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Reversal of Fortune [Widescreen]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 03/13/2001
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This film is a darkly humorous, determinedly ambiguous adaptation of Alan Dershowitz's book about his successful legal appeal of Claus von Bulow's conviction for the attempted murder of his wife, Martha "Sunny" von Bulow. Sunny (Glenn Close) -- who remains in a "persistent vegetative state" resulting from a suspicious injection of insulin -- narrates the film, summarizing the first murder trial, which ended with Claus (Jeremy Irons) convicted and released on bail pending appeal. Claus approaches Harvard Law professor Dershowitz (Ron Silver) to handle the case. Working with a small group of law students recruited from his classes, Dershowitz presents sufficient new evidence to cast doubt as to Claus' guilt and the veracity of the star witness, her maid. Jeremy Irons' extraordinary, Oscar-winning performance dominates the film. He plays the role of Claus with a alternatively pompous, aloof snobbishness and an engagingly enigmatic, kinky, sly humor. Barbet Schroeder was also nominated for an Academy Award for his extraordinary, off-beat, direction of this sophisticated, exceptionally intelligent legal drama. Reversal of Fortune with its sharp, witty, Oscar-nominated screenplay by Nicholas Kazan is unusual in its understanding that legal guilt and moral culpability are not the same thing -- making for an unusually provocative tragicomedy of bad manners and bad behavior among the rich. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

Scene Selections

0. Scene Selections
1. Newport's stately homes (Credits) [3:06]
2. A tale of two comas [3:30]
3. Evidence accumulates [2:40]
4. Two phone calls [2:15]
5. One thing is his favor [3:45]
6. Maria's account [3:36]
7. Team-building; an innocent man [3:41]
8. Obviously guilty of something [6:01]
9. David Marriott [3:48]
10. Bothersome facts [2:59]
11. "Who would you like me to be?" [3:28]
12. Her state of mind [1:06]
13. Jokes and Chinese food [3:26]
14. Aspirin overdose [3:02]
15. Alexandra's impact [4:00]
16. Two-time loser [5:45]
17. "Of course I care" [:42]
18. The needle test [2:21]
19. Black bag concoctions [1:49]
20. Happy memories [4:12]
21. Driven crazy [3:38]
22. Marriott's visit [4:03]
23. December 20, 1980 [2:59]
24. With greater venom [4:18]
25. Behind a closed door [2:31]
26. Setbacks and victories [2:24]
27. Whose bag? [3:52]
28. Overdose trigger [1:33]
29. Taking the bait [3:01]
30. Coma theory #1 [3:27]
31. Coma theory #2 [4:52]
32. Morally on his own [2:27]
33. Kidding Coda [3:12]
34. End Credits [1:25]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: March 13, 2001
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Length: 112 minutes
  • Sound: Stereo
  • Format: Wide Screen Enhanced (16x9)
  • Discs: 1
  • Languages: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • UPC: 085391193425
  • Product ID: 2042577
  • Genre: Drama

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