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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 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?

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One of two films released in 1989 and 1990 which had a storyline where a woman finds out that her father is a Nazi war criminal allegedly guilty of war crimes. The movies are the Australian film Father (1990) and this film. The two pictures are very similar in their storylines. See more »

Quotes

Jack Burke: You trust your heart, you gonna get it broken.
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Features The Woody Woodpecker Show (1957) See more »

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A movie with a message
12 July 2000 | by modalisorekSee all my reviews

The movie focuses on two universal questions-do we actually know people we believe we do,including close ones,and does productive and outwardly respected life erase or diminish a past of hineous and sadistic crimes. I find the acting in the movie,including in the supporting roles,powerful.The courtroom scenes,with victims confronting a Hungarian ex SS man,deeply moving,and far from any cliche. worth noting is the senior lawyer,uttering his views about the holocaust to his grandson.One wonders what it will take to disrupt his aloof equanimity. I think that the movie has unique value,in light of the proliferation of the holocaust deniers,practitioners of historiographic hooliganism,by doing its part in telling us what happened.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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