An American Rhapsody Movie Review 2001

Information and Film Reviews for An American Rhapsody the Movie

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A mother/daughter conflict steeped in history and based on the experiences of writer/director Gardos. Margit (Kinski) and her family flee Hungary during the communist takeover of the 1950s but she is forced to leave her infant daughter behind. While the family settles in L.A., Suzanne is being raised in the country by adoptive parents and knows nothing of her origins. She gets a rude awakening at the age of 6 when her grandmother Helen (Banfalvy) makes arrangements to reunite Suzy with her unknown "real" family. The child grows into a sullen teenager (Johansson) who longs to return to Budapest. Her father finally agrees to a solo trip and Suzanne learns just what her family suffered and where she truly belongs.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 106 minutes.
Originally from United States, Hungarian.

Cast and Crew

Coming of Age, Period Piece: 1950s, Family Ties, L.A., Grandparents, Culture Clash, Teen Angst, Immigration
Eva Gardos
Nastassja Kinski, Scarlett Johansson, Tony Goldwyn, Kelly Endresz-Banlaki, Agnes Banfalvy, Zsuzsi Czinkoczi, Balazs Galko, Zoltan Seress, Mae Whitman, Lisa Jane Persky, Emmy Rossum
Elemer Ragalyi
Eva Gardos
Cliff Eidelman
Peter Kardos, Margaret Goodspeed, Beatrix Aruna Pasztor, Vanessa Vogel, Alex Tavoularis
Colleen Camp, Bonnie Timmerman, Fireworks Pictures, Seven Arts Pictures, Paramount Classics

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