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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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Harry Talbot
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Georgine Wheeler
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Istvan Boday
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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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$6,263,883 (USA)
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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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Jack Burke: You trust your heart, you gonna get it broken.
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implausible legal drama
13 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Director Costa-Gavras is only a hired hand for this topical thriller, which asks the question: what do we really know about our parents? But, in answer, the film serves no real purpose except to force audiences to wait 130 minutes for Jessica Lange to find out what should have been obvious from the start, that her father is a brutal, sadistic ex-Nazi war criminal. Lange portrays a lawyer defending her dad in court, but because the question of a possible conflict of interest is never raised it's difficult to put much faith in what follows, mostly repetitive testimony and surprise witnesses (plus a scenic detour from Chicago to Budapest). All the airtight evidence against him won't shake Lange's illogical conviction that her old man is innocent, but hack screenwriter Joe Eszterhas makes a fatal mistake for any mystery scenario by letting the audience know more than his characters on screen. The film is a more a disappointment than a failure: a merely humdrum drama inflated by a false sense of its own prestige.


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