Reversal of Fortune

Reversal of Fortune

Barbet Schroeder (1990)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Jeremy Irons won an Oscar for his portrayal here of millionaire Claus von Bulow, who was found guilty of the attempted murder of his wife Sunny (Glenn Close), but acquitted on appeal. Even though there's no surprise about the outcome, this is a thoroughly absorbing and beautifully scripted drama, with events leading to the trial told in flashback and Close's comatose character bringing us up to date by a clever narration. Director Barbet Schroeder shoots The Great Gatsby-style setting with a documentary eye and gives the picture a deep sense of irony - a quality enhanced by Irons's superb performance as the haughty, European aristocrat defended by a Jewish lawyer. This real-life tale marked the start of TV trials as soap opera: von Bulow's case obsessed America for months and made a star of his attorney, Alan Dershowitz, who's played in the film with scene-stealing bravura by Ron Silver.


Fact-based drama chronicling the trial of wealthy socialite Claus von Bulow, who was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for the attempted murder of his wife - a conviction that was overturned by brilliant lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Starring an Oscar-winning Jeremy Irons alongside Glenn Close, Ron Silver, Fisher Stevens and Annabella Sciorra.

Cast & Crew

Claus von Bulow Jeremy Irons
Martha "Sunny" von Bulow Glenn Close
Alan Dershowitz Ron Silver
Sarah Annabella Sciorra
Maria Uta Hagen
David Marriott Fisher Stevens
Peter Macintosh Jack Gilpin
Andrea Reynolds Christine Baranski
Elon Dershowitz Stephen Mailer
Ellen Christine Dunford
Director Barbet Schroeder
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains some violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD