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An American Rhapsody (2001)

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A young Hungarian girl struggles to find her place in the world when she's reunited with her parents in the USA years after she was left behind during their flight from the communist country in the 1950s.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Suzanne - at 15
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Margit
Raffaella Bánsági ...
Suzanne - Infant
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Peter
Ágnes Bánfalvy ...
Helen (as Ági Bánfalvy)
Zoltán Seress ...
George
Klaudia Szabó ...
Maria - at 4
Zsolt Zágoni ...
Russian Soldier
András Szöke ...
Istvan
Erzsi Pásztor ...
Ilus
Carlos Laszlo ...
Boy on Train
Bori Kereszturi ...
Suzanne - at 3 (as Boru Keresztúri)
Péter Kálloy Molnár ...
AVO Officer (as Péter Kállóy Molnár)
Zsuzsa Czinkóczi ...
Teri
Balázs Galkó ...
Jeno
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Storyline

In 1950, a Hungarian couple, Peter and Margit, are forced to flee from the oppressive communist country for the USA with their eldest daughter Maria, but are forced to leave behind their infant daughter Suzanne who is raised by kindly foster couple. 6 years later, Peter and Margit arrange for the American Red Cross to bring Suzanne to their new home in Los Angeles where the perplexed youth is forced to accept her sudden change in home and country which leads to a troubled growing up. At age 15, the rebelious and unsure-of-herself Suzanne tries to come to terms with her roots and decides to travel back to Budapest, Hungary to find her true idenity. Written by Matthew Patay

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One family struggles for survival, for justice, for freedom.

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Rated PG-13 for some violent content and thematic material | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

28 February 2002 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Rapsódia Americana  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$40,200 (USA) (10 August 2001)

Gross:

$850,023 (USA) (5 April 2002)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on the true life story of writer and director of the film, Éva Gárdos. See more »

Goofs

At the airport in Budapest the sign on the building says "Budapest Ferihegy 1". In the 1960s there was only one airport terminal at the Budapest International Airport, therefore it was not numbered. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the film is a black and white picture of Éva Gárdos with her parents circa 1955. See more »

Soundtracks

Phari Mamo
Arranged by Jeno Zsigo
Performed by Ando Drom
Courtesy of The Ando Drom Foundation
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All people under the age of 60 should watch this movie
9 August 2002 | by (Grand Rapids, Michigan) – See all my reviews

We in the United States do not realize how spoiled we are with material things. I am 70 yrs old and remember the lst 10 years of my life, raised by poor farmer grandparents in the depression, having nothing.

Kids do not want to hear nor believe how spoiled they are. They want every new electronic gadget that comes unto the market whether they can afford it or not.They can't afford to fix their car, pay their bills, but they must buy a cell phone, a DVD, cable TV, go to the latest movie at the theater, go out to eat etc

This is a sad movie, but a great one. It shows the comparison between life in Hungary in the mid part of the 20th century compared to the same couple getting to the United States. I won't go into the plot. The little 5 yr old actress who starred in this movie was sensational.

We do not appreciate what we have in the U.S. either. We do not realize how material gadgets do not bring the happiness we thought they would. Please rent this movie...


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