The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

DVD - 2009
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Poland, World War II. Innocent and naive 8-year-old Bruno is bored and restless in his new home. Ignoring his mother, he sets off on an adventure in the woods. He comes across a high fence which separates him from the people he can see through it. Soon he meets a young boy in striped pajamas, and a surprising friendship develops.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, [2009]
ISBN: 9780788884023
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Oct 04, 2018

What a heart wrenching movie! Absolutely every cast member performed impeccably, especially two young boys! Much appreciated we are living in peaceful place !

Mar 27, 2018

so sad

Nov 14, 2017

This movie entralled me from beginning to end! I felt a connection to each and every character in this movie. Well cast, scripted, acted and filmed. The acting by the two boys is at a caliber beyond their years. The editing was excellent... never did I feel it was dragging. All of this make the story heart warming & wrenching!

Nov 05, 2017

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas is a heartbreaking movie based on the novel of the same name. Personally, I find that films are more upsetting and emotional than books because you actually see the things happening instead of reading and imagining them, so I must warn you that this film is extremely heart-wrenching. Even though it’s very emotional, the message it conveys is so crucial. This movie was extremely well-made, and definitely did the book justice. I would also advise that you read the book first if you have the time, it’s not too long and I find that it’s usually better to read the book before watching the movie. Rating 5/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 30, 2017

I really like how they didn't sugar coat the movie

Mar 01, 2016

Really moving film. Innocence of children vs. hatred and misconception.

fr1770 Feb 14, 2016

Amazing how children can view others as their equals and be oblivious to the prejudices surrounding them. Excellent film for young adults to learn more about the Holocaust.

Jan 05, 2016

I loved this movie. It was so moving and so extremely depressing. It tells and reveals a great deal about the Holocaust. The end was truly heartbreaking and really opened my eye up to what the Holocaust really was. Frankly, I ended up sobbing.

Sep 07, 2015

Most of the time, when a book receives a film adaptation, many fans become upset due to the film’s mediocrity compared to the book. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas bucks that trend. The film adaptation is generally put at the same level as the book; sometimes even higher. But what could be so great about the film? What places it at such a high level?
The film takes place in Nazi Germany, and during a time period that many wish to forget. Bruno, the main character, is an 8 year old boy whose family moves from their home in Berlin in order for his father to be closer to his work. Bored, Bruno eventually stumbles into another Jewish boy his age named Shmuel. Bruno’s father finds out about their friendship and forbids Bruno to speak to Shmuel again. However, both Bruno and Shmuel are oblivious to the terror that’s going on around them, and decide to keep their friendship going in secret.
The film makes sure to tug at the heartstrings of its viewers. A depressing quality of the film is the innocence that Bruno and Shmuel share. Both boys don’t fully understand why they cannot speak to one another, and Bruno doesn’t fully understand why Shmuel is treated much worse than he is. As time goes on, their friendship becomes more and more strained due to outside interference. However, the most depressing part of all is the ending of the film. Of course, nothing will be spoiled, but the film’s closing sequence is bound to sink hearts of its viewers.
So what makes The Boy in the Striped Pyjama’s great? The film provides insight as to how horrible Nazism was, and how no one was spared from its wrath; not even children. What makes it even worse was how the man largely held responsible for the Holocaust, Adolf Hitler, believed he was indeed doing the right thing for his country. The Boy in the Striped Pyjama’s is a compelling film filled with real life references, heart-wrenching moments and an extremely sad ending. While the film is rather depressing, it is eye-opening to what many had gone through decades ago and serves as a grim reminder of what can happen when the wrong person is in power. A must watch for anybody who wants a movie that will stick with them long after the credits roll.

May 07, 2014

This movie should be seen for it's historical perspective, as it sends a powerful message to those who passively ignore great evils.

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lucille007 Apr 08, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense - war is so hard on the children of the world!


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Jan 05, 2016

Shmuel: I wish you'd remembered the chocolate.
Bruno: Yes, I'm sorry. I know! Perhaps you can come and have supper with us sometime.
Shmuel: I can't, can I? Because of this.
[points the electric fence]
Bruno: But that's to stop the animals getting out, isn't it?
Shmuel: Animals? No, it's to stop people getting out.
Bruno: Are you not allowed out? Why? What have you done?
Shmuel: I'm a Jew.


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