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
0788884026
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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pjbeau
Jul 30, 2017

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

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Cindyloohoo
Feb 12, 2017

A good movie about many important subjects, but it should have a warning on it. Just because it's about children doesn't mean it's appropriate for children. Parents should be aware that the ending is devastating and might be too upsetting for some kids.

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marieloudavril
Feb 06, 2017

Excellent Movie : Very touching story of friendship developing between two young boys in time of war, prejudices, and injustice's view in the eye of these 2 boys.. The end is heart breaking.How far friendship can go.......

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analbead
Nov 22, 2016

a boy seeks friendship, and finds it in all the wrong places.

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organic69
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.

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blue_dolphin_4400
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.

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alinisar33
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.

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uzebdrumz
Apr 11, 2015

This cliché tear jerker for shallow history-deprived viewers is like a poor made-for-tv drama. We get some of the how & why of Nazi extremism, short bursts of the propaganda; but for the most part this is a slow film that is far too incredible to take seriously. I know the book is fiction, but there is just no possible way to believe that these children could develop a friendship through the fence without the knowledge of the camp guards or the main character's parents. The predictable drama at the end of the film is weak. They both would have been shot dead that close to the fence.

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bob33lib
Mar 21, 2015

Although it is not "Schindler's List" it is a worthwhile movie about life of a non-professional solder recruited from the business community and how a child views adult disfunction. Definitely a direct application to today's democracy in North America and the shrinking middle class. I am reminded of the movie's budget when I go to make comments about improvements.

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blue_dolphin_4400
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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iluv_hngr_gms_JB
Nov 10, 2011

'they smell even worse when they burn"

storylady Jun 18, 2009

"Are you proud of your father? Is he a good man?"

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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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