Sophie's Choice

Part of our Film 100
The American Film Institute Essentials

The year is 1947. Aspiring southern author Stingo (Peter MacNichol) heads to New York to seek his fortune. Moving into a dingy Brooklyn boarding house, Stingo strikes up a friendship with research chemist Nathan Landau (Kevin Kline) and Nathan's girlfriend, Polish refugee Sophie Zawistowska (Oscar-winner Meryl Streep).

There is something unsettling about the relationship; Nathan is subject to violent mood swings, while Sophie seems to be harboring a horrible secret. Stingo soon learns that both Nathan and Sophie are strangers to truth; the audience is likewise led down several garden paths by a series of sepia-toned flashbacks, depicting Sophie's ordeal in a wartime concentration camp.

The scene in which we discover the facts behind Sophie's "choice" is a gut-wrenching one.

Based on the William Styron best-selling novel of the same name, the film was nominated for five Academy® Awards, winning for best actress.

Rated RRunning Time
150 min
Sophie's Choice Monday, January 7, 2013, 1:30 pm
Sophie's Choice Monday, January 7, 2013, 4:30 pm
Sophie's Choice Monday, January 7, 2013, 7:30 pm
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