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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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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
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Julie Hagerty: Alexandra See more »

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

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[seating Claus and Alan]
Maitre D': Professor Dershowitz, Dr. von Bulow.
[he leaves]
Claus von Bülow: When I was married to Sunny, we never got this table. Now, two injections of insulin and I'm a doctor.
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Written by Joseph Haydn
Arranged by Charlotte Georg (as Les Peel)
Courtesy of Ole Georg/Group Pro, Inc.
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Taut drama, great acting
20 June 2005 | by 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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