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Music Box (1989)

A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.

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Jack Burke
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Harry Talbot
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Mikey Talbot
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Georgine Wheeler
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Magda Zoldan
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Istvan Boday
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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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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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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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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. When Istvan admitted the charges were accurate, Joe responded by publicly condemning his father and disowning him as a parent, later writing that he never reconciled with Istvan and refused to let him see his grandchildren right up to the point where Istvan died of natural causes. See more »

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Jack Burke: You trust your heart, you gonna get it broken.
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Jessica Lange in one of her best performances
27 July 2000 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This film is of course a dangerous experiment with ingredients like: a court drama, holocaust 40 years after and absolute no action at all. But because of the great performances by the actors, it ends up as a deeply moving experience.

And at the very center, Jessica Lange does a tremendous job as the lawyer and daughter of a Hungarian war criminal - or is he? She appears in almost every picture of the film, and I find her very convincing in her emotional ups and downs throughout. She does it with no glamour, but alone her incredible personality.

Most of the other actors does a great job as well, and the only reason for not voting it in top is, that the plot is not too convincing - but it first became obvious some time after I watched the film, simply because of the fine acting.

I voted 9/10.


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