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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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Maria, Sunny's Personal Maid
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Peter MacIntosh, Dershowitz's Student Staff
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Andrea Reynolds, Claus' Girlfriend
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Minnie, Dershowitz's Student Staff
Mano Singh ...
Raj, Dershowitz's Student Staff
Johann Carlo ...
Nancy
Keith Reddin ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

El misterio Von Bulow  »

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$15,445,131 (USA)
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According to casting director Howard Feuer, Glenn Close was paid "an outrageous fortune" for three weeks' work as the leading lady. And while leads Jeremy Irons and Ron Silver were paid quite handsomely, supporting players Julie Hagerty, Fisher Stevens and Uta Hagen had to settle for scale plus 10. See more »

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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 »

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[after Dershowitz rejects him as a witness]
David Marriott: Hey!
[Alan stops]
David Marriott: You think I'm scum, don't you? Blow-it-out-your-ass. You want to find a witness to back me up? I'll get one. And, hey, maybe I'll see you at the Celtics, huh?
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References Dark Shadows (1966) See more »

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TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
Performed by Eva Marton with the London Philharmonic
Written by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Arpád Joó (conductor)
Courtesy of Sefel Records
Division of Phoenix Entertainment Inc.
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Taut drama, great acting
20 June 2005 | by (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

This one is a big winner! Based on the true story of the trial of Claus von Buelow and conviction of murdering his socialite wife and rich heiress, and famed attorney Alan Dershowitz's handling of his appeal.

This movie takes a fascinating topic, a fine book and terrific acting, mixes them all together and bakes a winner. But it is the acting that is supreme.

Another wonderful performance by Glenn Close (is there nothing she can't play) but an absolute smasher by Jeremy Irons as von Buelow. I've seen this movie several times (and read the book) and I still can't make a judgment on whether von Buelow did it. Irons' portrayal of von Buelow is that good.


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