Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

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A haunting modern tragedy about Sophie Zawistowska, a beautiful Polish Auschwitz survivor settled in Brooklyn after WWII. She has intense relationships with a schizophrenic genius and an aspiring Southern writer.
Edition: Blu-ray Collector's edition.
Branch Call Number: 791.4365 SOPHIE'S
Characteristics: video file,Blu-Ray,region A
digital,optical,1080p High-Definition,surround,DTS HD Master Audio
1 videodisc (157 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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swyckl
Feb 02, 2017

I don't recommend this movie. The story is weak. The movie is 150 minutes It took 5 minutes for them to present the main point of the story at the very end. It you watch it, you can skip right to end after you see the beginning. All the slow moving pointless drama in the middle will not have anything worth watching. It is okay for adults only. It is very sexual. There is some violence.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Apr 26, 2015

In my opinion - Out of this 1982 film's decidedly over-long 2-hour & 30-minute running time, only 30 of those minutes made Sophie's Choice worth watching.

These 30 minutes were the moments (told in very vivid flashbacks) when the guilt-ridden Sophie eventually recalls her experiences as a young, Polish woman, and mother, in war-torn Germany and what "choices" she was inevitably forced to make.

It took this film 85 minutes of pure drudgery before Sophie finally got around to telling her harrowing story about "choice".

To say that this movie was marred beyond belief by Kevin Kline's absolutely annoying, over-the-top portrayal of the Nathan Landau character would truly be an understatement. Kline was an ultimate ass in this picture. Needless to say, I hated him, like you wouldn't believe.

As well - Drab, dull actor Peter MacNicol was utterly forgettable as the Stingo character who befriends Sophie and learns of her deep, dark secret.

And, finally - I thought Meryl Streep speaking broken-English with a Polish accent was pretty disappointing. Half the time I couldn't understand what the hell she was saying.

All-in-all - I do not recommend this movie at all. It is far too over-rated, if you ask me.

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waltery
Jun 11, 2014

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...

btmslt Dec 03, 2013

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

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LadyJaneBrais
Nov 13, 2013

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!

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pegasus71
Oct 23, 2013

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.

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re_discover
Aug 27, 2013

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.

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Monolith
Sep 08, 2012

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.

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owenca
Sep 04, 2011

A classic tragedy.

macabrescribe May 28, 2011

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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