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Sophie and the Rising Sun (2016)

R | | Drama | 22 January 2016 (USA)
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Autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, two interracial lovers are swept up in the tides of history.

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Maggie Greenwald

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Maggie Greenwald (screenplay), Augusta Trobaugh (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Nicholson ... Sophie Willis
Takashi Yamaguchi ... Grover Ohta
Margo Martindale ... Anne Morrison
Diane Ladd ... Ruth Jeffers
Lorraine Toussaint ... Salome Whitmore
Karen Wheeling Reynolds ... Isabel
Mickey Dodge ... Samille
Don Henderson Baker ... Dr. Gilbert
Joel Murray ... Sheriff Cooper
David Dickson Reynolds David Dickson Reynolds ... Reverend Jeffers
Kenneth Charles Graham ... Harold Jackson
Sabrina Mayfield Sabrina Mayfield ... Matilda
Jan Hartsell ... Minna
Cali Ward Cali Ward ... Young Sophie
Meredith Jackson ... Young Ruth
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Storyline

Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta's life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets - Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper - rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions. Written by monterey media inc.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sophie si rasaritul See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$34,630

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,630
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sophie Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

6-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Gilbert: [examining stranger] Know who he is?
Sheriff Cooper: Don't know why he ended up here. Got no wallet. Not a penny in his pocket. His bus was comin' from New York City. He mighta gotten on anywhere between there and here. Poor fella.
Dr. Gilbert: These are worker's hands. Could be a farmer.
Boy: Is that a Chinaman, Dr. Gilbert?
Dr. Gilbert: Sure is, Zack.
Sheriff Cooper: What's your name, boy?
Stranger: [straining] Ohta.
Sheriff Cooper: Don't even talk English.
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Connections

Features The Monster Walks (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K467: Andante
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Beautiful film, wonderful acting - gorgeous movie!
15 February 2017 | by agbartholomewSee all my reviews

"Sophie and the Rising Sun" is a beautifully filmed movie with excellent acting - Margo Martindale and Lorraine Toussaint are particularly strong and give outstanding performances. Visually the film is gorgeous. Wolfgang Held brings magic to the screen with his incredible rich and intense cinematography. Though the story is set in a different time period it vibrates with relevance to today. Sophie comes to us at a time when we can only benefit by the questions it raises. You leave the film with the sad recognition that what was once still exists today. Prejudice and bigotry remains.


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