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Another reviewer has concluded that the plot is "far-fetched". Hmm. I would think that those aging American residents who've actually been charged with Nazi war crimes during the past couple of decades might not find it so far-fetched at all. Some have even been deported. Perhaps he's referring to the storyline that calls for the accused to be defended by his own offspring. OK, that probably wouldn't happen in real life. But, what is an otherwise idle Hollywood screenwriter to do when called upon to help fabricate a box office success?
The plot's arguable implausibility aside, both Lange and Mueller-Stahl give forceful and bravura performances as two people caught up in the fading echoes of receding history. The final scene between the two should have earned Lange that year's Oscar, but sadly didn't.Read more ›
In "The Music Box," a fifty year old secret turns a family into a battleground. A father is accused of the most horrible crimes imaginable. His devoted daughter runs to his rescue. The pacing and suspense are superb. Scene by scene we see witness after witness reveal a knowledge of this man that the daughter cannot fathom. They have the wrong man. The wrong man, she states with resolve. Her defense is that it is a case of mistaken identity.
During his trial, she learns that her father has been having an affair with a neighbor for ten years. She realizes that her father is expert at keeping secrets. She is shocked that she never saw this aspect of his personality. Her secretary sees what the daughter cannot see. The secretary helps her find the courage she needs.
Forrest Tucker, who is prosecuting her father, is compassionate, yet determined to see her father brought to justice. But the daughter is brighter and better at the law than her opponent. She wins legal point after legal point.
Around all this emotional turmoil, we are once again reminded of the atrocities of World War II. We see the suffering and agony of the survivors of man's inhumanity against his human family.
The ending of this film makes my heart pound for about the last twenty minutes. If you gloss over truth in your life and trade in rationalizations, you might not enjoy this film. It is a film for those who are willing to lose what appears to be valuable,in return for what is only valuable,the absolute and undeniable truth.
If you can find a VHS copy, I would recommend it over this DVD.
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Watched this movie with Mr. Wonderful. It took us back to that difficult time in history where individuals were accused of war crimes and they were looking for justice.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carmenrella
Fantastic movie about trust and heartbreak through a daughters "eyes" who in the end regardless of professional oath does impossible.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A good suspenseful movie. I had to get so my mom and I could watch it, again.Published 2 months ago by Annie D
The Music Box is a family drama, a courtroom-political drama and a suspense. An American lawyer is caught in the middle of what seems a tightly-wound conspiracy by the Communists... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Petros
This movie will not play at all in my DVD or Blu-Ray player. I tried it in my computer and it still would not play saying it was from a different region. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great story; however, it is almost impossible to understand much of the dialog without subtitles. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Petesweet
I am a die hard Jessica Lange fan and this movie does not disappoint. She plays a lawyer defending her father and in the end does what her conscience tells her. Very good movie.Published 5 months ago by SillyPH