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Reversal of Fortune -- Jeremy Irons in his portrayal of aristocrat Claus von Bulow in this true story about two men of vastly different backgrounds who form an uneasy alliance.
Reversal of Fortune -- Wealthy Sunny von B�low 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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Writers (WGA):
Alan M. Dershowitz (book)
Nicholas Kazan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 November 1990 (USA) See more »
The Case of Claus Von Bulow. An American Saga of Money and Mystery.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Glenn Close ... Sunny von Bülow

Jeremy Irons ... Claus von Bülow

Ron Silver ... Professor Alan Dershowitz

Annabella Sciorra ... Sarah

Uta Hagen ... Maria, Sunny's Personal Maid

Fisher Stevens ... David Marriott
Jack Gilpin ... Peter MacIntosh, Dershowitz's Student Staff

Christine Baranski ... Andrea Reynolds, Claus' Girlfriend

Stephen Mailer ... Elon Dershowitz

Christine Dunford ... Ellen

Felicity Huffman ... 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
Mitchell Whitfield ... Curly

Tom Wright ... Jack
Gordon Joseph Weiss ... Tom Berman
Michael Lord ... Ed

LisaGay Hamilton ... Mary

Bill Camp ... Bill

JD Cullum ... John (as John David Cullum)

Jad Mager ... Alexander von Auersberg, Stepson

Sarah Fearon ... Ala von Auersberg, Stepdaughter
Kristi Hundt ... Older Cosima von Bülow
Kara Emerson ... Young Cosima von Bülow
Michael Wikes ... Steve Famiglietti
Thomas Dorff ... Robert Brillhoffer, von Bülow's Child Attorney

Bruno Eyron ... Alfie von Auersberg, Sunny's 1st Husband (as Bruno Eierund)
Bernt Kuhlmann ... Alfie's Friend
Redman Maxfield ... Dr. Paultees, von Bülow's Family Physician
Frederick Neumann ... Judge
Conrad McLaren ... Sheriff
Edwin McDonough ... Bailiff

Brian Delate ... Jury Foreman
Dess Philpot ... Emergency Room Doctor
Steven Black ... Maitre D'
Kender Jones ... Party Goer #1
Haes Hill ... Party Goer #2
Dan Rea ... Newscaster
Leo Leyden ... Englishman

Malachy McCourt ... Englishman
Jessika Cardinahl ... Dinner Guest

Ericka Klein ... Dinner Guest
Joko Zohrer ... Dinner Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heather Rose Dominic ... Maggie (uncredited)

Julie Hagerty ... Alexandra Isles, Claus' Mistress (uncredited)
Mary Ann Hannon ... RI Supreme Court Judge Florence Murray (uncredited)
Ronald Rand ... Assistant DA (uncredited)

Constance Shulman ... Pharmacist (uncredited)

Frank Stellato ... Court Stenographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Barbet Schroeder 
Writing credits
Alan M. Dershowitz (book) (as Alan Dershowitz)

Nicholas Kazan (screenplay)

Produced by
Elon Dershowitz .... co-producer
Michael Flynn .... associate producer
Nicholas Kazan .... co-producer
Edward R. Pressman .... producer
Michael Rauch .... executive producer
Diane Schneier .... associate producer
Oliver Stone .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
Luciano Tovoli 
Film Editing by
Lee Percy 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Production Design by
Mel Bourne 
Art Direction by
Dan Davis 
Set Decoration by
Beth Kushnick 
Costume Design by
Judianna Makovsky 
Makeup Department
Alan D'Angerio .... hair stylist for Ms. Close
Marie-Ange Ripka .... hair stylist
Jean-Luc Russier .... makeup artist for Ms. Close (as Jean Luc Russier)
Toni Trimble .... makeup artist
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist for Mr. Irons
Production Management
Steven Felder .... production manager
Kerry Orent .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Algric Leo Chaplin .... dga trainee
Drew Ann Rosenberg .... second assistant director (as Drew Rosenberg)
Robert E. Warren .... first assistant director (as Bobby Warren)
Art Department
Roberta J. Holinko .... art department coordinator (as Roberta Holinko)
David W. Howell .... assistant property master (as David Howell)
Scott Rosenstock .... key set dresser
Raymond M. Samitz .... construction coordinator (as Ray Samitz)
Stephen Shapiro .... set builder (as Steve Shapiro)
Ron Stone .... property master
Michael Zansky .... scenic artist
Jay Cannold .... set props assistant (uncredited)
Jeffrey Rollins .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kam Chan .... assistant sound editor
Jack Cooley .... re-recording engineer
John Gilroy .... assistant sound editor
Dorian Harris .... adr editor
Tom Nelson .... sound mixer
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... sound editor (as Bitty O'Sullivan Smith)
Dan Sable .... sound editor
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor
Diane Schaub .... assistant sound editor
Michael Steinfeld .... sound editor
Camilla Toniolo .... adr editor
Jerome R. Vitucci .... boom operator (as Jerome Vitucci)
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist (uncredited)
Brian Vancho .... foley artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Haddon Hufford .... dolly grip
Kevin Janicelli .... gaffer
Miguel Jimenez .... best boy electric
Constantine Makris .... camera operator
Eric Swanek .... first assistant camera
David S. Tuttman .... second assistant camera (as David Tuttman)
Paul Wachter .... best boy grip
Joel David Warren .... still photographer (as Joel Warren)
Tony Whitman .... key grip
Anastas N. Michos .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Anastas N. Michos .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Charles Quinlivan .... grip (uncredited)
David Satin .... key video engineer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Milena Canonero .... costume consultant
Jane E. Myers .... assistant wardrobe (as Jane Myers)
Ingrid Price .... key wardrobe
Andrea Wallace .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Mark Ginsberg .... color timer
Jean Marie Offenbacher .... assistant editor
Anthony Sherin .... first assistant editor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
Location Management
David DeClerque .... location manager
Margot Lulick .... assistant location manager
John Riggio .... assistant location manager
Amy Tucker .... location assistant
Christian von Tippelskirch .... location assistant
Music Department
Sharon Boyle .... music supervisor
Suki Buchman .... music editor (as Susan Buchman)
Gary Goetzman .... music supervisor
David Torn .... musician: electric guitar solo
Other crew
Ike Behar .... selected apparel for Mr. Irons
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... production accountant
Alan Gershenfeld .... production aide: Los Angeles
Ellen M. Hillers .... production coordinator (as Ellen Hillers)
Diana Hrabowecki .... production aide: Los Angeles
Eddie Joe .... parking coordinator
Larry Kaplan .... unit publicist
Laura Kelly .... craft service
Myra Lebo .... assistant: Mr. Pressman
Cabrini Lepis .... office coordinator
Michael Levine .... production aide
David Meeks .... tiger trainer
Tom O'Donnell Jr. .... teamster captain
Mark Pressman .... production aide
Kia B. Puriefoy .... production aide (as Kia Puriefoy)
Cornelia 'Nini' Rogan .... script supervisor (as Cornelia Rogan)
Nancy Roth .... assistant production coordinator (as Nancy L. Roth)
Kay Rouse .... assistant: Ms. Close
Dirk Standen .... production aide
Lorraine Taylor .... dog trainer
Tom Taylor .... project consultant (as Thomas J. Taylor)
Louis Volpe .... teamster co-captain (as Lou Volpe)
Neal Weisman .... publicity coordinator
Mary Kate Willett .... assistant: Mr. Schroeder
Richard Beaumont .... parking coordinator (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Bruce Roberts .... location asst (uncredited)
Neal Thompson .... title designer (uncredited)
Lynn Pressman-Raymond .... special thanks (as Lynn Pressman Raymond)
Crew believed to be complete

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111 min
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Did You Know?

The wristwatch Jeremy Irons wears in his home office is a Swatch Burglar.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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Referenced in The Lion King (1994)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Unique, Deep, Dark, Psychological, and Suspenseful Film, 3 February 2013
Author: hschiller-229-850750 from United States

I love this film. Every shot feels effortlessly dense. In every shot, one can see texture, whether it is in the landscape of a bedroom or a hotel room, or the structure of a man or woman's face. The cinematography is dark and gloomy. The story, as you likely know, as you have either seen the film, or have read the IMDb summary, is about Claus von Bulow, who has been accused of attempting to murder his wife twice, both times sending her into a coma, the first coma which lasts only a few hours, the second which lasted until 2008 and turned Sunny Bulow into a vegetable. The story is, as all good stories are, so multilayered that it seems to evolve as time goes along. Unlike most films made nowadays, and indeed most stories told in history, it is not linear and obvious. The story threatens to go in any direction at any time. All of the characters seem human, balancing on the line of their own soul and being, reaching out toward other people or retracting into themselves. The Main characters are Claus Von Bulow, Sunny Bulow, and Alan Dershowitz. They are each played by great actors. The film is expertly directed and represents each of these characters separate lives. The viewer sees each character as sympathetic but realizes at certain points throughout the film that the characters may have reached a turning point and made a bad choice or perverted their hearts goodness and done wrong towards another. The film has a lot of subtext. Though the characters do come out and state what they are thinking at various points, for the most part the film shows, not tells. Although all the actors do good jobs in this film, the crown must be placed on the head of Jeremy Irons, one of the greatest actors in history. Irons is often mocked for being very dense and inanimated, I personally think this is because most film watchers are used to actors who are less subtle and less skilled than Irons. His subtlety is extraordinary. This performance may be the most subtle in film history. The performance is mysterious and dark, unexpressibly creepy, but also sympathetic. At one point int he film(don't worry, this isn't a spoiler),Claus von Bulow leans slightly forward in a car, with his head almost completely in shadow and responds to Alan Dershowitz claim "You are a strange man," with the words "You have no idea." Irons is just brilliant. His performance must be seen. The film as a whole explores many theme, favoring emotion and thematic depth over bare bones plot. One of the more interesting themes is the idea that every moment is in the now, and so every human being is freshly born every minute and so they must be forgiven for wrong things they have done in the past. Another theme is the idea that no one truly knows another person, that all people have secrets, hidden characteristics and emotions that are hidden even to themselves as well as to other people. This is the theme I fell that this patient film expresses best. It is well paced and allows you to feel every scene before moving on to the next. The film also explores the importance of humor and the need for humor in humanity. This provides great unexpected moments throughout the film. This is one of my favorite films in history. It is so patient in the camera-work and performances. It feels like more than an interpretation. It feels like a reality or at least a possibility. This is a rare achievement. It is an uncategorizable experience, a great work of art, and a film of astonishing depth. It is one of the few that reaches the true depth of the soul. it does not only confirm something that other films have told us. It twists and turns, until the viewer and the film and the characters are all one. An excellent film.

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