The Book Thief

The Book Thief

DVD - 2014
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A spirited and courageous young girl transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany.
Publisher: [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2014.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 131 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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starbuck17 Oct 10, 2016

One cannot compare this to the book, which is a treasure in itself. There is no way that the writing, the narrator, the visuals, etc., could be translated into a movie. I did really enjoy this film, though, but only as a totally different entity than the book.

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Jul 22, 2020

Great movie. The characters are just like I imagined. They had most of the main things in it and left out a couple. some of the things were not in order but eventually, those parts showed up. All in all this movie was beautiful and I loved it.

Mar 16, 2019

Wow. What a piece of art. The script...the cinematography...the characters...the motion.
Take the 2 hours to witness the beauty of life because of the beauty of the human soul.
This is the movie, from the book of the same title.
Based upon the novel by Markus Zusak. People say the book is much better than the movie.
The cover says "one of the best movies of the year." (yr 2013). So True.
Four stars because there's always something in a movie that could have been a rounding out factor. Ex; the German woman with the beautiful library...didn't know her story at all.
Max's conversations about "writing" are an exquisite understanding of the written word.
The word "Teen" shows in the catalog description, somewhat off-putting; the main character is a teenager. Bright like a star, she is.

Feb 12, 2019

amazing lovely sad brilliant gr8 movie

Jan 10, 2019

A beautiful touching movie. I would like to read the book now.

Perlejune Sep 01, 2018

Warm, beautiful, and painful to see the inhumanity of man. To see men act as if they are soulless, yet others riding the wave of love and humanity at any expense.

Jun 26, 2018

I haven't read the book but I thought the film was very good. One I would definitely recommend.

Iwas very sure you do not have this movie so i got it today i always see it in Wal-Mart i should had not got this movie i did too bad.

Dec 03, 2017

A saddening, beautiful film about the Holocaust.

Nov 01, 2017

Horrible, flat movie, no soul, no emotion - they just butchered the beautiful book!

Sep 13, 2017

This movie did not do the book justice. It was a good movie, don’t get me wrong, but it was missing a lot of crucial elements that were included in the book. Everyone knows the books are always better than the movies, but this movie came pretty close. Rudy Steiner asks Liesel for kisses quite often in the book, but in the movie, it was only asked for once. This made less of a connection between the two characters, especially towards the end. (You are going to have to watch the movie to find out what happens in the end). To be completely honest, I cried… a lot. It was quite emotional. The casting wasn’t the best through. Rudy kinda looks related to Liesel which makes the relationship awkward. If they chose a boy who looked a little different or if they changed the appearance of Rudy, it would’ve sold much better. Overall, a fantastic movie! 5 out of 5 stars! @SpookyCat of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

All in all I have to say it was a decent approach at recreating the stellar novel that we have all adored, and The Book Thief was a movie that made me cry even though I knew the storyline. I really wished that some of the characters were portrayed better though; like Liesel could have been a bit more mischievous in terms of her book stealing and childhood tactics. Rudy, Papa, Mama, and all the other characters are all in place and time with the setting and background of the story. It was a bit shortened, however, and some very meaningful and impactful small conversations and details were left out. In my opinion the small things make a big difference considering those were some moments that made me love the book even more (ex. When Papa brought eggs and said “they were out of shoes” to Mama). Concluding this review, I would say that this is a recommendation from me however if you really enjoyed and want more, read the book and you can appreciate the depth more. I cried and laughed during the film too, and in my opinion Papa was the best character portrayed in the movie.
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Mar 05, 2015

"Sometimes when life robs you, you need to rob it back." -Liesel

May 29, 2014

Liesel: My name is Liesel Meminger. I don't have a family. Or even a place to call home. I never understood the meaning of the word Hope. But I'm about to meet the people who will change all that.

May 29, 2014

Death on Liesel's long life: In my job, I am always finding
humans at their best...
and their worst.
I see their ugliness,
and their beauty...
and I wonder how the
same thing can be both.
I've attended all the
world's worst disasters...

and worked for the greatest of villains.
And I've seen the greatest wonders.
But it's still like I said it was.
No one lives forever.
When I finally came for Liesel...
I took selfish pleasure
in the knowledge
that she had lived
her 90 years so wisely.

I wanted to tell the book thief
she was one of the few souls...
that made me wonder
what it was to live.

But in the end,
there were no words.
Only peace.
The only truth I truly know...
is that I am haunted by humans.

May 29, 2014

Liesel told this story in a bomb shelter:There once was
a ghost of a boy...
who liked to live
in the shadows of things...
so he wouldn't frighten people.
His job was to wait for his
sister, who was still alive.

She wasn't afraid of the dark...
because she knew
that's where her brother was.

At night, when darkness

came to her room...
she would tell her brother
about the day.

She would remind him how the
sun felt on his skin...
and what the air
felt like to breathe...
Or how snow felt on his tongue.
And that reminded her...
that she was still alive.

May 29, 2014

Prologue: One small fact
You are going to die.

Despite every effort,
no one lives forever.

Sorry to be such a spoiler.

My advice is, when the
time comes, don't panic.
It doesn't seem to help.
I guess I should
introduce myself properly.

But then again,
you'll meet me soon enough.

Not before your time, of course.
I make it a policy
to avoid the living.
>Well, except sometimes.
Once in a very long time...
I can't help myself.
I get interested.
I don't know exactly what it
was about Liesel Meminger.
But she caught me.

May 26, 2014

I am haunted by humans


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Mar 05, 2015

Violence: A lot of violence. Blood, death, bombs, and more.

Jul 28, 2014

Other: There are racial overtones such as a child taking a liking to a black athlete and having to be told (due to Hitler's beliefs) that it's not okay to have a black person as a hero. The child tries to color his skin black. This may or may not need to be explained to some children. I don't believe the film is acceptable viewing for children.

Jul 28, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Set in the backdrop of the Holocaust. Nazi's patrolling door to door and accosting children and others.

Jul 28, 2014

Violence: There's a lot of kicking and punching. Particularly the movie seems to "celebrate" a scene where the heroine is being bullied in a schoolyard and beats another boy senseless. She isn't punished, there are cheers, and the film's music and dismissive nature seems to see this as acceptable behavior. It's not.

Jul 25, 2014

Other: Nothing bad. Some beatings and a sad ending.


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