in about 100 words or less
US 111m, Colour
Director: Barbet Schroeder; Cast: Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Ron Silver
Reversal of Fortune is an engaging courtroom crime drama based on lawyer Alan Dershowitz’s appeal of Claus von Bülow’s conviction for the attempted murder of his wife Sunny. Despite the seemingly overwhelming guilt of his client, the detailed dissection of the evidence offered by Dershowitz and his associates eventually leads to von Bülow’s acquittal. The story is told in a series of flashbacks, which like a puzzle, are cleverly pieced together to cast sufficient doubt on the original conviction (Klaus Ming February 2016).
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