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FULL SYNOPSIS

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 soons 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; it might have been even more powerful had not the film taken so long to get there. It is betraying nothing to reveal that the character of Stingo is the alter ego of William Styron, upon whose best-selling novel the film was based. The film is rated R, due in great part to a disposable scene wherein Stingo tries to put the make on a "liberated" female intellectual. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 8, 1982

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Kevin Kline New Star of the Year - Male 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert Wolsky Best Costume Design 1982 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Meryl Streep Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1982 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Meryl Streep Best Actress 1982 Winner
National Board of Review Meryl Streep Best Actress 1982 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Meryl Streep Best Actress 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Meryl Streep Best Actress 1982 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Meryl Streep Best Actress 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marvin Hamlisch Best Original Score 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan J. Pakula Best Adapted Screenplay 1982 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Néstor Almendros Best Cinematography 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Néstor Almendros Best Cinematography 1982 Nominee

Cast

Meryl Streep
as Sophie Zawistowska
Kevin Kline
as Nathan Landau
Peter MacNicol
as Stingo
Rita Karin
as Yetta Zimmerman
Greta Turken
as Leslie Lapidus
Josh Mostel
as Morris Fink
Katharina Thalbach
as Wanda
Karlheinz Hackl
as SS Doctor
Ulli Fessl
as Frau Hoess
Melanie Pianka
as Emmi Hoess
Josef Sommer
as Narrator
Moishe Rosenfeld
as Moishe Rosenblum
John Rothman
as Librarian
Marcell Rosenblatt
as Astrid Weinstein
David Wohl
as English Teacher
Alixe Gordin
Vida Jerman
as Female SS Guard
Armand Dahan
as Man #2 in English Class
Robin Bartlett
as Lillian Grossman
Eugeniusz Priwieziencew
as Prisoner at Shower
Eugene Lipinski
as Polish Professor
Adrian Kalitka
as Sophie's Child
Jennifer Lawn
as Sophie's Child

Crew

Alan J. Pakula
Director
Alan J. Pakula
Producer
Keith Barish
Producer
Martin Starger
Producer
Alan J. Pakula
Screenwriter
Tom Priestley Jr.
Cinematographer
Néstor Almendros
Cinematographer
Marvin Hamlisch
Composer (Music Score)
Evan Lottman
Editor
William C. Gerrity
Production Designer
William C. Gerrity
Associate Producer
Carol Joffe
Set Designer
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
Christopher Newman
Sound/Sound Designer
Alex Hapsas
First Assistant Director
Alixe Gordin
Casting
Michael Dennison
Costumes Supervisor
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