Schindler's List

Schindler's List

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes

     
 

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Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland who sees an opportunity to make money from the Nazis' rise to power. He starts a company to make cookware and utensils, using flattery and bribes to win military contracts, and brings in accountant and financier Itzhak Stern (BenSee more details below

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Overview

Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland who sees an opportunity to make money from the Nazis' rise to power. He starts a company to make cookware and utensils, using flattery and bribes to win military contracts, and brings in accountant and financier Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) to help run the factory. By staffing his plant with Jews who've been herded into Krakow's ghetto by Nazi troops, Schindler has a dependable unpaid labor force. For Stern, a job in a war-related plant could mean survival for himself and the other Jews working for Schindler. However, in 1942, all of Krakow's Jews are assigned to the Plaszow Forced Labor Camp, overseen by Commandant Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), an embittered alcoholic who occasionally shoots prisoners from his balcony. Schindler arranges to continue using Polish Jews in his plant, but, as he sees what is happening to his employees, he begins to develop a conscience. He realizes that his factory (now refitted to manufacture ammunition) is the only thing preventing his staff from being shipped to the death camps. Soon Schindler demands more workers and starts bribing Nazi leaders to keep Jews on his employee lists and out of the camps. By the time Germany falls to the allies, Schindler has lost his entire fortune -- and saved 1,100 people from likely death. Schindler's List was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture and a long-coveted Best Director for Spielberg, and it quickly gained praise as one of the finest American movies about the Holocaust.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Although he will forever be identified with pop culture classics such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, Steven Spielberg has never made a film greater than this searing drama about a Nazi industrialist who saved more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps during World War II. Broadly based on the book by Australian writer Thomas Keneally, Schindler's List gets underway in 1939 after Hitler's army conquers Poland. Nazi supporter Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson, delivering the standout performance of his career) arranges to staff a major company with unpaid Jews ultimately destined for extermination, among them accountant Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley), who becomes his right-hand man. The initially mercenary Schindler gradually becomes attuned to the plight of his workers and arranges to employ nearly 1,000 Jews in his crockery plant -- an effort that requires his careful handling of ghastly Commandant Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), who runs the forced-labor camp housing the doomed people. For this film Spielberg eschews his customary storytelling techniques, using black-and-white film for a gritty look and shooting much of the footage with handheld cameras, documentary style. Period detail is replicated with astonishing accuracy, and you'll get the sense of being right there alongside the characters. The film is extremely long -- well over three hours -- but it unfolds with such urgency that you're never conscious of its length. Neeson is absolutely sensational as the towering industrialist whose innate humanity eventually comes to the fore, and Fiennes, then a virtual newcomer, is sublimely odious as the amoral labor-camp commander. Crafted to perfection and absolutely seamless in its presentation, Schindler's List is a truly unforgettable movie, and the crowning achievement of this generation's most successful filmmaker.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Schindler's List was among the major cultural events of 1993, a superbly realized remembrance of European Jews who suffered genocidal persecution during World War II. As a film, it transcends critical evaluation with its overwhelming social message. Nonetheless, specific aspects of the film stand out, in particular Liam Neeson's complex performance as the humane industrialist who protects his workers from the horrors of German concentration camps. Widely considered director Steven Spielberg's masterpiece, Schindler's List is a landmark moment in cinema. It is frequently used as a teaching tool, and it has helped ensure a public awareness of Nazi atrocities for years to come.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2013
UPC:
0025192168840
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
3:16:00
Sales rank:
3,476

Special Features

Voices from the list: feature-length documentary with testimonies and archival footage; USC Shoah foundation story with Steven Spielberg: a behind the scenes look; And more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Neeson Oskar Schindler
Ben Kingsley Itzhak Stern
Ralph Fiennes Amon Goeth
Caroline Goodall Emilie Schindler
Jonathan Sagall Poldek Pfefferberg
Embeth Davidtz Helen Hirsch
Lucky Englander Actor
Fritz Fleischhacker Actor
Juliet Taylor Actor
Shmulik Levy Wilek Chilowicz
Malgoscha Gebel Victoria Klonowska
Mark Ivanir Marcel Goldberg
Beatrice Macola Ingrid
Andrzej Seweryn Julian Scherner
Frederick von Thun Rolf Czurda
Norbert Weisser Albert Hujar
Michael Schneider Juda Dresner
Anna Mucha Danka Dresner
Jacek Wojcicki Henry Rosner
Beata Paluch Manci Rosner
Ezra Dagan Rabbi Menasha Levartov
Rami Heuberger Josef Bau
Leopold Kozlowski Investor
Jerzy Nowak Investor
Adam Siemion OD/Chicken Boy
Henryk Bista Mr. Lowenstein
Tadeusz Bradecki DEF Foreman
Wojciech Klata Lisiek
Elina Löwensohn Diana Reiter
Vili Matula Investigator
Geno Lechner Majola
August Schmolzer Dieter Reeder
Branko Lustig Nightclub Maitre d'
Eugeniusz Priwieziencew Waiter
Erwin Leder SS Waffen Officer
Jochen Nickel Wilhelm Kunde
Olaf Lubaszenko Auschwitz Guard
Martin Semmelrogge SS Waffen Man
Tadeusz Huk Gestapo Brinnlitz
Osman Ragheb Border Guard
Agnieszka Kruk Czurda's Girl
Jeremy Flynn Brinnlitz Man
Maciej Kozlowski SS Guard Zablocie
Martin Bergmann SS NCO Zablocie
Peter Flechtner SS NCO-Ghetto
Maciej Winkler Black Marketeer
Bettina Kupfer Regina Perlman
Ludger Pistor Josef Liepold
Hans Michael Rehberg Rudolph Hoss
Haymon Maria Buttinger Auschwitz Guard
Thomas Morris Grun
Georges Kern Depot Master
David Gilbert Voice Only

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director,Producer
Ewa Braun Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Judith A. Cory Makeup
Lucky Englander Casting
Fritz Fleischhacker Casting
Robert C. Jackson Musical Direction/Supervision
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kahn Editor
Janusz Kaminski Cinematographer
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Branko Lustig Producer,Production Designer
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Asst. Director
Gerald R. Molen Producer
Jerry Molen Producer
Angela Morley Musical Arrangement
Jane Royle Makeup
Lew Rywin Co-producer
Anna Sheppard Costumes/Costume Designer
Allan Starski Production Designer
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Michal Szczerbic Production Manager
Juliet Taylor Casting
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Steven Zaillian Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Schindler's List
1. Scene 1
2. Scene 2
3. Scene 3
4. Scene 4
5. Scene 5
6. Scene 6
7. Scene 7
8. Scene 8
9. Scene 9
10. Scene 10
11. Scene 11
12. Scene 12
13. Scene 13
14. Scene 14
15. Scene 15
16. Scene 16
17. Scene 17
18. Scene 18
19. Scene 19
20. Scene 20
21. Scene 21
22. Scene 22
23. Scene 23
24. Scene 24
25. Scene 25
26. Scene 26
27. Scene 27
Disc #2 -- Schindler's List
1. Scene 28 [4:37]
2. Scene 29 [8:24]
3. Scene 30 [7:28]
4. Scene 31 [4:32]
5. Scene 32 [2:27]
6. Scene 33 [5:06]
7. Scene 34 [1:50]
8. Scene 35 [2:10]
9. Scene 36 [5:04]
10. Scene 37 [6:22]
11. Scene 38 [3:13]
12. Scene 39 [3:45]
13. Scene 40 [6:22]
1. Chapter 1 [10:18]
2. Chapter 2 [9:42]
3. Chapter 3 [11:16]
4. Chapter 4 [8:58]
5. Chapter 5 [11:12]
6. Chapter 6 [9:19]
7. Chapter 7 [9:17]
8. Chapter 8 [6:01]
9. Chapter 9 [1:21]
1. Chapter 1 [4:43]
1. Chapter 1 [4:43]

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