Theatrical release: December 15, 1993.
Shot on location in Krakw and outside the gates of Auschwitz.
Estimated budget: $22 million.
The film grossed nearly $100 million at the domestic box office and more than $320 million worldwide.
SCHINDLER'S LIST is number 9 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
SCHINDLER'S LIST won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Picture and Steven Spielberg won for Best Director.
Oskar Schindler in real life was unsuccessful in his other business ventures after the war and was divorced from his wife, but he was honored with the status of Righteous Gentile by the Martyrs Memorial Authority in Jerusalem.
The Collector's Edition includes the hardcover edition of Thomas Keneally's novel, a special edition picture-disc CD soundtrack featuring the Academy Award-winning score by John Williams, and a limited-edition pictorial booklet with a special introduction by Steven Spielberg.
For Spielberg the project was very close to home. He made several public remarks about how the film forced him to confront his Jewish background. "It's the first movie I've made that I feel is a personal film," he said.
SCHINDLER'S LIST was reportedly very difficult to adapt. One writer spent years working on a draft that he never completed. Though the film had a long incubation period--at one point Spielberg had even turned the project over to Martin Scorsese--Spielberg told the tabloids he wasn't mature enough to direct it until he actually began making the film.
Apparently, Australian director Fred Schepisi, asked Spielberg not to make the film. According to Entertainment Weekly, Schepisi told Spielberg that his Hollywood studio-style would ruin the film.
The film's international cast and crew spent 71 days filming in Krakw, Poland.
Spielberg initially tried to film at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, but the World Jewish Congress protested. Spielberg shot directly outside the camp's gate instead. And he chose black-and-white film because "as a medium it's a truth serum." The only color in the film belongs to the little girl in red.
The film marked the first major film role for British actor Ralph Fiennes, the eldest of six children born to Mark (a farmer turned photographer) and Jini Fiennes.
Academy Awards Best Picture 1993
Academy Awards Best Director 1993 Steven Spielberg Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1993 Steven Zaillian Screenwriter/ Director
Academy Awards Best Original Score 1993 John Williams American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1993 Janusz Kaminski