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 »


Suzanne first arrives in Los Angeles in 1955, one house has an eighteen-inch television satellite dish strapped to the chimney. See more »

Crazy Credits

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


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Written by James Keyes / Carl Feaster / Floyd McRae / Claude Feaster / James Edwards (as James W. Edwards)
Performed by The Crew Cuts
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Under license from Universal Music Enterprises & Unichappel Music, Inc. (BMI)
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This is a story of love
14 April 2005 | by (Kumamoto, Japan) – See all my reviews

This is a story of love, under the background of the cold war. When Suzanne reached adolescent age, she was in crisis of her identity, and she traveled to Hungary. During the trip she knew how much selfless love she had from the adopting parents, grand mother and particularly her own mother to whom she was defiant. Knowing that she was loved, she could overcome the crisis. I recall the days of my daughter's crisis in the same age with Suzanne. Though the film has historic locale of Hungary in the cold war, what the film portrays is something universal which has strong power to make people empathize. Scarlett Johansson acted Suzanne in her adolescent age very well. But the adopting parents were most impressive. If I loved my daughter his way she would not have a crisis.

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