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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.

Director:

Barbet Schroeder

Writers:

Alan M. Dershowitz (book) (as Alan Dershowitz), Nicholas Kazan (screenplay)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Sunny von Bulow
Jeremy Irons ... Claus von Bulow
Ron Silver ... Alan Dershowitz
Annabella Sciorra ... Sarah
Uta Hagen ... Maria
Fisher Stevens ... David Marriott
Jack Gilpin ... Peter MacIntosh
Christine Baranski ... Andrea Reynolds
Stephen Mailer ... Elon Dershowitz
Christine Dunford ... Ellen
Felicity Huffman ... Minnie
Mano Singh Mano Singh ... Raj
Johann Carlo ... Nancy
Keith Reddin Keith Reddin ... Dobbs
Alan Pottinger Alan Pottinger ... Chuck
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA | Japan | UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

9 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El misterio Von Bulow See more »

Filming Locations:

Montclair, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$176,985, 21 October 1990

Gross USA:

$15,445,131

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,445,131
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The two brothers Alan Dershowitz is trying to save from death row are based on the 1980 case of the Tison brothers in Arizona. They helped their father escape from prison, and were charged with murder when he killed four people soon after. Dershowitz got their sentence commuted to life in prison. The brothers were also white in real life. See more »

Goofs

When the intern wants to quit the project and heads for the door, the shot is flopped. Her books and purse change arms between shots. See more »

Quotes

Minnie: He says he doesn't have anything that'd help us.
Alan Dershowitz: You with me?
Sarah: Paydirt.
Raj: What's paydirt?
Alan Dershowitz: He's a lawyer. If he really didn't have anything, he'd give it to us. But there's something there, and he's going to fight like hell to hold onto it.
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SONATA IN A MAJOR
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Charlotte Georg (as Lee Ashley)
Courtesy of Ole Georg/Group Pro, Inc.
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terrific performances
7 September 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Sunny von Bülow (Glenn Close) lies brain dead and in a coma. She would narrate much of the movie. She is a rich socialite in Newport, Rhode Island. Her husband Claus (Jeremy Irons) is suspected by his step-kids and the maid of attempted murder. He stands to inherit $14 million of her fortune. They recruit a former D.A. to investigate. In 1982, the government uses the privately uncovered evidences to convict Claus. Claus hires Professor Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver) to be his attorney on the advice of his girlfriend Andrea Reynolds (Christine Baranski) to get a Jew. Dershowitz is uncertain of his innocence but he needs money for the defense of two black kids about to be executed in Alabama. He also rejects what is essentially a privatized prosecution. He gathers a team of former colleges and students. Sarah (Annabella Sciorra) is a former girlfriend. Student Minnie (Felicity Huffman) almost walks out refusing to defend a rich guilty guy. David Marriott (Fisher Stevens) is a sleazy witness with damning testimony.

Both Jeremy Irons and Ron Silver are terrific. Irons never lets on his guilt or innocence. The investigation is compelling. There is clarity in the writing. This is based on Dershowitz's book and therefore the opposition doesn't have much screen time. There is real tension about Claus's trial and his guilt. It's a solid trial movie.


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