12 certificateThe Book Thief is a Film programme that first aired in 2013 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

The Book Thief is a 4 star programme

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The Book Thief (2013)

Directed by
Brian Percival

Moving wartime drama based on the best-selling novel by Australian author Markus Zusak.

The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary young girl called Liesel (Sophie Nelisse), who is sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, and disgusted by the Nazis’ book-burning displays, she falls deeper in love with literature.

With the help of her new parents Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson), and Max (Ben Schnetzer), a young Jewish man who hides in her home after the onset of the Holocaust, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.

This profound drama, which received Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for John Williams’ score, offers a fascinating, yet dark account –
after all, it is narrated by Death himself (Roger Allam) – of the horrors of war from an innocent child’s point of view.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 150 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2013

4/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA/Germany

Filmed in Black and White


Image for Roger AllamRoger Allam...Narrator/Death
Sophie Nélisse...Liesel Meminger
Heike Makatsch...Liesel's Mother
Julian Lehmann...Liesel's Brother
Gotthard Lange...Grave Digger
Rainer Reiners...Priest
Kirsten Block...Frau Heinrich
Image for Geoffrey RushGeoffrey Rush...Hans Hubermann
Image for Emily WatsonEmily Watson...Rosa Hubermann
Nico Liersch...Rudy Steiner
Ludger Bökelmann...Football Urchin
Paul Schaefer...Football Urchin
Nozomi Linus Kaisar...Fat Faced Goalie
Oliver Stokowski...Alex Steiner
Robert Beyer...Jewish Accountant