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

  • 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.


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  • Some children grow up believing their parents are perfect. This film asks: what happens when a father is accused of being a notorious Hungarian war criminal 40 plus years after the fact? His lawyer daughter wants to prove he's innocent. In that effort a judge, prosecutor and his lawyer daughter travel to Budapest to meet with a "surprise" prosecution witness who will "nail the coffin" of the accused man. But, they find this witness is a liar. The lawyer daughter, happy believing she's vindicated her father, travels to meet the sister of a military friend of her father's on her way home. While visiting the woman, she asks the lawyer daughter to retrieve and send to her a pawned, old and beautiful Hungarian music box. Once in her hands the lawyer daughter discovers a horrifying truth hidden inside.

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