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Director:
Writers:
William Styron (based on the novel: "Sophie's Choice" by)
Alan J. Pakula (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 December 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Between the innocent, the romantic, the sensual, and the unthinkable. There are still some things we have yet to imagine.
Plot:
Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 12 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Quite Simply the Most Superlative Performance in the History of Cinema See more (129 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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Bobby DeAngelo ... NYPD Photograper (uncredited)
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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 (casting by)
 
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)
 
Thanks
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
150 min | Canada:157 min (Ontario)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In a disclaimer paragraph at the end, the only character who was not fictitious was Rudolf Hoess, which was the name of the actual commandant at Auschwitz.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Stingo:I let go the rage and sorrow for Sophie and Nathan... and for the many others who were but a few of the butchered and betrayed and martyred children of the Earth. When I could finally see again, I saw the first rays of daylight reflected in the murky river. This was not judgment day. Only morning; morning, excellent and fair.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Symphony No 9 in D Minor: ChoralSee more »

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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Quite Simply the Most Superlative Performance in the History of Cinema, 18 December 2001
Author: Gavin Amir Versi from Oxford, England

Director Alan Pakula must have been falling over himself with delight at the presence of his three main actors. Each give impressive performances, but it is Streep's that takes the breath away. So much has been written already about her flawless depiction of Sophie, who has to be the most heartbreaking character ever seen on film; I can only add my support to the view that Streep here gives the best performance ever seen by an actor.

Additionally, I agree that the Academy should look at this performance as the watermark of the Best Actress Oscar. Inevitably, no one will ever match it, but to think Gwyneth Paltrow won the same award for her role in "Shakespeare in Love" is laughable.

Kevin Kline is brilliant as the chilling yet endearing Nathan, whilst Peter MacNicol is the character whose superb narration and acting transmits us into the movie.

I noticed that the morose Pauline Kael, the most ludicrously over-respected film critic of all time, once again shows her cynicism in finding much fault with the movie: I will have none of it: it is utterly moving, without having to resort to cliché or overloud, haunting music to influence our emotions. Quite simply, the subject matter - Sophie's tragic life and (in)ability to come to terms with what has happened to her - is enough to do this on its own.

The final frame is to me, perhaps the most beautiful I have ever seen, and the film will stay with the viewer long after.

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