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Release Date: 1982

DVD Release Date: April 21st, 1998

R|2 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
Stingo (Peter MacNicol), a young writer, moves to Brooklyn in 1947 to begin work on his first novel. As he becomes friendly with Sophie (Meryl Streep) and her lover Nathan (Kevin Kline), he learns that Sophie is a Holocaust survivor. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from pre-war prosperity to Auschwitz. In the present, Sophie and Nathan's relationship increasingly unravels as Stingo grows closer to Sophie and Nathan's fragile mental state becomes ever more apparent.

Cast: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Josef Sommer, Rita Karin, Stephen Newman, Greta Turken, Josh Mostel

Director: Alan J. Pakula

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Dark, Love triangle, Love, 1940s, Sacrifice, Growing up

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Sophie's Choice is a fine, absorbing, wonderfully acted, heartbreaking movie. show more

  • Alan Pakula's literal adaptation of William Styron's Sophie's Choice is an admirable, if reverential, movie that crams this triangle into a 2 1/2 -hour character study enriched by Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, and nearly destroyed by Peter MacNicol. [21 Jan 1983]

  • Competently directed by Pakula and featuring gorgeous cinematography by Almendros, Sophie's Choice is an overlong, fairly schlocky film that takes itself very seriously. show more

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Nominated Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Cinematography