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An American Rhapsody (2001)

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A young Hungarian girl struggles to find her place in the world when she's reunited with her parents in the USA years after she was left behind during their flight from the communist country in the 1950s.

Director:

Éva Gárdos (as Éva Gardos)

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Éva Gárdos (as Éva Gardos)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scarlett Johansson ... Suzanne - at 15
Nastassja Kinski ... Margit
Raffaella Bánsági Raffaella Bánsági ... Suzanne - Infant
Tony Goldwyn ... Peter
Ágnes Bánfalvy Ágnes Bánfalvy ... Helen (as Ági Bánfalvy)
Zoltán Seress Zoltán Seress ... George
Klaudia Szabó Klaudia Szabó ... Maria - at 4
Zsolt Zágoni Zsolt Zágoni ... Russian Soldier
András Szöke András Szöke ... Istvan
Erzsi Pásztor Erzsi Pásztor ... Ilus
Carlos Laszlo Carlos Laszlo ... Boy on Train
Bori Kereszturi Bori Kereszturi ... Suzanne - at 3 (as Boru Keresztúri)
Péter Kálloy Molnár ... AVO Officer (as Péter Kállóy Molnár)
Zsuzsa Czinkóczi Zsuzsa Czinkóczi ... Teri
Balázs Galkó Balázs Galkó ... Jeno
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Storyline

In 1950, a Hungarian couple, Peter and Margit, are forced to flee from the oppressive communist country for the USA with their eldest daughter Maria, but are forced to leave behind their infant daughter Suzanne who is raised by kindly foster couple. 6 years later, Peter and Margit arrange for the American Red Cross to bring Suzanne to their new home in Los Angeles where the perplexed youth is forced to accept her sudden change in home and country which leads to a troubled growing up. At age 15, the rebelious and unsure-of-herself Suzanne tries to come to terms with her roots and decides to travel back to Budapest, Hungary to find her true idenity. Written by Matthew Patay

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One family struggles for survival, for justice, for freedom.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent content and thematic material | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Paramount [United States]

Country:

USA | Hungary

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

28 February 2002 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma Rapsódia Americana See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,200, 12 August 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$850,023, 7 April 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Éva Gárdos met actress Colleen Camp on the set of Apocalypse Now (1979), when she was a casting director for the film. During shooting breaks, Éva told Colleen her true story of her childhood as a Hungarian émigré and Colleen encouraged her to turn it into a film. Colleen Camp would ultimately help produce the film, and played a small role in it as a neighborhood housewife. See more »

Goofs

At the airport in Budapest the sign on the building says "Budapest Ferihegy 1". In the 1960s there was only one airport terminal at the Budapest International Airport, therefore it was not numbered. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the film is a black and white picture of Éva Gárdos with her parents circa 1955. See more »

Soundtracks

Tweedle Dee
(1954)
(Also called "Tweedlee Dee")
Written by Winfield Scott
Performed by Georgia Gibbs
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises & Unichappel Music, Inc. (BMI)
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A Wonderful and Moving Film
1 March 2003 | by teuthisSee all my reviews

It is difficult to encompass this film in a few words. It is a compelling drama that is delicately crafted by the director and superbly acted by the entire cast. In those respects it is flawless. There are enchanting, and disturbing pictures of life in America and Hungary. The story is at once sad, and heartening. It is a film of contrasts, skillfully presented. It draws the emotions of the viewer along with it, and evokes genuine sympathies for all the characters. That is rare in any film.

A young girl is torn between her youthful memories of one world, and one set of parents, while trying to grow up in another world with her real family that she seems to barely know. She is caught emotionally between her memories of two diverse worlds. The conflicts come to a crisis when she is 16, and she decides that she must return to Hungary in order to resolve them. I was so enthralled by that premise, and the skill with which the story was crafted, that I was engrossed from start to finish. I'm not even sure if I blinked the entire time. The scenes on the Hungarian side paint a poignant picture of people trying to live under the hopelessness of the communist regime after the invasion by the Soviets in 1950.

Natassja Kinski is superb. Her role is a departure from past efforts but she, as always, delivers a sterling interpretation of her character. But Scarlet Johansson and Kelly Endresz Banlaki really steal the show. Their performances as Suzanne are understated and genuine. There are some minor plot flaws in "An American Rhapsody", but they are inconsequential compared to the superb emotional ride the story provides. Watch this one for the dramatic and irresistible acting.


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