
NudityMild and isolated
SexImplied by innuendo
ViolenceOccasional but intense and bloody
PrejudiceFrequent and class-related
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsCertain religious sensitivities may be in question here around the portrayal of Islamic leaders abusing children and other people.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
3
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
4
Guns / Weapons
3
Profanity
4
Alcohol / Drugs
2
Smoking
3
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
2
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Zane Henry quote iconEarnestly tugging at the strings.
15
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople
15
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan quote iconFlies but never soars.
10
The Citizen
Peter Feldman quote iconA compelling film that touches both heart and mind.
18
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge quote iconThe Kite Runner portrays its themes of friendship, betrayal and reconciliation with authenticity and sensitivity.
15
24.com
Jean Barker
10
BBC
Stella Papamichael quote iconYes, it's a Hollywood film with subtitles, but far from being puffed up with self-importance, The Kite Runner is a simple, down to earth story of good versus evil.
10
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThis is a magnificent film by Marc Forster, now 38, who since ''Monster's Ball'' (2001) has made ''Finding Neverland'' (2004), ''Stay'' (2005) and ''Stranger Than Fiction'' (2006). All fine work, but ''The Kite Runner'' equals ''Monster's Ball'' in its emotional impact.
20
eye Weekly
Adam Nayman quote iconThe Kite Runner is the sort of film that’s so easy to get — so packed with themes and motifs — that it’s kind of unseemly.
5
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconThe overall experience is immersive. At times brutal, at times touching, the movie stands out as one of the better ''prestige'' productions offered for cinematic consumption.
18
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconMy guess is that Kite is a film they'll take to heart.
15
ScreenIt
quote iconLike the source novel, Marc Forster's film is frequently contrived and melodramatic.
10
Metacritic.com
34 critics
12
Rottentomatoes critics
153 critics
13
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconJust shy of rendering the magic of the novel on to the big screen.
13

What the People say

Internet
4310 Netizens quote iconAmazing, Astounding, Brilliant, Superb !!!
16

Average .. 67%

13




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