Reversal Of Fortune


(out of 5)

This excellent film details the case of Sunny von Bulow (), a wealthy New York aristocrat who went into a coma after an excessive dose of insulin administered by her husband.  Said Claus von Bulow (), an old European name possibly hiding a nefarious fortune hunter, is convicted of attempted murder and seeks the help of top attorney Alan Dershowitz () 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.

Sovereign Pictures, Reversal Films Inc., Shochiku-Fuji Company

USA/Japan/United Kingdom, 1990

Directed by 

Screenplay by , based on the book by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jeremy Irons as “Claus Von Bulow”)

Best Directing (Barbet Schroeder)
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium) (Nicholas Kazan)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Jeremy Irons)

Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Director (Barbet Schroeder)
Best Screenplay (Nicholas Kazan)


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