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Plot, Details & Awards

Music Box

(1989)
In Theaters 12/25/1989 , 126min.
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Plot & Details

Jessica Lange plays an attorney whose affable Hungarian-immigrant father Armin Mueller-Stahl is arrested. He is threatened with deportation for lying about his activities during World War II; part of the charge is that Mueller-Stahl was a Nazi collaborationist, guilty of wartime atrocities. Absolutely convinced that her father is being railroaded by a revenge-seeking Hungarian communist government, Lange handles Mueller-Stahl's defense, expertly blowing huge holes in prosecuting attorney Frederic Forrest's case. But in doing her own research, Lange discovers that her father has spent a lifetime paying off a blackmailer. Why? In contrast to the fervency of his earlier Z, Costa-Gavras refuses to make things easy by proselytizing in The Music Box (nor does screenwriter Joe Esterhas indulge in his usual right-between-the-eyes fervency). Everything in the film is offered on the same calm, collected level, making the ultimate horror of the story all the more effective.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Jessica Lange Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Jessica Lange Nominated

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear Won

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