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Schindler's List (1993)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  4 February 1994 (USA)
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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 <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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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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About 40% of the film was shot using a handheld camera. See more »


Amon Goeth is presented as a Schutz-Staffel Major in the film. Recent examination of Goeth's service record has established that the highest SS rank he held was Captain. See more »


[first lines]
[a Hebrew prayer is chanted, followed by a flashback to 1940s Poland]
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~One of the Greatest Films of All Time~
7 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know many of you, out there will disagree with me, when I say that Schindler's List is one of the greatest film that there has ever been. It does sound that I'm extremely overrating it, but I truly believe that Schindler's List is up there with The Godfather and Citizen Kane I mean everything about is so good, that its close to perfection.

The acting is brilliant, every actor does an amazing job. Liam Neeson as Schindler is incredible, no doubt about it. He should of won an Oscar for Best Actor. Ralph Fiennes is the one, who truly is the best actor in the film. He plays his antagonist role as Amon Goeth, so well that it is a travesty, he didn't win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

I'm happy though, that the Academy chose this film for Best Picture, it was one of the best decisions they ever made. Because if this film wasn't considered Best Picture by the Academy, I don't know which film would be, expect maybe for The Godfather.

Steven Spielberg certainly deserved an Oscar for Best Director. It was a smart idea for Steven Spielberg to make this film in black-white because it made the movie more bleak, emotional, hopelessness. But you see small patches of color -- A candle and a child's coat bringing the evilness of the tragedy into a agonizing focus.

There's no doubt about it, this film will be a classic in decades, even hundreds of years to come in cinema. This film is without a doubt, the Best film that Spielberg has ever made. With many other Steven Spielberg's classics like Jurassic Park,Jaws,E.T, Raider of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, etc. Schindler's List will always be Steven Spielberg's most finest, important film. He blends his humanism to the tragic horror of the Holocaust to create an emotional masterpiece.

10/10 Absolutely Recommended!

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