An American Rhapsody

 (140)6.71 h 46 min2001X-RayPG-13
A young Hungarian girl struggles to find her place in the world when she's reunited with her parents in the USA years after she was left behind during their plight from the communist country in the 1950s.
Eva Gardos
Nastassia KinskiScarlett JohanssonTony Goldwyn
English [CC]
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4.5 out of 5 stars

140 global ratings

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  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
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Steve BenedictReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
An important film
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This was based upon a true story.

I worked with a Hungarian who had been in prison, and then was able to come to the US. He was an educated, cultured man: we were working in a factory together as lower level employees when I was young and he was old. He paid a terrible price for being for freedom.

I suppose most Americans would just put this all down to the Soviet Union: but it is not that simple. Moreover, there were reasons that the Soviet Union came to pass. And there was a time when it was preventable...but it was not prevented. We think it couldn't happen here, but it could...and we seem to be freely giving away our freedoms.

If I knew of other films like this, I would have given it 4 stars: the acting was great, but it could have been done a bit better otherwise. But the subject was great...and difficult.
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Jersey MomReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hear Scarlet Johansson say BUDAPEST correctly the first time!
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Of course I gave it 5 stars, I’m a Hungarian who came to the USA of the year this movie was made,
and grew up in Hungary, witnessed socialism and free dental treatments first hand.
My grandmother’s properties were also taken away, and she was telling me stories of the Russian soldiers raping young girls. Communism wasn’t fun.
The portrayal of Hungary when Zsuzsi visited Budapest was a little exaggerated. But I do remember waiting in the lines for bananas as a kid. Not sure if the gypsies were really going after you for your jeans and all, but I understand that it needed to be a contrast to her new life in America.
Actors/actresses are amazing, both the Hungarian and American side.
I’m not complaining about accents here, because good luck to anyone of you to learn the Hungarian language. It’s hard. Kudos for even trying.

Also this movie made me cry. There are some touching and beautiful moments.

I watched it years ago but I did it again because I wanted to hear Scarlet Johansson say BUDAPEST correctly the first time. :D
11 people found this helpful
C. K. JaguarReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Remarkable story
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This story brings out the reality of the world as it was, and as it is. Younger people will not appreciate the truths it portrays. Those days are hard to understand, and for today's educated community, impossible to understand. It's easier for them to believe the fashionable fantasies promoted in colleges and echoed by the media. Anything else would require too much work, and wisdom they don't have.
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Financial, Tax, Law GuyReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Young Scarlett Johansson
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I like movies based on true stories. Scarlett did very well as her young debut in acting. All around good acting. We seldom see movies about communist countries and their struggles against ignorance brought on by political leaders. Good reminder of what parents and children went through during those times and during Nazi Germany. I wouldn't say America is paradise, especially for the blacks during those times, but white foreigners did get a better chance at living better here.
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VisitronReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing film that gives you faith in humanity
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I have seen this several times, and it's still one of my favorite movies of all time. The age we live in is often so full of meaningless things , and love is often put aside. This film captures the heart and much more. It's a story of struggles that anyone can endure, child, teen, adult and senior.....finding meaning and love again.
15 people found this helpful
Carolina WestReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Are you kidding me with this?
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This film doesn't seem to have any idea what it wants to be: war drama, family special, journey of self-discovery, just pick a lane and stick in it already...
Worse is, even with all of this nonsense going on, it manages to be one of the most boring films I have ever seen. It managed to drag on and on, despite almost nothing happening once the family was living in America, despite the mother losing her mind and literally locking one of her kids in their room. There are plenty of ways to tell stories like these, but this isn't one of them, and the best advice I can give you is to skip over it.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
nice job of storytelling
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story of separation, imposed by politics, eidology, authoritarianism. how a family coped with being separated for 5 years from their infant daughter. it was delightful to see she had such a loving foster family - could have been so very much worse. despite it all, there is the normal alienation of a teenage girl from her mom. a compelling story, but leaves you with a feeling it was patched up and the cracks filled for the silver screen. the ending is a bit hokey but is ok anyway. kinski did a very nice job as the mom - you could feel her pain and angst through the haze of her intense love.
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Mary Ann DalandReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
amazing story, but slow moving
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The script is weak, the direction lacks movement and focus, but the story is utterly amazing and needs to be told. It is very much worth watching but let yourself fast forward through dull moments. What's disappointing is that with a better director and a stronger script, this movie could have been outstanding. All the actors -- from Scarlet Johansen's role to both sets of parents, siblings, friends ,etc., -- are excellent.
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