Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

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Director: Alan J. Pakula

Cast: Alan J. Pakula, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNichol

     
 

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The year is 1947. Aspiring southern author Stingo (Peter MacNichol) heads to New York to seek his fortune. Moving into a dingy Brooklyn boarding house, Stingo strikes up a friendship with research chemist Nathan Landau (Kevin Kline) and Nathan's girlfriend, Polish refugee Sophie Zawistowska (Oscar-winner Meryl Streep). There is something unsettling about the… See more details below

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Overview

The year is 1947. Aspiring southern author Stingo (Peter MacNichol) heads to New York to seek his fortune. Moving into a dingy Brooklyn boarding house, Stingo strikes up a friendship with research chemist Nathan Landau (Kevin Kline) and Nathan's girlfriend, Polish refugee Sophie Zawistowska (Oscar-winner Meryl Streep). There is something unsettling about the relationship; Nathan is subject to violent mood swings, while Sophie seems to be harboring a horrible secret. Stingo soons learns that both Nathan and Sophie are strangers to truth; the audience is likewise led down several garden paths by a series of sepia-toned flashbacks, depicting Sophie's ordeal in a wartime concentration camp. The scene in which we discover the facts behind Sophie's "choice" is a gut-wrenching one; it might have been even more powerful had not the film taken so long to get there. It is betraying nothing to reveal that the character of Stingo is the alter ego of William Styron, upon whose best-selling novel the film was based. The film is rated R, due in great part to a disposable scene wherein Stingo tries to put the make on a "liberated" female intellectual.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Meryl Streep's heartbreaking, amazingly tempered performance in Sophie's Choice confirmed her status as one of America's greatest actresses; many believe it will stand the test of time as her finest work. It's a testament to Kevin Kline's skills that he can hold his own in the role of her boyfriend. In terms of structure, William Styron's flashback-laden novel must have been a challenge to translate to the screen, but writer-director Alan J. Pakula does a fine job of condensing the material without losing its essence. A less-mature filmmaker might have lost the tone of the picture from the start. Pakula's script would be nominated for an Academy Award; Streep would win her first Oscar for a lead performance.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2014
UPC:
0826663144888
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
R
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
A1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:37:00
Sales rank:
3,105

Special Features

New rountable conversation with Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline ; Audio Commentary with Director Alan J. Pakula; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Sophie Zawistowska
Kevin Kline Nathan Landau
Peter MacNicol Stingo
Rita Karin Yetta Zimmerman
Stephen D. Newman Larry
Greta Turken Leslie Lapidus
Josh Mostel Morris Fink
Gunther Maria Halmer Rudolf Hoess
Katharina Thalbach Wanda
Karlheinz Hackl SS Doctor
Ulli Fessl Frau Hoess
Melanie Pianka Emmi Hoess
Robin Bartlett Lillian Grossman
Armand Dahan Man #2 in English Class
Alixe Gordin Actor
Vida Jerman Female SS Guard
Adrian Kalitka Sophie's Child
Jennifer Lawn Sophie's Child
Joseph Leon Dr. Blackstock
Eugene Lipinski Polish Professor
Eugeniusz Priwieziencew Prisoner at Shower
Marcell Rosenblatt Astrid Weinstein
Moishe Rosenfeld Moishe Rosenblum
John Rothman Librarian
Josef Sommer Narrator
Joseph Tobin Reporter
David Wohl English Teacher

Technical Credits
Alan J. Pakula Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Nestor Almendros Cinematographer
Keith Barish Producer
William C. Gerrity Associate Producer,Production Designer
Alixe Gordin Casting
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer
Alex Hapsas Asst. Director
George Jenkins Production Designer
Carol Joffe Set Decoration/Design
Evan Lottman Editor
John J. Moore Art Director
Christopher Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Priestley Cinematographer
Martin Starger Producer
William Styron Source Author
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sophie's Choice
1. Chapter 1 [12:22]
2. Chapter 2 [11:33]
3. Chapter 3 [13:01]
4. Chapter 4 [20:28]
5. Chapter 5 [15:31]
6. Chapter 6 [17:58]
7. Chapter 7 [1:37]
8. Chapter 8 [15:07]
9. Chapter 9 [25:25]
10. Chapter 10 [14:31]

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