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Schindler's List (1993)

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In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Poldek Pfefferberg (as Jonathan Sagalle)
Malgorzata Gebel ...
Wiktoria Klonowska (as Malgoscha Gebel)
Shmuel Levy ...
Wilek Chilowicz (as Shmulik Levy)
Béatrice Macola ...
Ingrid (as Beatrice Macola)
Andrzej Seweryn ...
Rolf Czurda (as Friedrich Von Thun)
Krzysztof Luft ...
Herman Toffel
Harry Nehring ...
Leo John


Oskar Schindler is a vainglorious and greedy German businessman who becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric Nazi reign when he feels compelled to turn his factory into a refuge for Jews. Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler who managed to save about 1100 Jews from being gassed at the Auschwitz concentration camp, it is a testament for the good in all of us. Written by Harald Mayr <>

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Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and actuality violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La lista de Schindler  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,234,591 (UK) (4 March 1994)


£16,439,233 (UK) (17 June 1994)

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When survivor Mila Pfefferberg was introduced to Ralph Fiennes on the set, she began shaking uncontrollably, as he reminded her too much of the real Amon Goeth. See more »


The scene inside the cellar between Oskar and the maid, when she faces the camera head on, there is no light coming from the right, yet as the scene progresses and the shot tightens, somebody turns on a light which becomes visible as they cut to her left and her head tilts forward. See more »


[first lines]
[a Hebrew prayer is chanted, followed by a flashback to 1940s Poland]
Krakow registrar: Name?
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Crazy Credits

The theatrical version juxtaposed images from the film of the actors portraying certain identified "Schindler Jews" as each actual person placed a stone on Schindler's grave. The VHS version does not use this device, showing only the actual persons, credited by name. See more »


Referenced in The Dirties (2013) See more »


English Suite No.2 in A Minor
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A perfect film
23 March 2000 | by (USE) – See all my reviews

To sum up Spielberg's masterwork in one word is a nearly impossible task, but I have come to the conclusion that Schindler's List is perfect. Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler is truly great in recreating the role of a modern day Moses. Making this film all the more compelling is John Williams' perfectly composed original musical score. This film deserves all the awards bestowed upon it, especially best picture by the National Board of Review and the Academy and the Academy Award for best director Steven Spielberg. It deserves all these awards and more. Schindler's List is a film that everyone should see and appreciate to its fullest extent. Spielberg will remain an immortal filmmaker through the work he put into this film.

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