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MU Law Films Guide: Ce - Cl

Central Park Five

Title: Central Park Five (2012)

Director:  Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  HV6568.N5 C4687 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  119 min.

Plot:   Chronicles America's complicated perceptions of race and crime through the story of the "Central Park 5" -- a group of minority teenagers wrongfully convicted and jailed for brutally raping a white woman in New York City.

Legal Angles:  Wrongful Conviction

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise, Yusef Salaam, Angela Black, Calvin O. Butts III

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The Chamber

Title: The Chamber (1996)

Director: Chris Foley

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C43 1998

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 113 minutes

Plot: Adam Hall is an idealistic young attorney who takes on the death row clemency case of his one-time Klansman grandfather, Sam Cayhall. With just 28 days before the execution, Adam sets out to retrace the events leading to the crime for which Sam was convicted. As the impending death sentence looms closer, Adam works quickly to uncover the family's history for any hidden clues. In a white-knuckle series of twists and turns, Adam discovers deceptions and dark secrets that ultimately lead him to the startling truth.

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

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Cast: Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Lea Rochon, Robert Prosky, Raymond Barry, David Marshall Grant

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Changeling

Title: Changeling (2008)

Director: Clint Eastwood

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C438 2008

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 141

Plot: Working-class suburb Los Angeles, 1928. Christine says goodbye to her son, Walter, and departs for work. Arriving home, Christine discovers that Walter is nowhere to be found. Christine launches a desperate search for her son. Then, a boy claiming to be Christine's son appears out of thin air. Knowing the boy is not hers, Christine invites the child to stay in her home. Christine cannot accept the injustice being pushed upon her and continues to challenge the Los Angeles police force at every turn. The police slander Christine and paint her as an unfit mother. Christine challenges the system and the only person willing to aid her in her search is benevolent local activist Reverend Briegleb.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Cast: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Michael Kelly, Colm Feore, Jason Butler Harner, Amy Ryan, Geoff Pierson, Denis O'Hare, Frank Wood, Peter Gerety, Reed Birney

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Changing Lanes

Title:  Changing Lanes (2002)

Director:  Roger Michelle

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C53 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  98 minutes

Plot:  A minor traffic accident turns two perfect strangers into vicious adversaries waging an all-out war of personal destruction.

Legal Angles: Family Law, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Affleck, Toni Collette, Sydney Pollack, William Hurt, Amanda Peet, Richard Jenkins, Dylan Baker, Kim Staunton

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Chaplin

Title:  Chaplin (1992)

Director:  Richard Attenborough

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C4385 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  135 minutes

Plot:  Chaplin's entire life is covered in the biographical film. From his upbringings in the slums of England to his Honorary Oscar in 1972.

Legal Angles: Immigration

Genre:  Biography, Drama

Cast:  Robert Downey Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Geraldine Chaplin, Kevin Dunn, Anthony Hopkins, Milla Jovovich, Moira Kelly, Kevin Kline, Diane Lane, Penelope Ann Miller, Paul Rhys, John Thaw, Marisa Tomei, Nancy Travis, James Woods

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Character

Title: Character (1997)

Director: Mike Van Diem

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C439 2003

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 122 minutes

Plot: Dreverhaven is dead. The city's most feared bailiff, the curse of the poor, the agent of law without compassion--discovered with a knife through his heart. A self-taught lawyer who just passed his exams was the last person to see Drevehaven alive. Now, the police want to know why he visited the old man, and the young barrister is ready to tell the story of a lifetime.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Law School, Professional Ethics

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Jan DeCleir, Fedja Van Huêt, Betty Schuurman, Tamar Van Den Dop, Victor Löw, Hans Kesting

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Charlie Wilson's War

Title: Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

Director: Mike Nichols

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C4395 2008

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 102 minutes

Plot:  In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson is best known as a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas. He seemed to be in the minor leagues, except for the fact that he is a member of two major foreign policy and covert-ops committees. However, once Charlie is prodded by his major conservative supporter, Joanne Herring, Wilson learns about the plight of the people who are suffering from the effects of the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of the maverick CIA agent, Gust Avrakotos, Wilson dedicates his canny political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support needed to defeat the Soviet Union. Based on a true story.

Legal Angles: Legislative Branch, Politics, Terrorism, Law of War

Genre:  Biography, Comedy, Drama

Cast: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty, Emily Blunt, Om Puri, Ken Stott, John Slattery, Denis O'Hare, Jud Tylor

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Chasing Mavericks

Title: Chasing Mavericks (2012)

Director:  Michael Apted, Curtis Hanson 

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .C4396 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  116 min.

Plot:  An true story of courage and friendship tbased in Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, California. When 15-year-old Jay Moriarty discovers that the mythical Mavericks surf break is real, he reaches out to local surfing legend Frosty Hesson to train him to ride it. What begins as a mentorship turns into an extraordinary bond that transforms both their lives, as Frosty teaches Jay valuable lessons about conquering fears and pursuing dreams.

Legal Angles: Contracts

Genre:  Drama, Sport

Cast:  Jonny Weston, Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer, Leven Rambin

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Chicago

Title: Chicago (2002)

Director: Rob Marshall

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C453 2002

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 113

Plot: At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly and spotlight-seeking Roxie Hart both find themselves on Chicago's famed Murderess Row. They also share Billy Flynn, the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Corrections & Punishment, Death Penalty

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reily, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, Christine Baranski

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Children of Men

Title: Children of Men (2006)

Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Location: MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .C455 2007

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 109 minutes

Legal Angles: Terrorism, Law of War

Genre:  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Cast:  Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam

Summary:  London, 2027. Humanity has become infertile and no child has been born for 18 years. Science is at loss to explain the reason. Immigration is a crime and refugees are caged like animals. African and East European societies have collapsed and their dwindling populations are migrating toward England and other wealthy nations. Torn apart by nuclear fallout, rampant terrorism and political rebellion. In this climate of nationalistic violence, a London peace activist turned bureaucrat Theo Faron, joins forces with Julian, his revolutionary ex-wife, in order to save mankind by protecting a woman who has mysteriously became pregnant. These three set out on a desperate struggle to deliver the world's only pregnant woman to the Human Project with hope that they can discover the cure for global infertility. As they carefully navigate between the battling forces of military police and a pro-immigration insurgency this small group must endure a death-defying ordeal of urban warfare.

Legal Element: The legal element most closely associated with this movie is criminal law. There are several run-ins with police and several crimes are committed. The main focus of the movie is what can happen in times of extreme civil unrest and the lengths people will go to in order to form a resistance. There are also elements of family law discussed with the possibility of Ki's baby being taken from her by the authorities.

Important Scenes:

1:00 - Theo narrowly misses being the victim of a terrorist attack in a coffee shop

7:18 - Discussion between Theo and Jasper about what has caused the infertility in the world

12:15 - Theo is kidnapped by a resistance group led by his ex-wife Julian

18:10 - Theo meets with his cousin, the Minister

23:18 - Theo meets with Julian

27:40 - Theo and Julian are attacked in the car

35:03 - Theo finds out Ki's secret

42:40 - Theo and Ki escape the resistance after learning their true plans

55:26 - The resistance movement finds Theo and Ki at Jasper's house

1:06:06 - Theo and Ki go into the refugee camp

1:16:25 - Sid finds out about the secret

1:23:50 - Getting out of the resistance camp and to the boat

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Chinatown

Title:  Chinatown (1974)

Director:  Roman Polanski

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C456 1999

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  130 minutes

Plot:  Private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California is hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair. Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in Chinatown.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law, Politics

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman, Perry Lopez, Burt Young, Bruce Glover, Joe Mantell, Roy Jenson, Diane Ladd, Dick Bakalyan, John Huston

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A Christmas Tale

Title: A Christmas Tale (2008)

Director: Arnaud Desplechin

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C477 2009

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 150 minutes

Plot: Junon is the matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas when they learn she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. The Vuillard's shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self harm, and loss doesn't lead itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. Hopefully the Christmastime reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, will finally bring peace to their family.

Legal Angles: Business Law, Contracts

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Consigny, Melvil Poupaud, Emmanuelle Devos, Chiara Mastroianni, Emile Berling, Hippolyte Girardot, Laurent Capelluto, Françoise Bertin, Samir Guesmi.

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City Hall

Title:  City Hall (1996)

Director:  Harold Becker

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C44 1999

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  111 minutes

Plot:  The death of an innocent child helps uncover a scandal that links the mob directly to the Mayor's office.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Executive Branch, Politics

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Danny Aiello

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A Civil Action

Title:  A Civil Action (1998)

Director:  Steven Zaillian

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C485 1999

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  115

Plot:  A high-priced personal injury attorney takes on a case that becomes an epic legal battle ... one that may cost him his career, reputation and all that he owns.

Legal Angles: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Professional Ethics, Tort, Trial Practice

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  John Travolta, Robert Duvall, John Lithgow, William H. Macy

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Class Action

Title: Class Action (1991)

Director: Michael Apted

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C53 2004

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 110 minutes

Plot: Two lawyers, father and daughter, face off against each other in a multimillion dollar lawsuit. The case concerns a potentially defective auto design that could involve corporate corruption and violations of legal ethics.

Legal Angles: Civil Procedure, Class Action, Evidence, Trial Practice

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Cast: Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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The Client

Title:  The Client (1994)

Director:  Joel Schumaker

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C554 1997

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  119 minutes

Plot:  Mark Sway is an 11-year-old torn between what he knows and what he can never tell. A hitman will snuff him in half a heartbeat if Mark reveals what he learned about a Mob murder. An ambitious federal prosecutor will keep the pressure on until Mark tells all. Suddenly, Mark isn't a boy playing air guitar anymore. He's a pawn in a deadly game. And his only ally is a courageous but unseasoned attorney who risks her career for him ... but never imagines she'll also risk her life.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Professional Ethics

Genre:  Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Cast:  Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Renfro, Mary-Louise Parker

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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Title:  Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Director:  Alex Gibney

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .C55 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  117 minutes

Plot:   When he was NY's Attorney General Eliot Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America's largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country. After his election as governor, with the largest margin in the state's history, many believed Spitzer was on his way to becoming the nation's first Jewish president. Then, shockingly, Spitzer's meteoric rise turned into a precipitous fall when the New York Times revealed that Spitzer had been caught seeing prostitutes.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Executive Branch

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Eliot Spitzer, Kim Allen and Wrenn Schmidt

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A Clockwork Orange

Title:  A Clockwork Orange (1971) 

Director:  Stanley Kubrick

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C64 1999

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  136 minutes

Plot:  Depicts a harrowing journey through a near-future world of decaying cities, murderous adolescents and nightmarish technologies of punishment and crime.

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

Cast:  Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee

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Closed Circuit

Title:  Closed Circuit (2013)

Director:  John Crowley

Location:  PN1997 .C5674 2014  blu-ray 
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Format:  DVD & Blu-ray

Rating:  R

Length:  96 min.

Plot:"Closed CIrcuit .... comes soaked in gunmetal blue and paranoia. The anxiety is well founded: they’re watching us. A lot —  Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall play Martin Rose and Claudia Simmons-Howe, lawyers who have been recruited to defend a Turkish immigrant, Farroukh (Denis Moschitto), accused of murdering more than a hundred people in a London truck-bomb explosion."  Manohla Dargis, NYT


Legal Angles: British Judicial System, Comparative Law, National Security, Privacy, Terrorism

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Ciarán Hinds, Riz Ahmed, Anne-Marie Duff, Kenneth Cranham, Julia Stiles, Jim Broadbent

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Cloud Atlas

Title:  Cloud Atlas (2012)

Director:  Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .C568 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  172 min.

Plot:  An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Legal Angles: Genocide, Human Rights

Genre:  Drama, Sci-Fi

Cast:  Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Keith David, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Doona Bae

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