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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 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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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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The final black and white photo still at the end of the movie is of the young Éva Gárdos being reunited with her parents upon arrival in the USA in 1955. See more »

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International trains from Hungary would very rarely have been steam trains in the 1960s. See more »

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

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The End of the World
(1962)
Music by Arthur Kent
Lyrics by Sylvia Dee (as Sylvia Lee)
Performed by Skeeter Davis
Courtesy of RCA Label Group Nashville
Under license from BMG Special Products & Music Sales Corp. & Ed Proffitt Music
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Nice, sentimental drama, true to life
27 February 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I lived for five years in Budapest, from 1990-95, and I married a Hungarian woman, so I have a natural interest in Hungarian-themed films. I enjoyed this thoroughly. True, the ending was a bit abrupt and sappy, but I thought it was a nicely made film all in all. Well acted, especially by Scarlett Johansson and Kelly Endresz-Banlaki, who both played the central character of Suzanne/Zsuzsana at ages 15 and 6 respectively.

Natashia Kinski played well, too, and has aged gracefully, playing a woman in her into her late 30s or early 40s I suppose. I was particularly impressed by her, Johansson's and Tony Goldwyn's apparent mastery of Hungarian, no easy language, I can assure you. Much of the film is set in Hungary with Hungarian subtitles (and alternately in America in English). I speak it only moderately well, so perhaps a real Hungarian would criticize the accent, but to me to whole blending of cultures and settings was surprisingly authentic and compelling. It really captured the time and places for me.


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