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Music Box (1989)

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A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.

Director:

Costa-Gavras

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Ann Talbot
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Mike Laszlo
Frederic Forrest ... Jack Burke
Donald Moffat ... Harry Talbot
Lukas Haas ... Mikey Talbot
Cheryl Lynn Bruce ... Georgine Wheeler
Mari Töröcsik ... Magda Zoldan
J.S. Block J.S. Block ... Judge Silver
Sol Frieder Sol Frieder ... Istvan Boday
Michael Rooker ... Karchy Laszlo
Elzbieta Czyzewska ... Melinda Kalman
Magda Szekely Marburg Magda Szekely Marburg ... Judit Hollo
Felix Shuman Felix Shuman ... James Nathanson
Michael Shillo Michael Shillo ... Geza Vamos
George Pusep George Pusep ... Vladimir Kostav
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Storyline

Hungarian immigrant Mike Laszlo has done well for himself since arriving in the USA over 40 years ago after WWII's end. He is particularly proud of his daughter, Ann, a successful lawyer. Following the release of some secret WWII records by the Russians, Mike finds himself accused of being a notorious war criminal. He's convinced it's a Communist plot to discredit him and insists that Ann defend him in court. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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As a lawyer all she wanted was the truth. As a daughter all she wanted was his innocence. How well do you really know your father?

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

19 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Music Box See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,381, 25 December 1989

Gross USA:

$6,263,883

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,263,883
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Carolco Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Jessica Lange; and two Oscar nominees: Armin Mueller-Stahl and Frederic Forrest. See more »

Quotes

Jack Burke: You trust your heart, you gonna get it broken.
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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »

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Jessica Lange in one of her best performances
27 July 2000 | by Arne-12See all my reviews

This film is of course a dangerous experiment with ingredients like: a court drama, holocaust 40 years after and absolute no action at all. But because of the great performances by the actors, it ends up as a deeply moving experience.

And at the very center, Jessica Lange does a tremendous job as the lawyer and daughter of a Hungarian war criminal - or is he? She appears in almost every picture of the film, and I find her very convincing in her emotional ups and downs throughout. She does it with no glamour, but alone her incredible personality.

Most of the other actors does a great job as well, and the only reason for not voting it in top is, that the plot is not too convincing - but it first became obvious some time after I watched the film, simply because of the fine acting.

I voted 9/10.


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