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Sophie's Choice

(DVD - 1999 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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
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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
Statement of Responsibility: ITC Films, Inc. ; screenplay, Alan J. Pakula ; producers, Alan J. Pakula, Keith Barish ; director, Alan J. Pakula
Credits: Music, Marvin Hamlisch ; director of photography, Nestor Almendros.
Performers: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol.
System Details: DVD, widescreen; Dolby Digital.
Other Language: Closed-captioned ; includes Spanish subtitles.
Subject Headings: Holocaust survivors Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Film adaptations.
Fiction films.
Topical Term: Holocaust survivors
Publisher No: 60487
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Profoundly sad Holocaust drama (often criticized for its focus on a non-Jewish victim) illustrating the near impossibility of overcoming life changing trauma.


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Jun 11, 2014
  • waltery rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Just saw this movie again after all these years...I didn't think the movie has held up very well....the movie plods along at a snails pace and gets quite boring at times....the acting seems over the top by Kline and Streep.....the acting/part by MacNichol is so layed back that at times his scenes should be on the editing floor....I believe if the movie was released in 2014, it would be a flop and no way Streep would win an Oscar....In general, I was very disappointed in the movie...

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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

A classic tragedy.

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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