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Sophie's Choice (1982)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  4 March 1983 (USA)
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A mother has to make a very difficult decision.

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(based on the novel: "Sophie's Choice" by), (screenplay)
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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)

Gross:

SEK 7,591,469 (Sweden)
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When director Alan J. Pakula was initially signed on to the film, he envisioned only Liv Ullmann in the title role. See more »

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The performance of a lifetime
25 November 2004 | by (Santa Monica, CA) – See all my reviews

Although achingly literary at times, moments of true emotional power are rendered by fluid storytelling, Nestor Almendros's haunting cinematography, Marvin Hamlisch's quietly effecting score, a touching performance by Peter MacNichol, and a seminal performance by Meryl Streep; one that Kim Stanley (the celebrated actress/teacher and Oscar nominated mother to Jessica Lange in 'Frances' of the same year) proclaimed, "the titanic portrayal of her generation."

No matter what your initial feelings about this film, I encourage you to go back and take in Streep's dark dance of loss, madness and, finally, sorrowful redemption.


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