Sophie and the Rising Sun

 (133)6.61 h 45 min2016X-Ray13+
Autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, in a fishing village in South Carolina, interracial lovers are swept up in the tides of history.
Maggie Greenwald
Julianne NicholsonTakashi Yamaguchi
English [CC]
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Nancy DickensonLorraine GallardBrenda GoodmanMaggie Greenwald
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country girlReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Movie
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This movie is filled with the beauty of love that one human being can have for another. In this movie, there is no skin color in the eyes and hearts of people who are filled with that love. One reviewer said to read the book. He said the book was so much better. I don't know how it could have been. The actors were phenomenal. From the gruff sweetness of Ms. Anne to the mean bitter Ruth. I know books are wonderful but with a book you cannot see a genuine smile or hypocrisy that Ruth displayed so well. The love story of Sophie and Mr. Otah was beautiful. I cried many tears while watching this wonderful movie. I had to stop and start again a few times fearing what would happen next. I would like to say I was born in 1949 and grew up in Houston, Texas. The 50s were a time I wish I did not have to remember in regards to racism. How can we be where we are today, 71 years later, having not progressed much as a society. Our country needs so much prayer at this time. Let us not lose our progression or our country.
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Amazon ConsumerReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2019
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Uplifting movie
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You would think a love story that takes place during WWII would be pathetically sad. But, not this movie. The story is full of kindness, human decency that transcends the skin color. True kindness and compassion knows no boundary. Childhood friendship carries over to adulthood in times of desperation. Glad I watched this movie.
15 people found this helpful
CoastalharpReviewed in the United States on August 31, 2019
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This is my home....the beauty of the land, the marshes, the ocean, the intricacies and confusions of relationships. The Southeast is not all prejudices and hatred, though that does exist. Love can and does shine here......even then......even now.
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Julie R BarnesReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2021
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Touches on a Story that Needs More Telling
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The movie not only touches on racism, but also the plight of Japanese Americans during WWII. As my husband is half Japanese and of the first generation of his mother's family born in the United States, this movie particularly struck a chord with me. Yes, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was a horrific event that cannot be forgotten. This, however, was no excuse for interning Japanese Americans into camps. Many Japansese Americans served honorably in the United States military. My husband and I are both U.S. military veterans. We have seen ugly, but we have also seen honor. As for "race mixing," as some still refer to multicultural relationships, we are not particularly concerned whether or not other people approve of our Asian Male/White Female marriage. I am sure that same arrangement was more difficult during WWII and most especially when Japanese American internment was involved, as pictured at the end of this movie.
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Barbara PollmanReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2018
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What a poignant story! I was a young girl ...
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What a poignant story! I was a young girl during the time of this drama, so it presented, once again, that bigotry, and its alter ego, benevolence, aren't new bedfellows. I give it 5 stars for the story and its touching portrayal.
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EricaReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2019
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Book is much better!
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Great acting. Good story line. But, like most movies made from books, the story is sorely lacking. The book is MUCH better. Augusta Trobaugh is a masterful writer. I suspect her works will be studied in college English classes for generations. Read the book! You won't be sorry!
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Lee7blinkReviewed in the United States on October 11, 2020
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what a great movie
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I always judge a movie by if if takes in. .... as if I'm there and makes me feel as if I'm experiencing it in person. This movie did that and more. The acting, story, scenery was all top notch. And even had a great message about what love is really about. And how hate and prejudice is wrong. Boy do we sure need that now days.... Highly recommended
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MoanakaiReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sucks you right into the era and the plot
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Had to wait a day to review so I could cool down as I was so irritated by Ruth in the story last night that my review would have probably been banned, although that of course is a reflection on her good acting and the writing and direction in the movie. Obviously from the description you know this is a very different type of movie, it may irritate some for various reasons but I thoroughly enjoyed it. If there were more interracial marriages eventually there would be nothing to be racist about! We are not our race nor our skin color, nor Ruth are we our religion-those are only temporary for this lifetime, we are a soul having a human experience! She represents the epitome of racism, hatred, arrogance, judgment, lack of self-awareness, nosiness and bossiness, and just being totally over critical of everything, even down to a deck of playing cards. It's sad that people like that
still exist in this day and age. In fact our world views have deteriorated even worse more recently and we are at a major turning point in history in my opinion. However having said that, it's a fabulous movie well worth watching with lots of life lessons and a great ending-which I must admit I was getting nervous as it was approaching-because I felt it was going to end in a different manner. Highly recommended for a multitude of reasons that I didn't even touch on.
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