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An American Rhapsody (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama | 28 February 2002 (Hungary)
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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.


(as Éva Gardos)


(as Éva Gardos)
5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$850,023 (USA) (5 April 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Éva Gárdos met actress Colleen Camp on the set of Apocalypse Now (1979), when she was a casting director for the film. During shooting breaks, Éva told Colleen her true story of her childhood as a Hungarian émigré and Colleen encouraged her to turn it into a film. Colleen Camp would ultimately help produce the film, and played a small role in it as a neighborhood housewife. See more »


When the 'Orient Express' with Zsuzsi arrives in Budapest, we see a sign on the train car indicating that 'Wienna' is among the intermediate stops of the train. The Austrian city of Vienna is called 'Wien' in German (or Vienne in French or Bécs in Hungarian). It's not called Wienna in any language. See more »

Crazy Credits

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


Mountain High
Written by Dick St. John (as Richard Gosting "Dick St. John")
Performed by Dick and Dee Dee (as Dick & Dee Dee)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets & Embassy Music Corp.
c/o Three Wise Boys Music LLC (BMI)
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Must-see movie about family, place ...
2 September 2001 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

I saw "American Rhapsody," last night; it's the first film by a 50-ish Hungarian-born female filmmaker. It's features an amazing, personal, story of the early Cold War-era immigration to America of a Hungarian family, and it was really incredibly done. We love Scarlett Johansson ("Ghost World"), who plays the 15-year-old, but the girl who plays the lead character at age 6 is one of the most loveable child actresses ever, Nastassia Kinski as the mother is great, Tony Goldwyn, as the dad, is good, the pair who play the Hungarian rural couple (especially the man) are fantastic. Hungary and Budapest too play a key role. The movie will sicken you, somewhat, about the America-in-the-early-60s mentality (sicken you because you know how much a part of all of us it is). As one reviewer said, this is no State Department-backed immigration story. And it will make you fall in love with the Hungarian countryside. It's a terrific movie-going experience. I cried several times throughout.

Because of how little marketing and buzz the movie has generated, I fear it will come and go in a flash; that's why I issue this appeal.

By the way, don't go expecting great filmmaking techniques and perfect direction; it's her first movie and mistakes were made. But the experience, if you go in the right frame of mind, is great. It's in English.

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