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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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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)
Rolf Czurda (as Friedrich Von Thun)
Harry Nehring ...


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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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)


$96,067,179 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At Steven Spielberg's request, Aaron Sorkin did a "dialogue wash" on the verbose script. See more »


When Rudolph Höss meets with Schindler, Höss states that I.G. Farben needs labor for "his chemical factory" as if the name were for a specific person. I.G. Farben was in fact the name of an industrial conglomerate and the not the name for one particular individual. 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

Polish fonts were used in the credits sequence See more »


Referenced in The Godson (1998) See more »


Auf der Heide blueht ein kleines Bluemelein
Written by Herms Niel
Performed by Herms Niel
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Blows your mind, makes you cry & leaves you speechless
2 January 2000 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Just watched this for the second time - what a movie

No film has ever had the impact on me that this has had - even more so second time around. Hard at times to watch and I had to switch it off for a while.

Last scene is unforgettable.

Must be close to best film ever made and we can't forget it.

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