Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

Alan J Pakula (1982)

15 Certificate


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Meryl Streep confirmed her status as the Queen of Accents with her Oscar-winning performance in this moving adaptation of William Styron's bestselling novel. Yet, for all the significance of the revelations about Sophie's past, it is the interaction between the three central characters that gives the story its strength - in fact, it's quite bewildering that, in spite of the quality of Kevin Kline's temperamental zest and Peter MacNicol's adoring timidity, neither merited even an Oscar nomination. Alan J Pakula's direction is much less constricted than his overly reverential script, thanks to the beautiful and evocative photography provided by Nestor Almendros.


A Polish Holocaust survivor tries to start afresh in 1940s New York, but is tormented by ghosts from her nightmarish past, leaving her desperately seeking solace in a stormy relationship with an unpredictable chemist. But all is not as it seems, as a new neighbour seems set to discover. Drama, starring an Oscar-winning Meryl Streep alongside Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol.

Cast & Crew

Sophie Zawistowska Meryl Streep
Nathan Landau Kevin Kline
Stingo Peter MacNicol
Yetta Zimmerman Rita Karin
Larry Landau Stephen D Newman
Leslie Lapidus Greta Turken
Morris Fink Josh Mostel
Astrid Weinstein Marcel Rosenblatt
Moishe Rosenblaum Moishe Rosenfeld
Lillian Grossman Robin Bartlett
Rudolf Hoess Gunther Maria Halmer
SS Doctor Karlheinz Hackl
Frau Hoess Ulli Fessl
Emmi Hoess Melanie Pianka
Director Alan J Pakula
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray