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Writer (WGA):
Joe Eszterhas (written by)
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Release Date:
19 January 1990 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jessica Lange ... Ann Talbot

Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Mike Laszlo

Frederic Forrest ... Jack Burke

Donald Moffat ... Harry Talbot

Lukas Haas ... Mikey Talbot

Cheryl Lynn Bruce ... Georgine Wheeler

Mari Töröcsik ... Magda Zoldan
J.S. Block ... Judge Silver
Sol Frieder ... Istvan Boday

Michael Rooker ... Karchy Laszlo

Elzbieta Czyzewska ... Melinda Kalman
Magda Szekely Marburg ... Judit Hollo
Felix Shuman ... James Nathanson
Michael Shillo ... Geza Vamos
George Pusep ... Vladimir Kostav
Mitchell Litrofsky ... Sandy Lehman

Albert Hall ... Mack Jones

Ned Schmidtke ... Dean Talbot
Joe Guzaldo ... Joe Dinofrio
Tibor Kenderesi ... Pal Horvath
Christiana Nicola ... Marie
Kevin C. White ... Clerk (as Kevin White)
György Emõd ... Andra Nagy (as György Emöd)
Ralph Foody ... Pawn Broker
Magda Sass ... Translator #1
Owen J. Rice ... Courtroom Reporter #1 (as Owen Rice)
Margo Winkler ... Irma Kiss

Larry Brandenburg ... John Staley
Pauline Kaner ... Reporter
Mark Steggerda ... Courtroom Guard #1
Leonard E. Boswell ... Courtroom Guard #2
Douglas Marcinek ... Courtroom Guard #3
Agnes Gallwitz ... Translator #2 (as Ágnes Gallwitz)
Zoltán Gera ... Man in Budapest
Jane MacIver ... Secretary #1
Megan Sanchez-Warner ... Secretary #2 (as Megan Warner)
Erica Heit ... Doctor (as Erica Heit M.D.)
Tracy Grant ... Servant
Toni Fleming ... Housekeeper
Edward Blatchford ... Young Man (as Ed Blatchford)
Andy Avalos ... Weatherman #1
Tim Skilling ... Weatherman #2
Tom Stienke ... Sports Announcer
Donez Harris ... Security Guard (as Donnez Harris)
Gábor Koncz ... Limo Driver
Nicholas Christianson ... Boy with Mikey
Richard D'Angelo ... Violent Protester
George Carson ... Boy #2
Rocky Finlay ... Boy #3
Márta Sebestyén ... Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Steven Rozic ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Writing credits
Joe Eszterhas (written by)

Produced by
Joe Eszterhas .... executive producer
Hal W. Polaire .... executive producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
Cinematography by
Patrick Blossier 
Film Editing by
Joële Van Effenterre 
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
Mary Goldberg 
Production Design by
Jeannine Oppewall  (as Jeannine Claudia Oppewall)
Art Direction by
László Rajk 
Set Decoration by
Erica Rogalla 
Costume Design by
Rita Salazar 
Makeup Department
Art Anthony .... additional makeup artist
Steve LaPorte .... makeup department head
Production Management
Michael Polaire .... production manager
Gábor Ujházy .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeanne Caliendo .... second assistant director
Art Department
József Kiss .... construction manager
Robert E. Knight .... supervising signwriter
Troy Osman .... carpenter
Tyler Osman .... construction foreman
Lajos E. Szabó .... stand-by painter
Anthony Joseph Fatigato .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard Chaumeil .... boom operator
Catherine D'Hoir .... sound editor
William Flageollet .... re-recording mixer
Pierre Gamet .... sound
Gérard Lamps .... re-recording mixer
Jonathan Sorrell .... synclavier operator
Special Effects by
Jerry Lieberman .... special effects technician
Camera and Electrical Department
István Bartók .... still photographer
Steven Hiller .... assistant camera
Dean M. Simmon .... film loader
Quentin Matthys .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting
Barbara L. Roche .... casting
Linda Weaver .... casting associate
Catherine Jane Holzer .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Péter Palotás .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Noori Dehnahi .... post-production coordinator
David Young .... assistant editor
Location Management
Gabriel Angi-Dobos .... location manager
Mark Mamalakis .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Hubert Bougis .... orchestrator
Harry Braun .... music location recording
Billy Byers .... orchestrator
William Flageollet .... music engineer
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Jonathan Sorrell .... musician: keyboards and programming
Transportation Department
István Bognár .... driver
Other crew
Mimi Bensinger .... adr loop group
Robert Bernacchi .... production assistant
William Chartoff .... production assistant
Lainie Cooke .... adr loop group
Anne Gartlan .... adr loop group
Nicholas J. Giangiulio .... adr loop group
Steve Head .... production assistant
Bob Jordan .... adr loop group
John Juback .... adr loop group
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist
Terry Mettger .... assistant accountant
Elizabeth Owens .... adr loop group
Dan Resin .... adr loop group
Sioux Richards .... script supervisor
Judi Rosner .... production coordinator
David Sherry .... assistant to writer
Géza Varga .... caterer
Ellis Williams .... adr loop group

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Did You Know?

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 »
Jack Burke:You trust your heart, you gonna get it broken.See more »


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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
a MUST see, 5 November 2005
Author: steve-2297 from Budapest, Hungary

This is a fantastic film. I live here in Budapest where part of the story is told. From what I have learned by talking to many people who witnessed the events of the 1956 Revolution, this film accurately depicts the situation, as grim as it is. This was the type of things that really happened. In this film you are spared the gory details, but what is told and the photos that are shown are vivid enough. The buildings on the street where I live today are riddled with pock marks from machine guns. I was here between 90 and 95 just after the country shed communism and witnessed the suspicion on the people's faces on the public transportation. Today (2005), since my return to Budapest, I have found the society to be much different, although the effects of communism can still be seen. People are not so suspicious, although many of those who lived through that horrifying time (late '40s well into the 'mid '50s), still believe that the secret police are a part of the system. This is the degree to which it effected the people. I have been to the places where evil things took place. I was here before the statues of Lenin and Stalin were removed, before the red star was removed from the Parliament, when the Soviet soldiers were still here. Creepy! If you want to know what the history of Hungary was like during this time, you MUST see this film. It is chillingly accurate to history.

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