Schindler's List

  • 15
  • Steven Spielberg (1993)
  • US
  • 187 min
Schindler's List
Film Review
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5 out of 5

This outstanding Holocaust drama, based on Thomas Keneally's bestseller Schindler's Ark, won seven Oscars, including best picture, director (Steven Spielberg), adapted screenplay and score. It tells the story of Second World War entrepreneur Oskar Schindler (played by Liam Neeson), whose operation to supply the German war effort led him to be the unexpected saviour of more than 1,000 Jewish factory workers in Poland. Spielberg uses stark, brutal realism to put over his powerful points about racism and ethnic cleansing, and the use of stunning black-and-white photography and gritty hand-held camera footage give the film a potent documentary style. Ralph Fiennes invokes an awesome mixture of revulsion and sympathy as the inhuman Nazi commandant, Amon Goeth, and Neeson matches him with a heartfelt performance as the enigmatic Schindler. Ben Kingsley is also superb as Schindler's Jewish accountant and conscience.

Plot Summary

Steven Spielberg's multi-Oscar-winning drama, based on the novel by Thomas Keneally, starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes. In 1939, businessman Oskar Schindler, a Gentile, comes to Krakow with the idea of getting rich quickly by using cheap Jewish labour in his factory supplying the German war effort. As Jewish persecution spreads throughout Europe, Schindler, although a close associate of SS officers, finds it worth his while to protect his workers from the escalating evil around him.

Cast and crew


Oskar Schindler
Liam Neeson
Itzhak Stern
Ben Kingsley
Amon Goeth
Ralph Fiennes
Emilie Schindler
Caroline Goodall
Poldek Pfefferberg
Jonathan Sagalle
Helen Hirsch
Embeth Davidtz
Julian Scherner
Andrzej Seweryn
Albert Hujar
Norbert Weisser
Diana Reiter
Elina Lowensohn
Victoria Klonowska
Malgoscha Gebel


Steven Spielberg

Other Information

Black and White and Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15