The Book Thief

Synopsis: In 1938, the young girl Liesel Meminger is traveling by train with her mother and her younger brother when he dies. Her mother buries the boy in a cemetery by the tracks and Liesel picks up a book, "The Gravediggers Handbook", which was left on the grave of her brother and brings it with her. Liesel is delivered to a foster family in a small town and later she learns that her mother left her because she is a communist. Her stepmother, Rosa Hubermann, is a rude but caring woman and her stepfather, Hans Hubermann, is a simple kind-hearted man. Liesel befriends her next door neighbor, the boy Rudy Steiner, and they go together to the school. When Hans discovers that Liesel cannot read, he teaches her using her book and Liesel becomes an obsessed reader. During a Nazi speech where the locals are forced to burn books in a bonfire, Liesel recovers one book for her and the Mayor's wife Ilsa Hermann witnesses her action. Meanwhile Hans hides the Jewish Max Vandenburg, who is the son of a decea
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Brian Percival
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 14 nominations.
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131 min

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.


And I cared.

Do you want to say a few words?

Goodbye my darling

She would have kept you

if she could have.

You know that, don't you?

Here we are. Come, Liesel.

Meet your new parents.


Hans Hubermann.



Where is the boy?

He died.

What do you mean?

On the way here.

They had to bury him by the tracks.

They promised us two children,

with two allowances.

Rosa, you cannot

blame the boy for dying.

No, I blame his mother.

Dragging them across the

country unfed, unwashed!

She was running for her life.

Have you seen that girl?


Everything they say about communists

is true. Dirty and stupid.

I'll speak as loud as I want.



What is the matter with her?

Your Majesty.

What are you brats looking at?

This is Heaven Street,

your new home.

Hey, lover boy! Can we get

on with the game now?

Please, go in.

Well, go on.

What do you say?

They have given us a mute.

Go upstairs.

Where is it?

That one.

It's for you.


Ja, my sunshine?

Good morning, Your Majesty.

Would you stop that racket?

What do you say?

Thank you.

It speaks?

Now, listen, from now on

you call me "Mama," ja?

Say it.



And that Saukerl,

that lazy pig over there...

you call him "Papa. "



Who is that?

Who is it?

Rudy Steiner, Frau Hubermann.

What do you want?

My mother says you've

got a daughter now.

What's it to you?

I'm here to take her to school.

Why can't people ever

mind their own business?

Hello, Rudy.


And what makes you think you are

good enough for my daughter?


I'm almost 12.

Liesel, eat your soup

and go and get dressed.

Stay outside, you filthy Saukerl.

Hurry up, Liesel.

Do you like to run?

I bet I could beat you.

No one has ever

beaten me in a race.

You don't say much, do you?

Is that one spit, "Yes,"

and two spits, "No"?

I'm glad we

understand each other.

My mother didn't really tell

me to come and get you.

I just thought

you might need a friend.

Danke schn!


What are you up to?

Nothing, Papa.

Then get to school.

Come on.

You are?

Frau Hubermann's new daughter.

I was not addressing you, Steiner.

Girl, speak.

Liesel Meminger.

Chalk, board, name.

Come, girl.

We don't have all day.

Write it.



Back to your seat, now.



Dummkopf! Dummkopf!

Hey, Dummkopf.

Can't you even read yet?

Go on. Read one word.

Read something.


She's killing him!

I bet that wasn't your first fight.

Franz Deutscher hasn't

been hit like that...

since he peed in

Tommy Muller's lunchbox.

Franz Deutscher

doesn't sound very smart.

He's the dumbest kid in school.

But he shaves.

You remember how to get home?

Just because I can't read

doesn't make me stupid.

All right.

I'll follow you, then.

You could join our

soccer team, you know?

Look, you should probably just

stop trying to be my friend...

because I won't be

here long enough.

Why not?

I'm running away.

That's why not.

Where to?

None of your business.

Well, let me know when.

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Markus Zusak

Markus Frank Zusak (born 23 June 1975) is an Australian writer. He is best known for The Book Thief and The Messenger (US title, I Am the Messenger), two novels for young adults which became international bestsellers. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 2014 for his contributions to young-adult literature published in the United States. more…

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