Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
USA, 1993. Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment. Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Thomas Keneally. Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski. Produced by Branko Lustig, Gerald R. Molen, Steven Spielberg. Music by John Williams. Production Design by Allan Starski. Costume Design by Anna B. Sheppard. Film Editing by Michael Kahn.
Powerful, unforgettable drama that is Steven Spielberg’s best drama. Liam Neeson is excellent as a high-ranking Nazi who saves the lives of one thousand Polish Jews by keeping them employed at his factory and therefore keeping them out of the concentration camps during World War II. At first it is a decision based purely on profit, but as time passes and the horrors of the Holocaust are revealed to him, he begins to grow a conscience. Skillfully shot and edited, the pace never lags for a moment throughout its three hour running time, and Spielberg eschews his usual moral simplicity and instead brings about a masterpiece of intelligence and thought-provoking insight.
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (Steven Spielberg); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction; Best Film Editing; Best Original Score
Nominations: Best Actor (Liam Neeson); Best Supporting Actor (Ralph Fiennes); Best Makeup; Best Costume Design; Best Sound
Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Drama; Best Director (Steven Spielberg); Best Screenplay
Nominations: Best Actor-Drama (Liam Neeson); Best Supporting Actor (Ralph Fiennes); Best Original Score