Schindler's List

December 15th, 1993

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Schindler's List

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

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 8.9/10 (378,593 voted)

Critic's Score: 93/100

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

Oskar Schindler is a vainglorious and greedy German businessman who becomes unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric 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. A testament for the good in all of us.

Writers: Thomas Keneally, Steven Zaillian

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
Shmuel Levy - Wilek Chilowicz (as Shmulik Levy)
Mark Ivanir - Marcel Goldberg
Béatrice Macola - Ingrid
Andrzej Seweryn - Julian Scherner
Friedrich von Thun - Rolf Czurda
Krzysztof Luft - Herman Toffel
Harry Nehring - Leo John
Norbert Weisser - Albert Hujar

Taglines: Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.


Official Website: Universal | Universal / CAC [France] |

Release Date: 15 December 1993

Filming Locations: Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Oswiecim, Malopolskie, Poland

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $656,636 (USA) (17 December 1993) (25 Screens)

Gross: $317,100,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Turkey: (TV version)

Did You Know?

Production designer Allan Starski's replica of the forced labor camp at Plaszow was one of the largest sets ever built in Poland. The movie set was constructed from the plans of the original camp. The production built 34 barracks and seven watchtowers and also recreated the road into the camp that was paved with Jewish tombstones.

Revealing mistakes: When Goeth attempts to shoot the Rabbi for producing too few hinges, his semi-automatic pistol fails to fire. In order to re-cock the pistol, he racks the slide (pulls back the slide) several times. When the gun still fails to fire, he tries the same thing with a second semi-automatic pistol. Each time the slide is pulled back, we should see an unfired round being ejected from the gun, but this does not happen.

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

User Review

~One of the Greatest Films of All Time~

Rating: 10/10

I know many of you, out there will disagree with me, when I say that Schindler's List is one of the greatest film that there has ever been. It does sound that I'm extremely overrating it, but I truly believe that Schindler's List is up there with The Godfather and Citizen Kane I mean everything about is so good, that its close to perfection.

The acting is brilliant, every actor does an amazing job. Liam Neeson as Schindler is incredible, no doubt about it. He should of won an Oscar for Best Actor. Ralph Fiennes is the one, who truly is the best actor in the film. He plays his antagonist role as Amon Goeth, so well that it is a travesty, he didn't win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

I'm happy though, that the Academy chose this film for Best Picture, it was one of the best decisions they ever made. Because if this film wasn't considered Best Picture by the Academy, I don't know which film would be, expect maybe for The Godfather.

Steven Spielberg certainly deserved an Oscar for Best Director. It was a smart idea for Steven Spielberg to make this film in black-white because it made the movie more bleak, emotional, hopelessness. But you see small patches of color -- A candle and a child's coat bringing the evilness of the tragedy into a agonizing focus.

There's no doubt about it, this film will be a classic in decades, even hundreds of years to come in cinema. This film is without a doubt, the Best film that Spielberg has ever made. With many other Steven Spielberg's classics like Jurassic Park,Jaws,E.T, Raider of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, etc. Schindler's List will always be Steven Spielberg's most finest, important film. He blends his humanism to the tragic horror of the Holocaust to create an emotional masterpiece.

10/10 Absolutely Recommended!

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