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The Reader (2008)

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This post has the most up-to-date information on The Reader as we continuously monitor the news. Below you will find everything you need to know, including cast, release date, rating, runtime, movie budget and, box office results.

The Reader is an drama movie directed by Stephen Daldry and starring Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross and Lena Olin and Bruno Ganz. The movie was written by David Hare (screenplay), Bernhard Schlink (book). The film has a $32 million budget with a 124-minute running time. The Reader currently has a 7.6 IMDb rating, based on 212355 and 58 Metascore on Metacritic. The movie is rated R.

release date for The Reader

The Reader release date

When does The Reader come out in theaters?

The official theatrical release date for The Reader (2008)is December 10, 2008.

When will The Reader be released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital?

The Reader DVD/Blu-ray release date is PENDING. The estimated DVD release date is March 2009. The movie has been out for around since its theatrical release. DVD and Blu-ray releases typically come out 12-16 weeks after the theatrical premiere.

Digital HD from Amazon Video and iTunes will be available 1-2 weeks before the Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K releases – sometime in March 2009. Dates do change so check back often as the release approaches. We will update this page with more details as they become available.

Check out Amazon for pre-order details and digital, DVD and Blu-ray deals.

The Reader budget

How much did The Reader cost to make?

$32,000,000 budget

The movie cost $32 million to make.

The Reader movie poster

The Reader rating

R Rated

The Reader is rated R. R stands for ‘Restricted’, which means children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian. The movie contains some adult material and parents are urged to learn more about the movie.

The Reader reviews

7.6 IMDb 58 Metascore

The movie currently has a 7.6 of out 10 IMDb rating and 58 Metascore on Metacritic. We will continue to add and update review scores.

The Reader trailer

The Reader plot summary

What is The Reader about?

The story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a teenager in the late 1950s, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a concentration camp guard late in the war. He alone realizes that Hanna is illiterate and may be concealing that fact at the expense of her freedom.

Synopsis from IMDb Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

The running times are based on US timings only and all times are rounded off to the nearest minute. Other countries may have different running lengths. Theatrical releases running times differ due to the counting of frames from the first frame to the last frame of any credits.

The Reader cast

Who is in The Reader?

Kate Winslet in The Reader Kate Winslet as Hanna Schmitz
Ralph Fiennes in The Reader Ralph Fiennes as Michael Berg
David Kross in The Reader David Kross as Young Michael Berg
Lena Olin in The Reader Lena Olin as Rose Mather
Bruno Ganz in The Reader Bruno Ganz as Professor Rohl

The Reader box Office

How much did The Reader make?

$113,019,290 worldwide

The film has made over $113 million worldwide at the box office. This does not include the DVD, Blu-ray and digital sales.

The Reader details

Theatrical Release Date: December 10, 2008
DVD & Blu-ray Release Date: PENDING
Film Budget: $32 million
Box Office: $113 million
Length: 124 minutes
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English

The Reader facts

How long is The Reader?

The movie is 124 minutes long (2 hours and 4 minutes).

What year did The Reader come out?

The movie is out on December 10, 2008. The movie has been out for .

Who is the lead actor in the movie?

Kate Winslet plays as Hanna Schmitz.

Who is the director of The Reader?

Stephen Daldry directed the movie.

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Harper Wolfei
Harper Wolfei
Harper Wolfei, a writer and avid entertainment fan, has been actively involved in the film industry for the past 4 years. His particular interest lies in sci-fi and action movies.


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