R | | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Bruno Ganz was sought to play the role of Oskar Schindler, but turned it down. Ganz later appeared in another critically-acclaimed World War II movie, Downfall (2004), in which he played Adolf Hitler.
The dogs used for crowd intimidation in many scenes throughout the movie are shepherds, (presumably German shepherds). Shepherds are working dogs and bred for tending livestock. The Nazis used dobermans, which were bred by the Germans specifically to be fast and focused and intimidating.
The theatrical version juxtaposed images from the film of the actors portraying certain identified "Schindler Jews" as each actual person placed a stone on Schindler's grave. The VHS version does not use this device, showing only the actual persons, credited by name.
English, Hebrew, German, Polish
$656,636 (USA) (17 December 1993)