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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 ...
Stephen D. Newman ...
Greta Turken ...
Marcell Rosenblatt ...
Moishe Rosenfeld ...
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 not only learned a Polish accent but also learned how to speak German and Polish in order to have the proper accent of a Polish refugee. See more »


When Nathan and Sophie drink what Nathan calls a Chateau Margaux, the color of the wine in the glasses looks nothing like a Bordeaux, let alone a Margaux. It looks like a cheap rosé wine or a very badly made red. 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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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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