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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)

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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.


Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to casting director Howard Feuer, Glenn Close was paid "an outrageous fortune" for three weeks' work as the leading lady. Jeremy Irons and Ron Silver were paid quite handsomely. Supporting players Julie Hagerty, Fisher Stevens, and Uta Hagen had to settle for scale plus 10. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sunny von Bülow: [narrating] I never woke from this coma, and I never will. I am what doctors call "persistent vegetative" - a vegetable. According to medical experts, I could stay like this for a very long time - brain dead, body better than ever.
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Featured in The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (1991) See more »

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QUARTET, OPUS 64, NO. 5, MINUET
Written by Franz Joseph Haydn
Arranged by Charlotte Georg (as Les Peel)
Courtesy of Ole Georg/Group Pro, Inc.
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Remarkable performance by Irons
16 August 1999 | by ArkaanSee 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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