Sophie and the Rising Sun

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Maggie Greenwald
Production: Monterey Media
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Thank you.

Why, your English is just fine.

And you... seem to understand

every word I say.


I'm Mrs. Anne Morrison.

You landed yourself

in salty creek, south Carolina.

This is my house.

And... my garden.

Isabel Culpepper's

bringin' your dinner.

Baked ham and pecan pie.

It's bound to knock

your socks off.

The hydrangeas look

very nice over there.

I'm gettin' tired of all these

fussy flower beds. Yes.

Are you a gardener

by... by profession, Mr. Ohta?

- It is something I enjoy.

- Anne!

I know you're out here

on such a lovely day.

I brought my watercolors.


This is Mr. Ohta.

Mr. Ohta, I-I'd like to introduce

you to miss Sophie Willis.

How do you do, miss Willis?

Very well, thank you.

I hope your health

is improvin', Mr. Ohta.

I think you should rest now.

You've exhausted yourself.

Good day, Mrs. Morrison.

Miss Sophie.

Is there anything in particular

you'd like me to paint?

I'm writing my column

about Autumn.

The perfect time

to move your plants.

Well, this says that Shirley temple

is making a comeback at 12 years old.

A comeback?

You know, they say Clark gable

brushes his own hair on set.

Well, he's such a regular guy.

Isn't he?

I just love him. You know, I heard

that he lets the... the regular boys

come into his trailer

and watch the ball game.

Where were you headed

on that bus, Mr. Ohta?

And where were you comin' from?

I'd rather not say,

Mrs. Morrison.

I understand if that

makes you uncomfortable.

You're still not fit to go anywhere.

Just gettin' your strength back.

I just thought your... your family

must be very worried about ya.

Can I help you?

I'm Salome Whitmore.

I heard you're lookin' for a housekeeper.

Where'd you hear that?

Folks talk.

I'm a good worker.

And foreigners don't bother me.

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Maggie Greenwald

Maggie Greenwald (born June 23, 1955 in Queens, New York) is an American filmmaker.Most recognized as an independent writer and director, Greenwald’s most notable films include Sophie and the Rising Sun (2016), starring an ensemble cast that included Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson, Lorraine Toussaint and Diane Ladd, Songcatcher (2000) starring Aidan Quinn and Janet McTeer and introducing Emmy Rossum, and The Ballad of Little Jo (1993), starring Suzy Amis and Ian McKellan. She also directed an adaptation of Jim Thompson's The Kill-Off featuring an ensemble cast that included Cathy Haase and the film debut of Jorja Fox. more…

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