The award winning
Sophie’s Choice, starring Kevin Kline as Nathan Landau,
Peter MacNicol as Stingo, and Meryl Streep as Sophie
Zawistowski, was novel adapted drama released in 1982.
The film was well received by critics, with Roger Ebert
adding it to his top 10 list for 1982. Streep’s
performance earned her an Academy Award, and the film
went on to return a decent profit.
In this movie, it is just
after WW II, and Polish immigrant Sophie (Streep), and
her boyfriend Nathan (Kline), share an apartment with a
friend they have recently met named Stingo (MacNicol),
who is a novelist. Sophie tells Stingo that her husband
and father were killed in a Nazi concentration camp,
where she herself spent time, but in reality they were
Nazi sympathizers. Sophie, on the other hand, was
forced to go to Auschwitz, and the choice she had to
make was which of her two children to send to the gas
chamber. She chooses her son to live, and the burden
continued to weigh heavy on her mind.
To top things off, Nathan
is crazy, jealous, and neurotic. By the end of the
film, Sophie has had a short tryst with Stingo, but she
once again returns to the schizophrenic Nathan. Nathan
and Sophie kill themselves by taking cyanide, and Stingo
moves to a farm in rural Virginia to finish his novel.