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THE BOOK THIEF [Additional Material]

THE BOOK THIEF <span>[Additional Material]</span> artwork

THE BOOK THIEF [Additional Material]

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 130m 57s

Genre(s) Additional Production Material

Director(s) Brian Percival

Cast includes Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, Joachim Paul Assbock

Cut This work was cut. To obtain this category cuts of 0m 0s were required.

BBFCinsight publication date 16/01/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE BOOK THIEF is a drama based on the novel by Marcus Zusak. It tells the story of a young girl and her foster parents, who decide to shelter a Jewish friend during the period of Nazi control of Germany.


In the wake of a wartime bombing raid, a child discovers some dead bodies and is clearly distressed. She cries over the bodies, pleading with them not to be dead, and cradles them briefly. There is no sight of graphic or bloody injuries.

One sequence reconstructs the events of the 1938 'Kristallnacht', showing Nazis smashing the windows of Jewish businesses, dragging Jews into the street, and kicking them as they lie on the floor. In another scene, a Jewish man is forced from his home; when another man attempts to intervene, he is pushed to the ground and is subsequently seen to have a bloodied head. Further threat occurs as Nazis are shown searching houses and marching Jewish people through the streets.

There is some mild violence as a young girl fights a bully in the playground, delivering some punches to his body. The bully is also seen to slap another young boy on the face.

There is very brief sight of a young boy who has died as a result of an illness, with a small trickle of blood running from his nose. His body is wrapped in a blanket and then buried.

There is some very mild bad language, including uses of ‘hell’.


Title Information
Additional Material
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
Classified date(s)
Main language
Submitted run time
130m 57s
BBFC reference
Audio Descriptive

Components List

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles


Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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