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 : distributed by Maple Pictures, [2009]
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.


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Slavomir Nov 30, 2010

This is an excellent but ultimately disturbing movie. The ending stayed with me for a long time after seeing it. The book is also worth reading, as is Boyne's novel, The House of Special Purpose. I feel the movie gives a more thorough depiction of the ending than the book. Some critics have put t... Read More »

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Nov 19, 2019

This movie, while well done, is staggeringly inept in its depiction of the Holocaust. I kept thinking, "How do this German boy and this Polish boy understand each other? How can Schmuel just sit by the fence and never get noticed by the guards? Where are the guards, anyway? If it's so easy to dig under the fence, how come none of the prisoners have done it?" The movie is based on the book, which is fiction. Hoping everyone understands that...?! but from some of the critical responses I've read online, it seems a lot of people think this is a true story. It's not. Read By Chance Alone, by Max Eisen, for a true story about Auschwitz.

Sep 22, 2019

Somehow humanity can be lost even in the civilization if there is no examination of conscience. The end of the movie was quite shocking. Treat others as thy want to be treated.

Sep 16, 2019

Shows how propaganda and how you do or don't explain things can have grave consequences

Apr 04, 2019

A very powerful movie of the evils of fascism and the Nazis victimizing millions of fellow humans. A MUST SEE even for pre-teenagers so no one ever forgets.

Mar 13, 2019

So powerful and heart wrenching! Bravo to the acting in this movie.
This rates 5 stars.

Feb 12, 2019

The film opens with the quote "Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows", by John Betjeman. A young boy named Bruno lives with his family in Berlin, in Nazi Germany during World War II. He learns that his father Ralf has been promoted, due to which their family, including Bruno's mother Elsa and sister Gretel, relocate to the "countryside" (occupied Poland). Bruno hates his new home as there is no one to play with and very little to explore. After commenting that he has spotted people working on what he thinks is a farm in the distance (but, unbeknownst to the innocent Bruno, is actually a concentration camp), he is also forbidden from playing in the back garden.
Most German families didn't know for example this young boy.

Feb 03, 2019

So much to say but lost for words..............

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!

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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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