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Jessica Lange plays an attorney whose affable Hungarian-immigrant father Armin Mueller-Stahl 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, Lange handles Mueller-Stahl's defense, expertly blowing huge holes in prosecuting attorney Frederic Forrest's case. But in doing her own research, Lange discovers that her father has spent a lifetime paying off a blackmailer. Why? In contrast to the fervency of his earlier Z, 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
Nicholas J. Giangiulio
as Loop Group
J.S. Block
as Judge Erwin Silver
Christiana Nicola
as Maria
Albert Hall
as Mack Jones
Dan Resin
as Loop Group
Donnez Harris
as Security Guard
Douglas Marcinek
as Courtroom Guard
Edward Blatchford
as Young Man
Elizabeth Owens
as Loop Group
Ellis Williams
as Loop Group
Elzbieta Czyzewska
as Melinda Kalman
Felix Shuman
as James Nathanson
Gabor Koncz
as Limo Driver
George Carson
George Pusep
as Vladimir Kostav
Gyorgy Emod
as Andras Nagy
Jane MacIver
as Secretary
Joe Guzaldo
as Joe Dinofrio
Andy Avalos
as Weatherman
Larry Brandenburg
as John Staley
Anne Gartlan
Magda Sass
as Translator
Margo Winkler
as Irma Kiss
Mark Steggerda
as Courtroom Guard
Marta Sebestyen
as Singer
Mary Goldberg
Megan Warner
as Secretary
Michael Gwynne
Mimi Bensinger
as Loop Group
Mitchell Litrofsky
as Sandy Lehman
Ned Schmidtke
as Dean Talbot
Nicholas Christianson
as Boy with Mikey
Pauline Kaner
as Reporter
Ralph Foody
as Pawn Broker
Richard D'Angelo
as Violent Protester
Agnes Gallwitz
as Translator
Sol Frieder
as Istvan Boday
Tibor Kenderesi
as Pal Horvath
Tom Skilling
as Weatherman
Tom Stienke
as Sports Announcer
Toni Fleming
as Housekeeper
Tracy Grant
as Servant
Zoltan Gera
as Man in Budapest
Michael Rooker
as Karchy Laszlo
Tom Mason
Mari Töröcsik
as Magda Zoldan
Pam Dixon
Michaél Shillo
as Geza Vamos


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
Hal W. Polaire
Executive Producer
Joe Eszterhas
Executive Producer
Rita Salazar
Costume Designer
William Flageollet
Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Gamet
Sound/Sound Designer
Gerard Lamps
Sound/Sound Designer
Eva Nemeth
Mary Goldberg
Pam Dixon
Steve LaPorte