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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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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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1.85 : 1
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This was Kevin Kline's second film. The Pirates of Penzance (1983) was filmed first, making it his film debut, however, due to delays in post production, it was released after Sophie's Choice (1982). See more »


In one of the early scenes when Stingo is moving in he is carrying 3 cases of Spam on his shoulder. They barely move despite him writhing around to get the door open. When he gets into the room he drops them on the bed and you can clearly see most of the cans are glued to the cardboard. The actor even flips the top row over on the bed and they stay attached. 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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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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