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Reversal of Fortune (1990)

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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Keith Reddin ...
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Alan Pottinger ...
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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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Trivia

Alan M. Dershowitz: appears briefly in profile as one of the appellate judges, just as they are sitting down at the appeal. See more »

Goofs

In the opening shot flying over the estates in Newport, visitors are at some of the mansions. In 1983, some mansions, like The Breakers and Marble House, were open to the public. See more »

Quotes

Sunny von Bülow: [narrating] Looking at him now, the issue seems simple: is he the Devil? If so, can the Devil get justice?
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1992 (1992) See more »

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Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, adapted by William H. Cummings
Lyrics by Charles Wesley
Performed by Jad Mager and Sarah Fearon
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Good film, Great Performance
10 February 1999 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

The spooky yet amusing performance turned in by Jeremy Irons is worth watching all by itself. As an added bonus, the film is quite good as well. "Reversal of Fortune" thrives on its deft pacing, which keeps its relatively action-free plot interesting until the end. To the film's credit, the mystery is never fully solved; the viewer must ultimately decide the truth for himself. A treat for any thoughtful filmgoer.


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