Schindler's List

Release Date: December 15th, 1993

DVD Release Date: March 9th, 2004

R |3 hr 15 min

Plot Summary

Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) arrives in Krakow in 1939, ready to make his fortune from World War II, which has just started. After joining the Nazi party primarily for political expediency, he staffs his factory with Jewish workers for similarly pragmatic reasons. When the SS begins exterminating Jews in the Krakow ghetto, Schindler arranges to have his workers protected to keep his factory in operation, but soon realizes that in so doing, he is also saving innocent lives.

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Segal, Embeth Davidtz, Malgoscha Gebel, Shmuel Levy

Director: Steven Spielberg

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Brooding , Emotional , Office , 1940s , 1930s , Transformation , Rescue

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    What is surprising is how well Spielberg captures the horror, moving his camera with the fury of a combat photographer on the run. [17 Dec 1993]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    What is most amazing about this film is how completely Spielberg serves his story. The movie is brilliantly acted, written, directed and seen. Individual scenes are masterpieces of art direction, cinematography, special effects, crowd control. show more

  • 100
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    A movie that falls outside the ordinary, or even the extraordinary. There is enormous passion and artistic integrity throughout this film. [11 Jan 1994, p.A10(E)]

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Awards

Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Costume Design
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Winner Film Editing
Nominated Sound
Winner Music (Original Score)
Winner Cinematography
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Make Up
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Makeup
Winner Score for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Winner Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Winner David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Winner Directing
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Winner Art Direction
Winner Best Picture