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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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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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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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Stellan Skarsgård was considered for the role of Oskar Schindler. The role went to Liam Neeson. Neeson was originally set to play Father Frank Merrin in Exorcist: The Beginning (2004), but dropped out and was replaced with Skarsgård. See more »


In the ammunition factory, Schindler approaches the rabbi working at a grinding machine from behind and asks him a question. The rabbi does not hear it, due to machine noise, so Schindler calls him a little louder. The rabbi then switches the machine off and answers the original question, which he did not hear and Schindler did not repeat. See more »


[first lines]
[a Hebrew prayer is chanted, followed by a flashback to 1940s Poland]
Krakow registrar: Name?
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Performed by Itzhak Perlman on Violin and Sam Sanders on Piano
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Great and powerful movie, Liam Neeson at his best!
18 June 2007 | by (Gothenburg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Steven Spielberg makes one of (if not the one) his greatest movies of all time. Liam Neeson gives a great performance as Schindler and the whole film is just powerful, amazing and sad but it doesn't matter because the movie is so good. Ralph Fiennes makes an even better performance as Goeth, a man who made everyone stare into the screen with anger and sadness and that is just what a movie is supposed to do-make you feel sad, happy, angry or effect you in some way. I read that someone thought it was overrated and bad, but I think it's a classic and it'll never go away. So if you want to see one of the greatest historical films ever made, then go see Schindler's List.

EDIT: I wrote this when I was 12 or 13, and I'm so sorry about my AWFUL English... Ah, well just have that in mind when you read this. =)

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