Music Box (1989)

1281919443_Muzykal_naya_shkatulka_Music_Box_1989_DVD9“What do we know about our parents?” – Mack Jones

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times  (Cable in the early 90’s and 10 Dec 2013)

Brief Synopsis – The daughter of a Hungarian immigrant must defend him when he is accused of being a Nazi war criminal.

My Take on it – I have always liked the premise of this movie because it is somewhat unique.

The idea that we possibly don’t know anything about our parents lives besides what they tell us is amazing to think about.

Children will automatically think of their parents in a certain way and it is hard to change that way of thinking; to realize that they too are people who have feelings, emotions and lives.

There is a great scene in this movie when Jessica Lange (the daughter) finds out via an investigator that her father (Armin Mueller-Stahl) is having a tryst with a local woman.  She can’t believe that such a thing is possible; to believe that your 60 something year old widower father can have an active sex life is completely mind boggling for her.  This is just a small example of how this psychological drama can make you realize that we are all human beings, no matter our age and we all have the same instincts.

Michael Rooker plays the all-American son and is somewhat unrecognizable as he is disguised with a beard and full wily head of hair.

This movie is a journey into the past to try and discover the truth of the present and it is done expertly.

Bottom Line – Great psychological drama that asks the question of whether it is even possible to trust and believe everything we are told by our parents. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy


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