Reversal of Fortune

1990
7.2| 1h51m| R| en| More Info
Released: 05 October 1990 Released
Producted By: Shochiku-Fuji Company
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Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.

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Precisett This movie is magnificent!
PodBill Just what I expected
RipDelight This is a tender, generous movie that likes its characters and presents them as real people, full of flaws and strengths.
Kaydan Christian A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
Danny Blankenship Checked out and watched the legal drama "Reversal of Fortune" which is based on the real life attempted murder case and overturned conviction case of rich and well known European aristocrat Claus Von Bulow(in an Oscar winner role for Jeremy Irons who's sly and cunning in his acting). And this is a legal picture that's a little different from others it stays away from the courtroom drama scenes and most focuses on the behind the scenes legal theory and work by Claus's defense team which was headed by famed defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz(Ron Silver)and a group of his former students that he taught at college. The story is compelling and interesting as this happened not once but twice as Claus was convicted of twice trying to kill his elegant socialite wife Sunny(Glenn Close)and Claus is a spoiled playboy a guy who has a mistress on the side, yet still Sunny had a drug and alcohol problem, and the way the film shows the scenes it leaves it up in the air as to whether Claus gave Sunny the dose or did she overdose herself in a suicide attempt? As questions still linger at what happened at this 1980 Newport mansion.The film is also based on defense lawyer Dershowitz's book as I mentioned most of the picture on the other story side is a focus of the legal work and theory put forward by Alan and his legal team of ex law students and current students waiting to pass the bar. It's really like a legal theory classroom showcase! All in all the film is a catch with interest it still has a drama suspense feel to it as after I watched I still asked the questions did Claus do it or not? "Reversal of Fortune" is one legal theory movie to watch.
kenjha This is the true story of a millionaire accused of attempting to murder his wife. While the legal wrangling is interesting, the film lacks dramatic tension and narrative flow. Taking a page from "Sunset Blvd," this film features narration by Sunny while she's in a coma. However, this device is not followed to its logical conclusion - the revelation of what really happened to Sunny. Irons has a field day as Claus, a pompous blow-hard who elicits zero sympathy. It is not a great performance, bordering on caricature, but it is fun to watch. Close has some good moments, but her role is limited. Silver is well cast as the lawyer hired to reverse von Bulow's conviction.
namashi_1 Adapted from the 1985 book Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bülow Case, written by law professor Alan Dershowitz, 'Reversal Of Fortune' is a superb film! Barbet Schroeder directs this Murder-Mystery in an atmosphere that has potential and a lot to explain.It recounts the true story of the unexplained coma of socialite Sunny von Bülow, the subsequent attempted murder trial, and the eventual acquittal of her husband, Claus von Bülow, who had Dershowitz acting as his defense. As a cinematic experience, it's a must watch. The most freaky part is that it's a true incident.. the poor Sunny died few years back! Claus, on the other-hand is still alive.Moving on, coming to the high-points of this film: Schroeder's direction is fantastic. He makes every move neatly. Luciano Tovoli's Cinematography is outstanding! He captures each frame with style. Acting wise, Jeremy Irons is dignified in a role that won him the Academy-Award for Best Actor! Glenn Close is terrific. The legendary actress steals the show with a haunting performance. Ron Silver is hugely effective. Felicity Huffman, in a brief role, is perfect.This true story is a must watch... it's one cinematic experience! Thumbs Up!
Jackson Booth-Millard I had mainly heard of this film because of the leading actor winning an Oscar, and based on a true story it sounded interesting and certainly worth a try. Basically Claus Von Bülow (Oscar and Golden Globe winning Jeremy Irons) is accused of attempting to murder his wife Martha 'Sunny' (Glenn Close), who has gone into a deep coma. Claus has hired brilliant Professor of law, Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver), to try and get him acquitted after being found guilty on two convictions. Through a series of flashbacks you find out how Claus and Sunny met each other, how their marriage was slowly breaking down, and a few flashes of how the accused incident could have gone. The only problem with Claus hiring Dershowitz is that he and his are students are confident that he is guilty, and they are actually trying to prove his innocence, and unbelievably, they succeeded! The end text says that Claus lived a reasonably normal life after he got off, and Sunny never woke from her coma. Also starring The Hand That Rocks the Cradle's Annabella Sciorra as Sarah, Uta Hagen as Maria - Sunny's Personal Maid, Fisher Stevens as David Marriott, Jack Gilpin as Peter MacIntosh - Dershowitz's Student Staff, Christine Baranski as Andrea Reynolds - Claus' Girlfriend, Stephen Mailer as Elon Dershowitz, Christine Dunford as Ellen and Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman as Minnie - Dershowitz's Student Staff. Irons makes an interesting performance with a slight German twang in his accent, Close (also narrating) does well in her flashback sequences, and Silver is pretty good, it is an interesting story worth watching. It was nominated the Oscars for Best Director for Barbet Schroeder and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, and it was nominated the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Very good!