Schindler's List

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. (01:28:05)

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Continuity mistake: In a courtyard of a concentration camp, a fully-clothed Jewish man wearing an armband steps into a long line in front of a table. The camera shows a quick shot of something else, then comes right back to that same man. Now he is missing his armband.

Continuity mistake: When Schindler is at a party near the start, he is sitting around a table with some other men. Two women dancers are sitting next to a man, pressing up against him. One of the women is holding a fork and eating something off it. It cuts to Schindler whispering to the waiter and in the background the woman with the fork is now drinking a glass of wine. Then it cuts back to the women and the one with wine is now back to the fork.

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.

Kelley Courtney

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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Continuity mistake: When Schindler kisses the girl at his birthday, he keeps his hands on her shoulders, but in the next shot they are on her cheeks.

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. (01:35:45 - 01:36:35)

Jono Murphy

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Continuity mistake: The word "DIREKTOR" written on the glass door of Schindler's office is little in one scene and bigger in another one.

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. (00:01:05)

More mistakes in Schindler's List

Reiter: I'm a graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Milan.
Amon Goeth: Ah, an educated Jew... Like Karl Marx himself. Unterscharfuehrer!
Hujar: Jawohl?
Amon Goeth: Shoot her.
Reiter: Herr Kommandant! I'm only trying to do my job!
Amon Goeth: Ja, I'm doing mine.

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Trivia: This movie took in only $3 million on its opening weekend, but went on to earn more than $320 million world-wide.

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Question: The Jews in the film are mostly small people, but the Germans are tall. Why?

Answer: Most likely the movie was deliberately cast this way to make the German soldiers look more physically powerful, brutal, and fearsome in comparison to their weakened and emaciated Jewish captives, who barely are surviving the harsh treatment inflicted on them.


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