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Sophie's Choice (1982)

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

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(based on the novel: "Sophie's Choice" by), (screenplay)
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Polish Professor
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Dr. Blackstock
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Nina Polan ...
Woman in English Class
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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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Drama | Romance

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4 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La decisión de Sophie  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$202,131 (USA) (12 December 1982)

Gross:

$30,036,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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When William Styron was writing the novel, he envisioned Ursula Andress in the role of Sophie. See more »

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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 »

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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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Jesu, Joy of Man s Desiring
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Lorin Hollander
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Probably the best Oscar-winning performance ever.
3 November 1998 | by (Johnnee) – See all my reviews

If the Oscars were to take every Best Actress winner ever -- from Janet Gaynor to Helen Hunt -- Meryl Streep would definitely have a good shot at winning against them. She gives a spellbinding, totally believable performance as Sophie, a timid Polish woman who befriends Stingo (Peter MacNicol), while she tells him of her tortured past in a concentration camp. As always, she does her foreign accent without fault, and puts her all in her performance, better than she's ever done. The movie itself is very good, too -- it may drag at times (at 2 1/2 hours), but definitely worth a look.


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