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Sunshine (1999)

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The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.

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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ignatz Sonnenschein / Adam Sors / Ivan Sors
... Valerie Sors
... Greta
... Valerie Sonnenschein
... Maj. Carole Kovács
... Hannah Wippler
... Gustave Sonnenschein
David de Keyser ... Emmanuel Sonnenschein
... Gustave Sors
... Rose Sonnenschein
... Gen. Jakofalvy
... István Sors
... Minister of Justice
... Comrade Gen. Kope
... Baron Margitta
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Storyline

The film follows a Jewish family living in Hungary through three generations, rising from humble beginnings to positions of wealth and power in the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire. The patriarch becomes a prominent judge but is torn when his government sanctions anti-Jewish persecutions. His son converts to Christianity to advance his career as a champion fencer and Olympic hero, but is caught up in the Holocaust. Finally, the grandson, after surviving war, revolution, loss and betrayal, realizes that his ultimate allegiance must be to himself and his heritage. Written by <gatsby@freemail.hu>

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In a time of revolution, in a family torn by tradition, one man was consumed by love. See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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14 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Taste of Sunshine  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,869, 11 June 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,095,981, 4 February 2001
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Jennifer Ehle, who plays Young Valerie, is the daughter of Rosemary Harris, who plays Older Valerie. See more »

Goofs

When Adam Sors returns to Budapest after the 1936 Olympics, there is a brief shot of the train station in Budapest showing several Bzmot type trains that were first put in use in 1977. See more »

Quotes

Valerie: I have seen the collapse of government after government, and they all think they can last a thousand years. Each new one always declares the last one criminal and corrupt, and always promises a future of justice and freedom.
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Jewish Wedding Song
Performed by Emil Tóth
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A movie for the ages.
20 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Can't believe this movie isn't more widely known. An epic drama that covers 5 generations of one family and ultimately delivers a powerful message about the true "recipe" for sunshine in life, and the importance of standing up for who and what you are.


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