My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Sophie’s Choice


(out of 5)

The performance that has defined ‘s fantastic career is to be found in this harrowing drama, about a naive Southern boy () who goes to live in a Brooklyn rooming house and befriends a Holocaust survivor (Streep) and her wildly emotional boyfriend ( in his film debut). Becoming extremely attached to both of them, MacNicol (who is a semi-autobiographical creation of the novel’s author William Styron) is disturbed when it becomes increasingly apparent that Kline’s violent temper is a sign of actual madness more than eccentricity, and Streep is the victim in line for the brunt of his uncontrollable anger. This brings out personal testimonies on her part that she relates to McNicol, which clear up her tragic history and the moment in her life when she realized that she had nothing left to live for. It’s a beautifully photographed, meticulously acted drama, one that’s missing a bit of energy on director Alan J. Pakula’s part (it feels stagy at times), but is unforgettable nonetheless.

Incorporated Television Company, Keith Barish Productions

United Kingdom/USA, 1982

Directed by

Screenplay by Alan J. Pakula, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Alan J. Pakula

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1982

Golden Globe Awards 1982

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