- Runtime: 150 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
The film follows Stingo, an aspiring young writer who moves to New York just post-WWII to a Brooklyn boarding house where he becomes friends with Nathan Landau (Kevin Kline), a Jewish research chemist and Nathan's girlfriend, Polish refugee Sophie Zawistowska (Meryl Streep). Nathan and Sophie’s relationship is clouded by Nathan’s violent behavior, his uncontrollable jealousy, and Sophie’s unexpressed but troubling memories of her war experience. Her stories about her life during the war begin to unravel, exposing her as a liar and adding a tone of mystery to the strained relationship between Nathan, Stingo, and herself. The film culminates in a flashback reflecting the horrors of the war and the true cause of Sophie’s insufferable pain. Director Alan J. Pakula’s film, a departure from his conspiracy and suspense dramas, was an adaptation of William Styron’s best-selling novel and the story itself was based on his experiences as a southerner living in Brooklyn in 1947.
Faithfully adapted from Willian Styron’s best-selling novel, Alan J. Pakula’s handsome production charts the course of an eccentric and intense love triangle in 1947 Brooklyn, New York. Meryl Streep won an Academy Award for her carefully nuanced performance and perfect accent as Sophie, a Polish survivor of WWII concentration camps who harbors a devastating secret. The film is told through the eyes of aspiring Southern author Stingo (Emmy-nominated Peter MacNichol of TV's ALLY MCBEAL) who moves to New York and strikes a friendship with Sophie and her boyfriend Nathan--played by Kevin Kline in his debut screen role.
"Sophie's Choice" was actor Kevin Kline's film debut. Color by Technicolor; shot with Panavision equipment, partially on location in Yugoslavia. Filmed with the cooperation of Jadran Films in Yugoslavia. Roman and Kitty Harte were the consultants and technical advisors. Titles and opticals by Computer Opticals Inc. The following music is used in the film: Johann Sebastian Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusic K 525," Ludwig van Beethoven's "Symphony #6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'" and "Symphony #9 in D Minor, Op. 125 'Choral'," Georg Frederic Handel's "The Water Music Suite in F Major," Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's "Lieder Opus 30 #1," Robert Schumann's "About Foreign Lands and People," Johann Strauss's "Voices of Spring Opus 410," and Eric Coates' "Sleepy Lagoon." Copyright 1982 ITC Films Inc.
Video Release: January 2, 2007
Studio: Maple Pictures