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)
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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)
Péter Kálloy Molnár ...
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  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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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 »


There were not red stars on every second building in Hungary in the communist/socialist era. They were only on important official buildings. See more »

Crazy Credits

Film has the following dedication before the credits: For my Mother and Father See more »


News Fanfare
Composed & Conducted by Herman Beeftink, BMI
Courtesy of Weaseldog Music, BMI
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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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