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Reversal of Fortune (1990)

Director:
Barbet Schroder
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Von Bülow-mysteriet
RUNNING TIME
120 minutes
Producer:
Edward R. Pressman
Oliver Stone
Screenwriter:
Nicholas Kazan
Based on the book by:
Alan Dershowitz


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Claus von Bülow Jeremy Irons
Sunny von Bülow Glenn Close ½
Alan Derschowitz Ron Silver ½
Carol Annabella Sciorra ½
Maria Uta Hagen ½
David Marriot Fisher Stevens ½
Andrea Reynolds Christine Baranski ½

 

Review

Crime stories based on real life events are always diffucult to translate to the big screen because it is almost inevitable for the director not to let his views colour the narrative too much. Centered around the highly publicized case concerning the sociate von Bülow couple, Reversal of Fortune is one of the greatest such films ever, directed with an almost teasing sense of balance by Frenchman Barbet Schroder. He structures the narrative with chilling presicion, making this a highly suspenseful film in addition to one of the most interesting criminal dramas of all time. Jeremy Irons' performance is a standout - his honest arrogance is full of indications but he leaves the conclusion to the viewer. Great are also both Ron Silver and Glenn Close - the latter in a what is for her perfect role, even though she has limited time to explore it with here.

Note: As of the time of this review, Sonny von Bülow still lies comatosed in a hospital in New York. She and Claus are still married.

Re-review: Copyright © 27.12.2004 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright © 17
.10.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
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