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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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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
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Raj, Dershowitz's Student Staff
Johann Carlo ...
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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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In real life, one of the law students on this case was Eliot Spitzer, who later became governor of New York. See more »

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When the intern wants to quit the project and heads for the door, the shot is flopped. Her books and purse change arms between shots. See more »

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Alan Dershowitz: This is the most dangerous case I have ever worked on.
Claus von Bülow: You find that exhilarating?
Alan Dershowitz: No, I do not. I am breaking every rule. 'Cause the best way to win is to proclaim your innocence, and I have never done that for anybody. And the problem I got is, I see who you are. You'd do anything to win.
Claus von Bülow: So would you.
Alan Dershowitz: Yeah, but you don't trust the legal system.
Claus von Bülow: You're saying I'd manufacture... witnesses? Affidavits?
Alan Dershowitz: No. But you would sacrifice me.
Claus von Bülow: Oh, please.
Alan Dershowitz: See, the more I believe that you are innocent, ...
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Connections

Referenced in Gossip Girl: Reversals of Fortune (2009) See more »

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SING A HAPPY FUNKY SONG
Performed by Miz Davis
Written by Paul Politi
Courtesy of Original Sound Records Co., Inc.
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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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