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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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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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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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Runtime:

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DTS | DTS-Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In a memorable scene when Poldek Pfefferberg (Jonathan Sagall) runs into a German patrol during the Ghetto clearing he is forced to improvise and snaps to attention and salutes the Germans with two fingers to his forehead (he explains that he was ordered to clear the road of rubble so the troops could run without hindrance). This two-finger salute is actually the correct way of saluting in the Polish military, though the Germans were obviously not impressed by it. See more »

Goofs

The sequence of Schindler interviewing for a secretary position opens with a wide shot showing furniture in the room that is covered while the walls are being painted. Once it cuts to a close shot, the furniture is gone. 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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Referenced in Bro's Before Ho's (2013) See more »

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GOD BLESS THE CHILD
Written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.
Performed by Billie Holiday
Courtesy of MCA Records
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boring and contrived
21 December 2001 | by alex6322See all my reviews

Many people have told me how devastated they were when they saw this movie. But I was just bored. We talked about it and, in the discussions that followed, I was accused of not caring about the victims of the Holocaust. One person even said I was denying the Holocaust happened!

And that soured me on the movie even more. The fact is, Holocaust movies have insurance against criticism: if you say the movie is a waste of time, someone might attribute your opinion to the Holocaust itself. I don't understand it, but that weird emotional blackmail made me really uncomfortable with Schindler's List.

I thought Liam Neeson was horrible. His acting is very stiff and unconvincing. The use of hand-held cameras and black-and-white cinematography *should* work, but ultimately they amounted to subtle special effects.

I thought the movie was emotionally flat, as well. I watched each character go through the motions, wondering when something unexpected would happen. The horror of the Holocaust is shown in an almost clinical way.

I don't know. I just felt that this movie would feel less like a bid for an Oscar and more like a personal film.

At the risk of being a complete jerk, I'll give Spielberg this advice: Do it again. Make another Holocaust movie. Why not? He finished Kubrick's "AI." Kubrick had another movie in the planning stages, a Holocaust film called "Aryan Papers" (aka "Wartime Lies"). I hope he'll finish *that* Kubrick movie, too, and create a better Holocaust film, something I can sink into and be surprised by, something that feels much more personal.


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