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Music Box (1989)

 -  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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Mike Laszlo
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Jack Burke
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Harry Talbot
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Mikey Talbot
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Georgine Wheeler
Mari Töröcsik ...
Magda Zoldan
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Istvan Boday
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Karchy Laszlo
Elzbieta Czyzewska ...
Melinda Kalman
Magda Szekely Marburg ...
Judit Hollo
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James Nathanson
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Geza Vamos
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Vladimir Kostav
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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 <col@imdb.com>

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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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After the movie was released, screenwriter Joe Eszterhas's own father, Istvan Eszterhas, was accused of war crimes in Hungary for printing anti-Semitic editorials and even organizing a book burning. See more »

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Jack Burke: You trust your heart, you gonna get it broken.
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Absorbing!
12 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is one of Jessica Lange's best parts and one of Costa-Gavras 's finest achievements.I have a tendency to prefer his American works to his French ones such as "Z" and "l'aveu".

Lange portrays a brilliant lawyer,but unlike so much Hollywood trial stuff,she has got something to lose in this case:she has got to defend her father ,accused of high crimes during WW2.Besides, "High crimes" starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman stole its screenplay from "Music Box".

The movie has a terrifying dramatic progression.At the beginning of the movie,we side with the father ,but,little by little,doubt worms its way into us.Absorbing from start to finish,I recommend this film to anyone who is sick and tired of these trivial trials where the actors overact.


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