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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.



(based on the novel: "Sophie's Choice" by), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Karin ...
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Polish Professor
Joseph Leon ...
Dr. Blackstock
English Teacher
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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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Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La decisión de Sophie  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 7,591,469 (Sweden)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Meryl Streep's performance as Sophie Zawistowska is ranked #3 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time. 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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2 November 2003 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Wow! I am still in absolute shock from this film. Meryl Streep delivers a magnificent performance, with a flawless Polish accent. Kevin Kline and Peter Macnichol are terrific and together the three of them make a highly enjoyable film. The 'choice' Sophie has to make is shattering, a beautifully acted and unforgettable scene. Meryl Streep won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of the nazi camp survivor, this was richly deserved. The film was incredible with a great score and many moving emotional scenes. The emotions of the characthers, especially Sophie, are incredibly beliveable and bought to life. All 3 of the main performances are haunting and memorable. A must see.

Highly reccomended. 10/10

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