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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:
4 March 1983 (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:
Meryl Streep raises the bar See more (131 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)
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)
 
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)
 
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Runtime:
150 min | Canada:157 min (Ontario)
Country:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Nathan Landau:Don't you see, Sophie? We're dying.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tayna chyornykh drozdov (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sleepy LagoonSee more »

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33 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Meryl Streep raises the bar, 8 July 2006
Author: marissas75 from United States

After enjoying Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the recent ensemble comedy "A Prairie Home Companion," it was great to see their dramatic performances in "Sophie's Choice," the movie that made them famous. Here, they play Sophie and Nathan, a volatile young couple living in a Brooklyn boardinghouse in the summer of 1947. Their story, and eventually the story of the Polish Sophie's time in a concentration camp during World War II, is presented through the eyes of Stingo (Peter MacNichol), their young Southern neighbor.

Though other characters appear, especially during the flashbacks, "Sophie's Choice" is largely a three-person drama that relies on subtle interactions. Meryl Streep can always be counted on to give a nuanced performance, but here, especially, she raises the bar. Speaking three languages (including a very realistic portrayal of how foreigners can hesitate and hunt for words when speaking English), going from a haggard Auschwitz inmate to a pretty "blooming rose," consumed by guilt even during the madcap or romantic moments she shares with Nathan, she gives a brilliant performance of a very complex character. Her big scenes with Nazi officers are of course powerful, but I was equally struck by smaller moments: the heartbreaking little flashes of emotion that reveal Sophie's postwar wounds, or the extraordinary conversation she has with a Nazi's daughter.

Kline throws himself into the role of the "fatally glamorous" Nathan and also displays impressive range: he goes from charming to menacing. MacNichol is not up to these (admittedly high) standards. He can play the wide-eyed innocent, but he always seems somewhat thick-headed and lacking in passion. The movie would be more effective if Stingo seemed more truly changed by his experiences with Sophie and Nathan.

Despite Stingo's weakness as a character, I liked the unusual structure that reveals Sophie's story gradually, in flashbacks that draw closer and closer to the ultimate horror. The movie is nicely shot and some of the Brooklyn scenes look as though they actually could have come from a 1940s movie. But no director from the 1940s would have confronted the brutalities of the Holocaust so directly, and few actresses from any era could have given a performance like Streep's.

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