Schindler's List


Schindler's List

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



Total Count: 95


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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


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
Jacek Wojcicki
as Henry Rosner
Branko Lustig
as Nightclub Maitre d'
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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  • Feb 10, 2017
    So vivid. So necessary. So powerful is Schindler's List it may be the most important film for every human to watch. And yet the film's brutal atmosphere may make it difficult to some to handle. This film is an experience. It puts the audience through the emotional wringer. It engulfs you with its accurate depiction of the Holocaust that the audience can't help but feel thankful for the lives that we live today. Steven Spielberg masterfully directs the film which is a sprawling three hours, but not a minute is wasted. The film is wholly involving depicting the terror and even occasional dark humor of the period, although laughing in a movie like this seems highly wrong. The film wraps itself up with some potently emotional scenes that highlight Liam Neeson's fantastic acting and a tribute to the man responsible for saving so many. Schindler's List is not easy cinema in the least, but it is masterful and very vital for those to view and remember a past that we'd be lucky never to experience. Rating: 95
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2016
    Schindler's List is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Liam Neeson as Oscar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of hundreds of Polish Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. Ben Kingsley also stars as Itzhak Stern, a Jewish accountant under Schindler's employ, and Ralph Fiennes as Nazi officer Amon Goth. Has there ever been a movie you've always wanted to see but have never taken the time to watch? That was my situation with Schindler's List. I had heard fantastic things about it, but just didn't want to take the 3+ hours to sit down and watch. I jumped at the first good opportunity I had to view this movie, and I'm glad I did. Schindler's List is a masterpiece. Typically, I'm not the biggest fan of Spielberg movies. I find a lot of his works are a bit overrated. However, there's no denying that he is an expert when it comes to crafting a production. Every stylistic decision Spielberg made paid off; the black-and-white recording effectively painted the bleakness and hopelessness of the Holocaust, and the cinematography and editing always matched the scene presented (quick edits during the frantic purges, etc). There was also one big instance of color in the film: Schindler spotted a little girl in a red coat running during a scene where Jews were being purged out of their homes. Later, Schindler saw that girl dead, still wearing her red coat. To me, that symbolized the turning point in Schindler's mindset, where he went from businessman to savior. Little things like this throughout the film really stood out, and John Williams' score only magnified the emotional impact of each scene. Of course, it helps that Spielberg had tremendous talent to work with. Liam Neeson delivers his best performance to date as the layered Schindler, and Kingsley and Fiennes give powerful deliveries as well. Neeson especially delivers towards the end of the movie, his scene with Fiennes about what power really is standing out. And yes, I teared up at the end during Schindler's final scene with his employees. I hate to be nit-picky with a movie like this, but there is one thing that bugged me. The length of scenes depicting the hardship of the Jews were unnecessarily long. I understand that it's that way on purpose to emphasize the horror of the Holocaust, but a lot of those scenes seemed to go on and on. Some of those scenes could have been cut down without sacrificing their impact. It would have helped the run time of the movie as well, keeping it at 3 hours instead of going over. Overall, this is a must-see for everybody, movie fan or not. Spielberg delivers what I believe to be his best film, and the entire cast shows up to play. I'll probably never watch this movie again, but I'm forever glad I did. If you find yourself in the right mindset with 3+ hours to kill, go watch Schindler's List and let it change your life. Final grade: A -Ben
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2014
    Though surprisingly contained for a film that lasts more than three hours, Shindler's List nonetheless manages to feel like a much shorter film than it is, thanks to a strong script that tackles the horrors of the Holocaust but doesn't forget to remain engaging, and a strong performance by Liam Neeson in the lead role.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Schindler's List is a silhouette of creativity and a real live portrait of the events that went on during World War II. What's great about it is that you have to go back to it a million times over to truly understand it. The magnitude of something that great is not easily discovered nor explained.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer

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