“The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” is a British-American historical drama film directed by Mark Herman, based on the novel of the same name by John Boyne. The film tells the story of an eight-year-old German boy named Bruno (Asa Butterfield), who becomes friends with a Jewish boy named Shmuel (Jack Scanlon) who is imprisoned in a concentration camp during World War II. Despite being separated by a barbed-wire fence, the two boys form a strong bond that ultimately leads to a tragic and heart-wrenching ending.
“The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the film's performances and emotional depth. The film's portrayal of the Holocaust through the eyes of a child was particularly praised for its sensitivity and poignancy. However, some critics criticized the film's simplistic portrayal of the complex historical events and its deviation from the novel's ending.
“The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” received several nominations for international film awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer for Asa Butterfield. The film also won the Heartland Film Festival's Truly Moving Picture Award and the Mill Valley Film Festival Audience Award.
|Directed by||Mark Herman|
|Produced by||David Heyman|
|Screenplay by||Mark Herman|
|Based on||The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne
|Starring||Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, Amber Beattie, Rupert Friend, David Hayman,|
|Music by||James Horner|
|Edited by||Michael Ellis|
|BBC Films Heyday Films Miramax Films|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK (United Kingdom)
Miramax Films (United States)
|Release date||28 August 2008 (Carnegie Film Festival) 12 September 2008 (United Kingdom) 26 November 2008 (United States)|
|Running time||94 minutes|
|Countries||United Kingdom United States|
|Box office||$44.1 million|