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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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Rita Karin ...
Yetta
Stephen D. Newman ...
Larry
Greta Turken ...
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Morris Fink
Marcell Rosenblatt ...
Astrid Weinstein
Moishe Rosenfeld ...
Moishe Rosenblum
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Lillian Grossman
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Librarian
Joseph Leon ...
Dr. Blackstock
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English Teacher
Nina Polan ...
Woman in English Class
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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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4 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La decisión de Sophie  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$202,131 (USA) (12 December 1982)

Gross:

$30,036,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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When Meryl accepted her Best Actress Oscar for this film, she was already 5 months pregnant with daughter Mamie Gummer (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion / 11 April 1983). See more »

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During the "Choice" scene, Sophie refers to the officer as "Hauptmann." The SS had different rank designations, separate from the Wehrmacht. The correct rank designation would be "Hauptsturmfuehrer," evident by his collar tab. This title is, however, equivalent to "Hauptmann" (Captain) in the Wehrmacht Heer. 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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About Foreign Lands and People, Op.15, No.1
(1838)
Written by Robert Schumann
Recorded for the film
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A career defining role!!!
14 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Arguably Meryl Streep's most compelling performance...and lord knows the woman has turned in a few during her career! I found myself delighted, beguiled, enchanted, crushed and ultimately reduced to a drained and empty shell by the film's end; it took several days thereafter to fully recover. Her vulnerability and honesty are as inescapable as her demons. And you cannot help but be drawn into such a real sense of both conflict & compassion, duty and despair...this film completely melted my face off while cementing an admiration and awe I rarely experience from an actor's performance. All due respect to both Kline & MacNichol for their fine portrayals, but really the movie begins and ends with Streep's haunting, brilliant and enormously human turn as Sophie! This is a "must see" film albeit a gut wrenching experience!!! Totally amazing!!!


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