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Music Box -- Music box provides celebrated director Costa-Gavras another opportunity to weave a story of nail-biting suspense with frightening political overtones.
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Writer (WGA):
Joe Eszterhas (written by)
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Release Date:
19 January 1990 (USA) See more »
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?
A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations 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 .... 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
Quentin Matthys .... grip (uncredited)
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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Did You Know?

Costa-Gavras came up with the film's title; Joe Eszterhas' original screenplay was entitled "Sins of the Fathers".See more »
Mack Jones:What do we know about our parents?See more »
Movie Connections:
References "60 Minutes" (1968)See more »


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37 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Qualified to speak on the performances, 4 July 2003
Author: msemmett from Georgia

I was astounded in reading the comments on these films to see people saying that Armin Muehler-Stall's character is flat and empty.Also, those that say his angry outbursts are not threatening.

My father is a Hungarian immigrant who I have wondered where he has a similar "true story". I can say from personal experience that Armin's performances are consistent with my father's outbursts and for me personally were terrifying when seeing the movie.

In terms of the generalization that the performance was "flat", there is a cold, clinical, almost sociapathic sense to some elderly Hungarians. Additionally, I found Jessica Lange's performance COMPLETELY believeable as someone raised under such strong expectations and often silent or restrained about true expressions of emotion or fear.

That's my two cents. DO NOT underestimate the ACCURACY of this film.

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