Reversal of Fortune

Reversal of Fortune

Director: Barbet Schroeder Cast: Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Ron Silver
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Reversal of Fortune

This film is a darkly humorous, determinedly ambiguous adaptation of Alan Dershowitz's book about his successful legal appeal of Claus von Bulow's conviction for the attempted murder of his wife, Martha "Sunny" von Bulow. Sunny (Glenn Close) -- who remains in a "persistent vegetative state" resulting from a suspicious injection of insulin -- narrates the film, summarizing the first murder trial, which ended with Claus (Jeremy Irons) convicted and released on bail pending appeal. Claus approaches Harvard Law professor Dershowitz (Ron Silver) to handle the case. Working with a small group of law students recruited from his classes, Dershowitz presents sufficient new evidence to cast doubt as to Claus' guilt and the veracity of the star witness, her maid. Jeremy Irons' extraordinary, Oscar-winning performance dominates the film. He plays the role of Claus with a alternatively pompous, aloof snobbishness and an engagingly enigmatic, kinky, sly humor. Barbet Schroeder was also nominated for an Academy Award for his extraordinary, off-beat, direction of this sophisticated, exceptionally intelligent legal drama. Reversal of Fortune with its sharp, witty, Oscar-nominated screenplay by Nicholas Kazan is unusual in its understanding that legal guilt and moral culpability are not the same thing -- making for an unusually provocative tragicomedy of bad manners and bad behavior among the rich.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/29/1994
UPC: 0085391193432
Original Release: 1990
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Close Sunny Von Bulow
Jeremy Irons Claus Von Bulow
Ron Silver Alan M. Dershowitz
Annabella Sciorra Sarah
Uta Hagen Maria
Fisher Stevens David Marriott
Christine Baranski Andrea Reynolds
Mano Singh Raj
Felicity Huffman Minnie
Alan Pottinger Chuck
Sarah Fearon Ala von Auersberg
Jad Mager Alexander von Auersberg
Howard Feuer Actor
Julie Hoggerly Actor
Jack Gilpin Peter MacIntosh
Stephen Mailer Elon Dershowitz
Christine Dunford Ellen
Johann Carlo Nancy
Mitchell Whitfield Curly
Tom Wright Jack
Gordon Joseph Weiss Tom Berman
Lisa Gay Hamilton Mary
J.D. Cullum John
Michael Wikes Steve Famiglietti
Thomas Dorff Brillhoffer
Frederick Neumann Judge
Conrad McLaren Sheriff
Leo Leyden Englishman
Malachy McCourt Englishman
Julie Hagerty Alexandra (uncredited)
Keith Reddin Dobbs

Technical Credits
Barbet Schroeder Director
Mel Bourne Production Designer
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel Davis Art Director
Elon Dershowitz Co-producer
Steven Felder Production Designer,Production Manager
Howard Feuer Casting
Michael Flynn Associate Producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Nicholas Kazan Co-producer,Screenwriter
Beth Kushnick Set Decoration/Design
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Oliver Stone Co-producer,Producer
Lee Percy Editor
Edward R. Pressman Co-producer,Producer
Michael Rauch Executive Producer
Luciano Tovoli Cinematographer

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Reversal of Fortune 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was the most horrible movie of the year. Jeremy Irons was the worst part. He of course did not diserve Best Actor that year at all. They should not have even put this movie into market. I would give this no stars if possible!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thorougly enjoyed this movie. Jeremy Irons' acting was fantastic, and his performance was worthy of the academy award he won.