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Music Box

Music Box

Jessica Lange
Director: Costa-Gavras Cast: Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Armin Mueller-Stahl
, Frederic Forrest
Frederic Forrest

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Please don't rent Costa-Gavras' 1989 The Music Box under the impression that you're going to see the 1932 Laurel and Hardy 3-reeler of the same name. Do rent the Costa-Gavras film if you're in the mood for a probing sociodomestic drama containing one of Jessica Lange's best-ever performances. Lange plays an attorney whose affable Hungarian-immigrant father Armin Mueller-Stahl is, rather surprisingly, 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 Esterhaz 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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2003
UPC: 0012236117100
Original Release: 1989
Rating: PG-13
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby Surround]
Sales rank: 19,707

Special Features

Fullscreen version; 2.0 Dolby stereo surround; Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Scene index

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Costa-Gavras Director
Bill Arnold Art Director
Sam Barkan Special Effects
Patrick Blossier Cinematographer
Pam Dixon Casting
Joe Eszterhas Executive Producer,Screenwriter
William Flageollet Sound/Sound Designer
William Fosser Set Decoration/Design
Pierre Gamet Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Goldberg Casting
Gerard Lamps Sound/Sound Designer
Steve LaPorte Makeup
Nelson McCormick Associate Producer
Eva Nemeth Choreography
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Hal W. Polaire Executive Producer
Harry Rabinowitz Musical Direction/Supervision
Rita Salazar Costumes/Costume Designer
Philippe Sarde Score Composer
Joëlle van Effenterre Editor
Irwin Winkler Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/ The Sister Is Okay [3:36]
2. Papa Needs A Lawyer [5:19]
3. Farmer, Clerk, Or Policeman? [4:24]
4. Healthy Body, Healthy Family [3:46]
5. Keeping A Clean Office [3:31]
6. The Weight Of The Accusation [2:59]
7. The Special Section [4:01]
8. A Screaming Mob [3:26]
9. It's Happened Before [4:29]
10. Comparing Crimes [4:02]
11. Opening Statements [5:52]
12. A Photo of a Photo [3:48]
13. A Big Exaggeration [2:15]
14. Flown In From Hungary [7:22]
15. On The Danube Riverbank [9:24]
16. Mishka's Little Game [6:06]
17. "It's Not Me!" [5:21]
18. Questions In Anne's Eyes [3:50]
19. Happy Birthday, Mikey [3:15]
20. Operation Harlequin [3:18]
21. Trip To Budapest [3:55]
22. Sweet Victory [6:51]
23. Tibor Was a Soldier [6:21]
24. The Music Box [5:12]
25. "Why Did You Do This?" [6:07]
26. The World Back in Order [3:01]
27. End Credits [3:32]

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