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An American Rhapsody -- 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 plight from the communist country in the 1950s.
An American Rhapsody -- 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 plight from the communist country in the 1950s.


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Release Date:
16 November 2001 (Greece) See more »
One family struggles for survival, for justice, for freedom.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Scarlett Johansson ... Suzanne - at 15

Nastassja Kinski ... Margit
Raffaella Bánsági ... Suzanne - Infant

Tony Goldwyn ... 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

Kata Dobó ... Claire
Éva Szörényi ... Eva (as Éva Soreny)

Don Pugsley ... Cafe Supervisor

Vladimir Mashkov ... Frank

Lisa Jane Persky ... Pattie

Colleen Camp ... Dottie
Kelly Endresz-Banlaki ... Suzanne - at 6 (as Kelly Endrész Bánlaki)

Imola Gáspár ... Stewardess
Tatyana Kanavka ... Girl in Airport

Mae Whitman ... Maria (at 10)

Lorna Scott ... Neighbor with Poodle

Sandra Staggs ... Saleswoman

Jacqueline Steiger ... Betty
Robert Lesser ... Harold
Lou Beach ... Party-goer
Marlee Jackson ... Sheila - at 7

Emmy Rossum ... Sheila - at 15
Timothy Everett Moore ... Paul

Joshua Dov ... Richard

Larisa Oleynik ... Maria - at 18
Kati Bács ... Woman #1 at Market
Zsuzsa Száger ... Woman #2 at Market
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andras Banlaki ... (uncredited)
Éva Gárdos ... Suzanne Sandor in Family Picture - at 6 (archive footage) (uncredited)
Peter Janosi ... German Customs Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Éva Gárdos  (as Éva Gardos)
Writing credits
Éva Gárdos (written by) (as Éva Gardos)

Produced by
Colleen Camp .... producer
Teri Fettis-D'Ovidio .... associate producer (as Teri Fettis D'Ovidio)
Jay Firestone .... executive producer
Patricia Foulkrod .... co-producer
Adam Haight .... executive producer
Stephanie Poole .... associate producer
Eric Sandys .... co-executive producer
Tony Thatcher .... co-executive producer
Bonnie Timmermann .... producer
Andrew G. Vajna .... executive producer
Original Music by
Cliff Eidelman 
Cinematography by
Elemér Ragályi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Margaret Goodspeed  (as Margie Goodspeed)
Casting by
Elizabeth Lang  (as Liz Lang Fedrick)
Production Design by
Alex Tavoularis 
Costume Design by
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor  (as Beatrix Aruna Pásztor)
Vanessa Vogel 
Makeup Department
Carole Antouri .... first assistant makeup artist: Los Angeles
Sandy Bailey .... hair stylist: Los Angeles
Tara Brooks .... makeup assistant: Los Angeles
Egonné Endrényi .... hair swing: Budapest
Egonné Endrényi .... makeup swing: Budapest
Jánosné Kajtár .... key hair stylist: Budapest (as Jánosné Kajtár Bogyó)
Nina Kraft .... key makeup artist: Los Angeles
Violet Ortiz .... key hair stylist: Los Angeles
Klári Szinek .... hair swing: Budapest (as Klára Szinek)
Klári Szinek .... makeup swing: Budapest (as Klára Szinek)
Katalin Tomola .... key makeup artist: Budapest
Rebecca Wachtel .... makeup artist: Los Angeles (as Rebecca Lynn Wachtel)
Brandon Waggoner .... hair stylist: Los Angeles
Production Management
Károly Fehér .... unit manager: Budapest
Tamás Hutlassa .... unit production manager: Budapest
Scott Michael Nabat .... post-production supervisor (as Scott Nabat)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Bordofsky .... second second assistant director: Los Angeles (as Matt Bordofsky)
Patricia Foulkrod .... second unit director
Zsuzsa Gurban .... first assistant director: Budapest (as Zsuzsa Gurbán)
Don Harris .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Anthony Lawrence .... first assistant director: Los Angeles
Csilla Szigeti .... second assistant director: Budapest
Art Department
Marty Angelo .... on-set dresser: Los Angeles
Gilles Arondeau .... additional storyboards: Los Angeles
Mihály Balogh .... swing gang: Budapest
Attila Budavári .... construction manager: Budapest
Dave Bush .... on-set dresser: Los Angeles (as David L. Bush)
Andrea Dietrich .... storyboard artist: Los Angeles
Tamás Gáspár .... storyboard artist: Budapest
Zoltán Hardy .... property master: Budapest (as Zoltán Hardi)
Tamás Hornyánszky .... art director: Budapest
Kálmán Kreidli .... swing gang: Budapest (as Kálmán Kreidl)
Antal Lakatos .... stand-by construction: Budapest
Douglas E. Madison .... property master: Los Angeles
Ágnes Menyhárt .... set decorator: Budapest
Amanda Moss Serino .... lead: Los Angeles
David C. Romano .... swing gang: Los Angeles
Bert Smith .... assistant property master: Los Angeles
Meredith J. Stewart .... art department coordinator: Los Angeles
Piroska Szabady .... assistant art director: Budapest
Tamás Tamási .... assistant set decorator: Budapest
Cindy Vargas .... swing gang: Los Angeles
Stephanie Ziemer .... set decorator: Los Angeles
Péter Újvári .... props: second unit (as Péter Újvari)
Luke Freeborn .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Todd Beckett .... sound re-recording mixer
Kathy Choi .... sound effects editor
Michele Cook .... dialogue supervisor
Susan Fairbairn .... assistant dialogue editor
Susan Fairbairn .... assistant sound editor
József Fehér .... adr production manager: Budapest (as Jozsef Feher)
Steve Hammond .... foley artist
Péter Kardos .... adr sound engineer: Budapest (as Peter Kardos)
Peter Kelly .... sound re-recording mixer
Eszter Majoros .... adr editor
Ron Malligers .... foley mixer (as Ron Mellegers)
Daniel Pellerin .... sound re-recording mixer
Brent Pickett .... assistant sound effects editor
Mac Ruth .... boom operator: Budapest
Julie Saragosa .... dialogue editor
Richard Schexnayder .... sound mixer: Los Angeles/Budapest
Dale Sheldrake .... adr editor
Greg Shim .... adr mixer
Ken Strain .... boom operator: Los Angeles
Jane Tattersall .... supervising sound editor
Robert Warchol .... sound effects editor
Bonnie Whitehall .... assistant dialogue editor
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Peter Persaud .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
György Cseh .... special effects: Budapest
Gabor Kiszelly .... special effects: Budapest (as Gábor Kiszelly)
Ferenc Ormos .... special effects: Budapest
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical process and effects compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... optical element Hazeltine colorist: THDX (uncredited)
David Fred Masselink .... optical effects line-up (uncredited)
Ferenc Hauser .... stunts: Budapest
Sándor Boros .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Miklós Pardányi .... stunts (uncredited)
Akos Schenek .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michelle Hope Baker .... loader: Los Angeles
Jason Behnke .... electrician: Los Angeles
John Bratlien .... electrician: Los Angeles
Derek Brown .... grip: Los Angeles
Jeremy Brussell .... grip: Los Angeles (as Jeremy L. Brussell)
Kyle Coventry .... electrician: Los Angeles
John De Ruvo .... best boy grip: Los Angeles
Gellért Drávucz .... clapper: Budapest
James 'Dunney' Dunn .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Los Angeles (as James Dunn)
Rich Egusquiza .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Richard Egusquiza)
Egon Endrényi .... still photographer: Budapest
Nate Foll .... electrician: Los Angeles
Camille Freer .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Camille R. Freer)
Mitch Gulbin .... dolly grip: Los Angeles
Miklós Hajdu .... gaffer: Budapest
Tom Hutchinson .... loader: Los Angeles (as Thomas A. Hutchinson)
Péter Hörömpöli .... electrician: Budapest
Greg Jarrett .... best boy electric: Los Angeles
Tamás Lajos .... camera operator: second unit
Michael Levine .... camera operator: second unit
Meg Madison .... still photographer: Los Angeles
Scott Marsden .... electrician: Los Angeles
Zsigmond Molcsány .... best boy electric: Budapest (as Zsigmond Molcsán)
Rob Nelson .... 24-frame sync technician: Los Angeles
Nino Neuboeck .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Tamás Nyerges .... Steadicam operator: Budapest
Ferenc Németh .... loader: Budapest
Tamás Oláh .... focus puller: second unit
Marci Ragályi .... clapper: second unit (as Ragályi Márton)
Richard Ralston .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Issa Sharp .... still photographer: Los Angeles
Lajos Simon .... grip: Budapest
Imre Sisa .... key grip: Budapest
Brent Studler .... electrician: Los Angeles
József Szücs .... electrician: Budapest
Péter Thoman .... camera department trainee: Budapest
Mike Tucker .... best boy grip: Los Angeles
Rick Tucker .... key grip: Los Angeles
Toby Tucker .... grip: Los Angeles
Tracy Tucker .... best boy grip: Los Angeles
András Váradi .... focus puller: Budapest
Tibor Wéber .... gaffer: second unit
Kenny Yakkel .... dolly grip: Los Angeles (as Ken Yakkel)
István Õsz .... electrician: Budapest
Casting Department
Mara Bihari .... extras casting: Budapest
Ferenc Fiedler .... additional casting: Budapest
László Janicsek .... casting consultant: Budapest
Zsófi Kelemen .... extras casting assistant: Budapest
Ágota Kovács .... casting: Budapest
Mária Kulcsár .... additional casting: Budapest
Debe Waisman .... extras casting: Los Angeles (as Debbe Waisman)
Alison E. McBryde .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Au .... costumer: Los Angeles
Rochelle Best .... costumer: Los Angeles
Krisztina Fekete .... assistant wardrobe master: Budapest (as Kriszta Fekete)
Kimberly Johnson .... costumer: Los Angeles
Sandra Spiwak-Wallin .... costumer: Los Angeles
Krisztina Vavrinecz .... wardrobe master: Budapest
Editorial Department
Kate Hoffman .... post-production associate
Heather Persons .... first assistant editor
Michael Rafferty .... additional editor
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutter
Katalin Urszuly .... post-production assistant
Noemi Mehrli .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Ricardo Olivero .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Page Bilski .... musician: solo cello
Meade Crane .... musician: solo piano
Denny Diante .... music supervisor
Cliff Eidelman .... conductor
Sam Hofstedt .... music recordist
Penka Kouneva .... additional orchestrator
Penka Kouneva .... music preparation
Lesley Langs .... music editor
Kathy Nelson .... special music consultant
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor
David Sabee .... score reader
Joe Saraceno .... music consultant
Mischa Schmidt .... musician: solo violin
Armin Steiner .... music scoring mixer
Brian Valentino .... assistant music engineer
Transportation Department
Jenn Bouley .... driver: cast, Los Angeles
Gary Burch .... driver: shotmaker, Los Angeles (as Gary L. Burch)
Tom Calzia .... driver: Los Angeles
John Cardos .... driver: Los Angeles (as John 'Bud' Cardos)
Attila Czuni .... driver: Budapest
Galo Diaz De Tuesta .... driver: Los Angeles (as Galo Diaz de Tuesta)
Dan Duffy .... driver: Los Angeles
Gábor Gonda .... driver: Budapest
József Horváth .... driver: Budapest
András Kassai .... driver: Budapest
P. Gerald Knight .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles
David Kring .... driver: Los Angeles
Jason Lems .... driver: shotmaker, Los Angeles
Pal Nyerges .... driver: Budapest (as Pál Nyerges)
David C. Romano .... driver: Los Angeles
Steve Shoemaker .... driver: Los Angeles (as Steve 'Shoe' Shoemaker)
Kevin Simmons .... driver: Los Angeles (as Kevin Hale Simmons)
Zsolt Spitzer .... driver: Budapest
Travis Stake .... transportation captain: Los Angeles
Zsolt Szakáll .... driver: Budapest
Zoltán Szijjártó .... driver: Budapest
Other crew
Mary Allison .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Csaba Bagossy .... set production assistant: Budapest
Jimmy G. Banuelos .... security: Los Angeles
Andrea Bernstein .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Luis Brito .... chef: Hollywood Catering, Los Angeles (as Luis B. Brito)
Jane Bulmer .... assistant: Mr. Vajas, Los Angeles
Michael Buster .... dialect coach: Los Angeles
Colleen Camp .... in association with
Gustavo V. Casillas .... security: Los Angeles
Edward Chavez .... security: Los Angeles
Bruce Chudacoff .... location manager: Los Angeles
Jason H. Clark .... location scout: Los Angeles
Nicole Colombie .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Hugo Cortez .... assistant to chef: Hollywood Catering, Los Angeles
Kristina M. Crowley .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Laurie Dodsworth .... production accountant: Los Angeles
Fatime Dévényi .... catering: Budapest
Joy Ellison .... dialect coach: Los Angeles
Patrick Espinoza .... security: Los Angeles
Eszter Fixek .... production assistant: Budapest
Margit Földessy .... acting coach: Budapest
Antonio García .... chef: Hollywood Catering, Los Angeles (as Antonio Garcia)
Laura Gary .... studio teacher: Los Angeles
Dan Gorman .... location scout: Los Angeles
Rafael Hernandez .... assistant to chef: Hollywood Catering, Los Angeles
Gayle Hilary .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Peter Hoffman .... presenter
Andrea Horváth .... production cashier: Budapest
George Hurtado .... security: Los Angeles
Ferenc Háber .... managing director: Mafilm Audio Ltd., Budapest
Pat Jackson .... studio teacher: Los Angeles
Ágota Kovács .... production coordinator: Budapest
Deborah Lee .... production consultant: Los Angeles
Matt Lehman .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Rita Lengyel .... assistant production coordinator: Budapest
Alfonso D. Martinez .... security: Los Angeles
Ryan McGinnis .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Michelle McGrath .... assistant: Ms. Gárdos, Los Angeles
Lucas Moore .... studio teacher: Los Angeles
Dana Murry .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Mary Ann Newfield .... script supervisor: Los Angeles (as Mary Ann Newfield-Bowser)
Craig Nigh .... assistant: Mr. Sandys, Los Angeles
Josue 'Luis' Otero .... craft service: Los Angeles
John Panzarella .... location scout: Los Angeles
Ersin Pertan Jr. .... assistant: Ms. Timmermann, Los Angeles
Judit Párkányi .... script translator: Budapest
Leslie Rhorsen .... location scout: Los Angeles (as Leslie Thorsen)
Anikó Rupp .... assistant: Ms. Gárdos, Budapest
Annamária Róna .... dialect coach: Budapest
David Slous .... assistant: Ms. Camp, Los Angeles
Nancy Solomon .... script supervisor: Los Angeles
László Sterk .... location manager: Budapest
Michael Sullivan .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Carmen Tabanyi .... production associate: Los Angeles and Hungary
Bonnie Timmermann .... in association with
Stephen Vincent .... assistant: Ms. Timmermann, Los Angeles (as Steve Vincent)
Kris Walker .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Gabriella Winkler .... script supervisor: Budapest
Szonja Jakovits .... script supervisor: re-shoots (uncredited)
Darin Pfeiffer .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Rick Rosenthal .... production counsel (uncredited)
Jack Baran .... the producers and director wish to thank
Burt Berman .... the producers and director wish to thank: Paramount Pictures
Arlene Bernstein .... the producers and director wish to thank
Matthew C. Beville .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Mike Beville)
Betsy Blankett Milicevic .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Betsy Milicevic)
Dorothy Camp .... the producers and director wish to thank
Wilson Camp .... the producers and director wish to thank
Eleanor Coppola .... the producers and director wish to thank
Frank Darabont .... the producers and director wish to thank
Aida Gaboyan .... the producers and director wish to thank
Emily Goldwyn .... the producers and director wish to thank
John Goldwyn .... the producers and director wish to thank
David Hankins .... the producers and director wish to thank: Miles O'Fun
Kinga Hazai .... the producers and director wish to thank
Gary Hovey .... the producers and director wish to thank
Jim Inman .... the producers and director wish to thank
Mark Kaplan .... the producers and director wish to thank: Miles O'Fun
Bob Klima .... the producers and director wish to thank
Jeffrey Konvitz .... the producers and director wish to thank
Carlos Laszlo .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Carlos Weiner)
Robert Lesser .... the producers and director wish to thank
Thomas Lopinski .... the producers and director wish to thank
Jim McBride .... the producers and director wish to thank
Alison E. McBryde .... the producers and director wish to thank (as Alison McBryde)
Debra McDermott .... the producers and director wish to thank
Djorge Milicevic .... the producers and director wish to thank
Christopher Monger .... the producers and director wish to thank
Sherry Moraef .... the producers and director wish to thank
Suzanne Moss .... the producers and director wish to thank
Iván Márk .... the producers and director wish to thank
William L. Nagle .... the producers and director wish to thank (as William Nagle)
Otto Nemenz .... the producers and director wish to thank
Lisa Marie Presley .... the producers and director wish to thank
Priscilla Presley .... the producers and director wish to thank
Paul Rodriguez .... the producers and director wish to thank
Rick Rosenthal .... the producers and director wish to thank: Grakal, Root & Rosenthal
Ray Ruff .... the producers and director wish to thank
Charlotte Thomas .... the producers and director wish to thank
Tracy Tynan .... the producers and director wish to thank
Janos Varga .... the producers and director wish to thank
Susan Watson .... the producers and director wish to thank
Rex Weiner .... the producers and director wish to thank
Eitan Yanleni .... the producers and director wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for some violent content and thematic material
106 min | Argentina:122 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | France:U | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Philippines:PG-13 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | UK:12 | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #38019)
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The movie is based on the true life story of writer and director of the film, Éva Gárdos.See more »
Anachronisms: A graffiti slogan in Hungary emphasized in the film that reads "Le az Amerika Imperializmussal!" ("Down with American Imperialism") is accurate only for the 1950s, but not the setting of the film in the 1960s when Hungary became more liberal and anti-American and anti-Imperialism public slogans became more rarer.See more »
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27 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Desperately poignant, 19 November 2003
Author: JCR-4 from Rome

A true story: While her parents and older sister flee Hungary a young girl is unfortunately left behind with her grand-mother who then ends up in prison. The young girl is adopted by a childless couple who adoringly bring her up until she is 5 or 6, at which point her grandmother takes her back to her real parents in the USA. The young child is very brave, but also confused, and never forgets her adopted parents. This story leaves you feeling desperate for all those involved. The scenes of the girl in her early years with her adopted parents are very powerful and poignant. They are so genuine and sincere in their love for the child and they hope she will never have to leave them, but deep down they know that some day it will happen, and it happens when they are least expecting it. I can't imagine the pain those two people went through, as well as the child, and yet there is more to come. I spent the whole film fighting back the tears, I was completely absorbed by the depth of feeling. Some have said this film was flawed in some aspects but I'm no film critic and I have to say that I was so involved with the story and first class acting that if it was flawed I didn't notice. It is slow-paced but justly so. I was happy with the ending and felt it resolved nicely.

A note about the acting which was superb throughout. I'm a big fan of Tony Goldwyn who is perfect in these roles. The young Suzanne was delightful and incredibly genuine as were the adopted parents that were so authentic. The teenage Suzanne was also very naturally interpreted and believable. All in all, a fine film.

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