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Broken Lullaby (1994)

Rich Hungarian-born orphan Katya Davidov commissions Jordan Kirkland to research her past starting from a photograph, showing her as a child next to an elusive Fabergé music box. Luckily ... See full summary »

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Michael Kennedy

Writers:

Laurel Pace (novel), Guy Mullally | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Harris ... Jordan Kirkland
Rob Stewart ... Nick Rostov
Oliver Tobias ... Count Borodin
Jennifer Dale ... Gudrun Kuper
Frances Hyland ... Maria
Vivian Reis Vivian Reis ... Kitty Ridgewood
Charmion King Charmion King ... Natalia Rostova
Tamara Gorski ... Daria
Béla Jáki Béla Jáki ... Brenner (as Bela Jaki)
Dyanne DiMarco Dyanne DiMarco ... Molly
Gizella Takacsy Gizella Takacsy ... Sonya
Péter Kertész Péter Kertész ... Priest (as Peter Kertesz)
Ádám Sauska Ádám Sauska ... Train Waiter (as Sauska Adam)
Barna Illyés Barna Illyés ... Cab Driver (as Barna Illyes)
József Kiss József Kiss ... Boat Waiter (as Jozsef Kiss)
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Rich Hungarian-born orphan Katya Davidov commissions Jordan Kirkland to research her past starting from a photograph, showing her as a child next to an elusive Fabergé music box. Luckily experienced Yankee-Hungarian treasure hunter and womanizer Nick Rostov gently forces his help upon her, although Jordan stubbornly risks dealing with his dodgy competitor Gudrun Kuper and her ruthless employer, count Borodin. Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

Germany | Canada | Hungary | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Caixa de Música See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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a Harlequin romance
23 October 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I admit to having a soft spot for "Broken Lullaby." It's an interesting if complicated story, filmed in Budapest. There's also romance.

An elderly cosmetics queen (Vivian Reis) asks her niece Jordan (Mel Harris), a genealogist, to trace her family - now a widow, she feels time is passing and she would like to know more about her roots. She only has a picture of a little girl next to a magnificent music box, which, it turns out, was made by Faberge.

Jordan travels to Europe and finds out that the box is highly prized and sought after by several people: a count (Oliver Tobias), a young man (Rob Stewart) who feels the music box belonged to his family, and one other person who seemingly will stop at nothing, including murder, to get what he wants. Jordan doesn't know whom to trust.

The story takes us to Vienna, though the credits say it was only filmed in Budapest. The scenery is very beautiful, and the acting is fine. The problem is, it's not particularly well directed. As someone pointed out, with a complicated story, a film like this needs a stronger structure.

I haven't seen many other Harlequin films; I think this story is a cut above, and certainly had a decent budget. I recommend it.


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