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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as Young Maria
as Maria at 18
as Suzanne at Age 6
as Infant Suzanne
as Maria at Age 4
as Russian Soldier
as Boy on Train
as Suzanne at Age 3
as AVO Officer
as Cafe Supervisor
as Girl in Airport
as Neighbor with Poodle
as Sheila at 7
as Woman No. 1 at Market
as Woman No. 2 at Market
Critic Reviews for An American Rhapsody
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.
An American Rhapsody, in its straightforward way, earns its emotions.
An American Rhapsody speaks from the heart to the heart.
This should be a fascinating story, but An American Rhapsody never develops a melody or a rhythm, much less the epiphany the title suggests.
Audience Reviews for An American Rhapsody
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.
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.
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