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The Kite Runner

128 min
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Marc Forster
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 19 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2008-01-11
Filming Locations: China
Budget: $20,000,000
Opening Weekend: $471,713 (USA) (16 December 2007)
Gross: $15,797,907 (USA) (13 April 2008)
Khalid Abdalla
Atossa Leoni
Shaun Toub
Rahim Khan
Sayed Jafar Masihullah Gharibzada
Zekeria Ebrahimi
Young Amir
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada
Young Hassan
Mir Mahmood Shah Hashimi
Business Man in Baba's Study
Homayoun Ershadi
Nabi Tanha
Elham Ehsas
Young Assef
Bahram Ehsas
Tamim Nawabi
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
Abdul Azim Wahabzada
Vsevolod Sevanchos
Soviet Union Soldier
Murina Abudukelimu
Young Wife in Truck
Igor Radchenko
Soviet Union Officer
Larry Brown
Gas Station Customer
L. Peter Callender
Dean of Students
Josh Chamberlain
Pool Player
Marco Mazariegos
Pool Player
Shaan Price
Pool Player
Abdul Qadir Farookh
General Taheri (as Qadir Farookh)
Peg McKibbin
Flea Market Customer
Chris Verrill
Dr. Starobin
Amar Kureishi
Dr. Amani
Maimoona Ghizal
Jamila Taheri
Ehsan Aman
Wedding Singer (as Mohammad Ehsan Aman)
Yunus Osman
Cemetery Mullah
Mehboob Ali
Pakistan Taxi Driver
Saïd Taghmaoui
Nasser Memarzia
Zaman the Orphanage Director
Abdul Salam Yusoufzai
Mohamad Amin Rahimi
Taliban Stadium Speaker
Aziz Raxidi
Assef Guard
Khalil Ahmad Nooryan
Assef Guard
Ali Danish Bakhtyari
Hameeda Hamraz
Rahim Khan's Neighbor
Kaiser Doulat-Beek
Man at Mosque
Ahmad Shah Alam
Man in the Park
Khaled Hosseini
Doctor in the Park
Habib Zargi
Park Kite Seller
Houshmand Habib
Kite Flyer Kid
Lukas Ferreira
Kite Spooler Kid
Saeed Meeran Farhad
Stout man in truck (as Sayed Miran Farhad)
Anita Argent
Parent of Graduate (uncredited)
Harmony Blossom
Young Woman in Park (uncredited)
Cabran E. Chamberlain
Graduation Ceremony Guest (uncredited)
John de Lancie
Barman (uncredited)
Emmy Farese
Little Girl Flying Kite in Park (uncredited)
Susan Farese
Woman in Park (uncredited)
Tim Halpin
Soviet Tank Commander (uncredited)
Katrina-Jovan Howard
College Graduate
Larry Kitagawa
Professor at Graduation (uncredited)
Charles Lewis III
Graduate (uncredited)
Kenny Santiago Marrero
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Jeff Redlick
Parent at Graduation (uncredited)
Germaine Mozel Sims
College Graduating Senior
Yvonne Truong
Graduate (uncredited)
Brian Vowell
College Graduate
Did you know?
In the book the servant boy, Hassan, was a harelip (cleft upper lip), but that was left out of the film because it would have required two hours of makeup every day, it would have been difficult for the boy to act in the makeup, Director Mark Forster didn't want to put the boy through it, and it wasn't essential to the script.
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Author Khaled Hosseini mentions in the commentary that the name on the door "Dr. Amani" is his homage to his medical school roommate. He mentions in the documentary "Words from the Kite Runner" also on the DVD that he, himself, was a practicing physician for eight and a half years before choosing to concentrate on writing after 'The Kite Runner' book became successful.
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The scenes ostensibly taking place in Afghanistan were mainly shot in the cities of Kashgar and Tashkurgan in the Xinjiang region of China (officially the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region). The DVD commentary mentions that scenes shot in Kashgar include the kite tournament, the mosque where Amir prays, and Rahim Khan's apartment in Peshawar, Pakistan. Scenes shot in Tashkurgan include the opening scenes of a kite duel and the boys running the kite, the Pomegranate tree, and the Taliban compound where Amir meets Sohrab. Scenes shot in or outside of Beijing include the wedding and the soccer match. The San Francisco bar scene was also shot in China.
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(at around 22 mins) When people from the Middle East speak English, they frequently use the word "too" where native American speakers interpret the use of "too" as meaning "excessively" and would instead use "very". Where the subtitles translate what Baba tells Rahim Kahn as "You come here too often" he certainly means "You come here very often" and would not insult Rahim Kahn by meaning "You come here excessively often."
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When Hassan first points the slingshot at the three big guys to save Amir it is crossed but in the next shot it appears to be normal again.
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During a 1988 scene in San Francisco, modern-day gas pumps are clearly visible.
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Baba: There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft... When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.
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Amir: [explaining Sohrab's presence] You see, General Sahib, my father slept with his servant's wife, and she bore him a son named Hassan. Hassan is dead now. That boy sleeping in the other room is Hassan's son. He's my nephew. That's what you tell people when they ask. And one more thing, General Sahib: you will never again refer to him as "a Hazara boy" in my presence. He has a name, and it's Sohrab.
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Young Hassan: For you, a thousand times over
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