Schindler's List

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +4

Content: -2

Occupied Poland, September, 1939. Jews must give up their homes and relocate to a ghetto. Czech industrialist Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), with high-level connections in the Reich, persuades the local Nazi officials to let him use Jewish workers in his pots and pans factory. Schindler forms a strong bond with the leader of the workers, Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley). As the war escalates, the ghettos are liquidated, with the survivors put into a labor camp, run by Nazi officer Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes). When Schindler's workers are scheduled to go to the death camp at Auschwitz, he "buys" over 1000 of his workers from Goeth, planning to relocate them in a factory in Czechoslovakia. The men and women are transported separately, but the women's train is mistakenly diverted to Auschwitz. The smoke rises from the furnace towers as the women arrive, and it's a race against time for Schindler to save them. SCHINDLER'S LIST, based on a true story, is outstanding. It paints a gritty, uncompromising picture of the atrocities endured by Jews persecuted by Nazi Germany. It's a film about people - their strengths, their failings, their perseverance and their steadfast faith. Director Steven Spielberg's should win a much-overdue Oscar.

In three hours of striking realism in SCHINDLER'S LIST, many men and women are gunned down, some by execution-style pistol shots to the head. Some are severely violent and bloody, while others are moderately graphic, but none are gratuitous or in slow motion. Sexual intercourse between Schindler and his mistress is depicted once, showing full rear male and female breast nudity. Emphasizing Goeth's demented and perverse cruelty, he routinely leaves his mistress's bed one morning, walks to the balcony and shoots a few Jewish workers, then goes into the bathroom. Full male and female front and rear nudity is shown during a medical inspection of all the workers in the camp, who are stripped and forced to parade around in front of the guards. At Auschwitz, the women are stripped and put into a room that contains either a bath for them, or a shower of deadly gas. The nudity is neither prurient nor gratuitous, and Goeth speaks almost all of the obscenities. SCHINDLER'S LIST is a powerful and moving film experience for adults only. It will be nightmarish for younger viewers without an historical and mature perspective.

Preview Reviewer: Pete Zimowski
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (5) times - Mild 3; Moderate 2

Obscene Language: Several (9) times (f-words)

Profanity: Regular - Few (2) times

Violence: Many times - Severe and Moderate (people shot with rifles and pistols, some to the head at short range, execution-style, graphic and gory; Goeth slaps a woman twice)

Sex: Once (Schindler and mistress with breast nudity)

Nudity: Many times (full rear and frontal male and female in prison scenes; rear male and female breast nudity in bedroom scenes)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Few times (drunkenness at parties)

Other: None

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Intended Audience: Adult

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