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Sophie's Choice

(DVD - 1999 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Sophie's Choice


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A drama set in post-World War II Brooklyn revolves around Sophie, a Polish Catholic beauty who survived Auschwitz, her lover, Nathan, and Stingo, a would-be writer. As the three grow closer, Stingo discovers the captivating and moving truths that each harbors.
Title: Sophie's choice
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [Santa Monica, CA] :, Live Entertainment :, Artisan Home Entertainment,, [1999]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (150 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1982.
Based on the novel by William Styron.
Contents: Bonus tracks: Director's commentary
Theatrical trailer
Production notes
Cast & crew information.
Summary: A drama set in post-World War II Brooklyn revolves around Sophie, a Polish Catholic beauty who survived Auschwitz, her lover, Nathan, and Stingo, a would-be writer. As the three grow closer, Stingo discovers the captivating and moving truths that each harbors.
Audience: MPAA rating R.
Awards & Distinctions: Academy Award winner, 1982, Best actress-- Meryl Streep.
ISBN: 0784011710
9780784011713
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Report This Dec 03, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This film is still a gripping, sad film about the effects of WWll on people and the effects of mental illness on people.

I read the book first, as I sometimes do before I watch movies, or vice-versa, depending on what is available at the library. The book apparently won the Pulitzer Prize, one of the highest awards of literature. The book was full of self-indulgent crap and I got so tired of it I skipped entire chunks of it and found myself more or less in the same place in the story. What a crock for a Pulitzer Prize!

Report This Oct 28, 2013
  • pegasus71 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The best parts of the film, involve the flashback story of Sophie’s life during the Holocaust. Those scenes are very convincing and evocative. It’s unfortunate that Styron and Pakula didn’t focus simply on this story, rather than weave in a maudlin and clichéd coming of age story of a wannabe young southern writer coming to the big city to write his great opus along with the slapstick antics of a histrionic schizophrenic. The result is a sort of bloated crisscrossing tale that seems more Styron’s romanticized self- promotion as the Stingo persona than anything really tied to reality. I also got tired of hearing Streep’s English with a Polish accent which seemed just a tad overdone. Her job with German and Polish in the flashbacks was much more appealing and convincing. Ultimately, the movie seemed a mediocre and patronizing Hollywood version of the Holocaust.

Report This Sep 26, 2013
  • texasbooks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

the movie was great in my opionion and the flashbacks of the holocasut was very moving. we need to have more historical movies these days

Report This Aug 27, 2013
  • re_discover rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This film could have been great. Meryl Streep as Sophie, and her flashbacks to the Holocaust were excellent, but the plot and the other characters just didn't make sense.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sophie's 'choice'. My God -- what a choice. Exceptional film (admittedly a bit long for me though). Kline's and MacNicol's performances were exemplary. Meryl Streep was OUTSTANDING. Known for her ability to imitate foreign and domestic accents, she apparently took a Polish language course for four months for this role. She was absolutely entitled to her award for this piece. She's incredible.

Report This Sep 04, 2011
  • owenca rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A classic tragedy.

Report This May 28, 2011
  • macabrescribe rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Peter MacNicol were all wonderful. The movie was exceptionally well made and written. Its only fault lies within the length, but that did not kill the film by any means. I can definitely see why the sadness this movie evokes from its viewers is commonly compared to any other film that pulls at the heartstrings. Streep does a great job of getting that accomplished. She completely deserved her Oscar for this role.

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