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Schindler's List
Universal Studios (1993)
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Liam Neeson Oskar Schindler
Ben Kingsley Itzhak Stern
Ralph Fiennes Amon Goeth
Caroline Goodall Emilie Schindler
Embeth Davidtz Helen Hirsch
Malgoscha Gebel Victoria Klonowska
Shmulik Levy Wilek Chilowicz
Mark Ivanir Marcel Goldberg
Béatrice Macola Ingrid
Jonathan Sagalle Poldek Pfefferberg
Beata Paluch Manci Rosner
Jerzy Nowak Investor
Eugeniusz Priwieziencew Waiter
Branko Lustig Nightclub Maitre d'
Jonathan Sagall Poldek Pfefferberg (as Jonathan Sagalle)
Shmuel Levy Wilek Chilowicz (as Shmulik Levy)
Andrzej Seweryn Julian Scherner
Friedrich von Thun Rolf Czurda
Krzysztof Luft Herman Toffel
Harry Nehring Leo John
Norbert Weisser Albert Hujar

Director Steven Spielberg
Producer Branko Lustig; Steven Spielberg; Gerald R. Molen
Writer Thomas Keneally; Steven Zaillian
Cinematography Janusz Kaminski
Musician Arthur Herzog Jr.; Oskar Schima; John Williams; Naomi Shemer
User Credit 1 Michael Kahn
User Credit 2 Anna B. Sheppard

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. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 025192386626
Region Region 1
Release Date 3/9/2004
Packaging Custom Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Dual Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby DTS Surround Sound
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User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Language, some sexuality and actuality violence.
User Text 2 Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.
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Trivia: Juliette Binoche was offered a role, which she has described in interviews as a woman who was to be raped and then murdered, but she turned it down. She had already turned Steven Spielberg down once that same year, passing on the role of Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park (1993) to make Trois couleurs: Bleu (1993). (more)

Goofs: Anachronisms: Yerushalayim shel Zahav was not written until twenty years after WWII (more)

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

Awards: Won 7 Oscars. Another 60 wins & 22 nominations (more)