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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.

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(as Éva Gardos)
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Cast

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

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Rated PG-13 for some violent content and thematic material | See all certifications »
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Paramount [United States]

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Release Date:

28 February 2002 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Rapsódia Americana  »

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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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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 »

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Suzanne first arrives in Los Angeles in 1955, one house has an eighteen-inch television satellite dish strapped to the chimney. See more »

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Film has the following dedication before the credits: For my Mother and Father 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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Nice, sentimental drama, true to life
27 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

I lived for five years in Budapest, from 1990-95, and I married a Hungarian woman, so I have a natural interest in Hungarian-themed films. I enjoyed this thoroughly. True, the ending was a bit abrupt and sappy, but I thought it was a nicely made film all in all. Well acted, especially by Scarlett Johansson and Kelly Endresz-Banlaki, who both played the central character of Suzanne/Zsuzsana at ages 15 and 6 respectively.

Natashia Kinski played well, too, and has aged gracefully, playing a woman in her into her late 30s or early 40s I suppose. I was particularly impressed by her, Johansson's and Tony Goldwyn's apparent mastery of Hungarian, no easy language, I can assure you. Much of the film is set in Hungary with Hungarian subtitles (and alternately in America in English). I speak it only moderately well, so perhaps a real Hungarian would criticize the accent, but to me to whole blending of cultures and settings was surprisingly authentic and compelling. It really captured the time and places for me.


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