An American Rhapsody

An American Rhapsody is a 2001 Hungarian-American biographical drama film that tells the story of a 15-year-old girl from a Hungarian-American family. The film is based on the true story of the director, Éva Gárdos, who also wrote the script.[1]

An American Rhapsody
Promotional release poster
Directed byÉva Gárdos
Produced byColleen Camp
Bonnie Timmermann
Screenplay byÉva Gárdos
Story byÉva Gárdos
StarringNastassja Kinski
Scarlett Johansson
Tony Goldwyn
Mae Whitman
Music byCliff Eidelman
CinematographyElemér Ragályi
Edited byMargaret Goodspeed
Distributed byParamount Classics
Release date
  • August 24, 2001 (2001-08-24) (United States)
  • February 28, 2002 (2002-02-28) (Hungary)
Running time
106 minutes
CountriesUnited States
Box office$850,255

The film stars Nastassja Kinski, Scarlett Johansson, Tony Goldwyn, and Mae Whitman.


In 1950, a Hungarian couple, Peter and Margit, are forced to flee from the oppressive Hungarian People's Republic for the United States, taking along their eldest daughter Maria. Unfortunately, they are forced to leave behind their infant daughter, Suzanne, who is raised by a kind foster couple. Five years later, Peter and Margit arrange for the American Red Cross to bring Suzanne to their new home in Los Angeles. There, the perplexed young girl is forced to accept her sudden change in home and country, which leads to a troubled upbringing. At age 15, Suzanne, rebellious and unsure of herself, tries to come to terms with her roots and decides to travel back to Budapest, Hungary, to unravel her past and to find her true identity.



An American Rhapsody received mixed reviews, currently holding a 51/100 rating on Metacritic based on 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[2] Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 55% approval rating based on 60 reviews, with an average rating of 5.61/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Though obviously a labor of love, American Rhapsody is an uneven, heavy-handed effort, particularly in the second half".[3]


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