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An American Rhapsody (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama | 28 February 2002 (Hungary)
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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)

Writer:

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 rebellious 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 identity. Written by matt-282

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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

American Rhapsody was the 1998 grand prize winner of the Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Competition. See more »

Goofs

When George visits Zsuzsi on her birthday, bringing her the doll, as he drives his car in, the number plates can be seen briefly. They are the new type of plates used in Hungary from the early 90s to 2003. Besides, it begins with OT, a special plate for old timer cars (hence OT). See more »

Crazy Credits

Film has the following dedication before the credits: For my Mother and Father See more »

Soundtracks

Jaj Istenem
Arranged by Jeno Zsigo
Performed by Ando Drom
Courtesy of The Ando Drom Foundation
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All people under the age of 60 should watch this movie
9 August 2002 | by boots-15See all my reviews

We in the United States do not realize how spoiled we are with material things. I am 70 yrs old and remember the lst 10 years of my life, raised by poor farmer grandparents in the depression, having nothing.

Kids do not want to hear nor believe how spoiled they are. They want every new electronic gadget that comes unto the market whether they can afford it or not.They can't afford to fix their car, pay their bills, but they must buy a cell phone, a DVD, cable TV, go to the latest movie at the theater, go out to eat etc

This is a sad movie, but a great one. It shows the comparison between life in Hungary in the mid part of the 20th century compared to the same couple getting to the United States. I won't go into the plot. The little 5 yr old actress who starred in this movie was sensational.

We do not appreciate what we have in the U.S. either. We do not realize how material gadgets do not bring the happiness we thought they would. Please rent this movie...


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