Music Box (1989)


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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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Joe Eszterhas
On DVD: May 20, 2003
TriStar Pictures



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as Karchy Laszlo

as Georgine Wheeler

as Young Man

as Judge Erwin Silver

as Istvan Boday

as Melinda Kkalman

as James Nathanson

as Weatherman

as Vladimir Kostav

as Courtroom Guard

as Sandy Lehman

as Mack Jones

as Dean Talbot

as Magda Zoldan

as Joe Dinofrio

as Pal Horvath

as Andras Nagy

as Pawn Broker

as Courtroom Reporter

as Geza Vamos

as Irma Kiss

as John Szalay

as Reporter

as Man in Budapest

as Servant

as Housekeeper

as Sports Announcer

as Security Guard

as Translator

as Limo Driver

as Violent Protester

as Courtroom Guard

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as Translator

as Secretary

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as Weatherman

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Critic Reviews for Music Box

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

Amazingly, director Costa-Gavras and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas navigate these perilous waters smoothly.

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Orlando Sentinel
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for Music Box


Not sure how I came across this movie to put on my list but I am glad I did/ Armin Muller-Stahl plays as usual an excellent part of a father who is accused of WWII war crimes. Living in the United Sates he is faced with being sent back to Hungary. Jessica Lange plays the daughter who is a lawyer and has decided to defend her father. Why Jessica Lange is not listed in the cast on this page is beyond me, another Flixster goof? A twist at the end, that I will not give away, but that all can see coming after about the 1st hr. Even though Jessica was awarded a Oscar for her performance, I can't give more then 3 1/2 stars, that doesn't mean this film is not worth watching at least once. If your a WWII Buff you might rate it higher

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Yet another boring 80s courtroom drama with wooden acting, which fails to make me care about the characters or bring any suspense to the case.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer


a little slow moving but fine acting and a good story make it worthwhile.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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