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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 Frederic Forrest, 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

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
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

Cast

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

Crew

Costa-Gavras
Director
Irwin Winkler
Producer
Joe Eszterhas
Screenwriter
Patrick Blossier
Cinematographer
Philippe Sarde
Composer (Music Score)
Harry Rabinowitz
Musical Direction/Supervision
Joëlle van Effenterre
Editor
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
Pierre Gamet
Sound/Sound Designer
William Flageollet
Sound/Sound Designer
Gerard Lamps
Sound/Sound Designer
Eva Nemeth
Choreography
Pam Dixon
Casting
Mary Goldberg
Casting
Steve LaPorte
Makeup
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