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

Release Date:

Friday, November 8, 2013 (Nationwide)

Rating: N/A

Runtime: N/A

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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Cast: Who stars in it?

Crew: Who's making The Book Thief

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

On or about October 17, 2013, the film was in Completed status.

On or about July 11, 2013, the film was in Post-Production status.

On or about February 4, 2013, the film was in Pre-Production status.

Looking at a production start late February 2013 in Berlin.

On or about February 29, 2012, the film was in 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 it released?

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

When will the movie be on Blu-ray & DVD?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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