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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.

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Thomas Keneally (book), Steven Zaillian (screenplay)
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Top Rated Movies #6 | Won 7 Oscars. Another 82 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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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original missing list of Schindler's Jews was found in a suitcase together with his written legacy hidden in the attic of Schindler's flat in Hildesheim in 1999. Oskar Schindler stayed there during the last few months before his death in 1974. See more »

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In the 1940s, almost all European women did not shave any of their armpits, legs, or pubic areas, especially work or death camp women who were not allowed even the basics. All but one of the women in the film are trimmed and groomed. See more »

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

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Referenced in Life's Too Short: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

MAMATSCHI (MOMMY, BUY ME A PONY)
Written by Oskar Schima and Franz Xaver Kappus (as F.X. Kappus)
Performed by Mimi Thoma
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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No more than a useful public service announcement...
11 February 2002 | by lhhung_himselfSee all my reviews

Schindler's list is not a bad film per se - Liam Neeson is very good as Schindler and if you edit out some of the more overblown scenes - the story is still riveting. Yet it could have been so much more if the story just told simply and if the central theme were fully understood and developed.

Before the war Schindler and his friend, Goeth were boozy, flirtatious German businessmen. Both would have likely been uninspired failures had there been no war. In a kinder world, Goeth's and Schindler's moral differences might have manifested themselves in the size of the tip that they would leave the barmaid. In war, the consequences of moral choices are greatly magnified, resulting in Schindler becoming a most unlikely heroic figure, and Goeth becoming a loathed prison commandant. In the film, Spielberg elevates Schindler to sainthood status and portrays Goeth as a sadistic psychopath. By sanitizing Schindler's many faults (boozing, gambling, womanizing...) and by demonizing Goeth, Spielberg severs our connection with them and, ironically, blunts the conflict between them. Adolf Eichmann was far more chilling than Charles Manson. Unlike Manson, whom we could dismiss as psychotic, Eichmann was the faceless functionary that we have all experienced, whose defense of "following orders" is one that we have all heard, a defense that was used by many during the war, and one that we might see ourselves using under similar circumstances had we not Schindler's courage. By making Schindler a saint, Spielberg diminishes both his accomplishment and his inspiration to us - saints have no problems making the right decision - the rest of us do. Rather than a gaping chasm, there is but a fine moral line between Schindler and Goeth - one that we tread every day, which fortunately for us, rarely does more than determines a barmaid's salary.

Spielberg does not develop this simple theme, preferring to impress us with a grandiose view of a great moral tale. Instead, he comes off as the underskilled sous-chef drowning a wonderful filet mignon in an overly rich sauce. The quality of the ingredients still shine through despite the clumsy handling but does not approach its great potential. In the end, the best thing about the film is that it reminds Americans of a monstrous event in history. It is unfortunate that this reminder is necessary and that it reduces such a timeless parable to a useful public service announcement.


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