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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)  »

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El misterio Von Bulow  »

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$15,445,131 (USA)
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Raj: A frame-up doesn't mean he's innocent. The kids could have framed a guilty man.
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Featured in Oscar's Greatest Moments (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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