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Reversal of Fortune (1990)



Critic Consensus: Featuring exceptional performances and a cunning script, Reversal of Fortune doubles as a tantalizing mystery and ruthless satire of the rich.

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Barbet Schroeder's fact-based drama stars Jeremy Irons as Claus von Bulow, the infamous New York socialite accused of attempting to kill his wife Sunny (Glenn Close) with an overdose of insulin. (She slipped into a coma instead.) Ron Silver stars as Alan Dershowitz, Von Bulow's defense attorney; it is Dershowitz's book on which the movie is based.

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Jeremy Irons
as Claus von Bülow
Ron Silver
as Professor Alan Dershowitz
Uta Hagen
as Maria
Fisher Stevens
as David Marriott
Christine Baranski
as Andrea Reynolds
Julie Hagerty
as Alexandra Isles
Sarah Fearon
as Ala von Auersberg
Jad Mager
as Alexander von Auersberg
Glenn Close
as Sunny von Bülow
Jack Gilpin
as Peter MacIntosh
Stephen Mailer
as Elon Dershowitz
Michael Wikes
as Steve Famiglietti
Thomas Dorff
as Brillhoffer
Leo Leyden
as Englishman
Malachy McCourt
as Englishman
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Critic Reviews for Reversal of Fortune

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (15)

TV might make cautionary stick figures of Claus and Sunny. Reversal of Fortune treats them as if they were Noel Coward lovers gone to hell in a Lamborghini.

June 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Irons' Von Bulow is easily the most attractive and entertaining movie heavy since James Mason`s villain in North by Northwest, a figure with whom he shares a taste for elegant homes and wry understatement.

June 17, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Screenwriter Nicholas Kazan, director Barbet Schroeder and, especially, Jeremy Irons--in a glittering performance as the divinely decadent Dane--have chosen to treat this social death spiral as a tragicomedy of manners. It's an inspired tone.

June 15, 2020 | Full Review…

The trial of Claus von Bulow has been turned into more of a rumination on the American criminal justice system with a strong focus on celebrity defense counsel.

June 15, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This brilliant and outrageously entertaining film is a meticulous reenactment of one of the great dark-side-of-the-privileged sagas of our time.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: A

It is a finely detailed manners study of the superwealthy, a drama of conflicting principles and values and an engrossing legal detective story.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Reversal of Fortune

A passable TV drama that fails to focus on one specific genre, and offers a mixture of thriller, mystery & a bit of courtroom drama. The conventional dramatic execution limits its effectiveness. Not having much expectations probably saved me the miseries, and made it a passable fare. Edit: In retrospect, I feel it'd be justifiable to rate it 3/5 for what it is.

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familiar stranger

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To spite the fact that this is a film based on real information regarding real events and people...this film comes across like one of those ridiculous, late night soap / dramas from the 80's. (Think Dynasty or Dallas). Everyone comes across as over-the-top caricatures. But who knows...perhaps these are accurate portrayals of the people they are meant to represent? In any case, it is a horrible and tragic story made all the more painful by these hammy, scenery chewing performances.

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

After Fisher Stevens' first scene, Jim said, "This movie is off the hook," and we couldn't even figure out what "off the hook" meant in this case, but it certainly is. From the campy yet seemingly true portrayal of moneyed debauchery, to Glenn Close's beyond-the-coma narration, to Jeremy Irons' deep-voiced, sometimes comical, accent. "Sawhny..." Good performances with a decent commentary on legality versus morality but slightly slow in parts.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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