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Sophie's Choice (1982)

R | | Drama, Romance | 4 March 1983 (USA)
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Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live with Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust.

Director:

Alan J. Pakula

Writers:

William Styron (based on the novel: "Sophie's Choice" by), Alan J. Pakula (screenplay)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Sophie
Kevin Kline ... Nathan
Peter MacNicol ... Stingo
Rita Karin Rita Karin ... Yetta
Stephen D. Newman Stephen D. Newman ... Larry
Greta Turken Greta Turken ... Leslie Lapidus
Josh Mostel ... Morris Fink
Marcell Rosenblatt Marcell Rosenblatt ... Astrid Weinstein
Moishe Rosenfeld Moishe Rosenfeld ... Moishe Rosenblum
Robin Bartlett ... Lillian Grossman
Eugene Lipinski ... Polish Professor
John Rothman ... Librarian
Joseph Leon Joseph Leon ... Dr. Blackstock
David Wohl ... English Teacher
Nina Polan Nina Polan ... Woman in English Class
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Storyline

Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live with 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Polish | German | French | Russian

Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La decisión de Sophie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$202,131, 12 December 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,036,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After seeing him in this film, John Cleese decided to cast Kevin Kline in his movie A Fish Called Wanda (1988). See more »

Goofs

Slavic surnames ending in -ski/-skiy are, in Slavic grammar, considered adjectives, and so the female form is -ska. Sophie's and Eva's surname should therefore be Zawistowska. Moreover, it is unlikely for Eva's name to be spelt with a 'v' as the proper Polish form is 'Ewa' ('v' does not appear in the Polish alphabet and is only used in foreign names and loanwords). See more »

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[first lines]
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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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 12 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

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Referenced in The Starter Wife: The French Disconnection (2008) See more »

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Jesu, Joy of Man s Desiring
(1723)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Lorin Hollander
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The finest performance by an actress in the history of film.
28 December 2001 | by Jen_UKSee 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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