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Sophie and the Rising Sun (2016)

R | | Drama | 22 January 2016 (USA)
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Autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, two interracial lovers are swept up in the tides of history.

Director:

Maggie Greenwald

Writers:

Maggie Greenwald (screenplay), Augusta Trobaugh (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Nicholson ... Sophie Willis
Takashi Yamaguchi ... Grover Ohta
Margo Martindale ... Anne Morrison
Diane Ladd ... Ruth Jeffers
Lorraine Toussaint ... Salome Whitmore
Karen Wheeling Reynolds ... Isabel
Mickey Dodge ... Samille
Don Henderson Baker ... Dr. Gilbert
Joel Murray ... Sheriff Cooper
David Dickson Reynolds David Dickson Reynolds ... Reverend Jeffers
Kenneth Charles Graham ... Harold Jackson
Sabrina Mayfield Sabrina Mayfield ... Matilda
Jan Hartsell ... Minna
Cali Ward Cali Ward ... Young Sophie
Meredith Jackson ... Young Ruth
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Storyline

Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta's life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets - Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper - rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions. Written by monterey media inc.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sophie si rasaritul See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$34,630

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,630
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sophie Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

6-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie marks the second collaboration between Julianne Nicholson and Margo Martindale. They previously appeared together in August: Osage County (2013). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Gilbert: [examining stranger] Know who he is?
Sheriff Cooper: Don't know why he ended up here. Got no wallet. Not a penny in his pocket. His bus was comin' from New York City. He mighta gotten on anywhere between there and here. Poor fella.
Dr. Gilbert: These are worker's hands. Could be a farmer.
Boy: Is that a Chinaman, Dr. Gilbert?
Dr. Gilbert: Sure is, Zack.
Sheriff Cooper: What's your name, boy?
Stranger: [straining] Ohta.
Sheriff Cooper: Don't even talk English.
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Connections

Features The Monster Walks (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears (as Edmund H. Sears)
Music by Richard Storrs Willis (as Richard S. Willis)
Performed by the Choir of the First Lutheran Church of Montclair, N.J.
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A touching and relevant film
12 April 2019 | by gailsafianSee all my reviews

Sophie and the Rising Sun is an eloquent and beautiful film. Maggie Greenwald is a sensitive and insightful director and writer who has created a film that speaks to issues of prejudice that are as powerful in 2019 as they were in 1941.


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