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716 Ratings

Sophie's Choice

Directed by Alan J. Pakula
United States, United Kingdom, 1982
Drama, Romance


Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the movie’s narrator, a young American writer new to New York City.

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Sophie's Choice Directed by Alan J. Pakula

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1983 | Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role

1983 | 4 nominations including: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

National Board of Review

1982 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

BAFTA Awards

1984 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress

Critics reviews

If the unnamed Nazi here doesn’t achieve the hysterical levels of evil later attributed to Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List, it’s only because Pakula can’t stay within the camps for the entire film. He operates on a similar level of bathetic banality, especially in the unintentional alignment of Stingo’s naïve sex obsessions with his own proclivity for burrowing into devastation as a means to mine emotional exploitation rather than engage causal examination.
April 28, 2014
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