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Schindler's List (1993)

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In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

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Rolf Czurda (as Friedrich Von Thun)
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Oskar Schindler is a vainglorious and greedy German businessman who becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric German 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, it is a testament to the good in all of us. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and actuality violence | See all certifications »

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4 February 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La lista de Schindler  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$656,636 (USA) (17 December 1993)

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$96,067,179 (USA)
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Dustin Hoffman stated in a 1994 interview with Larry King, that he had spoken to Steven Spielberg about playing Itzhak Stern, but their communications became confused, and Spielberg mistakenly believed that Hoffman turned down the role. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, when we see the real survivors with their movie counterparts pay homage at Schindler's grave, each person lays a small rock on the flagstone, as per the Jewish custom. We are to assume that is a factual documentary and not a 'staged' reconstruction. But we can see that the small rocks on the flagstone change shape, color and position more than a few times, as each time the camera drops to capture the laying of these stones. See more »

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[first lines]
[a Hebrew prayer is chanted, followed by a flashback to 1940s Poland]
Krakow registrar: Name?
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DIE HOLZAUKTION
Written by Otto Teich
Performed by Rudi Scherfling
With the Egon Kaiser Orchestra
Courtesy of BMG Ariola Muenchen GmbH
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predictable pandering schlock from the king
11 June 2003 | by (austin TX) – See all my reviews

Just in case you didn't learn from the first 4000 holocaust films that the holocaust was really bad........Speilberg goes out on a limb and hits you over the head with the fact that the holocaust was really bad. He also did it in a very exploitative pandering manner...to the point of being grotesque. If you didn't learn from those 4001 holocaust films that the Nazis also exterminated gypsies, gays etc.... Well the Nazis wiped out a lot of other groups beside jews too. This sort of thing tows a very dangerous line...that it was more significant not that 6 million plus people were exterminated but that it was 6 million jews....according to the majority of these films and various holocaust memorials the gypsies and gays etc. do not count.

Where are the numerous memorials documenting the genocide that happened in this country? (native americans...also numbering in the millions) That would make a historically relevant film. You think perhaps if native americans had a very powerful militaristic state that is subservient to u.s. power there would be more native american genocide memorials? Probably. The fact that much of this comes from elite american jewish organizations reeks a bit of hypocrisy, since historically American jews haven't suffered at all at least compared to native and afro americans (and to even suggest to the contrary would be a joke). So how does this film function? One might conclude that it panders to American jews, exploiting guilt perhaps for their lack of sufficient suffering? If you are interested in actual holocaust history (one might be shocked that it has very little to do with american jews). I would suggest reading more serious, less pandering sources. 'the Seventh Million' by Tom Segev, an Israeli journalist, is very good...'the Holocaust Industry' by Norman Finkelstein is very good too. One might be shocked to find that the jews aren't one big group but a bunch of very diverse groups with radically varying histories etc.


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