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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.

  • When socialite Martha Sunny von Bulow inexplicably slips into an irreversible coma, police suspect foul play -- and the obvious suspect is her urbane husband, Claus. After being found guilty of murder, Claus is granted a retrial and hires showboat Harvard Law professor Alan M. Dershowitz to represent him. Though unconvinced of Claus's innocence, Dershowitz enjoys a challenge and -- along with a group of his students -- fights to have the verdict overturned.

  • On 27 December 1979, the millionaire Sunny von Bülow is found in coma for the second time in her bathroom with an overdose of insulin. Her European husband Claus von Bülow is convicted for attempted murder of Sunny, but he hires the expensive Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz to revert his sentence. Dershowitz teams up with his students to collect evidences to disprove the accusation and prove the innocence of Claus.

  • 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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