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[[Performer~P40447~Jessica Lange~jessicalange]] plays an attorney whose affable Hungarian-immigrant father [[Performer~P51163~Armin Mueller-Stahl~arminmuellerstahl]] is arrested. He is threatened with deportation for lying about his activities during World War II; part of the charge is that Mueller-Stahl was a Nazi collaborationist, guilty of wartime atrocities. Absolutely convinced that her father is being railroaded by a revenge-seeking Hungarian communist government, [[Performer~P40447~Lange~jessicalange]] handles Mueller-Stahl's defense, expertly blowing huge holes in prosecuting attorney [[Performer~P24332~Frederic Forrest~fredericforrest]]'s case. But in doing her own research, [[Performer~P40447~Lange~jessicalange]] discovers that her father has spent a lifetime paying off a blackmailer. Why? In contrast to the fervency of his earlier [[Feature~V177599~Z~zonzon]], Costa-Gavras refuses to make things easy by proselytizing in The Music Box (nor does screenwriter Joe Esterhas indulge in his usual right-between-the-eyes fervency). Everything in the film is offered on the same calm, collected level, making the ultimate horror of the story all the more effective. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 22, 1989


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jessica Lange Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jessica Lange Best Actress 1989 Nominee


Jessica Lange
as Ann Talbot
Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Michael Laszlo
Frederic Forrest
as Jack Burke
Donald Moffat
as Harry Talbot
Lukas Haas
as Michael "Mikey" Talbot
Cheryl Lynn Bruce
as Georgine Wheeler
Edward Blatchford
as Young Man
Gyorgy Emod
as Andras Nagy
Magda Sass
as Translator
Mitchell Litrofsky
as Sandy Lehman
Tibor Kenderesi
as Pal Horvath
Michaél Shillo
as Geza Vamos
Douglas Marcinek
as Courtroom Guard
George Pusep
as Vladimir Kostav
Anne Gartlan
Mimi Bensinger
as Loop Group
Sol Frieder
as Istvan Boday
J.S. Block
as Judge Erwin Silver
Ellis Williams
as Loop Group
Mark Steggerda
as Courtroom Guard
Nicholas Christianson
as Boy with Mikey
Tom Stienke
as Sports Announcer
Margo Winkler
as Irma Kiss
Ned Schmidtke
as Dean Talbot
Tom Skilling
as Weatherman
Michael Rooker
as Karchy Laszlo
Nicholas J. Giangiulio
as Loop Group
Elizabeth Owens
as Loop Group
Pam Dixon
Donnez Harris
as Security Guard
George Carson
Larry Brandenburg
as John Staley
Michael Gwynne
Agnes Gallwitz
as Translator
Andy Avalos
as Weatherman
Megan Warner
as Secretary
Richard D'Angelo
as Violent Protester
Zoltan Gera
as Man in Budapest
Mari Töröcsik
as Magda Zoldan
Dan Resin
as Loop Group
Gabor Koncz
as Limo Driver
Albert Hall
as Mack Jones
Felix Shuman
as James Nathanson
Joe Guzaldo
as Joe Dinofrio
Mary Goldberg
Ralph Foody
as Pawn Broker
Tracy Grant
as Servant
Jane MacIver
as Secretary
Marta Sebestyen
as Singer
Pauline Kaner
as Reporter
Toni Fleming
as Housekeeper
Tom Mason
Christiana Nicola
as Maria
Elzbieta Czyzewska
as Melinda Kalman


Irwin Winkler
Joe Eszterhas
Patrick Blossier
Harry Rabinowitz
Musical Direction/Supervision
Philippe Sarde
Composer (Music Score)
Joëlle van Effenterre
Jeannine Oppewall
Production Designer
Bill Arnold
Art Director
Nelson McCormick
Associate Producer
Joe Eszterhas
Executive Producer
Hal W. Polaire
Executive Producer
Rita Salazar
Costume Designer
William Flageollet
Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Gamet
Sound/Sound Designer
Gerard Lamps
Sound/Sound Designer
Eva Nemeth
Pam Dixon
Mary Goldberg
Steve LaPorte