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Reversal of Fortune (1990)

Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sunny von Bulow
... Claus von Bulow
... Alan Dershowitz
... Sarah
... Maria
... David Marriott
Jack Gilpin ... Peter MacIntosh
... Andrea Reynolds
... Elon Dershowitz
... Ellen
... Minnie
Mano Singh ... Raj
... Nancy
Keith Reddin ... Dobbs
Alan Pottinger ... Chuck
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Alan Dershowitz a brilliant professor of law is hired by wealthy socialite Claus von Bulow to attempt to overturn his two convictions for attempted murder of his extremely wealthy wife. Based on a true story the film concentrates not on the trial like other legal thrillers, but on the preparatory work that Dershowitz and his students put in as they attempt to disprove the prosecution's case and achieve the Reversal of Fortune of the title. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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The Case of Claus Von Bulow. An American Saga of Money and Mystery.


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9 November 1990 (USA)  »

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El misterio Von Bulow  »

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$15,445,131
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Uta Hagen's final film. See more »

Goofs

In the opening shot flying over the estates in Newport, visitors are at some of the mansions. In 1983, some mansions, like The Breakers and Marble House, were open to the public. See more »

Quotes

Alan Dershowitz: Claus, did you hear what I just said?
Claus von Bülow: Of course I did! Did you hear the judge sentence me?
Alan Dershowitz: Uh, yeah, thirty years, that's tough.
Claus von Bülow: Twice trying to murder one's wife? Anything less would be monstrous.
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Featured in The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1991) See more »

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TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
Performed by Éva Marton with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (as the London Philharmonic)
Written by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Arpád Joó (conductor)
Courtesy of Sefel Records
Division of Phoenix Entertainment Inc.
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Remarkable performance by Irons
16 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Claus von Bulow was accused and convicted of twice attempting to kill his wife, Sunny von Bulow. The film is about the appeal

Nicholas Kazan takes a huge risk, and has Sunny von Bulow (Glenn Close, who is marvelous) narrate the story, while in a coma. It pays off beautifully. We learn the lifestyle in which they inhabit, there daily arguments about Claus' "extra-curricular" activities, work, etc. In comes Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver), who is hired by Claus to do the appeal.

Fascinating and provocative, we see the way Ron Silver tries to find out if his client is guilty or innocent. The cast is a treat to watch, down to even the smallest roles. But it's Jeremy Irons who dominates with his chilling performance.

By the end of the movie, we don't really care whether or not Claus is guilty, a testament to Barbet Schroeder, and Nicholas Kazan.


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