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298 Ratings

Reversal of Fortune

Directed by Barbet Schroeder
United States, Japan, 1990
Drama, Mystery


In this tauntingly ambiguous courtroom drama, the enigmatic Claus von Bülow (Jeremy Irons) stands accused of putting his wife, Sunny (Glenn Close), into a perpetual coma with an insulin overdose. Claus hires hard-charging attorney Alan Dershowitz, who scrambles to defend his client.

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Reversal of Fortune Directed by Barbet Schroeder

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1991 | Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1991 | 2 nominations including: Best Director

Critics reviews

A seasoned vet of the French New Wave, Schroeder evokes in equal measure the rowdy camaraderie of Howard Hawks and the impassive objectivity of Otto Preminger, without ever downplaying the sensationalism of the material. Whether rubbernecking or sermonizing, he conducts the action with acute irony and an inscrutable poker face, like a grinning Cheshire cat.
July 29, 2015
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