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 (Ben…  See more details below


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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Universal Studios
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Voices from the list: feature-length documentary with testimonies from those who survived the Holocaust thanks to Oskar Schindler; USC Shoah Foundation story with Steven Spielberg: the director shares how filming Schindler's list inspired him to establish the USC Shoah foundation; 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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Schindler's List 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've waited over 10 years for this movie to come out on DVD. This remains as the last VHS I own. If you truly want a small sample of what Jewish people went through in the Holocaust then look no farther than this movie. Speilberg's best production EVER. He held back on nothing and showed a side that we all knew existed but no one was ever strong enough to show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One in a million. This historical masterpiece shows the true reality of what went on during the Holocaust and to the victims. This is a part of history and is recommended to anyone who would like to be brought back into time and see the horrors up close in this powerful classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie takes you through World War II when the Jews were being sent to concentration camps. This movie explores the story of Oscar Schindler who set out to profit on the war, but ended up helping save thousands of jews. This movie will take out the emotional side of any moviegoer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Steven Spielberg's masterpiece about the Holocaust, brilliantly shows the pain and suffering of the time. The incredible story of Oskar Schindler, and his passion for saving as many Jews as possible carries through the entire film. Schindler sets out to make a fortune during the war, but finds himself spending this fortune, saving others. The brilliant direction of Steven Spielberg and the dead on cinematography of Vilmos Zhigmond gave the film a well chosen documentary feel. After sitting on the shelf for ten years, Spielberg finally realized he was mature enough to make the picture, and it shows as a result. A great piece of Cinema that will endure for ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quite simply the greatest American movie ever made, Spielberg does his best work brining the Hollocaust to the big screen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This masterpiece has done what film is intended to do, move the masses. I think every person must see this movie to understand the overwhelming odds from which these people survived. After viewing I hope you will come away with compassion and tolerance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie and should be seen by as many as possible. This movie provides evidence that some tried to stop the effects of the Halocaust. This story depicts the effort, the cost, and the future of those who were able to survive. Another movie recently released on DVD, THE HIDING PLACE, also depicts others who lost their lives attempting to save Jews in Holland. For me, it is proof that Gentiles will attempt to stop the complete destruction of the Jews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Schindler's List is an amzing drama depicting the struggle of the European Jews during the Holocaust. Vividly depicting the excruciating pain they went, Speilberg portrays the magnitude of the Holocaust through vivid imagery and heartwrenching content. The story focuses on the story of Oskar Schindler, an entreaupenauer who risked his life to save over 1,000 Jews. This is a film every person should see. Not reccommended for children under thirteen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the midst of mans' ultimate inhumanity to man comes a true hero in the form of Oskar Schindler. Another of note is Raol Wallenberg....little known, also did what he could to 'get papers' for Jews thus saving their lives.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Schindler's List is movie that really touched me...there's no better movie that will be able to show how concentration camps were. I will never forget this movie.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
SCHINDLER'S LIST is a masterpiece of the highest order, a monument to Oskar Schindler, to those he saved and to goodness and humanity everywhere. It's a testament to the genius of Steven Spielberg, to screenwriter, Steven Zaillian and to novelist Thomas Keneally, on whose book, SCHINDLER'S ARK, the film is based. The hero of SCHINDLER'S LIST is, of course, Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), although, at the film's beginning, it seems as though a hero is definitely what Oskar Schindler is not. SCHINDLER'S LIST opens in Krakow, Poland in 1939. Schindler, a shrewd businessman and Nazi party member, wants to build a factory that will produce enameled cookware for the Nazi army. Of course, Schindler employs Jews; their wages are the very lowest, leaving Schindler more money to pocket for himself. The recruitment of Jewish labor and the business of running the factory are left to Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley), a Jewish accountant. Somewhere, sometime, Oskar Schindler stopped being a Nazi sympathizer and became, instead, a Nazi hater. Instead of spending the millions he made on his own comfort, Oskar Schindler spent his fortune rescuing Jews from certain torture and death. What prompted Schindler's transformation? Apparently, no one knows for sure and, wisely, Spielberg doesn't attempt to tell us. SCHINDLER'S LIST is a harrowing film, but, in some ways, it's a very subtle one; there's more that's not said than is, and this is, I think, a large measure of this film's magnificence and brilliance. When it comes to depicting the horrors of the Holocaust, however, SCHINDLER'S LIST, and Spielberg, don't back away. The portrayal of executions is brutal and definitely not for the faint of heart as their ghastly images will haunt you for months, probably for the rest of your life. Yes, the film is that powerful. Spielberg also shows us the face of evil in the character of Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), a self-serving prison camp commandant who shoots Jews for sport yet keeps a Jewish mistress. To their enormous credit, however, Spielberg and Zaillion endow Goeth with true depth and complexity. He's a study in evil, yet he's no mindless monster. All of the actors, even the most minor ones, give mesmerizingly brilliant performances, but the best belong to Neeson and Fiennes, I think, in part because their roles are so complex. No one involved with this film was self-serving; no one seemed to think that his or her work should overshadow the importance of the film, itself. Surprisingly, SCHINDLER'S LIST was filmed in black and white. I didn't think I'd like this until I saw the actual film, then I realized it was really the only choice and actually added power to the film. Color is used only a handful of times, and when it is, it takes on special significance. Perhaps the most moving part of the film occurs at the end when some of the real 'Schindler's Jews' make an appearance, along with the actor who portrayed him or her in the film. SCHINDLER'S LIST is, arguably, the greatest film ever made. It's uncompromising in its portrayal of evil, but it's also unstinting in its portrayal of love. Amidst unspeakable darkness and despair, SCHINDLER'S LIST offers a ray of love and hope. This is definitely a DVD to own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'I could have saved more,' Oskar Shindler says. A line of humility that made the movie. It was simply the most wonderful movie that had Liam Neeson in it since 'Les Miserables.' I wasn't even expecting it. It came so clear in the end, the black and white was an anwesome element added to the movie so precicely and intricitly correct that it was essential. It was sad but amidst it there was this sureal beatiful hope. Oskar Shinlder was a great and wise man, this movie captured it well. I love this movie, a new favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie not only is it sad, but so heart touching. When I saw it for the first time, it made me feel sad. I recommend everyone, Jewish or not, to see this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie comes very close to tell you what happenend to the jews during the holcaust and this movie has alot of graphic violence in it if you don't won't too see blood don't watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many have appoached me asking why I love a movie about such a depressing subject. I answer the same way: it's not just about the millions of people who lost their lives in a terrible tradegy, it's also a touching story about a man who saved thousands from meeting that fate. This film gives a bit of relief, knowing that one man was willing to save others amid the pain and despair; how one person was able to give hope through his actions. So, in a way, the movie was also about hope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only movie ever made that depicts both the horror and the humanity of such an unconscionable event in history. It is impossible to not become engrossed in this movie. Schindler is at once a philanthropic womanizer that, at times, throws the finger to the Nazi party for his own benefit. Goeth is shown for the indiscriminite murderer he is, but is also forced to confront his own demons. Nothing but history could provide characters as rich and compelling as this. And no one but Speilberg could have directed such a richly crafted masterpiece. Every frame of the movie is touched by geneious. Every charcter is portrayed with honesty. This is Speilberg's opus, his legacy. No other film could evoke such monumental emotion. This is filmaking at its best. The casting is flawless. Neeson as Schindler is nothing short of perfection. Finnes as Goeth is chilling. The cinematography can not be described. This is not a film. This is an important part of history that EVERY high school should include in their curriculum.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe I like this movie so much because I'm a Jew. I dunno. What do you think? The black and white camera was essential. It made every thing more sinster, like the world had gone to hell, which of course it did. Also, it was exactly like stepping into a black and white holocaust photograph. There is a lot of footage taken with hand-held cameras. This, for some reason, makes everything ten times more realistic. After seeing the selection scene with the hand-held style I thought I would barf. Oskar Schindler stuck his neck out for the Jews when no one else cared. This was a terrible story that was captured on film by a genius. And the ending where Schindler says he could have saved more lives was very emotional and excelent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie really touched my heart. liam neesons performance was nothing short fo spactacular. he is more famous for his star wars role but in this movie he played an icredibally complicated role. ralph fieness played the super villain goeth also amazingly . spielberg did good to make him very human although he is a monster. he did a great job and he probally should have shared best actor oscar.this movie is very important in its showing that there were people who tried to save in the massacare. although its a very sad moviue it shows hope and that there is justice in the execution of goeth. there is a lot of violence and if you cant handle it dont see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If someone wants to watch a movie telling of the pains for the Jew's during the war, Schindlers List is their movie. Yet this movie does not just tell of the painful life the Jews lead, but also the hardships some german men had. Mr. Schindler had difficulty with the fact that all Jews should die. His helpfullness sazved the lives of many Jews, their children, their childrens' children, and so on. This movie is graphic, but it helps many understand what really happened in the Holocaust. One day I hope to visit Schindlers gravestone in Jeruselum whrere thousands have gone and paid tribute to him for the hope he gave and the difference he made for so many people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was fantastic. Liam Neesons did act nothing short of amazing. This is one of the best movies I have seen in my short life. This has to have been one of Steven Spielberg's best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I most enjoyed this movie it is a wonderful movie to watch and it is a wonderful history porject to learn from. I have learned more from this than what I have heard or from other movies that I have also seen on this horrilbe thing that has happened to these wonderful people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I tried to watch this movie, I couldn't finish it - it was too horrifying, too dark, too terrible for me to bear watching. Later on, when I got a little older and a little wiser, I watched it again and then fully realized what an astonishing accomplishment this movie was. It shows, in haunting black and white, the shameful crimes of the Holocaust, and the stunning humanity that overcame it.
RoadDog20 More than 1 year ago
One of the BEST film I've ever seen! So deep, tragic and heavy. It shows how Jews suffered during world war 2 under the command of Hitler. I hope this will never happen again to all of us. Let there be peace on earth and respect one another regardless of the race, color and religion.