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Reversal of Fortune (1990)

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Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.

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Sunny von Bülow / Narrator
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Maria, Sunny's Personal Maid
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Peter MacIntosh, Dershowitz's Student Staff
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Minnie, Dershowitz's Student Staff
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Raj, Dershowitz's Student Staff
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Dobbs, Dershowitz's Student Staff
Alan Pottinger ...
Chuck, Dershowitz's Student Staff
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Alan Dershowitz a brilliant professor of law is hired by wealthy socialite Claus von Bulow to attempt to overturn his two convictions for attempted murder of his extremely wealthy wife. Based on a true story the film concentrates not on the trial like other legal thrillers, but on the preparatory work that Dershowitz and his students put in as they attempt to disprove the prosecution's case and achieve the Reversal of Fortune of the title. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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The Case of Claus Von Bulow. An American Saga of Money and Mystery.


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9 November 1990 (USA)  »

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El misterio Von Bulow  »

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$15,445,131 (USA)
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Uta Hagen's final film. See more »

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Claus von Bulow's ring moves from his right hand to his left hand, and back repeatedly. See more »

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Alan Dershowitz: I gather that the older children denied that Sunny had a problem with pills and alcohol?
Claus von Bülow: A spectacular understatement.
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SONATA IN A MAJOR
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Charlotte Georg (as Lee Ashley)
Courtesy of Ole Georg/Group Pro, Inc.
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A delightful movie. Bravo!
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I really enjoyed "Reversal of Fortune." It was a wonderful, satiric (take your pick: black comedy/crime drama/mystery). The acting was tremendous. Jeremy Irons was fantastic and his performance was definitely Oscar-worthy. The movie itself pushed the lines between arguing the truth and arguing the facts. Although the movie was never clear on whether Claus was in fact guilty or not, the movie was actually more enjoyable because of its ambiguity. The tactics used by Dershowitz were very convincing and plausible. One thing I must complain about was the addition of Sarah's relationship with Alan into the film, which wasn't very well done. Otherwise, fun for the whole family, if your family is a sardonic, evil, emotionless wreck.


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