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Music Box (1989)

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A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.

Director:

Costa-Gavras

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Ann Talbot
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Mike Laszlo
Frederic Forrest ... Jack Burke
Donald Moffat ... Harry Talbot
Lukas Haas ... Mikey Talbot
Cheryl Lynn Bruce ... Georgine Wheeler
Mari Töröcsik ... Magda Zoldan
J.S. Block J.S. Block ... Judge Silver
Sol Frieder Sol Frieder ... Istvan Boday
Michael Rooker ... Karchy Laszlo
Elzbieta Czyzewska ... Melinda Kalman
Magda Szekely Marburg Magda Szekely Marburg ... Judit Hollo
Felix Shuman Felix Shuman ... James Nathanson
Michael Shillo Michael Shillo ... Geza Vamos
George Pusep George Pusep ... Vladimir Kostav
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Storyline

Hungarian immigrant Mike Laszlo has done well for himself since arriving in the USA over 40 years ago after WWII's end. He is particularly proud of his daughter, Ann, a successful lawyer. Following the release of some secret WWII records by the Russians, Mike finds himself accused of being a notorious war criminal. He's convinced it's a Communist plot to discredit him and insists that Ann defend him in court. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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As a lawyer all she wanted was the truth. As a daughter all she wanted was his innocence. How well do you really know your father?

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Kirk Douglas and Walter Matthau wanted to play the father (Michael Laszlo), and were in contact with Director Costa-Gavras. Costa-Gavras also considered Marlon Brando for the part. Instead, he picked Armin Mueller-Stahl, who a couple of years earlier had said he would love to work with him after seeing his movie, Missing (1982), at the theater. See more »

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4 July 2003 | by msemmettSee all my reviews

I was astounded in reading the comments on these films to see people saying that Armin Muehler-Stall's character is flat and empty.Also, those that say his angry outbursts are not threatening.

My father is a Hungarian immigrant who I have wondered where he has a similar "true story". I can say from personal experience that Armin's performances are consistent with my father's outbursts and for me personally were terrifying when seeing the movie.

In terms of the generalization that the performance was "flat", there is a cold, clinical, almost sociapathic sense to some elderly Hungarians. Additionally, I found Jessica Lange's performance COMPLETELY believeable as someone raised under such strong expectations and often silent or restrained about true expressions of emotion or fear.

That's my two cents. DO NOT underestimate the ACCURACY of this film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

19 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Music Box See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,381, 25 December 1989

Gross USA:

$6,263,883

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,263,883
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Carolco Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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