An American Rhapsody (2001)



Critic Consensus: Though obviously a labor of love, American Rhapsody is an uneven, heavy-handed effort, particularly in the second half.

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A true story based on the life story of writer/director Eva Gardos, this film depicts the personal odyssey of a family's escape from Communist Hungary. One night, Margaret (Nastassja Kinski) and Peter (Tony Goldwyn) arrange to escape Hungary with their eldest daughter in tow, forcing them to leave behind their youngest, Suzanne, in the care of Margaret's mother. When the mother is separated from the young child, she goes to live in a peaceful Eastern European countryside with a loving man and … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some violent content and thematic material)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Éva Gárdos
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On DVD: Jan 22, 2002
Paramount Classics - Official Site


as Young Maria

as Maria at 18

as Dottie

as Suzanne at Age 6

as Claire

as Infant Suzanne

as Maria at Age 4

as Russian Soldier

as Suzanne at Age 3

as Cafe Supervisor

as Stewardess

as Girl in Airport

as Neighbor with Poodle

as Saleswoman

as Party-goer

as Sheila at 7

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Critic Reviews for An American Rhapsody

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (27)

The States becomes an apple-pie wonderland of Elvis and Coca-Cola, the old country either a gray police state or, in scenes of Suzanne's happy childhood, a pastoral haven.

Full Review… | October 29, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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An American Rhapsody, in its straightforward way, earns its emotions.

September 14, 2001
Boston Globe
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An American Rhapsody speaks from the heart to the heart.

September 7, 2001
Detroit News
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This should be a fascinating story, but An American Rhapsody never develops a melody or a rhythm, much less the epiphany the title suggests.

Full Review… | September 7, 2001
Detroit Free Press
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The film is never less than engaging.

Full Review… | September 6, 2001
Houston Chronicle
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A story this compelling deserves a better telling.

Full Review… | August 31, 2001
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for An American Rhapsody


Not a blockbuster, but an interesting true story family drama. The casting director of this movie sure knew talent when they saw it. All throughout the film we are blessed with many up and comings..especially Scarlett Johansson. The movie itself is made-for-tv quality, and slightly better than average.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Based on a true story, An American Rhapsody is an inspiring tale of heroism and self-sacrifice. When a Hungarian family flees to America to escape from the oppressive Communist regime the youngest daughter is separated and left behind, but years later when she is reunited with her family she feels caught between two worlds. Unfortunately, the film is poorly structured and isn't able to build any suspense or momentum. Additionally, the characters aren't developed very well, and never really connect with the audience. So while the story is quite interesting, An American Rhapsody suffers from weak filmmaking.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

This movie is really good. It's about a wealthy family that ran to america due to a cold war. They go to america to live the american dream, except that they have to leave thier youngest daughter behind due to her being a baby. Years later they get her back and go through problems like all families do.

Jeannette Garcia

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