HAH! I bet you didn't expect that for a thread title.
I would have cast:
All great choices, OP
OP's post reminds me of an interview I read in the '90s with Marilu Henner. At one point in it, she expressed some resentment about Meryl Streep's career, and frustration in feeling that Hollywood's eagerness to always cast Meryl had denied her and other actresses opportunities.
I couldn't believe Marilu was deluded enough to think that, if Meryl Streep didn't exist, Marilu would have been considered for any of those roles. But judging from OP's taste, it sounds like if he were directing SOPHIE'S CHOICE Marilu could have been a front-runner!
I think I was writing about you in the "The Young are Awful" thread.
Op is joking, right?
Charlene Tilton optioned Sophie's Choice but her then manager bf Jon somebody or other, lost it and Streep was cast.
Auschwitz doesn't go for FOOD and... FOOD! Now get outta my way-- I got a Nazi waiting for me!
I've tried to sit through this several times and never made it. The performances are saccharine. Yeah, she mastered another accent- so what?
Bonnie Franklin as Sophie...funniest thing I've read in a long, long time. Thank God for DataLounge, otherwise I wouldn't even remember her...
Actually, despite OP's sarcastic post, Meryl was merely a technician in the role of Sophie, no soul whatsoever. I know Sophie was damaged by her 'choice', but, again, Meryl was souless. This was a part made for: LIV ULLMANN! She had the look, the acting chops and more importantly the PATHOS needed for this melancholy role.
[quote]Bonnie Franklin as Sophie
DAMMIT, Nathan! DAMMIT, Stingo! DAMMIT, Wehrmacht!
I hate to choose between my children for the gas chambers, but I love to tap!
If the film had been made twenty years earlier, Ingrid Bergman would have nailed it. But I think Bette Davis also would have been brilliant and nailed the terror and guilt that Sophie had. Danny Kaye would have been great in the Kevin Kline role.
FYI, Goldie Hawn met with Alan Pakula and fell to her knees proclaiming that she HAD to do this movie. It didn't work, but Hawn would have been an interesting choice. Marthe Keller was apparently second choice after Streep.
[quote]Yeah, she mastered another accent- so what?
Not just another accent: she mastered two other languages for the role. Much of her dialogue was in flawless* German and Polish.
*Well, 99%. There's one line reading in German where you can tell she doesn't totally get the nuance of what she's saying, but it's a very minor blunder.
[quote] This was a part made for: LIV ULLMANN!
Or Hanna Schygulla.
I would have most definitely gone with Pamela Bellwood if Joyce Dewitt was unavailable.
Sorry, I meant thirty-thirty five years earlier
Thanks for mentioning Morgan Brittany. I thought she was just a bad dream.
What? No one has mentioned Judith Light? She'd kill in that role.
The role of Sophie would be absolutely perfect for Carol Channing!
Besides,...they would love her in the regions!
Why not Miss Streisand?
Slightly off-topic: does anyone else remember an episode of "thirtysomething" where they were making up lyrics to movies that shouldn't have theme songs? There was one for Sophie's Choice, and it was something remotely like, "You won't get much sleep tonight, 'cause in the morning you'll be making... Sophie's Choice." I haven't seen it since in was on about 20 years ago, but I remember really laughing.
I would've cast:
Actually, R18, she might. Judith Light is an excellent actress.
Paulina and Justine would have been about 15. Phoebe maybe 18.
Mary Tyler Moore
Shirley Hemphill would have been ideal.
Meryl Streep should've been aborted.
Dee Wallace is a good actress and should have been nominated for "Cujo".
Jo Ann Pflug
Miss Jo Anne Worley!
OP, you should have said "The French Lieutenant's Woman" - she was hideously miscast in that.
Judy and Audrey Landers. Judy to do the latter-day Sophie with Stingo, and Audrey to do the acting heavy-lifting in all the flashbacks.
Ah, so this is why Morgan Brittany keeps complaining that her right wing views lost her work. Clearly, she was unfairly passed over for Sophie's Choice in favor of that no talent liberal bitch.
interesting r2....I remember Kate Capshaw saying pretty much the same thing and complaining that she couldn't maintain a "major" career because she had too many children (yet M had 4 kids so go figa)
Charles Nelson Reilly
Kate Capshaw couldn't maintain a "major" career because too many people saw Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Who ELSE do you have to fuck in this town to get a job?