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

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Ann Talbot
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Mike Laszlo
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Jack Burke
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Harry Talbot
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Mikey Talbot
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Georgine Wheeler
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Magda Zoldan
J.S. Block ...
Judge Silver
Sol Frieder ...
Istvan Boday
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Karchy Laszlo
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Melinda Kalman
Magda Szekely Marburg ...
Judit Hollo
Felix Shuman ...
James Nathanson
Michael Shillo ...
Geza Vamos
George Pusep ...
Vladimir Kostav
Mitchell Litrofsky ...
Sandy Lehman
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Mack Jones
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Dean Talbot
Joe Guzaldo ...
Joe Dinofrio
Tibor Kenderesi ...
Pal Horvath
Christiana Nicola ...
Marie
Kevin C. White ...
Clerk (as Kevin White)
György Emõd ...
Andra Nagy (as György Emöd)
Ralph Foody ...
Pawn Broker
Magda Sass ...
Translator #1
Owen J. Rice ...
Courtroom Reporter #1 (as Owen Rice)
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Irma Kiss
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John Staley
Pauline Kaner ...
Reporter
Mark Steggerda ...
Courtroom Guard #1
Leonard E. Boswell ...
Courtroom Guard #2
Douglas Marcinek ...
Courtroom Guard #3
Agnes Gallwitz ...
Translator #2 (as Ágnes Gallwitz)
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Man in Budapest
Jane MacIver ...
Secretary #1
Megan Sanchez-Warner ...
Secretary #2 (as Megan Warner)
Erica Heit ...
Doctor (as Erica Heit M.D.)
Tracy Grant ...
Servant
Toni Fleming ...
Housekeeper
Edward Blatchford ...
Young Man (as Ed Blatchford)
Andy Avalos ...
Weatherman #1
Tim Skilling ...
Weatherman #2
Tom Stienke ...
Sports Announcer
Donez Harris ...
Security Guard (as Donnez Harris)
Gábor Koncz ...
Limo Driver
Nicholas Christianson ...
Boy with Mikey
Richard D'Angelo ...
Violent Protester
George Carson ...
Boy #2
Rocky Finlay ...
Boy #3
Márta Sebestyén ...
Singer
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Jeff Dlugolecki ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ...
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Office Worker (uncredited)
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Angry protester (uncredited)

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Costa-Gavras

Written by

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Joe Eszterhas ... (written by)

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Joe Eszterhas ... executive producer
Hal W. Polaire ... executive producer
Irwin Winkler ... producer

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Philippe Sarde

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Patrick Blossier

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Joële Van Effenterre

Editorial Department

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Noori Dehnahi ... post-production coordinator
David Young ... assistant editor

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Pam Dixon
Mary Goldberg

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Jeannine Oppewall ... (as Jeannine Claudia Oppewall)

Art Direction by

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László Rajk

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Erica Rogalla

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Rita Salazar

Makeup Department

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Art Anthony ... additional makeup artist
Steve LaPorte ... makeup department head

Production Management

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Michael Polaire ... production manager
Gábor Ujházy ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jeanne Caliendo ... second assistant director

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József Kiss ... construction manager
Robert E. Knight ... supervising signwriter
Troy Osman ... carpenter
Tyler Osman ... construction foreman
Lajos E. Szabó ... stand-by painter
Anthony Joseph Fatigato ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bernard Chaumeil ... boom operator
Catherine D'Hoir ... sound editor
William Flageollet ... re-recording mixer
Pierre Gamet ... sound
Gérard Lamps ... re-recording mixer
Jonathan Sorrell ... synclavier operator

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Jerry Lieberman ... special effects technician

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István Bartók ... still photographer
Steven Hiller ... assistant camera
Dean M. Simmon ... film loader
Quentin Matthys ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Mark A. Ridge ... extras casting
Barbara L. Roche ... casting
Linda Weaver ... casting associate
Catherine Jane Holzer ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Péter Palotás ... wardrobe assistant

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Gabriel Angi-Dobos ... location manager
Mark Mamalakis ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Hubert Bougis ... orchestrator
Harry Braun ... music location recording
Billy Byers ... orchestrator
William Flageollet ... music engineer
Harry Rabinowitz ... conductor
Jonathan Sorrell ... musician: keyboards and programming

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Sioux Richards ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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István Bognár ... driver

Additional Crew

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Mimi Bensinger ... adr loop group
Robert Bernacchi ... production assistant
William Chartoff ... production assistant
Lainie Cooke ... adr loop group
Anne Gartlan ... adr loop group
Nicholas J. Giangiulio ... adr loop group
Debbie Sue Goodman ... extra cast
Steve Head ... production assistant
Bob Jordan ... adr loop group
John Juback ... adr loop group
Steve Kraus ... dailies projectionist
Terry Mettger ... assistant accountant
Elizabeth Owens ... adr loop group
Dan Resin ... adr loop group
Judi Rosner ... production coordinator
Kent Shelton ... horse wrangler
David Sherry ... assistant to writer
Géza Varga ... caterer
Ellis Williams ... adr loop group
Richard De Witt ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Music Box - Die ganze Wahrheit (Germany)
  • La caja de música (Spain)
  • Muito Mais que um Crime (Brazil)
  • Music Box - Die ganze Wahrheit (West Germany)
  • Müzik Kutusu (Turkey, Turkish title)
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  • 124 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $19,381, 22 Dec 1989

Did You Know?

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Trivia After the movie was released, screenwriter Joe Eszterhas' own father, Istvan Eszterhas, was accused of war crimes in Hungary for printing anti-Semitic editorials, and even organizing a book burning. When Istvan admitted the charges were accurate, Joe responded by publicly condemning his father, and disowning him as a parent, later writing that he never reconciled with Istvan, and refused to let him see his grandchildren right up to the point where Istvan died of natural causes. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Always/Music Box/Born on the Fourth of July/Tango and Cash/Camille Claudel (1989). See more »
Quotes Mack Jones: What do we know about our parents?
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