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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2008

Amazon Video

(671) IMDb 7.8/10

Bruno moves to the country with his SS Commandant father who takes command of a prison camp. Bruno befriends another boy, dressed in striped pyjamas who lives behind a fence, but the boy is Jewish and the friendship is forbidden.

Asa Butterfield, Zac Mattoon O'Brien
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller, Historical
Director Mark Herman
Starring Asa Butterfield, Zac Mattoon O'Brien
Supporting actors Domonkos Németh, Henry Kingsmill, Vera Farmiga, Cara Horgan, Zsuzsa Holl, Amber Beattie, László Áron, David Thewlis, Richard Johnson, Sheila Hancock, Charlie Baker, Iván Verebély, Béla Fesztbaum, Attila Egyed, Rupert Friend, David Hayman, Jim Norton, Jack Scanlon
Studio Miramax
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

120 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Jinty on 22 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
I never saw this film at the Cinema, but watched it on an early DVD release last week. The lady in the Video shop said it was heavy viewing, but I found the film touchingly simplistic in how it was filmed and acted - and this style did not detract at all, from the serious historical genre it depicted. Infact, it made it all the more poignant and sad. The other reviewers have detailed what the story was based around, so I wont repeat that. All I will say, is that although the ending was expected it was still shocking and upsetting. The beautiful part of this film was that it showed all too clearly, how innocent children are - before they become too privvy to their parents views, prejudices and expectations. It also showed that good people can do bad things, that they dont necessarily agree with for much the same reasons. A minority of people in power, can so control the mind set and actions of the greater majority. This film made me think, made me cry and made me reevaluate what being a parent should be about. Even though it showed the bad side of some people - it showed that most people do have good and hopeful hearts and children, inparticular are innocent souls who should be cherished and nurtured.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wildcat on 20 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is the first film I have ever reviewed, but this one I just had to do. To be honest I wasn't sure that I was ready to watch this DVD as seeing other Holocaust films, I know how heavy going and shattering they can be. However this film drew me in from the moment it started. Seeing the war through Bruno's eyes was very unique, I don't remember seeing another film like this.

It was interesting to realise that not all Germans knew what was happening, even if you were related to high ranking soldiers.

The story was beautifully acted out and all the cast were wonderful. As you approached the end of the film, you had this feeling that things would not end well and suddenly you just knew what was going to happen and from that moment, I started to shake. As the end was acted out I just couldn't stop sobbing, I can hardly ever remember a film that affected me so greatly.. well apart from Schindlers List.

You must watch this film, but just be ready as it will upset you deeply..
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241 of 263 people found the following review helpful By Cameron and Thatcher's Love Child on 2 Dec. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
After watching 15 minutes of this film I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. My genre is usually horror, I do also enjoy war movie's from any 20st century war, and this didn't seem to be fitting in too well.

However, the further into the movie I got, the more interested I became.

The movie tells a story of an 8 year old son of a Nazi Concentration Camp Commandant. It shows the war through his young eyes, whilst reminding the viewer of the true atrocities of WW2.

The boy, Bruno, befriends another 8 year old boy in a concentration camp, and the story shows their relationship develop.

There are numerous scenes in this movie which will upset the viewer, scenes of violence towards the Jewish prisoners etc Another interesting side of the movie is that it of course shows how the German families felt about the war, it shows that not all of them, including some soldiers, agreed with the Nazi regime yet had no choice.

All in all this movie gets 5 stars due to a clever storyline, and an ending that you will never forget, an ending that will leave the theater in silence, and make others cry, it certainly did when I saw it in the movie theater.

Definitely worth going to see, I shall be buying it as soon as it is released.
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93 of 102 people found the following review helpful By T. Wahaid on 11 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
Films about the Second World War, and the events of the holocaust are by no means a rare thing . Many of them are touching and poignant, but none of them, so far as I know, have ever looked at the events throug the eyes of an 8 year old boy . 'The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas' however, based on the novel by Irish novelist John Boyne, presents the events to us from just that point of view .

Now, I read the book before seeing the film - in fact, it was adverts for the film that inspired me to read the novel- which I found funny, sad, and deeply moving. So I went into the film with some idea of what to expect - and yet the film still managed to knock me on my arse emotionally .

Bruno lives a life of relative luxury, in a big old house with his mother, father, sister, and assorted servants. His dad is a well paid SS officer, his mum a stay at home housewife, and he himself is popular, with plenty of friends .

His world is disrupted when his dad gets a promotion - suddenly Bruno has to move away from the life and the house he loves, away from his friends and his grandparents, to a new home in a strange place .

And what a strange place it is - areas of the garden are off limits, curtailing his exploring adventures, and although he can see a farm with children from his bedroom window , he isn't allowed to play with these children. He's not sure he wants to either - they seem slightly odd, wearing pyjamas all day.

What is more, soldiers keep trooping in and out of his house, closeting themselves in meetings with his father, and even one of the farmers, Pavel, turns up at the house sometimes, peeling vegetable and making deliveries, and telling grand stories about once practising as a doctor .
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