The Kite Runner

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Finding Neverland director Marc Forster adapts author Khaled Hosseini's critically acclaimed novel about two childhood best friends forever torn apart as their country is ravaged by endless war and bitter strife. As children, Amir Khalid Abdalla and Hassan were inseparable; their long days under azure Kabul skies often spent getting into innocent mischief or preparing for the highly anticipated kite-fighting tournament. When the day of the tournament arrives, however, a glorious victory is quickly offset by a ...
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Overview

Finding Neverland director Marc Forster adapts author Khaled Hosseini's critically acclaimed novel about two childhood best friends forever torn apart as their country is ravaged by endless war and bitter strife. As children, Amir Khalid Abdalla and Hassan were inseparable; their long days under azure Kabul skies often spent getting into innocent mischief or preparing for the highly anticipated kite-fighting tournament. When the day of the tournament arrives, however, a glorious victory is quickly offset by a timorous act of betrayal that ultimately serves as the catalyst for catastrophe. Not long after that fateful day, Amir moves away to America, leaving his old friend behind just as the ominous specter of war turns tragically tangible. Two decades later, Amir returns to Afghanistan to find his beloved homeland has now fallen under the iron-fisted rule of the Taliban. Still, all hope for redemption hasn't been lost just yet, because now that Amir stands face to face with the irrepressible secrets that he struggled so vigilantly to bury, he will receive one last chance to make peace with the past, and lay the groundwork for a brighter future.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929301911
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Language: English
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 17,176

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Khalid Abdalla Amir
Homayoun Ershadi Baba, Amir's Father
Zekiria Ebrahimi Young Amir
Shaun Toub Rahim Khan
Saïd Taghmaoui Farid
Nabi Tanha Ali
Sayed Jafar Omar
Masihullah Gharibzada Omar
Ali Danish Bakhty Ari Sohrab
Atossa Leoni Soraya
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada Young Hassan
Mir Mahmood Shah Hashimi Businessman in Baba's Study
Elham Ehsas Young Assef
Bahram Ehsas Wali
Tamim Nawabi Kamal
Mohamad Nabi Attai Uncle Saifo the Kite Seller
Mohamad Nadir Sarwari Spice Merchant
Mustafa Haidari Party Worker
Ahmad Yasar Shir Agha Birthday Singer
Mohammad Aman Joya Mahmood
Abdul Azim Wahabzada Karim
Vsevold Sevanchos Soviet Union Soldier
Saeed Meeran Farhad Burly Man in Truck
Igor Radchenko Soviet Union Officer
Larry Brown Gas Station Customer
L. Peter Callender Dean of Students
Jesse Robertson Man at bar
Josh Chamberlain Pool Player
Marco Mazariegos Pool Player
Shaan Price Pool Player
Abdul Qadir Farookh General Taheri
Peg McKibbin Flea Market Customer
Chris Verrill Dr. Starobin
Amar Kureishi Dr. Amani
Maimoona Ghizal Jamila Taheri
Mohammad Eshan Aman Wedding Singer
Yunus Osman Cemetery Mullah
Mehboob Ali Pakistan taxi driver
Nasser Memarzia Zaman the orphanage director
Abdul Salam Yusoufzai Taliban Stadium Speaker
Aziz Raxidi Assef guards
Khalil Ahmad Nooryan Assef guards
Hameeda Hamraz Rahim Khan's neighbor
Kaiser Doulat-Beek Man at mosque
Ahmad Shah Alam Man in the park
Habib Zargi Park Kite seller
Houshmand Habib Kite Flyer Kid
Lukas Ferreira Kite Spooler Kid
Igbal Theba Voice Only
Technical Credits
Marc Forster Director
Rebecca Yeldham Director, Producer
David Benioff Screenwriter
Matt Chessé Editor
Carlos Conti Production Designer
Douglas Cumming Art Director
Kate Dowd Casting
Karen Dowd Casting
Frank Fleming Costumes/Costume Designer
Nina Henninger Casting
William Horberg Producer
Alberto Iglesias Score Composer
Zhang Jinzhen Asst. Director
Sidney Kimmel Executive Producer
Michael Lerman Asst. Director
Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
Leslie McMinn Associate Producer
Sam Mendes Executive Producer
Eriko Miyagawa Casting
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Karen Murphy Art Director
Kwame Parker Associate Producer
Walter Parkes Producer
Roberto Schaefer Cinematographer
Jeff Skoll Executive Producer
Oleh Sokolovsky Art Director
Sharon Lam Suk-Ching Asst. Director
Bruce Toll Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
E. Bennett Walsh Producer
Khaled Hosseini Source Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Kites of the Novel are Uplifted by the Wind but Fail to Soar in the Film

    Khaled Hosseini's THE KITE RUNNER was one of those first novels that captured both public interest and the hearts of the many who read this story of childhood unconditional love and redemption set against three stormy decades in Afghanistan. Though Hosseini was approached about the story's adaptation to the screen soon after the novel was published, there seems to have been a rush to get the visual form of the poetic novel before the audience, a journey besieged by unsuspected political intervention and criticism by the Afghan government. But after seeing the film, this intrigue heightens the intent of those involved in translating the book to film - writer David Benioff and director Marc Forster. People may argue both sides of whether or not the dialog be in Afghan languages "Dari, Pashtu,Urdu" with English subtitles or be in English throughout: the choice of using both languages is severely hampered by the decision to place the Afghan translations in an overlay on the screen while the English subtitles are place off the viewing field. A small point, perhaps, but one that makes the first viewing of the film difficult to follow visually. As far as the actors are concerned, the two young lads who were chosen to portray Amir "Zekeria Ebrahimi" and Hassan "Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada" are perfect: closest of friends living in a household where one "Amir" is the son of the master of the house and the other "Hassan" is the son of the grounds and house keeper - a factor that serves to underline class differences that will later become increasingly poignant. The boys are inseparable, reading stories together and flying kites in competitions - each lad specializing in one of those pastimes. But disaster crumbles the boys' victory in the kite flying contest when Hassan is beaten and raped by the town bullies while Amir cowardly runs for safety, deserting his friend. Suddenly the Russians invade and that change factors into the need for Amir and his father to move to America where Amir is educated and becomes a writer. Twenty years pass. After the fall of Afghanistan to the Russians and subsequently to the Taliban, Amir "now actor Khalid Abdalla" receives a telephone plea from Hassan's father to return to Kabul. Amir, now married and a successful writer, feels the need to return to amend for his past omission as well as to assuage Amir's fears. When he arrives in Kabul he encounters a war torn country he no longer recognizes, discovers past secrets as to his and Hassan's true identities, and sets out on a journey to bring closure to a childhood love and promise. It is a touching tale of redemption and the strongest echo of the magic of the novel. THE KITE RUNNER as both novel and film will appeal to all audiences sensitive to scars that wars leave on children and adults alike. For this viewer the film lacks the intensity of the book in that the time spent with the childhood of the two boys feels secondary to the personal journey of the adult Amir. But that is not to say the film is less powerful in the end: the story is one that leaves an imprint on the audience that last long past the ending credits. Grady Harp

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