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Sophie's Choice -- Aspiring author Stingo (Peter MacNicol) shares a Brooklyn boarding house with winsome Polish émigré Sophie (Meryl Streep) and her mercurial lover, Nathan (Kevin Kline) -- a union unsettled by Nathan's violent behavior and Sophie's disturbing recollections of her wartime experience. Stingo discovers that Sophie is a fraud, though, when her accounts of her stint at a Nazi concentration camp unravel, laying bare the real source of her torment.
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William Styron (based on the novel: "Sophie's Choice" by)
Alan J. Pakula (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 March 1983 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Meryl Streep ... Sophie

Kevin Kline ... Nathan

Peter MacNicol ... Stingo
Rita Karin ... Yetta
Stephen D. Newman ... Larry
Greta Turken ... Leslie Lapidus

Josh Mostel ... Morris Fink
Marcell Rosenblatt ... Astrid Weinstein
Moishe Rosenfeld ... Moishe Rosenblum

Robin Bartlett ... Lillian Grossman

Eugene Lipinski ... Polish Professor

John Rothman ... Librarian
Joseph Leon ... Dr. Blackstock

David Wohl ... English Teacher
Nina Polan ... Woman in English Class
Alexander Sirotin ... Man #1 in English Class
Armand Dahan ... Man #2 in English Class
Joseph Tobin ... Reporter
Cortez Nance ... Bellboy
Günther Maria Halmer ... Rudolf Hoess (as Gunther Maria Halmer)

Karlheinz Hackl ... SS Doctor
Ulli Fessl ... Frau Hoess
Melanie Pianka ... Emmi Hoess
Eugeniusz Priwieziencew ... Prisoner at Shower
Krystyna Karkowska ... Prisoner-Housekeeper
Katharina Thalbach ... Wanda
Nedim Prohic ... Josef (as Neddim Prohic)
Jennifer Lawn ... Sophie's Child
Adrian Kalitka ... Sophie's Child
Peter Wegenbreth ... Hoess' Aide
Vida Jerman ... Female SS Guard
Irena Hampel ... German Child
Sandra Markota ... German Child
Hrvoje Sostaric ... German Child
Marko Zec ... German Child
Ivica Pajer ... Sophie's Father (as Ivo Pajer)
Michaela Karacic ... Sophie as a Child

Josef Sommer ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bobby DeAngelo ... NYPD Photograper (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan J. Pakula 
Writing credits
William Styron (based on the novel: "Sophie's Choice" by)

Alan J. Pakula (screenplay)

Produced by
Keith Barish .... producer
William C. Gerrity .... associate producer
Alan J. Pakula .... producer
Martin Starger .... executive producer
Original Music by
Marvin Hamlisch 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros (director of photography) (as Nestor Almendros)
Film Editing by
Evan A. Lottman (film editor)
Casting by
Alixe Gordin 
Production Design by
George Jenkins 
Art Direction by
John Jay Moore  (as John J. Moore)
Set Decoration by
Carol Joffe 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
Makeup Department
Frank Bianco .... hair stylist
J. Roy Helland .... hair: Miss Streep
J. Roy Helland .... makeup: Miss Streep
Mike Maggi .... makeup artist
Halid Redzebasic .... hair: Yugoslavia
Halid Redzebasic .... makeup: Yugoslavia
Production Management
Howard P. Alston .... executive in charge of production
Christopher Cronyn .... assistant production manager
Boris Dmitrovic .... assistant production manager: Yugoslavia (as Boris Dimitrovic)
William C. Gerrity .... unit production manager
Branko Lustig .... production supervisor: Yugoslavia
Ivica Petricevic .... unit manager: Yugoslavia
James Potter .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michea Caye .... dga trainee
Alex Hapsas .... first assistant director
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan .... assistant director: Yugoslavia (as Sergio Mimica)
Joseph Ray .... second assistant director
Art Department
Russell Christian .... assistant art director
Howard Duff .... assistant property master
Glen Engels .... construction grip
Pete Grippaldi .... construction grip
Zeljko Karacic .... propman on set: Yugoslavia
Ivo Lepes .... construction manager: Yugoslavia
Zeljko Luter .... set dresser: Yugoslavia
Ron Petagna .... shop craftsman
Eugene Powell .... scenic artist chargeman (as Gene Powell)
Richard Shelton .... scenic artist
Walter Stocklin .... property master (as Wally Stocklin)
Hans Swanson .... set dresser
Frank Didio .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Debra Bard .... apprentice sound editor
Arthur Bloom .... sound
Stan Bochner .... sound editor
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... supervising sound editor (as Anthony John Ciccolini III)
Marko A. Costanzo .... apprentice sound editor
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Dranch .... sound editor
Harriet Fidlow .... looping editor
Leslie Gaulin .... assistant looping editor (as Leslie Troy Gaulin)
Thomas A. Gulino .... sound editor (as Thomas Gulino)
Robert Hein .... sound editor (as Robert A. Hein)
Michael Jacobi .... sound editor
Stuart Lieberman .... assistant sound editor
Dennis Maitland II .... boom
Patrick Mullins .... assistant sound editor
John Murray .... apprentice sound editor
Christopher Newman .... production sound mixer
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... assistant sound editor (as Bitty O'Sullivan Smith)
Ralph O. Sepulveda Jr. .... apprentice sound editor (as Ralph Sepulveda Jr.)
Ann Stein .... assistant sound editor (as Anne Stein)
Brunilda Torres .... assistant sound editor
Magdaline Volaitis .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Marijan Karoglan .... pyrotechnician: Yugoslavia unit (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry DeBlau .... best boy (as Jerry De Blau)
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer (as John De Blau)
Bill Gerardo .... second assistant camera
Vinnie Gerardo .... first assistant camera (as Vinny Gerardo)
Dan Lerner .... second camera operator
Edward W. Lowry .... second key grip (as Edward Lowry)
Tom Prate .... key grip (as Thomas J. Prate Jr.)
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator (as Tom Priestly Jr.)
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
Tom Kerwick .... grip (uncredited)
Sal Martorano .... electrician (uncredited)
Lance Shepherd .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Judy Dennis .... assistant to the casting executive
Riccardo Bertoni .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Dennison .... wardrobe supervisor: men's
David Griffin .... assistant costume designer
Teresa Alba Schipani .... wardrobe supervisor: women's (as Alba Schipani)
Juraj Skuzin .... wardrobe master: Yugoslavia
Mark Burchard .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ursula Schrader .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Marissa De Guzman .... apprentice editor (as Marissa de Guzman)
Elaine Hurwitz .... assistant editor
Andrea Justin .... apprentice editor
Gary Karr .... first assistant editor
Gilberto Costa Nunes .... apprentice editor
Jill Savitt .... first assistant editor
Trudy Ship .... associate film editor
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Norman Hollyn .... music editor
Emily Paine .... assistant music editor
Transportation Department
Tom O'Brien .... transportation captain
Thomas Reilly .... transportation co-captain (as Tom Reilly)
Patrick Hogan .... transportation captain: second unit (uncredited)
Other crew
Jan Biczycki .... dialogue coach: Polish and German, Yugoslavia (as Jan Byczycki)
Celia D. Costas .... location manager (as Celia Costas)
Richard Dixon .... production auditor (as Dick Dixon)
Christopher T. Gerrity .... production assistant (as Christopher Gerrity)
Kitty Hart .... technical advisor: Europe
Roman Harte .... consultant: Europe
Dragan Josipovic .... location manager: Yugoslavia
Marge Leonard .... executive assistant: Mr. Pakula
Lillian O. MacNeill .... script supervisor
John Jay Moore .... location coordinator: U.S. (as John J. Moore)
Eric Myers .... unit publicist
Michele Mooberry Potier .... assistant production office coordinator (as Michele Mooberry)
Ljiljana Rajic .... assistant: Mr. Wolsky, Yugoslavia (as Ljiljana Raic)
Roberta Rose .... location auditor: Yugoslavia
Raoul Schelbaum .... subtitles: Titra Film New York Inc.
Susan Solt .... coordinator: Mr. Pakula
Juliette Steyning-Brown .... production office coordinator
Sandra J. Tait .... production assistant (as Sandy Tait)
Jane Tsighis .... assistant production auditor
Nathalie Vadim .... production assistant (as Nathalie Plemiannikov)
Earl E. Wroten Jr. .... production executive
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Lew Grade .... presenter (uncredited)
Nancy Littlefield .... special thanks: New York City Mayor's Office for Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
Jesse Peterman .... special thanks: New York City Tactical Police Unit (as Lt. Jesse Peterman)
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150 min | Canada:157 min (Ontario)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) (2002) | Netherlands:16 (original rating) (1983) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (PCA #26835)

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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 »
Factual errors: Slavic surnames ending in -ski/-skiy are, in Slavic grammar, considered adjectives, and so the female form is -ska. Sophie's and Eva's surname should therefore be Zawistowska. Moreover, it is unlikely for Eva's name to be spelt with a 'v' as the proper Polish form is 'Ewa' ('v' does not appear in the Polish alphabet and is only used in foreign names and loanwords).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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90 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
The definitive Meryl Streep, 2 March 2002
Author: MyDarkStar from United States

Without a doubt, Meryl Streep delivers the Greatest Performance By An Actress EVER - period.

The performance is totally naked, where you can almost feel her sorrow come right out of the screen. For all of the heart wrenching scenes in this movie, you never once feel as though Streep is going over-the-top. That says alot for someone who spends just about half of the time in her scenes with a tear in her eye. Everything about her performance just seems so effortless and natural. This especially shows when she is speaking German flawlessly, or English with a very convincing Polish accent.

The fact that Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol are not completely lost in this movie says alot for their performances. Kline himself delivers a great performance of a man suffering from delusions and bi-polar syndrome. It is one of his greatest performances as well. Peter MacNicol plays the role of a character who pales in comparison to the other characters. MacNicol has the somewhat undesirable task of having to play the character who carries the least amount of baggage. He therefore might be overlooked, when viewing at the movie as a whole. However, MacNicol does a great job with the character, not trying to make more out of it than it is supposed to be. His role is very important to this movie.

But the real story here is Streep. Her performance would be a stand out against any other performance in history. I honestly believe that. Streep just digs down deep here - delivering lines that just put a chill down your spine.

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