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Reversal of Fortune

Release Date: February 1st, 2001

DVD Release Date: March 13th, 2001

R |2 hr 0 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

Production Co: Shochiku-Fuji Company [jp], Reversal Films Inc., Sovereign Pictures

Keywords: Mystery, Witty, 1980s, Murder, Fascinating, Underdog

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It is a surprisingly entertaining film - funny, wicked, sharp-tongued and devious. It does not solve the case, nor intend to. I am afraid it only intends to entertain. show more

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling 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
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Barbet Schroeder directed the ingeniously made film, which weaves fact, hypothesis, and conjecture into a harrowing yet continually gripping and often highly amusing narrative. [12 Oct 1990]

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
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