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Reversal of Fortune (1990)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Mystery  |  9 November 1990 (USA)
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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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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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The two brothers that Alan Dershowitz is trying to save from death row are in fact based on the 1980 case of the Tison brothers in Arizona. The brothers assisted their father in escaping from prison, shortly after which he murdered four people. The two brothers were charged with murder but Dershowitz got this commuted to life in prison. The brothers were white but are black in the film. See more »

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Claus von Bulow abruptly switches his eating hand in the restaurant. See more »

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Alan Dershowitz: We've got two big problems here. The case against him is very strong but more importantly is the absolute certainty that Claus is guilty, finding grounds for reversal won't be enough here. Judges on the Rhode Island Supreme Court will have to go home to their wives and explain to them why they reversed. To do that we have to totally obliterate the States case so that they have no other reason to affirm. Total victory or we are dead in the water. Now, I assumed you've all had a chance to go over...
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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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