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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Oskar Schindler
... Itzhak Stern
... Amon Goeth
... Emilie Schindler
... Poldek Pfefferberg (as Jonathan Sagalle)
... Helen Hirsch
Malgorzata Gebel ... Wiktoria Klonowska (as Malgoscha Gebel)
... Wilek Chilowicz (as Shmulik Levy)
... Marcel Goldberg
Béatrice Macola ... Ingrid (as Beatrice Macola)
... Julian Scherner
... Rolf Czurda (as Friedrich Von Thun)
... Herman Toffel
Harry Nehring ... Leo John
... 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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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  »

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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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Trivia

The line "God forbid you ever get a taste for Jewish skirt. There is no future in it." was spoken by Scherner, but in the original script was supposed to be spoken by Göth. This is why in the next scene where Göth says "When I said they didn't have a future, I didn't mean tomorrow." doesn't really make any sense, since he didn't say the line. See more »

Goofs

When Rabbi Levartov lights the candles during a small Sabbath service at Schindler's factory in Czechoslovakia, he uses the wrong blessing. Instead of chanting "l'hadlik ner shel Shabbat" (the blessing over the Sabbath candles) he chants "bo'rei p'ri hagafen" (the blessing over wine). 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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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 »

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LA CAPRICIEUSE OPUS 17
Composed by Edward Elgar
Arranged by Jascha Heifetz
Performed by Itzhak Perlman on Violin and Sam Sanders on Piano
Courtesy of EMI Classics
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Yes, yes, we get the message
24 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Ah, Spielberg's favourite theme: every single Germans pre 1950 was utterly evil and/or calculating and self serving. Still, at least after being bludgeoned around the head with this one note message for the best part of 3 hours, I had stopped noticing that the acting consists of just reading lines and not tripping over the furniture.

The cinematography is admittedly impressive, but the sound is either overbearing or cynically manipulative, and the emotional crecendo at the end is so overdone as to be positively irritating.

And lastly, while the history is substantially correct, there are enough errors or omissions to shove a stick in the spokes of any claim to authenticity. This isn't entertainment, and it's not accurate enough to be documentary, so what does that leave? Sadly, propaganda.


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