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MU Law Films Guide: H

Hairspray

Title:  Hairspray (2007)

Director:  Adam Shankman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H35 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  117 minutes

Plot:  In 1962 Baltimore there are changes in the air. Plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad, with big hair and even bigger heart, has only one passion, to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corney Collins Show" and is transformed overnight from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. The trendsetting Tracy aims to win the heart of teen-dream Link Larkin and stand up for what she believes in.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights, Discrimination

Genre:  Comedy, Music, Romance

Cast:  Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, Allison Janney

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Hamlet

Title:  Hamlet (1990)

Director:  Franco Zeffirelli

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H68 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  135 minutes

Plot:  Hamlet, a prince of medieval-era Denmark, senses treachery behind his royal father's death. His mother is all too dangerously entangled in that treachery. This film portrays Shakespeare's immortal tale of high adventure and evil deeds.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Family Law, The Law of War

Genre:  Drama, Romance

Cast:  Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm, Helena Bonham-Carter

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The Handmaid's Tale

Title:  The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

Director:  Volker Schlöndorff

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H36 1990

Format:  VHS

Rating:  R

Length:  109 minutes

Plot:  Set in the near future, the handmaids of the title are women who can still bear children after the ravages of war caused wide spread sterility. One of the handmaids, Kate, is caught trying to escape the republic of Gilead and sent to the prison-like training center. She is sent from there to the home of the commander to bear his child, but revolutionary forces have other plans for her!

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Family Law, Sexual Harrassment

Genre:  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Cast:  Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern, Victoria Tennant, Robert Duvall

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Harlan County War

Title: Harlan County War (2000)

Director: Tony Bill

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H375 2001

Format: DVD

Length: 104 minutes

Plot: A Kentucky woman whose mine-worker husband is nearly killed in a cave-in, and whose father is slowly dying of black lung disease, joins the picket lines for a long, violent strike.

Legal Angles: Business Law, Environmental Law, Employment Law, Labor Law, Natural Resources Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast: Holly Hunter, Stellan Skarsgård, Ted Levine

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Harry Potter, Years 1-6

Title:  Harry Potter, Years 1-6 (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009)

Director:  Chris Columbus, (Yrs. 1-2); Alfonso Cuaron (Yr. 3); Mike Newell (Yr. 4); David Yates (Yrs. 5-6)

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H382 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  Yr. 1: G; Yrs. 2-3: PG; Yrs. 4-5: PG-13; Yr. 6: PG

Length:  6 discs: 914 min. total; Yr. 1, 152 min.; Yr. 2, 161 min.; Yr. 3, 141 min.; Yr. 4, 157 min.; Yr. 5, 138 min.; Yr. 6: 153 min.

Plot:  The magical adventure begins when Harry Potter is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  With each new year, he and his friends encounter an increasingly more sophisticated and dangerous set of challenges which they must conquer or perish.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights, Corrections & Punishment, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Discrimination, Professional Ethics, Regulatory Statutes, Trial Practice

Genre:  Adventure, Family

Casts include: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Ian Hart, John Hurt, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Kenneth Branagh, Jason Isaacs, Michael Gambon, Gary Oldman, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson, Helena Bonham Carter, Imelda Staunton

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Hart's War

Title:  Hart's War (2002)

Director:  Gregory Hoblit

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H276 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  125 minutes

Plot:  A law student becomes a lieutenant during World War II, is captured and asked to defend a black prisoner of war falsely accused of murder.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Law School, Lawyering, Military Law, Trial Practice

Genre:  Drama, War

Cast:  Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, Cole Hauser, Marcel Iures, Linus Roache

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Heaven

Title:  Heaven (2002)

Director:  Tom Tykwer

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H43 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  97 minutes

Plot:  Philippa is a British schoolteacher living in Italy, whose husband fell victim to a drug overdose. Vendice is a powerful local drug dealer who sold the dope which killed Philippa's husband. Disgusted with the inability of the police to bring Vendice to justice, Philippa takes the law into her own hands, planting a bomb which is intended to kill the dealer. Instead the bomb kills four innocent bystanders. Now with the help of her multilingual translator, Philippa escapes and continues to seek revenge on Vendice.

Legal Angles: Comparative Law, Corruption, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Drug Trafficking

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Remo Girone, Mattia Sbragia, Alberto Di Stasio, Stefano Santospago, Alessandro Sperduti, Stefania Rocca

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The Help

Title:  The Help (2011)

Director:   Tate Taylor

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .H46 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  146 min.

Plot:  In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community.

Legal Angles:   Civil Rights, Discrimination

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel, Sissy Spacek.

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Hidden Agenda

Title:  Hidden Agenda (1990)

Director:  Jim Allen

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H53 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  108 minutes

Plot:  When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth-- which they soon discover to be contained in an audio tape which the man had with him, exposing political manipulations at the highest levels of government. But such underlying agendas require careful considerations to avoid worse things than murder.

Legal Angles: Corruption, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Human Rights, International Law, Politics, Terrorism

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif, Mai Zetterling, John Benfield, Des McAleer, Jim Norton, Maurice Roeves

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Hi-Jacked

Title: Hi-Jacked (1950)

Director: Sam Newfield

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F6746 2008

Format: DVD

Length: 69 minutes

Plot: Parolee/truck driver Jim Davis now wants to stick to the straight-and-narrow, but finds himself riding a highway of terror when his truck is hijacked and police suspect him because of his past record.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure

Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Cast: Jim Davis, Marsha Jones, Sid Melton, David Bruce, Paul Cavanagh

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High Crimes

Title:  High Crimes (2002)

Director:  Carl Franklin 

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H53 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  115 minutes

Plot:  Claire is a high-powered attorney whose perfect life comes crashing down around her when her husband is charged with high crimes of murder. Enlisting the aid of a shrewd military attorney, Claire will risk her career and even her life to find out the truth.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Politics, Lawyering, Military Law, Trial Practice

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Jim Caviezel, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, Bruce Davison, Tom Bower, Michael Gaston, Jude Ciccolella

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High Fidelity

Title: High Fidelity (2000)

Director: Stephen Frears

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H544 2000

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 114 minutes

Plot: Rob Gordon's record store is semi-failing, and his long-time girlfriend has just walked out on him. In order to figure out where things went wrong, he examines his past relationships with other women.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music

Cast: John Cusack, Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Joelle Carter, Joan Cusack, Sara Gilbert, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Lili Taylor, Natasha Gregson Wagner

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A History of Violence

Title: A History of Violence (2005)

Director: David Cronenberg

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H57 2005

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 95 minutes

Plot: Tom is a loving, well-respected family man from a small Indiana town. When two criminals show up at his diner, Tom is forced to take action and thwart the robbery attempt. Suddenly heralded as a local hero who took the courage to stand up to crime, people look up to Tom as a man of high moral regard. But all the media attention attracts the likes of the mob, who show up at Tom's doorstep. Is it a case of mistaken identity or does Tom have a history that no one knows about?

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Organized Crime

Genre:  Action, Crime, Drama

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes, Peter MacNeill, Stephen McHattie, Greg Bryk

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The Hitch-Hikers

Title: The Hitch-Hikers (1989)

Director: Alan Bergmann

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H58 1989

Format: VHS

Length: 30 minutes

Plot: Tom picks up two hitch-hikers on the road, passing through a small Southern town where he'll be staying the night, one of the hitch-hikers he picked up for company has been murdered.

Cast: Richard Hatch, Patty Duke, Jaime Hubbard, Sandy Kenyon, Tom Bower, John O'Connell

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Hollywoodland

Title: Hollywoodland (2006)

Director: Allen Coulter

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .H655 2007

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 127 minutes

Plot: Made famous as Superman on television, George Reeves finds it hard to not be typecast because of it. When he is found dead of a gunshot wound, rumors begin to run rampant. Based on Hollywood's most notorious unsolved mystery.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure

Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama

Cast: Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, Ben Affleck, Bob Hoskins

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Hope Springs

Title:  Hope Springs (2012)

Director:  David Frankel

Location:  MU Law RESERVE   PN1997 .H683 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  100 min.

Plot:  Kay and Arnold are a middle-aged couple who have been married for 30 years and now are sleeping in separate rooms and barely interact in any meaningful loving way. Finally, Kay has had enough and finds a book by Dr. Feld which inspires her to sign them up for the doctor's intense week-long marriage counseling session. What follows is an insightful experience as Dr. Feld manages to help the couple understand how they have emotionally drifted apart and what they can do to reignite their passion.

Legal Angles:  Divorce Mediation

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Jean Smart, Steve Carell

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Hotel Rwanda

Title: Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Director: Terry George

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H684 2004

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 122 minutes

Plot: The deeply moving true story of a five-star-hotel manager who used his wits and words to save more than 1,200 lives during the 1994 Rwandan conflict.

Legal Angles: Genocide, International Law, Politics

Genre:  Biography, Drama, History

Cast: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Desmond Dube, David O'Hara, Cara Seymour, Fana Mokoena, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Tony Kgoroge, Mosa Kaiser

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The House I Live In

Title:  The House I Live In (2012)

Director:  Eugene Jarecki

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV HV5825 .H68 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  108 min.

Plot:  For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than 20 states, it captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels, the dealer to grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge. Reveals its profound human rights implications.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Correction and Punishment, Discrimination, Drug Trafficking, Executive Branch, Human Rights, Judicial Branch (Mandatory Sentencing Requirements), Immigration Law, Legislative Law, Public Policy

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Nannie Jeter, David Simon

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House of Sand and Fog

Title:  House of Sand and Fog (2003)

Director: Vadim Perelman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H687 2003

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 126 minutes

Plot: An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home's new owners.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Law Enforcement, Property Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard, Frances Fisher, Kim Dickens, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jonathan Ahdout, Navi Rawat, Carlos Gómez

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Howards End

Title: Howards End (1992)

Director: James Ivory

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H73 2005

Format: DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 143 minutes

Plot: Tells the story of the idealistic, independent and highly educated Schlegel sisters and their tangled relationships with a rich businessman and his family, and with an unhappily married young bank clerk.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Family Law, Estates and Trusts, Property Law

Genre:  Drama, Romance

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson, James Wilby, Samuel West, Prunella Scales

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Hunger

Title: Hunger (2008)

Director: Steve McQueen

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H86 2009

Format: DVD

Rating: Not Rated

Length: 96 minutes

Plot: In Northern Ireland's Maze prison in 1981, 27-year-old Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands went on a hunger strike to protest the British government's refusal to recognize him and his fellow IRA inmates as political prisoners. A transcedent depiction of what a human being is willing to endure in order to be heard.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights, Corrections and Punishment, Comparative Law, Human Rights, Politics, Terrorism

Genre:  Biography, Drama, History

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham

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The Hurricane

Title: The Hurricane (1999)

Director: Norman Jewison

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H8678 2000

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 146 minutes

Plot: Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, in the prime of his boxing career, finds himself wrongfully convicted of murder. Sentenced to life in prison, Carter's published memoir, The Sixteenth Round, inspires a teenager from Brooklyn and three Canadian activists who believe in the truth, to join forces with Carter to prove his innocence.

Legal Angles: Corrections & Punishment, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Wrongful Conviction

Genre:  Biography, Drama, Sport

Cast: Denzel Washington, John Hannah, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, Vicellous Reon Shannon, David Payner, Dan Hedaya, Harris Yulin, Debbi Morgan, Clancy Brown, Rod Steiger

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The Hurt Locker

Title: The Hurt Locker (2008)

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H87 2009

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 131 minutes

Plot: Iraq. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

Legal Angles: Military Law, The Law of War

Genre:  Drama, Thriller, War

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Evangeline Lilly, Christian Camargo, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Guy Pearce

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