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Sophie's Choice

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Original title
Sophie's Choice
Year
Running time
157 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Alan J. Pakula (Novel: William Styron)
Music
Marvin Hamlisch
Cinematography
Néstor Almendros
Cast
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Producer
Incorporated Television Company. Distributed by Universal Pictures
Genre
Drama. Romance | Holocaust. 1940s
Synopsis / Plot
The year is 1947. Aspiring southern author Stingo (Peter MacNicol) 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. (Hal Erickson: All Movie Guide)
Awards
1982: Oscar: Best Actress (Meryl Streep). 5 Nominations
1982: Golden Globes: Best Actress - Drama (Meryl Streep). 3 Nominations
1982: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actress (Meryl Streep), Best Cinematography
1983: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Actress (Streep) & Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film (Kline)
1982: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Drama Screenplay
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