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The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Title:  The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Director:  Ken Burns

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV E160 .N385 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:750 min. (6 discs)

Plot:  Traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction.

Legal Angles: Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law

Genre:  Documentary, History

Cast:  Narrated by Peter Coyote, Cast also includes Philip Bosco, Murphy Guyer, Kevin Conway, Tom Hanks, etc.

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Native Son

Title:  Native Son (1986)

Director:  Jerrold Freedman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .N385 1995

Format:  VHS

Rating:  PG

Length:  111 minutes

Plot:  Bigger Thomas picked up a very drunk Mary Dalton from a night on the town. He had to quietly carry her up the stairs at the house, so as not to wake Mrs. Dalton. But Mrs. Dalton called out to Mary, and in order to keep from being discovered, he covered Mary's face with a pillow - silencing her forever. Terrified, Bigger hid the body, which led to a feverish manhunt, and a trial which shook not only the Dalton family but the whole city of Chicago as well, exposing the fears and prejudice of the 1940s.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Elizabeth McGovern, Oprah Winfrey, Matt Dillon, Geraldine Page, John Karlen, Akosua Busia, John McMartin, David Rasche, and Lane Smith, Victor Love, Carroll Baker

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Natural Born Killers

Title:   Natural Born Killers (1994)

Director:  Oliver Stone

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .N386 2009

Format: DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  118 min.

Plot:  The story of a husband and wife who are serial killers involved in a cross-country killing spree that elevates them from fugitives into media celebrities.

Legal Angles: Entertainment Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield, Russell Means

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Ned Kelly

Title:  Ned Kelly (2003)

Director:  Gregor Jordan

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .N43 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  110 minutes

Plot:  Sixteen-year-old Irish immigrant Ned Kelly is sentenced to three years in prison for stealing horse. After his release, he finds work tending to horses owned by Richard Cook, whose wife becomes interested in Ned. Fitzpatrick, is a police officer interested in Ned's sister Kate. When she refuses his advances, Fitzpatrick steals the family's animals. Not being able to go straight, Ned goes on the run and steals from a string of banks to support himself and his gang.

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Biography

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law

Cast:  Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts, Joel Edgerton, Laurence Kinlan, Philip Barantini, Kerry Condon, Kris McQuarde, Geoffrey Rush

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Never Let Me Go

Title:  Never Let Me Go (2010)

Director:  Mark Romanek

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .N48 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  103 min.

Plot:  The story of three friends who are tragically born to lead short lives, and the love triangle that forms between them in their brief time together. (IMDb)


Legal Angles: Bioethics

Genre:  Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Cast:  Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling, Keira Knightley, Sally Hawkins, Carey Mulligan

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New Moon

Title:  New Moon (2009)

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T953 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  130 minutes

Plot:  Bella is still very much in love with Edward. The rest of the vampire coven who call themselves the Cullens, especially Alice, decide to throw Bella a private party for her eighteenth birthday. Things go wrong when Bella cuts her finger and thirst overcomes the vampires. As a result of the danger Bella was put through, the Cullen family decide to leave Forks, Washington. Bella becomes so depressed that she exempts herself from all social activities. But, she realizes that she can coexist with her childhood friend, Jacob. As usual for Bella, things are not as they seem. Something is happening to Jacob that he cannot explain to Bella, and their friendship starts to deteriorate. But when Alice returns to tell her that Edward thinks she is dead, Bella must go on a journey to save Edward from wanting to die himself.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Adventure, Drama

Cast:  Kirsten Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning

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The Next Three Days

Title:  The Next Three Days (2010)

Director:  Paul Haggis

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .N49 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  133 minutes

Plot:  Life seems perfect for John Brennan until his wife, Lara, is arrested for a murder she says she didn't commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggling to hold his family together, raising their son and teaching at college while he pursues every means available to prove her innocence. With the rejection of their final appeal, Lara becomes suicidal and John decides there is only one possible, bearable solution: to break his wife out of prison.

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Romance

Legal Angles: Criminal Law

Cast:  Brian Dennehy, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, RZA, Liam Neeson, Russell Crowe

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Night Falls on Manhattan

Title:  Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)

Director:  Sidney Lumet

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .N54 1997

Format:  VHS

Rating:  R

Length:  114 minutes

Plot:  Sean Casey is just another idealistic assistant D.A.--until his prosecution of a cop-killing drug lord catapults him into the center of New York's tempestuous political arena. Vowing to follow the clues wherever they lead, the young D.A. embarks on a search for the truth that will force him to question his faith in the law, his loyalty to loved ones and his place in a system where justice is the ultimate con.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast:  Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, Lena Olin, Ian Holm, James Gandolfini, Colm Feore, Ron Leibman

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Night Nurse

Title:  Night Nurse (1931)

Director:  William A. Wellman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F671 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  NA

Plot:  A nurse enlists the help of a petty criminal to foil a sinister plot to murder two children.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Barbara Stanwyck, Clark Gable

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

Title:  Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

Director:  Michael Radford

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .N56 1996

Format:  VHS

Rating:  R

Length:  123 minutes

Plot:  Based on George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Politics

Genre:  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Cast:  John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack

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1900

Title:    1900 (1976)

Director:  Bernardo Bertolucci

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .A11 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  245 minutes

Plot:  An epic film that is both a history of 20th century Italy and a portrait of two families. It is also the story of the conflicts between two boys, one a peasant and the other a landowner, as they pass through the upheavals of the modern world.

Legal Angles: Trusts & Trustees


Genre: Drama, History

Cast:  Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Donald Sutherland, Burt Lancaster.

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No End

Title:  No End (1985)

Director:  Krzysztof Kieslowski

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .N63 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  103 minutes

Plot:  Antek was one of the few lawyers willing to take on political cases in a period of enforced martial law. Upon his unexpected death, Antek's wife Ulla struggles to cope with her grief. She eventually takes on the task of finding another attorney to take over one of her husband's cases to defend a man jailed for leading a labor strike. After connecting a colleague from Antek's past with the prisoner's wife, a series of mysterious signals make Ulla believe that Antek's ghost is warning her about the man chosen to replace him.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Professional Ethics, Politics, Trial Practice

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Grazyna Szapolowska, Krzysztof Krzeminski, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Aleksander Bardini

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Noon Wine

Title:  Noon Wine (1985)

Director:  Michael Fields

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .N66 1992

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  81 minutes

Plot:  On a small Texas farm at the turn of the century, a Swedish immigrant asks for work and begins his new life. Through no fault of his own, he causes the downfall of his newfound employer when a suspicious visitor comes to call.

Legal Angles: Immigration Law

Genre:  Drama, Western

Cast:  Fred Ward, Lise Hilboldt, Stellan Skarsgard, Pat Hingle

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Norma Rae

Title:  Norma Rae (1979)

Director:  Martin Ritt

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .N67 2001

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  114 minutes

Plot:  Norma Rae, a textile worker in a small southern town discovers that she has a social consciousness when a labor organizer arrives at her mill to establish a union.

Legal Angles: Labor Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Sally Field, Ron Leibman, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle, Barbara Baxley

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North by Northwest

Title:  North by Northwest (1959)

Director:  Alfred Hitchcock

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .N677 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  136 minutes

Plot:  An ad executive is mistaken for a spy by foreign agents.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Adventure, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason

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North Country

Title:  North Country (2005)

Director:  Niki Caro

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .N6784 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  126 minutes

Plot:  Josey Aimes needs a job and goes to work at a Minnesota steel mine after splitting with her violent husband. But the job proves to be almost as harrowing as her marriage. The male miners are resentful of women taking their jobs, so the men verbally abuse and play humiliating pranks on the female miners. After being physically assaulted by a coworker, Josey tries to fight against the harassment, but none of the other women will join her case for fear that things will only get worse. A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the U.S., Jenson v. Eveleth Mines, in which a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won a landmark 1984 lawsuit.

Genre:  Drama

Legal Angles:  Sexual Harassment

Cast:  Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Monaghan, Thomas Curtis, Woody Harrelson, Sissy Spacek

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Nothing But the Truth

Title:  Nothing but the Truth (2008)

Director:  Rod Lurie

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .N684 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  108 min.

Plot:  A volatile story about a Washington, D.C. political reporter who writes an explosive story about a government scandal in which she reveals the name of a covert CIA agent. Unexpectedly finding herself behind bars, she struggles to maintain her principles and relationship with her family when she refuses to divulge her source. Inspired by true events.

Legal Angles:  Constitutional Law, Contempt of Court, Criminal Procedure, First Amendment, Media Law

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett, Alan Alda, Vera Farmiga, David Schwimmer, Noah Wyle

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Nourish: Food + Community

Title:  Nourish: Food + Community (2009)

Director:  Kirk Bergstrom

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  GN407 .N68 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  27 min.

Plot:  Nourish explores the provocative question: What's the story of your food? By providing a "big picture" view of our food system, Nourish reveals the many ways that food connects to our environment, our health and our communities.

Legal Angles: Food Law

Genre:  Documentary, Short

Cast:  Cameron Diaz, Michael Pollan, Alice Waters,  Bryant Terry, Nadine Burke, Jamie Oliver

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Nuts

Title:  Nuts (1987)

Director:  Martin Ritt

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S91 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  116 minutes

Plot:  An outspoken woman takes on New York's judicial system, modern psychiatry, her personal demons and anyone who gets in her way.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss, Maureen Stapleton, Eli Wallach, Robert Webber, James Whitmore, Karl Malden

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