History Film / ReversalOfFortune

9th Aug '16 7:36:06 PM Mdumas43073
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''Reversal Of Fortune'' is a 1990 drama BasedOnATrueStory, directed by Barbet Schroeder. It's about Claus von Bulow (Creator/JeremyIrons), a British aristocrat of Danish-German extraction living in Rhode Island at the time, who was tried and convicted of attempting to kill his wife Sunny (Creator/GlennClose) by injecting her with insulin, which put her into a coma. Von Bulow, who maintained his innocence throughout, hired law professor/lawyer Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver), who successfully appealed the verdict.

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''Reversal Of of Fortune'' is a 1990 drama BasedOnATrueStory, directed by Barbet Schroeder. Schroeder.

It's about Claus von Bulow (Creator/JeremyIrons), a British aristocrat of Danish-German extraction living in Rhode Island at the time, who was tried and convicted of attempting to kill his wife Sunny (Creator/GlennClose) by injecting her with insulin, which put her into a coma. Von Bulow, who maintained his innocence throughout, hired law professor/lawyer Alan Dershowitz (Ron Silver), who successfully appealed the verdict.
13th Mar '16 9:39:41 AM AnotherGuy
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* StoppedCaring: Sunny, because she's dead. Instead, she laughs about the circus her death caused.
13th Mar '16 9:37:23 AM AnotherGuy
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* YouHaveToHaveJews: Andrea, Claus' current girlfriend, claims she's the one who told Claus to "hire the Jew (Dershowitz)" as his lawyer.

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* YouHaveToHaveJews: Andrea, Claus' current girlfriend, claims she's the one who told Claus to "hire the Jew (Dershowitz)" as his lawyer. Claus is less than pleased by her statement, though it's not made clear if it's because what she said was offensive to him or that it wasn't a good idea to reveal this to Dershowitz.
15th Oct '15 7:00:09 AM AnotherGuy
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** He later gives a short one to von Bulow himself.
--->'''Alan Dershowitz:''' One thing, Claus. Legally, this was an important victory. Morally - you're on your own.
19th Jul '15 7:39:22 PM lipranzer
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* AdaptationDistillation: While the book the movie is based on (written by Dershowitz) covers both the appeal and the second trial (where Von Bulow was found not guilty), the movie concentrates only on the appeal, some names were changed, and some details were compressed (as well as invented), but overall, it's pretty faithful to what happened during the appeal process.
19th Jul '15 7:34:49 PM lipranzer
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** While driving him to see David Marriot, Sarah asks Dershowitz if he thinks he's Series/PerryMason.


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-->'''Alan Dershowitz:''' (''after Von Bulow calls Sunny's second coma "more theatrical" when the team asks him about it'') Theatrical? What is this, a fucking game? This is life and death; you're wife is in a coma. You, you don't even make a pretense of caring, do you?
-->'''Claus Von Bulow:''' 'Course I care, Alan. It's just, I don't wear my heart on my sleeve.
11th Jul '15 12:11:34 PM lipranzer
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* TeacherStudentRomance: It's implied the relationship between Dershowitz and Sarah was like this before, though they're trying to keep things on a professional level here.
10th Jul '15 9:55:17 PM lipranzer
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* ShoutOut: Von Bulow's children are watching ''Film/TheCrimsonPirate'' at one point.
* TheStoic: Von Bulow, and Dershowitz calls him out on this a few times.


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* YouHaveToHaveJews: Andrea, Claus' current girlfriend, claims she's the one who told Claus to "hire the Jew (Dershowitz)" as his lawyer.
10th Jul '15 9:17:47 PM lipranzer
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-->'''Alan Dershowitz:''' Look, you're my student, you, you have a choice. You don't have to do anything you don't want to do; that is your choice. The reason I take cases - and here unlike most other lawyers, who are not professors and therefore have to make a living - I take cases because I get pissed off, and I am pissed off here. The family hired a private prosecutor: unacceptable! They conducted a private search! Now if we let them get away with that, rich people won't go to the cops any more. You know what they're going to do? They're going to get their own lawyers to collect evidence, and then they are going to choose which evidence they feel like passing on to the DA. And the next victim isn't going to be rich, like Von Bülow, but it's going to be some poor schnook in Detroit who can't afford, or who can't find, a decent lawyer. I think it's a little more complicated than your simple moral superiority, hmm?

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-->'''Alan Dershowitz:''' Look, you're my student, you, you have a choice. You don't have to do anything you don't want to do; that is your choice. The reason I take cases - and here unlike most other lawyers, who are not professors and therefore have to make a living - I take cases because I get pissed off, and I am pissed off here. The family hired a private prosecutor: unacceptable! They conducted a private search! Now if we let them get away with that, rich people won't go to the cops any more. You know what they're going to do? They're going to get their own lawyers to collect evidence, and then they are going to choose which evidence they feel like passing on to the DA. And the next victim isn't going to be rich, like Von Bülow, but it's going to be some poor schnook [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage schnook]] in Detroit who can't afford, or who can't find, a decent lawyer. I think it's a little more complicated than your simple moral superiority, hmm?
10th Jul '15 9:07:37 PM lipranzer
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** AvengersAssemble: There's a brief {{Montage}} where we see Dershowitz calling on those colleagues and former students, telling them why he needs them (the prosecutor because he's better than the D.A. who tried Von Bulow, one of the colleagues because he knows the State Supreme Court, the former students because they're great at assimilating details).



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: When Dershowitz is telling his former students about working on Von Bulow's case, one of them, Minnie (Felicity Huffman) becomes outraged. She's offended Dershowitz would even consider the case because Von Bulow's so obviously guilty. This is how Dershowitz responds:
-->'''Alan Dershowitz:''' Look, you're my student, you, you have a choice. You don't have to do anything you don't want to do; that is your choice. The reason I take cases and here unlike most other lawyers, who are not professors and therefore have to make a living: I take cases because I get pissed off, and I am pissed off here. The family hired a private prosecutor: unacceptable! They conducted a private search! Now if we let them get away with that, rich people won't go to the cops any more. You know what they're going to do? They're going to get their own lawyers to collect evidence, and then they are going to choose which evidence they feel like passing on to the DA. And the next victim isn't going to be rich, like Von Bülow, but it's going to be some poor schnook in Detroit who can't afford, or who can't find, a decent lawyer. I think it's a little more complicated than your simple moral superiority, hmm?

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* RashomonStyle: We see events happening from the maid's point of view, from Sunny's children's point of view, and from Claus' point of view. As Sunny herself says in the narration, no one will ever really know what happened.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: When Dershowitz is telling his former students about working on Von Bulow's case, one of them, Minnie (Felicity Huffman) becomes outraged. [[WhatTheHellHero She's offended Dershowitz would even consider the case because Von Bulow's so obviously guilty. guilty.]] This is how Dershowitz responds:
-->'''Alan Dershowitz:''' Look, you're my student, you, you have a choice. You don't have to do anything you don't want to do; that is your choice. The reason I take cases - and here unlike most other lawyers, who are not professors and therefore have to make a living: living - I take cases because I get pissed off, and I am pissed off here. The family hired a private prosecutor: unacceptable! They conducted a private search! Now if we let them get away with that, rich people won't go to the cops any more. You know what they're going to do? They're going to get their own lawyers to collect evidence, and then they are going to choose which evidence they feel like passing on to the DA. And the next victim isn't going to be rich, like Von Bülow, but it's going to be some poor schnook in Detroit who can't afford, or who can't find, a decent lawyer. I think it's a little more complicated than your simple moral superiority, hmm?
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