Reversal of Fortune

Reversal of Fortune

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


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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: 03/24/2015
UPC: 0888574100063
Original Release: 1990
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 19,452

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Barbet Schroeder and screenwriter Nicholas Kazan

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Reversal of Fortune
1. Newport's Home
2. A Tale of Two Comas
3. Evidence Accumulates
4. Two Phone Calls
5. One Thing In His Favour
6. Maria's Account
7. Team-Building
8. Obviously Guilty
9. David Marriott
10. Bothersome Facts
11. "Who Would You... ?"
12. Her State of Mind
13. Jokes and Chinese Food
14. Aspirin Overdose
15. Alexandra's Impact
16. Two-Time Loser
17. "Of Course I Care"
18. The Needle Test
19. Black-Bag Concoctions
20. Happy Memories
21. Driven Crazy
22. Marriott's Visit
23. December 20, 1980
24. With Greater Venom
25. Behind a Closed Door
26. Setbacks and Victories
27. Whose Bag?
28. Overdose Trigger
29. Taking the Bait
30. Coma Theory #1
31. Coma Theory #2
32. Morally On His Own
33. Kidding Coda
34. End Credits

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