• Fri. Dec 1st, 2023

“The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” is a British-American historical drama film directed by , 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 (), who becomes friends with a Jewish boy named Shmuel () 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 . The film also won the Heartland Film Festival's Truly Moving Picture Award and the Mill Valley Film Festival Audience Award.

Directed by
Produced by David Heyman
Screenplay by
Based on The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne
Starring , , , , , , ,
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Benoît Delhomme
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
Language English
Budget $12.5 million
Box office $44.1 million

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