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R| 2 hr. min.

Plot Summary
When socialite Sunny von Bülow (Glenn Close) inexplicably slips into an irreversible coma, police suspect foul play -- and the obvious suspect is her urbane husband, Claus (Jeremy Irons). After being found guilty of murder, Claus is granted a retrial and hires showboat Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver) to represent him. Though unconvinced of Claus's innocence, Dershowitz enjoys a challenge and -- along with a group of his students -- fights to have the verdict overturned.

Cast: Glenn Close , Jeremy Irons , Ron Silver , Annabella Sciorra , Uta Hagen , Fisher Stevens , Christine Baranski , Mano Singh

Director: Barbet Schroeder

Genres: Docudrama

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

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Release Date: October 17th, 1990|2 hr. min.

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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What makes it such a mesmerizing, wickedly witty entertainment is the revealing portrait it paints of an era in which everyone is presumed guilty where greed is concerned... It's an often chilly movie, but the chill cuts to the bone. show more

  • 100
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    The comic contrast between the genteel snobbery of von Bulow, a Danish aristocrat, and Dershowitz's dry contempt for his well-tailored client is treated with understated but stinging wit in Nicholas Kazan's brilliant script. [9 Nov 1990] show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    If Silver is superb, Irons is transcendent. As some forgotten comic once said of George Sanders: A grapefruit wouldn't dare squirt in his eye. [17 Oct 1990] show more

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