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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Title:  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962)

Director:  Robert Enrico

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .O23 1980

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  29 minutes

Plot:  A Civil War story about a rebel who is to be hanged by Union Soldiers for trying to destroy a bridge and stop the Union Army. As the noose is placed around the prisoner's neck, he envisions escape. Miraculously, the rope snaps and he falls into the water below. The prisoner manages to free himself and escape into the forest. He falls asleep only to awaken near his home and sees his beloved wife. As he and his wife are about to embrace, the dream ends and the prisoner is hanged.

Legal Angles: Politics, Law of War

Genre:  Adventure, Drama, Short

Cast:  Roger Jaquet, Ann Cornally, Anker Larsen

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The Odd Couple II

Title:  The Odd Couple II (1998)

Director:  Howard Deutch

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .N455 1998

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  97 minutes

Plot:  After years of going their separate ways, Felix and Oscar are together again, en route to the wedding of Oscar's son to Felix's daughter. Will they make it?

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Adventure, Comedy

Cast:  Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

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Oedipus Rex

Title:  Oedipus Rex (1957)

Director:  Tyrone Guthrie

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .O435 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  90 minutes

Plot:  The Stratford, Ontario, Shakespearean Festival Players, speaking through Greek masks, present the tragedy of Oedipus, who, having unwittingly slain his father and unknowingly married his mother, is driven by the plague that has swept through his kingdom to track down the evildoer who has polluted his land and its people.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Douglas Campbell, Eleanor Stuart, Douglas Rain

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Of Mice and Men

Title:  Of Mice and Men (1992)

Director:  Gary Sinise

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .O46 1993

Format:  VHS

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  110 minutes

Plot:  In Depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Labor Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Casey Siemaszko, Ray Walston, Sherilyn Fenn

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On the Waterfront

Title:  On the Waterfront (1954)

Director:  Eliz Kazan

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .O542 2001

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length: 108 minutes

Plot:  An uneducated dockworker goes against his corrupt labor leaders to expose the union's criminal practices. Filmed in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Labor Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast:  Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning

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On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald

Title: On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald (1986)

Director: Ian Hamilton

Location:  MU Law RESERVE E842.9 .O5875 2008

Format: DVD

Rating: Not Rated

Length: 330 minutes

Plot: Recalls all of the surviving witnesses to determine the guilt or innocence of the man believed to have murdered JFK. A daring, one-of-a-kind experiment with the goal of healing a nation.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Documentary

Cast: Vincent Bugliosi, Gerry Spence

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Title:  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Director:  Milos Forman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .O6 1997

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  129 minutes

Plot:  Tells the adventures of a free-spirited mental ward inmate whose rebelliousness pits him against the repressive head nurse, and whose charm wins him the loyalty of his fellow inmates.

Legal Angles: Mental Health Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield

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180 Degrees South

Title:  180° South (2010)

Director:  Chris Malloy

Location:  MU Law RESERVE AV PN1995.9.D6 O54 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  85 min.

Plot:  Follow adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life-- and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. He meets Chouinard and Tompkins who have come to Patagonia to spend their fortunes to protect the raw nature. The photography captures beautiful mountain ranges and coastline along the west coast of North America, from California to deep Patagonia.

Legal Angles:  Environmental Law

Genre:  Documentary, Drama, Sport

Cast:  Jeff Johnson, Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkin

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The Onion Field

Title:  The Onion Field (1979)

Director:  Harold Becker

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .O55 1999

Format:  VHS

Rating:  R

Length:  126 minutes

Plot:  A true story of the brutal murder of a policeman and the slow process of justice.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast:  John Savage, James Woods, Franklyn Seales, Ronny Cox, Ted Danson

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Ordinary People

Title:  Ordinary People (1980)

Director:  Robert Redford

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .O73 1998

Format:  VHS

Rating:  R

Length:  124 minutes

Plot:  The "ordinary" existence of an upper middle class family is shattered with the death of the older son and the struggle of the younger son against guilt and suicide.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton

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Othello

Title:  Othello (1995)

Director:  Oliver Parker

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .O844 1996

Format:  VHS

Rating:  R

Length:  124 minutes

Plot:  The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Family Law

Genre:  Drama, Romance

Cast:  Laurence Fishburne, Irene Jacob, Kenneth Branagh

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Other People's Money

Title:  Other People's Money (1991)

Director:  Norman Jewison

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .O84 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  101 minutes

Plot:  A man is known by the company he keeps. But not Lawrence "Larry the Liquidator" Garfield. He's known for the companies he gets rid of. Danny De Vito hilariously deals, connives, wheedles and cajoles as Garfield, the Wall Street buccaneer. In Other People's Money, a high-yield comedy directed by Norman Jewison and based on Jerry Sterner's off-Broadway hit, Garfield's never met a donut he didn't like or a debt-free corporation he didn't want to devour. Yet he may want to think again about New England Wire & Cable. That 81-year-old company's ramrod-straight patriarch has been a fighter all his life. and to arm against a takeover, he's hired an attorney whose high style and high-stakes cunning rival Larry's. Look out, Larry: you may have met your romantic and professional match, where anything is negotiable and money is the ultimate seduction. Especially Other People's Money.

Legal Angles: Labor Law

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck, Penelope Ann Miller, Piper Laurie

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Out of the Ashes: 9/11

Title:  Out of the Ashes: 9/11

Director:  Marilyn Berger, Sarah Holt

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV HV6432.7 .B47 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  99 min.

Plot:   Was Justice Done?

On September 11, 2001, three thousand lives turned into ash. 

The story of seven families provides an extraordinary window into the psychology of grief and justice.  Eleven days after the terrorist attack, the federal government put into place the largest public entitlement program in history. Through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, seven billion dollars was distributed to over 5,500 families. 

Out of the Ashes tells the heart-wrenching and inspiring stories of seven 9/11 families.  The film explains how the Fund was created and implemented, portraying both its strengths and its weaknesses with exclusive interviews with the Special Master of the Fund, Kenneth Feinberg, with the lawyers who helped families navigate the system, and with the  9/11 families.

The film raises difficult questions. Did the Fund undermine our legal system, as its critics claim? Or did it offer victims a way to avoid the extraordinary cost, complexity and excruciatingly slow pace of a lawsuit?

If the Victim Compensation Fund was the right thing to do, did those affected by past tragedies like Katrina, Oklahoma City, and other disasters also deserve compensation? If so, is this Fund, with its methods for calculating the value of a human life, an appropriate model? Did the Fund undermine our legal system? Or did the Fund   offer 9/11 families justice?Did the Fund challenge our legal system, or did it offer 9/11 families justice?

Legal Angles:  Civil Procedure, Torts


Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Charles Ogletree

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Out of the Furnace

Title:  Out of the Furnace (2013)

Director:  Scott Cooper

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .O986 2014

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  116 min.

Plot:  "Set in a corroded stretch of the Rust Belt, “Out of the Furnace” (is) a story of two blue-collar brothers — a steel mill welder and a former soldier — who are as totemic as the figures immortalized in a Works Progress Administration mural. It’s a heavy, solemn tale of blood ties that turns into a melodramatic gusher filled with abstractions about masculinity, America and violence, but brought to specific, exciting life by Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson." Manohla Dargis, NYT

Legal Angles: Corrections and Punishment, Criminal Law, Drug Trafficking

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoë Saldana, Sam Shepard

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Outrage

Title:  Outrage (1993)

Director:  Carlos Saura

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .O989 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  108 minutes

Plot:  Ana is an equestrian sharpshooter for a one ring circus in Madrid for a week. Marcos is a reporter doing a Sunday supplement piece. He interviews her and she invites him to dinner with the troupe. They dance, then spend the night together; he considers following her around Europe and promises he'd follow her to Hell. While he's in Barcelona to cover a concert, three young men assault her. Bruised, humiliated, and bleeding, she picks up her rifle to hunt them down. Marcos follows her trail that, indeed, takes him to Ana's hell.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Antonio Banderas, Francesca Neri

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The Ox-Bow Incident

Title:  The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Director:  William A. Wellman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .O9 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  75 minutes

Plot:  A cowboy is unable to prevent three wandering travellers from being unjustly lynched for murder.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Vigilantism

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Western

Cast:  Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Henry Morgan , Anthony Quinn

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