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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Joe Eszterhas (written by)
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Release Date:
January 1990 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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?
Plot:
A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Quietly effective and touching courtroom thriller with very good performances See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (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
Costa-Gavras 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
William Flageollet .... sound re-recording mixer
Pierre Gamet .... sound
Gérard Lamps .... sound 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
 
Casting Department
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting
Barbara L. Roche .... casting
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
 
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
Gabriel Angi-Dobos .... location manager
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
Mark Mamalakis .... assistant location manager
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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124 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Mack Jones:What do we know about our parents?See more »
Movie Connections:
References "60 Minutes" (1968)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Quietly effective and touching courtroom thriller with very good performances, 23 June 2010
Author: J. Spurlin from United States

Jessica Lange is very good as Ann Talbot, a lawyer who takes up the task of defending her father (Armin Mueller-Stahl) against charges of Nazi war crimes. The charges are ridiculous to her at first, but she slowly begins to realize they might be true. Lukas Haas, giving an exceptionally bright-eyed and intelligent performance, plays Ann's 12-year-old son, who believes unquestioningly that his beloved grandfather is innocent.

Roger Ebert wrote that the father, while very well-played by Mueller-Stahl, does not devote enough time to helping us to understand his character, but I don't know that any film could do that for such a person. Mueller-Stahl and the script at least offer suggestions and let our imaginations do the rest.

I found this film, scripted by Joe Eszterhas and directed by Costa-Gavras, to be a quietly effective courtroom thriller (even though the idea of a lawyer defending her own father in this situation requires a high suspension of disbelief) and found the central drama of a woman discovering her father is, or at least was, a monster to be moving.

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