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MPAA Rated R for language, some sexuality and actuality violence

Sex & Nudity

  • Several women are forced to strip nude & enter a chamber. During this scene, full frontal female nudity is displayed by many females.
  • This movie features full frontal nudity of both sex's. A scene in which male and female captives are performing in front of physicians to determine their physical health displays graphic male and female nudity.
  • This film shows full frontal female nudity both non-sexual & sexual.
  • A woman removes her dress with nothing underneath as the camera shows her nude breasts & pubis. Several other women around her do the same & full female nudity is displayed by many.
  • Men and women are forced to take off their clothes and run in circles as a way of humiliation.
  • A man has sex with his mistress showing moaning, thrusting & her bare breasts.
  • A nude woman lies in man's bed & her bare breasts are displayed several times.
  • A man kisses one woman after another
  • A woman wears a shirt that allows the form of her nipples to be seen at times.
  • A man grabs a woman's clothed breast against her will.
  • A man kisses a woman who does not want to be kissed
  • Several prisoners are forced to strip, run & be examined which shows full nudity of many.
  • A man's mistress is shown reclining nude with her breast shown in many views.

Violence & Gore

  • Lots of scenes of Nazis murdering innocent people and multiple scenes of brutality against innocent people.
  • One of the most realistic and true to life depictions of violence in cinematic history
  • A woman engineer is shot in back of her head after arguing about a building's structure with a Nazi officer. Blood flow is seen on the ground.
  • A Nazi officer and his men confront a group of Jewish prisoners over a stolen chicken. When no one talks, he and one of his men shoot one of them at point blank range in the stomach and shoots the man a second time in the head; blood is seen pooling from his head. As the officer is about to shoot another one, a young boy steps up claiming that the dead man is the culprit.
  • Although this movie doesn't contain a bunch of over-the-top blood and gore its still very disturbing since you see tons of innocent people getting senselessly murdered including children.
  • There is a sequence that lasts roughly three minutes that depicts the liquidation of the Warsaw ghetto. The sequence shows dozens of Jews being executed, however, unlike most executions in the film, barely any blood or gore is shown.
  • The film presents a horrific, stomach-wrenching depiction of the holocaust: many, many people are seen being killed in one form or another. They are shot at point blank range, children are slaughtered, many more are killed in gas chambers. It is the kind of violence that stays with one for a long time. It is VERY, very disturbing because it is not only graphic, but also very realistic.
  • A one-armed man struggles to shovel snow. Two Nazis shoot him; blood is seen pooling on the ground.
  • A woman is shot through the back of the head, shown from a distance. A small bullet wound hole is shown, with blood briefly spurting and pouring on the ground.
  • A man is pulled away from the other Jews leaving their homes, and is shot in the back of the head; the top of his head explodes and tears apart, blood pools and spurts around him.
  • A man with an ill wife tries to tell a Nazi about her condition. Instead, she is shot in the head. Blood splatters on the man's face from the shot, and spurts from the wife's head while the man cries.
  • A group of people hiding in a bedroom are shot (including children), one by one. The shots are offscreen, as a German Nazi official plays a cheery tune on the piano.
  • A man wakes up and nonchalantly executes Jews through a window with a sniper rifle.
  • When a man deems a worker to be unproductive, he marches him outside and attempts to execute him. However, despite trying two pistols, both mechanisms jam and he ends up beating the worker instead.
  • A pile of bloody bodies is seen outside a building.
  • A group of hospital patients are executed by Nazis with machine guns. The nurses give out cyanide to patients so they don't die from being shot.
  • A man intimidates a young woman; she cries, and then he beats her. He pushes a shelf of wine on top of her, but she is not killed.
  • A soldier shoots a little boy in the chest while two other soldiers hold the boy up. There is no blood: only feathers from his jacket.
  • Dead bodies are dug up to be burned. There is a heap of them already being incinerated.


  • 8 uses of f**k, 2 uses of b***h, and 1 use each of h*ll, b*****d, and p***k

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several characters are seen drinking alcoholic beverages. One character is seen drunk in a few scenes. Smoking is frequently shown.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Multiple nude corpses are shown going up a conveyor belt into a burning pile of other dead bodies. A potentially mentally ill nazi officer fires a pistol into the pile of the corpses.
  • Half of the movie focuses on how the Jews died during the Holocaust unexpectedly, which can be really sad and emotionally intense
  • This movie isn't particularly scary, just very distrubing, violent, and tragic.
  • Woman and children emotionally upset and scared for their lives.
  • This is one of the most depressing movies of all time.
  • The sequence of the ghetto being liquidated contains continual violence, which viewers could find emotionally disturbing.
  • The sequence of a worker surviving an attempted execution by Amon Goeth is suspenseful.
  • This film depicts the Holocaust and it delves deeply into the horrors of war. Because of its subject matter, it can be emotionally taxing and difficult to watch.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • A man is executed by hanging. The entire scene is shown in one shot. The man was a mass-murderer, so you don't feel bad for him.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Soldiers capture kids and put them on various trucks. being driven to their deaths. They wave to their mothers, as they, in despair, sadness and fear, run to them, but are stopped by the soldiers.
  • The ending can be very emotional for some.
  • The film ends by changing to real-life to depict the Schindlerjuden as well as the actors that played them in the film (all in a tragic instance of a fourth-wall break) honoring the late Oskar Schindler by placing stones on his tomb, culminating with Liam Neeson placing a pair of roses on the grave. This is extremely emotional and will definitely make a lot of people cry.
  • A scene near the end where Schindler has an emotional breakdown at the many people he feels he failed to save is very saddening.
  • The entire sequence at Auschwitz is extremely disturbing. Especially the shower scene.

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