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      Music Box

      PG-13 Released Dec 22, 1989 2h 3m Drama List
      75% Tomatometer 20 Reviews 76% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Attorney Ann Talbot (Jessica Lange) leads the defense of a Hungarian immigrant accused of Nazi war crimes, Mike Laszlo (Armin Mueller-Stahl). But this isn't just another case for her -- Laszlo is her father. Ann is sure that he's innocent, and intends to convince a jury that her client is the victim of a far-reaching Communist conspiracy. But, as she digs deeper into her father's past, Ann discovers some startling secrets that open up new mysteries. Read More Read Less

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      Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel Amazingly, director Costa-Gavras and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas navigate these perilous waters smoothly. Rated: 5/5 Jun 12, 2013 Full Review BBC.com Rated: 3/5 Apr 17, 2001 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times What I particularly disliked about Music Box is that it takes the easy way out. It is not about guilt or innocence; it is a courtroom thriller, with all of the usual automatic devices like last-minute evidence and surprise witnesses. Rated: 2/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) A brilliant little box of surprises. [Full review in Spanish] Dec 2, 2022 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a better-than-average courtroom thriller... Rated: 3/4 Dec 16, 2021 Full Review Ryan Murphy Miami Herald [Jessica] Lange without angst is like Tyson without punch. She's the era's Sarah Bernhardt, a tragedienne with soignee soul. In Music Box... Lange is at her furrowed-brow best. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 17, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alec B A movie I wished I liked more. It's final twist feels cheap and unearned. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/28/24 Full Review Jerod S Lange is working as a defense attorney - and her client is her father. He's accused of gruesome war crimes. And Lange is convinced of his innocence until she really journeys to find the truth. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/27/23 Full Review robert w One of the best performance i have seen by Jessica Lange. Storyline was excellent where i enjoyed all the performance. Armin Mueller-Stahl was brilliant and he should also have been nominated for this role as supporting actor. This was a well deserved Oscar nominated in the best acting category for Jessica Lange and i was pulling for her to win. Loved this movie but it almost impossible to find anywhere to stream whether purchase or not. One of my all time best movies ever with a shocking ending. A definite must see Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/30/22 Full Review steve d Strong drama with ties to my own heritage, hard not to like. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A montagem é problemática e o roteiro demora a colocar a narrativa nos trilhos. Mas a atuação de Jessica Lange e o segundo ato melhoram o nível. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Music Box completely fails to address its themes, lacking any kind of emotion and not having any purpose - but it's biggest flaw is not being able to catch up with Jessica Lange's committed performance whose talent was totally wasted. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Attorney Ann Talbot (Jessica Lange) leads the defense of a Hungarian immigrant accused of Nazi war crimes, Mike Laszlo (Armin Mueller-Stahl). But this isn't just another case for her -- Laszlo is her father. Ann is sure that he's innocent, and intends to convince a jury that her client is the victim of a far-reaching Communist conspiracy. But, as she digs deeper into her father's past, Ann discovers some startling secrets that open up new mysteries.
      Director
      Costa-Gavras
      Producer
      Irwin Winkler
      Screenwriter
      Joe Eszterhas
      Distributor
      TriStar Pictures
      Production Co
      Carolco Pictures Inc.
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 22, 1989, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      May 20, 2003
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $5.1M
      Runtime
      2h 3m
      Sound Mix
      Surround