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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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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)


£16,439,233 (UK) (17 June 1994)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's tagline "Whoever saves one life saves the world entire" is a quotation from the Talmud. See more »


When the train of women is pulling into Aushwitz, ramps are already in place next to the track. They then disappear, and are put in place when the train stops. 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

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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To ostatnia niedziela
Written by Jerzy Petersburski
Performed by Jacek Wójcicki
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A pure masterpiece
14 April 2000 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Schindler's List is not only a pure masterpiece but, for me, it is one of the greatest films ever made in the world.

The film starts off to reveal a womanizing, Nazi business man who profited off of slave labor. The Nazi business man is of course Oskar Schindler. Oskar is just like most men. He has a love for good wine, beautiful women, and pursues happiness through the success of his business. But on his journey to a successful business, millions of Jews were being killed during a time which most label as one of the darkest periods of human history. As Oskar made money, innocent people were being murdered. That's when the self-centered, often money hungry Oskar steps in and gives up his goal of having a successful business to save the lives of over 1,000 Jews.

This film is about redemption and was beautifully photographed in black and white by Janusz Kaminski (cinematographer). At the helm is no one other than Steven Spielberg, who brilliantly called non-pretentious shots and brought back to life a time and period most want to forget, but shouldn't. This film is a must see by me. I give the film an "A+" (wishing I could give it a higher grade than that) and a 10 out of 10...

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