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Sophie's Choice (1982)

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



(based on the novel: "Sophie's Choice" by), (screenplay)
3,314 ( 535)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Karin ...
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Greta Turken ...
Marcell Rosenblatt ...
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Polish Professor
Joseph Leon ...
Dr. Blackstock
English Teacher
Nina Polan ...
Woman in English Class


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.


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La decisión de Sophie  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Meryl Streep begged director Alan J. Pakula for this role literally on her hands and knees. Marthe Keller and Barbra Streisand both tried to win the role also but Pakula ultimately chose Streep. See more »


When Nathan toasts Stingo on the bridge, as the shot pulls back you see first one then several cars from 1982, obviously an issue with how long they could hold up the bridge traffic for the shot, they needed to hold it up an extra minute or maybe lacked the budget to pay for late 40's cars to drive by instead. You can also see the lights of The River Cafe, a waterfront restaurant under the bridge that didn't open until 1977. See more »


[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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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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