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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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1.85 : 1
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Alan M. Dershowitz: appears briefly in profile as one of the appellate judges, just as they are sitting down at the appeal. See more »

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Claus von Bulow abruptly switches his eating hand in the restaurant. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: I think it's easier to love somebody than to live with them. Love is fantasy - living is work.
Alan Dershowitz: I'll say. And *those* people don't like to work.
Sarah: But if you don't do the work, the love dies and nobody wants to deal with that one.
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GIMME A LITTLE SIGN
Performed by Brenton Wood
Written by Jerry Winn (lyrics), Brenton Wood (as Alfred Smith) and Joseph Hooven
Courtesy of Original Sound Records Co., Inc.
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A delightful movie. Bravo!
23 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed "Reversal of Fortune." It was a wonderful, satiric (take your pick: black comedy/crime drama/mystery). The acting was tremendous. Jeremy Irons was fantastic and his performance was definitely Oscar-worthy. The movie itself pushed the lines between arguing the truth and arguing the facts. Although the movie was never clear on whether Claus was in fact guilty or not, the movie was actually more enjoyable because of its ambiguity. The tactics used by Dershowitz were very convincing and plausible. One thing I must complain about was the addition of Sarah's relationship with Alan into the film, which wasn't very well done. Otherwise, fun for the whole family, if your family is a sardonic, evil, emotionless wreck.


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