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The Book Thief

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Book Thief
Based upon the best-selling novel. The profoundly moving story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany. Although Liesel is illiterate when she is adopted by a German couple, her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read. Ultimately, the power of words helps Liesel and Max, a Jew hiding in the family's home, escape from the events unfolding around them.
Edition: EnglishSpanishFrench version
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE B
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 131 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in., rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 2.0, rda
widescreen (2.40:1), 24 fps, rda
laser optical, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, Region 1, rda


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Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson

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Dec 08, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Overall this is a very good movie. I enjoyed the characters and acting and thought they did a great job with the German accent. Well worth the watch.

Dec 01, 2014
  • theprincess rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing and moving story.

I really LOVE the book. :) I can't wait to see the movie!!!!!!!

This is a wonderfully done movie that shows the German peoples' experiences of life and death during World War 2. It has harsh scenes so parental guidance is recommended to further explain attitudes and realities of the time. I can see this winning some awards at Oscar time.

Nov 08, 2014
  • wiredonjava rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

War, the life thief. Yes, I hate Hitler too and I thought the movie was great, but death as an entity for a narrator? Maybe for a low budget fright film

I LOVED the book. I have read quite a few books on the holocaust, but this one completely grabbed me, made me feel as if I was reading a faerie tale in real life. Zuzak's writing style was completely different than anything I'd ever experienced before, and the implementation of Death as the narrator was brilliant. Some books are sad and twisted and horrible, but the tragedy of this one was sweet, heartwrenching and bespoke a strong author. None of this fluff where everyone lives or gets married and lived happily ever after. And I loved how death sat her down on the curb and showed her her book at the end. It was perfect. The movie was pretty good too-left some things out such as her nightmares-WHAT! I considered those to be a very important and meaningful part of the book-they were the whole reason they started reading together in the first place. But I loved the funny scenes, the cast was really good, and overall I definitely enjoyed it.

Oct 14, 2014
  • scrubble4 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful movie. Quirky perspective of the Grime Reaper gives a gentling to death in this movie.
I was sad that our libraries do not have John Williams sound track nor more of the director Brian Percival's movies. Would have enjoyed both of them.

Sep 25, 2014
  • voisjoe1_0 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In the 1930’s, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson play a German couple that take in a young girl and the three of them live through the tragedies of WWII. It is always good to see great actors like Rush and Watson in films with great emotional moments. The Book Thief is Liesel, illiterate at the beginning of the film and quite literate at the end having received loving care from her new "papa." Watson’s character ranges from coldness and strictness to moments of true compassion, which do not seem to come to her easily.

Sep 17, 2014
  • Little_Star_of_Heaven rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A beautiful movie, well adapted from the book. However, the blatant commercial endorsement at the end was totally distracting. Thank you Apple Computers for your terrible timing.

Loved it, it was a really good watch.

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Jul 28, 2014
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Jul 25, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 18, 2014
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May 29, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.


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Jul 28, 2014
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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


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