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Movie Reversal of Fortune
Barbet Schroeder directed this movie in 1990
Title Reversal of Fortune
Year 1990
Director Barbet Schroeder
Genre Drama, Biography, Mystery
Plot – In March of 1982 the enigmatic European aristocrat Claus von Bulow is convicted by an American court for attempting to murder his wife Sunny. The rich beautiful woman, mother of three (Alex and Ala from her first husband, and the young Cosima), fell into a coma twice. The first time she drank and took various drugs; she was upset by jealousy as Claus had a longtime lover. All theories were considered: Alex and Ala suspected their stepfather; trustful maid Maria had many doubts; and then there was the shadow of suicide, which divided public opinion and the Court. One year after her first coma, there was a second: Sunny's body was found in the bathroom, while a handbag with a hypodermic needle containing traces of insulin was discovered in the adjacent cloakroom. At the trial, despite some not entirely convincing evidence, Claus von Bulow is found guilty for attempted double uxoricide. While Sunny lies in a coma, Claus decides to appeal the ruling and contacts a famous lawyer, Professor Alan Dershowitz, a tenacious and skilled Jew. At first hesitant, the lawyer accepts the case and mobilizes his Harvard students. Rereading the procedural records, reviewing witness statements, examining the results highlighted by the coroner's reports, Dershowitz and his team find new evidence. They discover that an unknown drug mule in 1977 had delivered goods to Sunny's son, along with needles and syringes; they also discover inconsistencies in the various expert reports, especially with regards to the insulin, which should lead to all charges being dropped. During appeal procedings before the Rhode Island State Supreme Court, Dershowitz is exceptionally allowed to introduce the new evidence and he manages to clear von Bulow from the accusation with a reversal of the original verdict. However, once the trial is over and before a new one can begin, the lawyer lets von Bulow know that he is victorious strictly from a legal and judicial point of view, while instead from a moral point of view the lawyer's conscience prevents him from taking von Bulow's side.
All actors – Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Ron Silver, Annabella Sciorra, Uta Hagen, Fisher Stevens, Jack Gilpin, Christine Baranski, Stephen Mailer, Christine Dunford, Felicity Huffman, Mano Singh
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