Schindler's List (1993)
Ben Kingsley: Itzhak Stern
Itzhak Stern : It's Hebrew, it's from the Talmud. It says, "Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire."
Oskar Schindler : I could have got more out. I could have got more. I don't know. If I'd just... I could have got more.
Itzhak Stern : Oskar, there are eleven hundred people who are alive because of you. Look at them.
Oskar Schindler : If I'd made more money... I threw away so much money. You have no idea. If I'd just...
Itzhak Stern : There will be generations because of what you did.
Oskar Schindler : I didn't do enough!
Itzhak Stern : You did so much.
[Schindler looks at his car]
Oskar Schindler : This car. Goeth would have bought this car. Why did I keep the car? Ten people right there. Ten people. Ten more people.
[removing Nazi pin from lapel]
Oskar Schindler : This pin. Two people. This is gold. Two more people. He would have given me two for it, at least one. One more person. A person, Stern. For this.
Oskar Schindler : I could have gotten one more person... and I didn't! And I... I didn't!
Itzhak Stern : This list... is an absolute good. The list is life. All around its margins lies the gulf.
[Stern brings a report to Schindler at lunchtime]
Oskar Schindler : I could try to read this or I could eat my lunch while it's still hot. We're doing well?
Itzhak Stern : Yes.
Oskar Schindler : Better this month than last?
Itzhak Stern : Yes.
Oskar Schindler : Any reason to think next month will be worse?
Itzhak Stern : The war could end.
Itzhak Stern : I'm sorry, Herr Direktor, you're running very late. Here, this is for the Obersturmbahnführer and this is for his niece, it's her birthday, Greta. Greta as in Garbo.
Oskar Schindler : By the way, don't *ever* do that to me again. Didn't you notice that man only had one arm?
Itzhak Stern : Did he.
Oskar Schindler : What's his use?
[gets into his car]
Itzhak Stern : Very useful.
Oskar Schindler : [shouts from car window] How?
Itzhak Stern : [shouts back] Very useful! Success!
Oskar Schindler : I've been speaking to Goeth.
Itzhak Stern : I know the destination. These are the evacuation orders, I'm to help arrange the shipments, put myself on the last train.
Oskar Schindler : That's not what I was going to say. I made Goeth promise to put in a good word for you. Nothing bad is going to happen to you there, you'll receive special treatment.
Itzhak Stern : The directives coming in from Berlin talk about "special treatment" more and more often. I'd like to think that's not what you mean.
Oskar Schindler : Preferential treatment. All right? Do we have to create a new language?
Itzhak Stern : I think so.
Itzhak Stern : Let me understand. They put up all the money. I do all the work. What, if you don't mind my asking, would you do?
Oskar Schindler : I'd make sure it's known the company's in business. I'd see that it had a certain panache. That's what I'm good at. Not the work, not the work... the presentation.
Itzhak Stern : What did Goeth say about this? You just told him how many people you needed, and...
[suddenly realizing what Schindler is planning]
Itzhak Stern : You're *not* buying them?
[Schindler says nothing; Stern is stunned]
Itzhak Stern : You're *buying* them? You're paying him for each of these names?
Oskar Schindler : If you were still were still working for me, I'd expect you to talk me out of it. It's costing me a fortune.
[the morning after Schindler leaves Brinnlitz, a Russian officer finds the workers]
Russian officer : You have been liberated by the Soviet army!
Itzhak Stern : Have you been in Poland?
Russian officer : I just came from Poland.
Itzhak Stern : Are there any Jews left?
Michael Lemper : Where should we go?
Russian officer : Don't go east, that's for sure. They hate you there. I wouldn't go west either, if I were you.
Chaim Nowak : We could use some food.
Russian officer : Isn't that a town over there?
Itzhak Stern : The standard SS rate for skilled Jewish workers is seven marks a day, five for unskilled and women. This is what you pay to the Reich Economic Office. The Jews themselves receive nothing. Poles you pay wages. Generally, they get a little more. Are you listening?
Oskar Schindler : What was that about the SS? The rate? The what?
Itzhak Stern : The Jewish worker's salary - you pay it directly to the SS, not to the worker. He gets nothing.
Oskar Schindler : But it's less. It's less than what I would pay to a Pole.
Itzhak Stern : It's less.
Oskar Schindler : That's the point I'm trying to make. Poles cost more. Why should I hire Poles?
Itzhak Stern : [Oskar has apparently handed him cyanide capsules] Don't let things fall apart, Oskar. I work too hard.
S.S. Guard : Occupation?
Moses : I am a writer. I play the flute.
Itzhak Stern : But Moses is also a skilled metal worker. He can make pots, he can make tanks, he can make whatever Mr Schindler asks.