Music Box (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  January 1990 (USA)
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A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Laszlo
Jack Burke
Harry Talbot
Mikey Talbot
Georgine Wheeler
Mari Töröcsik ...
Magda Zoldan
J.S. Block ...
Judge Silver
Sol Frieder ...
Istvan Boday
Karchy Laszlo
Elzbieta Czyzewska ...
Melinda Kalman
Magda Szekely Marburg ...
Judit Hollo
Felix Shuman ...
James Nathanson
Michael Shillo ...
Geza Vamos
George Pusep ...
Vladimir Kostav


Hungarian immigrant Mike Laszlo has done well for himself since arriving in the USA nearly 50 years ago. He is particularly proud of his daughter, Ann, a successful lawyer. Following the release of some secret WWII records by the Russians, Mike finds himself accused of being a notorious war criminal. He's convinced it's a communist plot to discredit him and insists that Ann defend him in court. Written by Col Needham <>

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As a lawyer all she wanted was the truth. As a daughter all she wanted was his innocence. How well do you really know your father?


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January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mucho más que un crimen  »

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$6,263,883 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Both Kirk Douglas and Walter Matthau wanted to play the father (Michael Laszlo) and were in contact with director Costa-Gavras. Costa-Gavras also considered Marlon Brando for the part. Instead, he picked Armin Mueller-Stahl, who a couple of years earlier had said he would love to work with him after seeing his movie, Missing (1982), at the theater. See more »


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4 July 2003 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

I was astounded in reading the comments on these films to see people saying that Armin Muehler-Stall's character is flat and empty.Also, those that say his angry outbursts are not threatening.

My father is a Hungarian immigrant who I have wondered where he has a similar "true story". I can say from personal experience that Armin's performances are consistent with my father's outbursts and for me personally were terrifying when seeing the movie.

In terms of the generalization that the performance was "flat", there is a cold, clinical, almost sociapathic sense to some elderly Hungarians. Additionally, I found Jessica Lange's performance COMPLETELY believeable as someone raised under such strong expectations and often silent or restrained about true expressions of emotion or fear.

That's my two cents. DO NOT underestimate the ACCURACY of this film.

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