Reversal of Fortune Poster

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

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

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

  • 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

  • What's fun about this movie is the sight of Mr. Irons's Claus stalking the mansion like a tall, skinny ghost smiling at the perverseness of it all. [18 Oct 1990, p.A14(E)]

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Winner Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
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