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Descending Angel (1990)

A recently engaged man getting to know his future father-in-law better unearths clues that the man may have been a Nazi collaborator and a mass murderer.

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Jeremy Kagan (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)

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Robert J. Siegel (story) (as Robert Siegel), Grace Woodard (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Florian Stroia
Diane Lane ... Irina Stroia
Eric Roberts ... Michael Rossi
Mark Margolis ... Bercovici
Vyto Ruginis ... Glenn
Amy Aquino ... Catherine
Ken Jenkins ... Sam Murray
Elsa Raven ... Vera
Richard Jenkins ... Debaudt
Jan Rubes ... Bishop Dancu
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Bookstore Clerk
George Buza ... Stellian
David De Sanctis David De Sanctis ... Policeman
Aidan Devine ... Security Clerk
Colin Fox ... Doctor
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A recently engaged man getting to know his future father-in-law better unearths clues that the man may have been a Nazi collaborator and a mass murderer.

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Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anjo Decadente See more »

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Irina Stroia: There once was a beautiful princess who's father, the king, went off to fight in a foreign war
Michael Rossi: When does the young knight come?
Irina Stroia: He just did
Michael Rossi: Yes he did
Irina Stroia: And it better hold him for the next ten days
Michael Rossi: We can always sneak out to a motel, can we?
Irina Stroia: You promised
Michael Rossi: Keep talking
Irina Stroia: The king had placed his daughter in a tower room where there were no windows and no doors, she was left there for a long... slow... slower time. Many years past and she began to forget what the king looked like and all she could do ...
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All songs Written and Performed by Les Voix Bulgares
Copyright Disques Cellier (SUISA)
Courtesy of Elektra/Nonesuch
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Eric Roberts goes up against George C. Scott
19 June 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I actually didn't think that "Descending Angel," a 1990 production for HBO, was too awful, and I don't see what was historically inaccurate about it, referring back to a review on this site.

Eric Roberts plays Michael Rossi, who wants to marry Irinia Stroia (Diane Lane). They travel to the Stroia home to meet Irinia's formidable father Florian (George C. Scott) who is prominent in the community.

It doesn't take long for Michael to be told by a survivor of a Romanian concentration camp that Florian was a Nazi collaborator, something the family denies. Disturbed, Michael investigates and learns that Florian was a member of the Iron Guard and responsible for the murders of men, women, and children. Confronted with this, Irinia is unable to accept the truth.

A review on this site said Romania was on the side of the Allies - well, that was at the end. Of all those joined with Nazi Germany, Romania was responsible for the deaths of more Jews than any country other than Germany itself. It's true that their alliance with the Allies probably did shorten the war and save many lives. The Iron Guard made the harsh anti-Semitic legislation worse and enacted legislation directed against minority businessmen.

The acting is very good, with Eric Roberts giving a passionate performance, George C. Scott is fine as the guarded and stern Stroia, and a young Diane Lane is lovely as a woman torn between devotion to her father and accepting the reality of his past. The end was abrupt and strange. The film did have some tense moments.

It's not as good as "The Music Box" but it's okay.


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