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Sophie's Choice (1982)

R | | Drama, Romance | 4 March 1983 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Rita Karin ...
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Stephen D. Newman ...
Larry
Greta Turken ...
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Morris Fink
Marcell Rosenblatt ...
Astrid Weinstein
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Moishe Rosenblum
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Lillian Grossman
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Librarian
Joseph Leon ...
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 USA:

$202,131, 12 December 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,036,000
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1.85 : 1
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In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #91 Greatest Movie of All Time. It was the first inclusion of this film on the list. 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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[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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About Foreign Lands and People, Op.15, No.1
(1838)
Written by Robert Schumann
Recorded for the film
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Best Performance Ever
10 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Meryl Streep's performance as Sophie is simply the finest performance ever captured on film. Period. The subtlety and depth with which she reveals Sophie's wounds are simply spellbinding. She is at once radiantly beautiful, yet deeply wounded. She is charming, yet vulnerable. She is someone you want to love, yet someone whose pain keeps you at a distance.

This film takes the viewer on an intense emotional journey. Anyone, but especially anyone who is a parent, would have to be an emotional rock to not be absolutely haunted by this story. As much as I have studied and pondered the Holocaust, this film has connected me to those events more emotionally than I have ever been before.

This film, and Ms. Streep's performance, are a gift to humanity.


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