Schindler's List

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.

Other mistake: Schindler is having the glass door of his office lettered. The style and size of how it is done changes when the one armed worker comes to thank Schindler as he eats breakfast.

Factual error: When Goeth goes back in from shooting two prisoners, he goes to the bathroom and you can hear him unzipping his pants. German uniforms did not have zippers, they had buttons.

Factual error: There is a scene in which blues singer Billie Holiday is heard singing (presumably on the radio) her song, "God Bless the Child." Holiday did indeed first record this song in 1941, but the version heard in the film is from much later, after the war, in the 1950s (It is believed to be a version which was recorded for the Verve label). The version which should have been heard in the film was recorded in 1941 for the Okeh label, and is now part of the Columbia Records catalog.

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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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: 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.

Factual error: After the introduction in 1939, when the German soldiers are marching and singing, you see a soldier carrying an MG42 on his shoulders (not to be confused with the MG34, also onscreen). The MG42 was introduced into the German Wehrmacht in 1942. (00:10:26)

Visible crew/equipment: When Schindler is negotiating with Jewish investors in the car, you can see the director Steven Spielberg wearing his hat behind the camera reflected on the window.

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

Factual error: Steven Spielberg didn't get permission to shoot the train arrival at the real Auschwitz. So he build the main entrance, but seen from the front side. The gate, left from the main gate proves that. So when the train 'enters' at Auschwitz, it in fact is departing Auschwitz, instead of arriving. Eleven minutes later, it's just the other way around. When the train departs, it's actually 'arriving'. (02:31:35)

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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.

Oskar Schindler: They won't soon forget the name "Oskar Schindler" around here."Oskar Schindler, " they'll say, "everybody remembers him. He did something extraordinary. He did what no one else did. He came with nothing, a suitcase, and built a bankrupt company into a major manufactory. And left with a steamer trunk, two steamer trunks, of money. All the riches of the world."

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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: Are the real Schindler Jews in the end accompanied by younger relatives or by the people who played them in the movie?

Answer: It depends, some are accompanied by younger relatives, and others have the actor who played them. The majority have relatives though.

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