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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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Trivia

The wristwatch Jeremy Irons wears in his home office is a Swatch Burglar. 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

Claus von Bülow: Oh, I've been meaning to mention. Our understanding about... my extracurricular activities...
Sunny von Bülow: Mmm?
Claus von Bülow: I've been involved with someone who... falls outside the parameters of our agreement.
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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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Good film, Great Performance
10 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

The spooky yet amusing performance turned in by Jeremy Irons is worth watching all by itself. As an added bonus, the film is quite good as well. "Reversal of Fortune" thrives on its deft pacing, which keeps its relatively action-free plot interesting until the end. To the film's credit, the mystery is never fully solved; the viewer must ultimately decide the truth for himself. A treat for any thoughtful filmgoer.


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