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
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The Case of Claus Von Bulow. An American Saga of Money and Mystery.
Did You Know?
The 27th April 1982 edition of 'The New York Times' announced that Claus von Bülow
, one of the financial investors in the Broadway stage production of 'Deathtrap' by Ira Levin
, estimated at being US $44,000 for the theatrical play, with von Bülow as well this also investing finance in its movie adaptation Deathtrap
(1982), had been found guilty himself of murdering his wife. A movie about these circumstances called Reversal of Fortune
(1990) and starring Jeremy Irons
was later made. Irons won the Best Actor Academy Award (Oscar) for portraying von Bülow in this film. See more
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
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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QUARTET, OPUS 64, NO. 5, MINUET
Written by Joseph Haydn
Arranged by Charlotte Georg
(as Les Peel)
Courtesy of Ole Georg/Group Pro, Inc. See more