The Book Thief Movie

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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 new family in World War II Germany.

Who's Involved:

Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nelisse, Michael Petroni, Emily Watson, Karen Rosenfelt, Ben Schnetzer, Brian Percival, Nico Liersch, Kirsten Block, Sandra Nedeleff, Rafael Gareisen

Release Date:

Friday, November 8, 2013 Nationwide

Runtime: N/A
Language: English

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Plot: What's the story about?

Follows a spirited young girl named Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) who witnesses the horrors of Nazi Germany while in the care of foster parents, played by Rush and Watson. The girl arrives with a stolen book and begins collecting other tomes, learning to read while her stepparents harbor a Jewish refugee (Ben Schnetzer) under the stairs.

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Who stars in The Book Thief: Cast List

War Horse, Fireflies in the Garden  

... Hans Hubermann

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides  

... Liesel

47 Meters Down: Uncaged, Irena's Vow  

... Refugee Max

Goat, Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2  

... Rudy Steiner


... Frau Heinrich


... Sarah


... Walter


Who's making The Book Thief: Crew List

A look at the The Book Thief behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Brian Percival last directed Downton Abbey. The film's writer Michael Petroni last wrote Backtrack and The Rite.


Michael Petroni


Karen Rosenfelt

Production: What we know about The Book Thief?

Key Facts

  1. Based on the novel by Markus Zusak. Optioned in 2006.

Filming Timeline

  1. 2013 - October: The film was set to Completed  status.
  2. 2013 - July: The film was set to Post-Production  status.
  3. 2013 - February: The film was set to Pre-Production  status.

    Looking at a production start late February 2013 in Berlin.

  4. 2012 - February: The film was set to Development  status.

    Fox 2000 optioned the young-adult novel in 2006; director now signed on for the pic. Production to begin this summer.

The Book Thief Release Date: When was the film released?

The Book Thief was a Nationwide release in 2013 on Friday, November 8, 2013. There were 10 other movies released on the same date, including Thor: The Dark World, About Time and Great Expectations.

The Book Thief DVD & Blu-ray Release Date: When was the film released?

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The Book Thief was released on DVD & Blu-ray on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 .

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