Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA/Japan/United Kingdom, 1990. Sovereign Pictures, Reversal Films Inc., Shochiku-Fuji Company. Screenplay by Nicholas Kazan, based on the book by Alan Dershowitz. Cinematography by Luciano Tivoli. Produced by Edward R. Pressman, Oliver Stone. Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by Mel Bourne. Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky. Film Editing by Lee Percy. Academy Awards 1990. Boston Film Critics Awards 1990. Golden Globe Awards 1990. National Board of Review Awards 1990. New York Film Critics Awards 1990.
This excellent film details the case of Sunny von Bulow (Glenn Close), a wealthy New York aristocrat who went into a coma after an excessive dose of insulin administered by her husband. Said Claus von Bulow (Jeremy Irons), an old European name possibly hiding a nefarious fortune hunter, is convicted of attempted murder and seeks the help of top attorney Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver) to overturn the verdict on appeal. The film concentrates on Dershowitz and his assistants investigating the events leading up to von Bulow’s accident, with more emphasis on their preparation for the case instead of the actual trial itself. Barbet Schroeder’s direction is scintillating, and both Irons and Close give riveting performances.