• Sophie's Choice (1982)

Sophie's Choice

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

Production Co: Incorporated Television Company, Keith Barish Productions

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    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]

  • 75
    TV Guide Magazine

    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 Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Cinematography
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Costume Design