Paramount delayed the release of The Kite Runner for six weeks so that four boys who appeared in the movie and their families could be whisked out of Afghanistan and relocated in the United Arab Emirates, the Associated Press reported today (Thursday). In one scene, one of the boys witnesses the rape of his friend. Although the film was not scheduled to be released in Afghanistan, there was fear that should pirated copies get into the country, residents there might harm the young actors. The film is due to open on Dec. 14.


06/12/2007