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Schindler's List (1993)

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In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

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Poldek Pfefferberg (as Jonathan Sagalle)
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Wiktoria Klonowska (as Malgoscha Gebel)
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Wilek Chilowicz (as Shmulik Levy)
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Marcel Goldberg
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Rolf Czurda (as Friedrich Von Thun)
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Oskar Schindler is a vainglorious and greedy German businessman who becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric German 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 to the good in all of us. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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


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

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4 February 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La lista de Schindler  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$656,636, 17 December 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$96,067,179

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$221,000,000
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On Roger Ebert's list of great movies. See more »

Goofs

When the Schindler women are being loaded back onto the trains to go to his factory, one shot shows Helen Hirsch and Rosalia Nussbaum already on the train. In the very next shot, when the SS man is removing children from their mothers, both Helen and Rosalia are suddenly back in the lines. See more »

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[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 »

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Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #10.16 (2017) See more »

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GUTE NACHT MUTTER
Composed by Werner Bochmann
Text by Erwin Lehnow
Arranged by Werner Eisbrenner for Electrola
Performed by Wilhelm Strienz and FFB Orchestra
Conducted by Werner Eisbrenner
Courtesy of EMI Classics
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Based on a fictional book
4 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

The movie "Schindler's List" was based on the novel written by Thomas Keneally called "Schindler's Ark/Schindler's List". This novel won the best prize for fiction (Booker McConnell Prize) decades ago. This movie was likely portrayed by history teachers as historically accurate, so it was jarring to learn of its origin. Of all the things that happened in WW2, there is no need to fictionalize things, especially just to sensationalize it to sell more movie tickets/DVDs.

The movie itself portrayed things in a needlessly sexualized manner, and was over-dramatic as a whole. For example, did the woman who woke up from sleeping with the German soldier have to be topless? Isn't that sexist objectification of women? Doesn't belong in this genre. Pervs may like this, but if a movie is going to portray a grim topic it shouldn't do so in a dishonorable way like that.

Another thing is that it stereotypes all Germans as psychopathic, sadistic murderers who take every waking moment to victimize innocent Jews. It dehumanizes the German people with this stereotype, and could be used to justify any abuses against them. The movie doesn't take into account historical facts that would balance this obvious false bias, such as the fact that Jews declared war on Germany (Daily Express on 24 March, 1934) which led to the Jewish boycott of German goods. Nor does it mention that there were Jewish supremacist groups like Nakam (Abba Kovner) that attempted to poison the water supply of German civilian cities after the war was over, or how they coated arsenic onto the bread inside the camp where the German POWs were being held (because apparently some thought that not enough Europeans died in WW2). What about the Soviet genocidal brutality that went on in the gulags? This of course was not mentioned.

Also, there is nothing really different about this movie, from all the other movies about this topic. Using emotional scenes to tug at heartstrings shouldn't ever be considered as a replacement for historical facts.

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