At his insistence, all royalties and residuals from this film that would normally have gone to director Steven Spielberg instead are given to the Shoah Foundation, which records and preserves written and videotaped testimonies from survivors of genocide worldwide, including the Holocaust.
Steven Spielberg initially intended to make the film in Polish and German with English subtitles, but rethought the idea because he felt he wouldn't be able to accurately assess performances in unfamiliar languages.
Steven Spielberg gave Liam Neesonhome movies of his mentor Steve Ross - the late chairman of Time Warner - to help him develop his portrayal of Schindler.
After the book's author Thomas Keneally wrote a miniseries-length script, Kurt Luedtkewas hired by Steven Spielberg to write the screenplay, but he gave up after four years' work.
When Steven Spielberg returned to Cal State Long Beach to earn his BA 34 years after dropping out, his film professor accepted this movie in place of the short student film normally required to pass the class. This movie had already won Spielberg Golden Globes and Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture.