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Schindler's List (1993)

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In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Thomas Keneally (book), Steven Zaillian (screenplay)
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Top Rated Movies #6 | Won 7 Oscars. Another 83 wins & 49 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Oskar Schindler
Ben Kingsley ... Itzhak Stern
Ralph Fiennes ... Amon Goeth
Caroline Goodall ... Emilie Schindler
Jonathan Sagall ... Poldek Pfefferberg (as Jonathan Sagalle)
Embeth Davidtz ... Helen Hirsch
Malgorzata Gebel ... Wiktoria Klonowska (as Malgoscha Gebel)
Shmuel Levy ... Wilek Chilowicz (as Shmulik Levy)
Mark Ivanir ... Marcel Goldberg
Béatrice Macola ... Ingrid (as Beatrice Macola)
Andrzej Seweryn ... Julian Scherner
Friedrich von Thun ... Rolf Czurda (as Friedrich Von Thun)
Krzysztof Luft ... Herman Toffel
Harry Nehring Harry Nehring ... Leo John
Norbert Weisser ... Albert Hujar
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Storyline

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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The List Is Life. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and actuality violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | German | Polish

Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schindler's List See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$656,636, 17 December 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$96,067,179

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$221,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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DTS | DTS-Stereo | Dolby Atmos (25th Anniversary Version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) are the two films for which Steven Spielberg would best like to be remembered. See more »

Goofs

When the Schindler women are being loaded back onto the trains to go to his factory, one shot shows Helen Hirsch and Rosalia Nussbaum already on the train. In the very next shot, when the SS man is removing children from their mothers, both Helen and Rosalia are suddenly back in the lines. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[a Hebrew prayer is chanted, followed by a flashback to 1940s Poland]
Krakow registrar: Name?
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are shot in black and white.

The Amblin Entertainment logo is absent and in its place instead is the credit: "From Amblin Entertainment".

The MPAA Rated R logo at the end does not have the regular blue background and is shown over the black screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

At the end of the sequence in which the family is kicked out of their apartment and forced into the ghetto, while Oskar Schindler moves in to their former home, a stream of fellow Jews pour through the family's new apartment. In the theatrical version, they each greeted the displaced family by saying "Shalom." However, before the film came to video, it was realized that Polish Jews would not have said this Hebrew word, so the line from each Jew was re-dubbed to the Polish "Dzien Dobry." See more »

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Soundtracks

GOD BLESS THE CHILD
Written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.
Performed by Billie Holiday
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Shocking, magnificent work of art
1 December 1999 | by ParaGraphSee 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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