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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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Plot Keywords:

jew | nazi | nazis | jewish | german | See All (196) »


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)


$96,067,179 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story features a character called Poldek Pfefferberg. Later, a Leopold Pfefferberg places a stone on Schindler's grave. Finally, a Leopold Page is credited as a consultant on the film. Despite the different names, these all refer to the same person. Poldek Pfefferberg changed his name to Leopold Page after the war when he moved to the United States. See more »


In the opening sequence when Schindler is preparing for the party (dressing up, getting money) the shape of his hands (and nails) differs from shot to shot. 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 Family Guy: Fighting Irish (2015) See more »


Auf der Heide blueht ein kleines Bluemelein
Written by Herms Niel
Performed by Herms Niel
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Shocking, magnificent work of art
1 December 1999 | by (Moscow, Russia) – See all my reviews

This is the best war film about the Holocaust I have ever seen. It depicts the horrors of the Holocaust and war, the tragedy of Jewish nation, and I know, this film could be directed by a Jew, who keeps these horrible times and crimes against humanity in his heart. The tagline says "Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire". And this film shows us that no human life can be replaced by another one, and that there is nothing more valuable than HUMAN LIFE. I have not seen a film of such a power in my life. Superbly directed by Steven Spielberg, magnificently photographed in black-and-white by Janusz Kaminski (one of the best directors of photography in modern Hollywood, so to say), perfect performances by Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley, and, especially, John Williams' beautiful, brilliant score, brings the whole horror and tragedy, cruelty of Nazism, Holocaust and War. This is Spielberg's Triumph. Congratulations!

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