Sophie's Choice

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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 ...
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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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/1993
  • UPC: 012236903130
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: LIVE / ARTISAN
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Sophie Zawistowska
Kevin Kline Nathan Landau
Peter MacNichol 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
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 Jr. Cinematographer
Martin Starger Producer
William Styron Source Author
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best

    Sophie's Choice is one of my very favorite movies. The subject matter is heart rending and Sophie's ' choice' is one we never want to have to make! Meryl Street, expert actress, is incomparable in this role.

    However, it is not in English Subtitles and with a hearing glitch I miss a lot of the dialogue. Fortunately people with this handicap build a coping sense and can figure it all out somehow. If I knew Spanish I would be all set...and doesn't that getcha? If anyone out there knows where I can get this DVD with english subtitles I would be eternally grateful!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Meryl Streep - Above and beyond ANYONE!

    Meryl Streep shows the world of acting how it´s done!!!!
    This is simply perfection in it´s most sublime and elegant form.

    Sophie´s Choice is one of those movies that will live with you forever. One that leaves you to think, smile, cry - but also to stop and take stock of your life. Value what you have and not complain about all the non-important things.

    Kevin Kline and Peter MacNichol are excellent but NO ONE comes even close to Meryl Streep as Sophie.

    A MUST HAVE MOVIE.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very sad and confusing

    This was a very confusing movie. It seemed to jump around alot and was boring at best. It had some humor but was basically a very sad movie.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    riveting & historical

    The performances of Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep was phenonemal. Kline should have won a Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor award in this 1982 film. Streep was adorable and she shows her flexibility as an actress.
    Secondly, this film will be a great addition to our Holocaust Studies where I have been teaching this subject for over twenty years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Poem

    The poem by Emily Dickinson is called "Ample make this Bed".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For the person who needs help

    The poem is by Emily Dickenson. I have it written down somewhere. If you haven't already gotten it - email me: sjh@bestnetusa.com - and I'll try to find it for you. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES EVER MADE!!!!Meryl Streep has given one of the finest performances of a living American actress Who else could have played this part?!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    someone please help me

    Does anyone happen to know the title of the poem in the end by Emily Dickinson?

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