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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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Hungarian immigrant Mike Laszlo has done well for himself since arriving in the USA over 40 years ago after WWII's end. 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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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19 January 1990 (USA)  »

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Mucho más que un crimen  »

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$6,263,883 (USA)
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Jessica Lange; and two Oscar nominees: Armin Mueller-Stahl and Frederic Forrest. See more »

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Mack Jones: What do we know about our parents?
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Featured in The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) See more »

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Powerful performances mask weaknesses and a lost opportunity
15 September 2002 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

The performances in this film are uniformly excellent, from Jessica Lange doing perhaps her best work as a loyal daughter and efficient lawyer who comes to doubt the innocence of her father to Armin Mueller-Stahl as the father who continues to protest his innocence and demand her loyalty no matter what is revealed to Frederick Forrest as the obnoxious prosecuting attorney who nonetheless may be on the side of what is right. The film does an excellent job of manipulating emotions, (as a good film should). At first you feel the outrage that Forrest is attacking this close-knit family. Then you begin to feel the doubts that grow in the family as the evidence builds up. Your heart and your mind are always just where they should be.

Unfortunately this shields some rather amazing plot devises and the failure to explore an even more interesting issue. The manner in which the deciding evidence comes into Lange's possession is quite incredible, as is the fact that it would still exist. The question of how people in different circumstances can be very different people is unexplored. The question of how memories can be altered to fit one's needs is also untouched.

The film has considerable power but does not bear up to close reflection and is not as good a picture as it might have been. See "The Man In the Glass Booth" for something that goes beyond this.


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