Sunshine Image

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

Summary: The film follows a Jewish family living in Hungary through three generations, rising from humble beginnings to positions of wealth and power in the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire. The patriarch becomes a prominent judge but is torn when his government sanctions anti-Jewish persecutions. His son converts to Christianity to advance his career as a champion fencer and Olympic hero, but is caught up in the Holocaust. Finally, the grandson, after surviving war, revolution, loss and betrayal, realizes that his ultimate allegiance must be to himself and his heritage.
Runtime: 181 min
Rating: Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence, language and nudity.
Production: Vienna Film Financing Fund
Genres: Drama, History, Romance, War
Countries: Germany, Hungary, Canada, Austria
Languages: English, French
Home Release Date: May 8, 2001
Director Credit
István Szabó Director
Writer Credit
Israel Horovitz Screenplay
István Szabó Story
Principal Cast Credit
Ralph Fiennes Ignatz Sonnenschein/Adam Sors/Ivan Sors
Cast Credit
Bill Paterson Minister Of Justice
David de Keyser Emmanuel Sonnenschein
Deborah Kara Unger Maj. Carole Kovács
Hanns Zischler Baron Margitta
James Frain Gustave Sonnenschein
Jennifer Ehle Valerie Sonnenschein
John Neville Gustave Sors
Mark Strong István Sors
Miriam Margolyes Rose Sonnenschein
Molly Parker Hannah Wippler
Rachel Weisz Greta
Rosemary Harris Valerie Sors
Rüdiger Vogler Gen. Jakofalvy
Trevor Peacock Comrade Gen. Kope
Producer Credit
Andras Hamori Producer
Danny Krausz Co-Producer
Gabriella Prekop Associate Producer
Jonathan Debin Executive Producer
Julia Rosenberg Associate Producer
Lajos Óvári Co-Producer
Rainer Kölmel Executive Producer
Robert Lantos Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: