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Schindler's List1993

Schindler's List (1993)



Critic Consensus: Schindler's List blends the abject horror of the Holocaust with Steven Spielberg's signature tender humanism to create the director's dramatic masterpiece.

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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 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, Rovi

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Liam Neeson
as Oskar Schindler
Ben Kingsley
as Itzhak Stern
Ralph Fiennes
as Amon Goeth
Caroline Goodall
as Emilie Schindler
Jonathan Sagall
as Poldek Pfefferberg
Jonathan Sagalle
as Poldek Pfefferberg
Embeth Davidtz
as Helen Hirsch
Shmulik Levy
as Wilek Chilowicz
Mark Ivanir
as Marcel Goldberg
Andrzej Seweryn
as Julian Scherner
Malgoscha Gebel
as Victoria Klonowska
Friedrich von Thun
as Rolf Czurda
Krzysztof Luft
as Herman Toffel
Harry Nehring
as Leo John
Frederick von Thun
as Rolf Czurda
Norbert Weisser
as Albert Hujar
Elina Löwensohn
as Diana Reiter
Adi Nitzan
as Mila Pfefferberg
Michael Schneider
as Juda Dresner
Anna Mucha
as Danka Dresner
Branko Lustig
as Nightclub Maitre d'
Jacek Wojcicki
as Henry Rosner
Beata Paluch
as Manci Rosner
Ezra Dagan
as Rabbi Menasha Levartov
Rami Heuberger
as Josef Bau
Jerzy Nowak
as Investor
Adam Siemion
as OD/Chicken Boy
Henryk Bista
as Mr. Lowenstein
Tadeusz Bradecki
as DEF Foreman
Vili Matula
as Investigator
August Schmölzer
as Dieter Reeder
Erwin Leder
as SS Waffen Officer
Jochen Nickel
as Wilhelm Kunde
Olaf Lubaszenko
as Auschwitz Guard
Martin Semmelrogge
as SS Waffen Man
Tadeusz Huk
as Gestapo Brinnlitz
Osman Ragheb
as Border Guard
Agnieszka Kruk
as Czurda's Girl
Jeremy Flynn
as Brinnlitz Man
Maciej Kozlowski
as SS Guard Zablocie
Martin Bergman (II)
as SS NCO Zablocie
Peter Flechtner
as SS NCO-Ghetto
Maciej Winkler
as Black Marketeer
Bettina Kupfer
as Regina Perlman
Ludger Pistor
as Josef Liepold
Haymon Maria Buttinger
as Auschwitz Guard
Georges Kern
as Depot Master
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Using every ounce of his awe some technical skill, the man who sent T. rex and Indiana Jones racing through our imagination brings us a story of human horror beyond imagination.

April 14, 2021 | Full Review…

Once in a very great while, a movie insinuates itself so deeply into your consciousness that it offers not vicarious experience but instead, direct experience. Steven Spielberg's heartfelt, monumental Schindler's List is such a movie.

April 14, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

This is a movie that succeeds brilliantly not just in bringing a terrible chapter in history back to life, but in meticulously depicting the processes through which a self-obsessed and immature man becomes integrated and responsible.

April 14, 2021 | Rating: A | Full Review…

There are enough "Spielbergian" set pieces and incidental touches to keep Schindler accessible to those who believe that the best Spielberg is the perky Spielberg of the E.T. and Indiana Jones romps.

April 14, 2021 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Liam Neeson is a splendid Schindler, tall, handsome, devil-may-care and a poker-playing genius. Ben Kingsley, as Itzhak Stern, Schindler's accountant and chief aide, is as brilliant as ever, and Ralph Fiennes is evil and powerful as Amon Goeth.

April 14, 2021 | Full Review…

A near-documentary, brilliantly designed and choreographed, [and] a character study in which Ralph Fiennes, the winningly urbane Liam Neeson, and the magnificently impassive Ben Kingsley attain a memorable dramatic intensity.

April 14, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Schindler's List


Spielberg's direction is wonderful as he recreates the abject horrors of the Holocaust in this profoundly sad and disturbing drama made with so much love and dedication by everyone involved, with a narrative that is so fascinating due to the complexity of Schindler's character.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Thomas Keneally's novel based on the role of Oscar Schindler during the holocaust was very much his cinematic coming of age. Many have criticized Schindler as a profiteer and coward for not taking up arms against the Nazis. He was not a soldier and if he had done, at best he may have killed a handful of inconsequential German troops before dying a "hero's death". And every man, woman and child who worked in his factory would have been murdered. Spielberg does not shy away from the fact that he was not a saint, showing him to be a womaniser and hedonistic opportunist but when he was faced with the human tragedy of his environment he acted; a reaction that was all too rare at the time. In fact Spielberg draws parallels between Schindler and Goeth, his counterpart in the military workcamp but whereas the industrialist was a man of compassion, Goeth was the embodiment of the Nazi party; a cold, cruel and ruthless man who acted without conscience or mercy. It's true that the film is guilty of button pushing, but it is the manipulation of a master story teller; the highlighting of the girl in the red coat in particular is obviously Spielberg's way around the old adage of "one death is a tradegy, a million deaths is a statistic." Putting a human face on an individual tragedy is the only way it is possible to process horror on such an unimaginable scale. Beautifully shot and expertly played, Schindler's List is a remarkable and moving film that will no doubt be part of a larger monument to an atrocity that must be remembered to ensure that it is never, ever repeated.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

No film I have ever seen manages to convey stronger emotions than "Schindler's List".

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

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