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Schindler

Factual error: In the beginning, when the Germans are setting up the tables to record the names, one German puts down a plastic stamp pad. Stamp pads of that era were metal.

Continuity mistake: When the train with the female prisoners arrives at the concentration camp Auschwitz 2 (Auschwitz Birkenau), you can see the brick stones of the wall of the tower of the "Gate to Hell" as it was referred to. In the next shot the locomotive is first seen driving through the gate tower followed by the wagons thereafter. It is not possible to see the brick stones before the locomotive drives actually through the gate.

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Factual error: When the camera took a shot on a train coming to a station in Czechoslovakia, you can see electric cables above the train tracks. There was no such thing in Czechoslovakia as electrified trains in the 1940's. The electrification started in the 1950's.

Continuity mistake: After Amon Göth shoots the second prisoner from the balcony the distinct sound is heard from the spent round being ejected from the rifle. He then takes aim to take another shot but doesn't, and instead you see him holding the rifle above his head. He then enters the bedroom and then ejects the hot spent round onto his naked lover lying on the bed, however he had already ejected the spent round after taking the last shot.

Jono Murphy

Factual error: When Amon Goeth attempts to execute the Jewish factory worker for failing to produce enough hinges, Goeth cycles the actions of both inoperative weapons several times. At no time is an unfired round ejected from either handgun, which should have occurred, unless the unfired rounds were both jammed in the chamber (and the firing mechanisms had failed).

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Continuity mistake: Near the end, Schindler pays a German officer about a dozen diamonds, in return for his workers. The diamonds when poured out of the bag are mostly together with one off to the right, but, in the next shot, they are more spread out with one off to the left.

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Other mistake: Schindler is having the glass door of his office lettered. The style and size of how it is done changes during the scene.

Continuity mistake: When Schindler is leaving the factory, at the end of the movie, he starts to sob "I could have saved more". Two women approach him from the left side and hug him. When the angle changes the women are back behind and repeat the whole movement again.

Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the Germans invade the Ghetto, one Jew pretends to be working for the Germans by picking up the luggage. He drops one suitcase right next to his foot when he salutes to the Germans. After the next shot which shows the Germans laughing, the suitcase is much further away from his foot.

Continuity mistake: After Schindler has negotiated with Goeth about continuing with the pot factory, there's a view of the entrance to the camp. In the close shots Schindler is almost alone, with a woman standing on the right. In medium shots there's a lot of people surrounding him.

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Continuity mistake: After Amon shoots the second worker the camera is behind him and shows him aiming for another shot. The angle then changes to below and from the front and he is standing up with the rifle above his head.

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Factual error: In the opening scenes at the nightclub when Oscar is treating his new friends to dinner, they are singing "The Happy Wanderer" ("Der Fröhliche Wanderer"). This song was written by Friedrich-Wilhelm Moller shortly after WWII. The nightclub scene was supposed to have taken place in 1939.

Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie all the prisoners are sitting outside the factory when a horseback rider shows up. Itzhak Stern and a few people close to him stand up. When the angle changes they are seated.

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Revealing mistake: In the scene where the women are laying in their bunks in the work camp and one lady is describing what she heard about the horrors of other concentration camps, at the end one woman puts up her hands to her face. You can see her fingernails are neatly manicured, something you'd think wouldn't be possible in a forced labor camp.

Continuity mistake: When the German commandant is speaking to the female servant in the basement his hands are at his side. The camera angle changes and his hands are in front of him.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Schindler and Goeth are having a conversation in Goeth's villa, and Goeth says that he knows that Schindler wants his own sub-camp, you can see the shadow of the camera on Schindler's right arm.

Revealing mistake: In the scene where the woman engineer is executed by Goeth's henchman, watch closely. First, her hair goes from being clear of her forehead, before she is thrown on the ground, to hanging in a fringe, so as to conceal the makeup appliance that replicates her being shot. Then, when she falls, a tube can be seen attached to her leg from an appliance on the ground.

Continuity mistake: In the beginning, a German sets up a table with an ink bottle on it. The cap of the bottle goes from the left of the bottle to the right of the bottle between shots

Sacha

Factual error: When the train containing the women leaves Krakow-Plaszow and is mistakenly rerouted to Auschwitz (roughly 25 miles west of Krakow), the train is shown passing a mountain range. There are no mountains between Krakow and Auschwitz/Oswiecim.

Continuity mistake: Amon Goeth pulls out a German Luger to shoot the rabbi. The Luger jams so Goeth pulls out another pistol and pulls the slide back indicating a semi-auto handgun. The second also fails. Goeth gets frustrated and throws the gun on the ground. When the other Nazi picks it up, it's magically a revolver.

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Quotes

Oskar Schindler: Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don't.
Amon Goeth: You think that's power?
Oskar Schindler: That's what the Emperor said. A man steals something, he's brought in before the Emperor, he throws himself down on the ground. He begs for his life, he knows he's going to die. And the Emperor... Pardons him. This worthless man, he lets him go.
Amon Goeth: I think you are drunk.
Oskar Schindler: That's power, Amon. That is power.

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Trivia

During filming, Steven Spielberg once stated, 'SS marksmen, for fun, would throw babies in the air and shoot them like skeet. I wouldn't do that, even with dolls' (on why he would not film such a scene).

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