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The Reader (2008 film) by Stephen Daldry

The Reader (2008 film)

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The Reader
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stephen Daldry
Produced by Anthony Minghella
Sydney Pollack
Donna Gigliotti
Redmond Morris
Screenplay by David Hare
Based on The Reader
by Bernhard Schlink
Starring Kate Winslet
Ralph Fiennes
David Kross
Lena Olin
Bruno Ganz
Music by Nico Muhly
Cinematography Chris Menges
Roger Deakins
Edited by Claire Simpson
Mirage Enterprises
Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH
Distributed by The Weinstein Company(US)
Senator Film (Germany)
Release dates
  • December 12, 2008(US: Limited)
  • February 6, 2009 (Berlin)
  • February 26, 2009(Germany)
Running time
124 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $32 million
Box office $108,901,967

The Reader is a 2008 German-American romantic drama film based on the 1995 German novel of the same name by Bernhard Schlink. The film was written by David Hare and directed by Stephen Daldry. Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet star along with the young actor David Kross. It was the last film for producers Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack, both of whom had died before it was released. Production began in Germany in September 2007, and the film opened in limited release on December 10, 2008.

It tells the story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who as a mid-teenager in 1958 had an affair with an older woman, Hanna Schmitz, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp. Michael realizes that Hanna is keeping a personal secret she believes is worse than her Nazi past – a secret which, if revealed, could help her at the trial.

Winslet and Kross, who plays the young Michael, received much praise for their performances; Winslet won a number of awards for her role, including the Academy Award for Best Actress. The film itself was nominated for several other major awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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