The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
  • Rate: 7.8/10 total 42,377 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | History | War
  • Release Date: 28 November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 94 min | Israel:93 min
  • Filming Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Budget: $12,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $9,030,581(USA)(18 January 2009)
  • Director: Mark Herman
  • Stars: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis and Rupert Friend
  • Original Music By: James Horner   
  • Soundtrack: Orchids and Roses
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Fence | Jew | Boy | Concentration Camp | Jewish

Writing Credits By:

  • John Boyne (novel)
  • Mark Herman (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • Although the concentration camp where the movie is set is never actually mentioned by name throughout the movie, we know it is Auschwitz because it was the only Nazi death camp with 4 crematoria. The SS officers are discussing the building’s construction in the Commandant’s office when Bruno’s mother interrupts the meeting. In the book it is referred to as “Out-With” (coming from the P.O.V. of Bruno, who is only nine years old and can’t pronounce some words properly).
  • Vera Farmiga who plays the boy’s mother is shown wearing her wedding band on her right hand. For Germany, this is correct and an excellent accurate detail.
  • Bruno’s parents are called Ralf and Elsa, but are only credited as “Father” and “Mother” because that is how Bruno would have known them, and everything in the film is seen from his point of view.
  • The character name “Meinberg” translates into English as “My Hill” or “My Mountain”. Director Mark Herman is a Hull City supporter and at the time the Hull goalkeeper was Boaz Myhill.

Goofs: Continuity: The "hero" sandwich that Bruno attempts to smuggle out for Schmuel appears to be about six inches long. When it is later discovered on the ground after having fallen out of Bruno's pocket it is several inches longer.

Plot: Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. Full summary »  »

Story: Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination.Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)  

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Produced By:

  • Rosie Alison known as co-producer
  • Mark Herman known as executive producer
  • David Heyman known as producer
  • Christine Langan known as executive producer
  • Mary Richards known as line producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Asa Butterfield known as Bruno
  • Zac Mattoon O'Brien known as Leon (as Zac Mattoon-O'Brien)
  • Domonkos Németh known as Martin
  • Henry Kingsmill known as Karl
  • Vera Farmiga known as Mother
  • Cara Horgan known as Maria
  • Zsuzsa Holl known as Berlin Cook
  • Amber Beattie known as Gretel
  • László Áron known as Lars
  • David Thewlis known as Father
  • Richard Johnson known as Grandpa
  • Sheila Hancock known as Grandma
  • Charlie Baker known as Palm Court Singer
  • Iván Verebély known as Meinberg
  • Béla Fesztbaum known as Schultz
  • Attila Egyed known as Heinz
  • Rupert Friend known as Lieutenant Kotler
  • David Hayman known as Pavel
  • Jim Norton known as Herr Liszt
  • Jack Scanlon known as Shmuel
  • László Nádasi known as Isaak
  • László Quitt known as Kapo 1
  • Mihály Szabados known as Kapo 2
  • Zsolt Sáfár Kovács known as Kapo 3 Sonderkommando
  • Gábor Harsai known as Elderly Jewish Man (as Gábor Harsay)
  • Julia Papp known as Dancer (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Jacqueline Bhavnani known as hair stylist
  • Jacqueline Bhavnani known as makeup artist
  • Hildegard Haide known as makeup artist
  • Marese Langan known as hair designer
  • Marese Langan known as makeup designer
  • Erzsébet Rácz known as hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Sándor Bognár known as stand-by construction
  • Barna Brill known as construction manager
  • Péter Brill known as construction manager
  • István Busa known as swing gang
  • Bálint Diószegi known as property buyer
  • Peter Gantner known as assistant set decorator (as Péter Gantner)
  • Attila Horváth known as stand-by construction
  • Gábor Hutter known as swing gang
  • János Jován known as set builder
  • Gábor Kiss known as set builder
  • Géza Kotán known as painter
  • Balázs Kovács known as stand-by propman
  • Balázs Kovács known as swing gang
  • István Kovács known as swing gang
  • Tibor Lucza known as painter
  • László Mohovics known as swing gang
  • Sándor Nagy known as stand-by property master
  • László Németh known as painter
  • David Packard known as scenic artist
  • Zoltán Pamuk known as painter
  • Gábor Posevitz known as property master
  • Sándor Rád known as set builder
  • Ferenc Simiglai known as painter
  • István Szabó known as set builder
  • Kinga Szabó known as art department coordinator
  • Károly Turzai known as painter
  • Zoltán Varga known as swing gang
  • István Zsolnai known as painter
  • Catherine Byrne known as art department researcher (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Miramax Films (presents)
  • BBC Films (in association with)
  • Heyday Films

Other Companies:

  • Sparks  camera equipment provided by
  • VooDooDog  titles
  • Sparks  grip and lighting equipment
  • Abacus Consult  accounting: audit
  • Act One Script Clearance  script clearance
  • Alex Rose Wig Company  wigmaker
  • Angels the Costumiers  costumes
  • Art Resource  archive material provided by
  • Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB)  archive material provided by
  • Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz  archive material provided by (as Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz)
  • Brehm & von Moers  legal services: Germany (as Brehm & v. Moers)
  • Budapesti Közlekedési Vállalat  special thanks
  • Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv Koblenz  archive material provided by (as Bundesarchiv, Koblenz)
  • Concorde Film Trust  funding
  • Cosprop  costumes
  • De Lane Lea  sound pre-mixing facility
  • Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin  archive material provided by
  • Eastwood Scoring Stage  music recording facility
  • Eurofilm Stúdió  production services: Hungary
  • Fotoarchiv Hoffmann  archive material provided by
  • Framestore CFC  digital intermediate
  • Gearbox Sound and Vision  additional ProTools systems supplied by
  • Goldcrest Post Production London  final sound mixing faciility
  • Goldcrest Post Production London  sound post-production
  • Granger Collection, The  archive material provided by
  • HB Studió  construction services
  • HSA Film  health & safety advisor
  • Hero Collection  costumes
  • HireWorks  Avid equipment rental
  • Hungarian TV  costumes
  • Koko  catering
  • Kovari Tercsak Salans Attorneys  legal services: Hungary
  • Károlyi István Gyermekközpont – Fot  special thanks
  • London Editing Machines Ltd.  editing equipment
  • Mafilm  costumes
  • Marionette  extras casting
  • Media World Logistics  production logistics (uncredited)
  • Mediacom 24-7  travel agent
  • Open Casting  casting
  • Oxy-Med  medical services
  • PR Filmszerviz  trailers
  • Sapex Scripts  post-production scripts
  • Shepperton Studios  foley recording facility
  • Sound Design Company, The  additional Pro Tools Systems Supplied by
  • Theaterkunst  costumes
  • Ullsteinbild Archive  archive material provided by (as Ullstein Bild)
  • Visual Artefact  historical research
  • Wiggin  legal services: UK

Distributors:

  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Andes Films (2009) (Chile) (theatrical)
  • Audio Visual Enterprises (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Buena Vista International (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Falcon (2009) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Miramax Films (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Saturn Enternainment (2009) (Slovakia) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Gativideo (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Lionsgate Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Miramax Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • SBS6 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Finland (2009) (Finland) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Double Negative (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Louie Alexander known as retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC
  • Simon Allmark known as visual effects editorial: Double Negative
  • Ben Baker known as head of digital lab: Framestore-CFC
  • Adrian Banton known as 2d supervisor: Double Negative
  • Turea Blyth known as visual effects editorial
  • Jerome Dewhurst known as di engineer
  • Miles Drake known as visual effects editorial: Double Negative
  • Mohamed Effandi known as visual effects artist: Double Negative (as Effandi Bin Mohamed)
  • Michael Bruce Ellis known as visual effects supervisor: Double Negative (as Mike Ellis)
  • Gavin Gregory known as visual effects coordinator: Double Negative
  • Edwina Jamieson known as retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC (as Edwin Jamieson)
  • David Johnston known as data operator: Framestore-CFC
  • Serena Lam known as visual effects artist: Double Negative
  • Tracey Leadbetter known as visual effects producer: Double Negative
  • Edwin Metternich known as retouch and restoration: Framestore
  • Stuart Nippard known as conform editor: Framestore-CFC
  • Zelda Tinska known as visual effects editorial: Double Negative
  • Jon Veal known as visual effects artist: Double Negative
  • Szvák Antal known as visual effects coordinator: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Matthew Baker known as retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC (uncredited)
  • Zoltán Benyó known as visual effects producer: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Zachary Bloom known as scanning and recording: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
  • Clare Brody known as data operator: Framestore (uncredited)
  • Péter Bujdosó known as matte painting supervisor: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Paul Burke known as scanning and recording: Framestore (uncredited)
  • Andy Burrow known as scanning & recording manager (uncredited)
  • Dave Calub known as retouch and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
  • Francesca Canducci known as retouch and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
  • Ronan Carr known as restoration artist: digital restoration (uncredited)
  • Zoe Cousins known as scanning and recording (uncredited)
  • Liana Dunleavy known as retouch and restoration (uncredited)
  • Laboncz Edina known as digital paint and rotoscope artist: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Richard Edwards known as data operator: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
  • André Gabriella known as digital paint and rotoscope artist: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Adam Glasman known as digital intermediate colourist (uncredited)
  • Mai Gray known as retouch and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
  • Alistair Hamer known as film mastering engineer (uncredited)
  • Pete Hanson known as studio manager: double negative (uncredited)
  • Adam Hawkes known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Karsten Hecker known as film mastering engineer: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
  • Jan Hogevold known as executive producer: framestore di (uncredited)
  • John Inch known as retouch and restoration (uncredited)
  • Horváth Gál István known as rotoscope artist: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Éva Korda known as rotoscope artist: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Károly Körmöczi known as rotoscope artist: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Taz Lodder known as technical support: Double Negative (uncredited)
  • Esme Long known as production manager (uncredited)
  • James Long known as data operator: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
  • Kevin Lowery known as film mastering engineer (uncredited)
  • Veronica Marcano known as scanning & recording operator: Framestore (uncredited)
  • Peregrine McCafferty known as matchmove artist: Double Negative (uncredited)
  • Gurel Mehmet known as concept artist: Double Negative (uncredited)
  • Adam Parker known as retouch and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
  • Lee Rankin known as scanning and recording: Framestore (uncredited)
  • James Reed known as scanning and recording (uncredited)
  • Jimmy Saul known as scanning and recording (uncredited)
  • Noémi Somoskövy known as visual effects coordinator: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Nick Stanley known as retouch and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
  • Maria Stroka known as senior digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
  • Mátyás Szabó known as senior digital artist: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Gábor Székely known as technical director: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Pál Tauszig known as digital compositor: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Odean Thompson known as digital paint and restoration: Framestore (uncredited)
  • Gábor Tóth known as lead digital compositor: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Péter Zavorszky known as visual effects production manager: Cube Effects (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • UK 28 August 2008 (Carnegie Film Festival)
  • Ireland 12 September 2008
  • UK 12 September 2008
  • Spain 19 September 2008 (San Sebastián Film Festival)
  • Brazil 26 September 2008 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • Spain 26 September 2008
  • USA 16 October 2008 (Heartland Film Festival)
  • Brazil 17 October 2008 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
  • USA 22 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • Israel 30 October 2008
  • Hungary 6 November 2008
  • USA 7 November 2008 (limited)
  • Norway 22 November 2008 (Oslo International Film Festival)
  • Switzerland 27 November 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Denmark 28 November 2008
  • Mexico 28 November 2008
  • USA 28 November 2008
  • Argentina 4 December 2008
  • Brazil 12 December 2008
  • Italy 19 December 2008
  • Sweden 19 December 2008
  • Norway 26 December 2008
  • Netherlands 8 January 2009
  • Chile 15 January 2009
  • Finland 16 January 2009
  • Portugal 29 January 2009
  • Slovakia 5 February 2009
  • Singapore 26 February 2009
  • New Zealand 5 March 2009
  • Peru 5 March 2009
  • Philippines 18 March 2009 (Manila)
  • Czech Republic 26 March 2009
  • Iceland 27 March 2009
  • Panama 27 March 2009
  • Czech Republic 28 March 2009 (Febio Film Festival)
  • Australia 23 April 2009
  • Belgium 29 April 2009
  • Germany 7 May 2009
  • Austria 4 June 2009
  • Japan 8 August 2009
  • France 12 August 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic material involving the Holocaust

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