The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

A timeless story of innocence lost and humanity found.


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Set during World War II, a young German boy and his family move to the 'country', where his father has been appointed commandant at a concentration camp. Blissfully unaware of the horrors of war and concentration camps, the little boy manages to make friends with one of the inmates, a Jewish boy of the same age. However, as time goes by and things get worse for the Nazis, it's only a matter of time before tragedy strikes.

95 minutes.
Mature Accompaniment under 13 (Prejudice).
Drama, War, On the art circuit

Showtimes

Do you ever get out of here?
Do you ever get out of here?

Credits

Cast
Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Amber Beattie, Jack Scanlon, David Hayman, Rupert Friend
Director
Mark Herman
ScreenplayMark Herman, from the novel by John Boyne
MusicJames Horner
CinematographyBenoît Delhomme
EditingMichael ellis
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in2008
Produced byBBC Films, Heyday Films, Miramax Films

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageNone
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceFairly strong psychologically, strongly implied violece
PrejudiceStrong racial prejudice, hatred and negative stereotyping of Jews in historical context
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsWarning: Strong racial prejudice and hatred, negative stereotypes of Jews, demeaning and dehumanising in historical context. Mature accompaniment to counter-balance psychological distress.
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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Diane de Beer
5
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople
15
Cape Times
Michael Sragow
5
iAfrica.com
Rebekah Kendal
15
The Citizen
David Jenkin
16
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
5
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
18
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconIn his respectful adaptation, Little Voice director Mark Herman attempts to preserve the original’s intentionally naÔve, storybook-like tone but the movie falls prey to many of the problems that mar screen portrayals of the Holocaust.
5
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote icont is a well-made, serious effort, but the pervasive sense of oversimplification and contrivance left me unpersuaded that this is more than a minor take on a major historical event.
13
Metacritic.com
28 critics
11
Rottentomatoes critics
105 critics
12
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconA touching and haunting family film that deals with the Holocaust in an arresting and unusual manner, and packs a brutal final punch of a twist.
13

What the People say

Internet
1672 Netizens quote iconAmazing
16

Average .. 57%

11

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