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Sophie's Choice (1982)

R | | Drama, Romance | 4 March 1983 (USA)
After spending time with his new neighbors, an aspiring writer realizes they are harboring deep secrets that will forever change him.

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Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the movie's narrator, a young American writer new to New York City. But the happiness of Sophie and Nathan is endangered by her ghosts and his obsessions. Written by Reid Gagle

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Between the innocent, the romantic, the sensual, and the unthinkable. There are still some things we have yet to imagine.

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La decisión de Sophie  »

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Before Meryl Streep was cast, Magda Vásáryová was to play the role of Sophie. Natalie Wood was considered for the role of Sophie. See more »

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Sophie misidentifies the rank of Commandant Höss as Reichsführer which was Heinrich Himmler's rank at the time. Correct rank for Rudolf Höss was SS-Obersturmbannführer. See more »

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Narrator: It was 1947, two years after the war, when I began my journey to what my father called the Sodom of the north, New York. They called me Stingo, which was the nick name I was known by in those days, if I was called anything at all.
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Lieder ohne Worte, Op.30, No.1
(1833-34)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy)
Performed by Lorin Hollander
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The finest performance by an actress in the history of film.
28 December 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

'Sophie's Choice' should be compulsory viewing for any member of the voting panel who decide Academy Award winners. Quite simply, Meryl Streep's performance is THE benchmark for that 'Best Actress' category. I've seen a LOT of films, but not one performance has ever (and will ever) match her's. The manner in which she embodies Sophie goes beyond explanation. It is too accomplished and moving for words. It is almost offensive to think that Julia Roberts was awarded the same statue for ‘Erin Brockovich'!

Aside from the breathtaking central performance from the marvellous Ms Streep, there are so many other reasons to see this film. Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol are excellent, the cinematography is beautiful (particularly the shots of Brooklyn Bridge) the score is haunting ... I could go on.

Although certain critics have berated 'Sophie's Choice' as a mere platform for Meryl Streep as an actress, I urge you to overlook this view. The film succeeds admirably in bringing to horrific life an event in history which we should all be made aware of. It is undeniable that the phenomenal performance of MS leaves you spellbound, but NOT at the expense of being horrified and affected by what you have seen. All I can say to sum up is: just see it. An intelligent and profoundly moving film which will (I promise you) live on in your memory long after the closing credits.


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