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Sophie's Choice
Director: Alan J. Pakula (Dir)
Release Date:   1982
Production Date:   New York and Los Angeles openings: 10 Dec 1982
Duration (in mins):   157
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Cast:   Meryl Streep (Sophie)  
    Kevin Kline (Nathan)  
    Peter MacNicol (Stingo)  

Production Company: ITC Entertainment, Inc. (PolyGram Filmed Entertainment)
Production Text: A Keith Barish Production; an Alan J. Pakula Film
Distribution Company: Universal Pictures (MCA, Inc.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula (Dir)
Producer: Alan J. Pakula (Prod)
  Keith Barish (Prod)
Writer: Alan J. Pakula (Scr)
Photography: Nestor Almendros (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: George Jenkins (Prod des)
Film Editor: Evan Lottman (Film ed)
Costumes: Albert Wolsky (Cost des)
Music: Marvin Hamlisch (Orig mus)
MPAA Rating: R
Country: Yugoslavia and United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the novel Sophie's Choice by William Styron (New York, 1979).
Authors: William Styron

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
ITC Films, Inc 30/3/1983 dd/mm/yyyy PA168505

PCA NO: 26835
Physical Properties: Sd:
  col: Technicolor
  Lenses/Prints: Lenses and Panaflex camera by Panavision

Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: World War II

Note: Sophie's Choice was ranked 91st on AFI's 2007 100 Years…100 Movies - 10th Anniversary Edition list of the greatest American films. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
American Cinematographer   Apr 1983   p. 57.
Hollywood Reporter   3 Dec 1982   p. 3.
Los Angeles Times   10 Dec 1982   Calendar, p. 1.
New Republic   10 Jan 1983   pp. 40-42.
New York   20 Dec 1982   p. 64.
New York Times   10 Dec 1982   Section III, p. 16.
New Yorker   27 Dec 1982   pp. 74-75.
Newsweek   20 Dec 1982   p. 87.
Time   13 Dec 1982   p. 3.
Variety   8 Dec 1982   p. 16.
Village Voice   21 Dec 1982   pp. 71-72.

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