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MU Law Films Guide: Df-Dz

Dial M for Murder

Title: Dial M for Murder (1954)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D535 2004

Format: DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 105 minutes

Plot: A man devises a plan to murder his wife, not only because he wants her money, but because she is in love with another man.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Cast: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams, Anthony Dawson

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Dirty Pictures

Title: Dirty Pictures (2000)

Director: Frank Pierson

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D565 2000

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 104 minutes

Plot: Shocking. Stunning. Brilliant. These are some of the words that described artist Robert Mapplethrope's controversial 1990 photo exhibit ... when the director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Dennis Barrie, books a touring photo exhibit of the late Robert Mapplethorpe, he knows he's brought a major-league event to town. But when the Cincinnati Sheriff sees the sexually explicit photos, he shuts down the show ... charging Barrie with peddling obscenity. Determined to stand his ground, Barrie faces trial and risks losing his job--and his family--to protect the right promised to every American by the Constitution...the freedom of expression.

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

Genre: Drama

Cast: James Woods, Craig T. Nelson, Diana Scarwid

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Disclosure

Title: Disclosure (1994)

Director: Barry Levinson

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D57 1997

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 128 minutes

Plot: When an executive in a large company resists the advances of his new boss who is also a former love, she charges him with sexual harassment. Suddenly his marriage and his career are at risk, and his struggle to extricate himself leads to the exposure of an executive conspiracy.

Legal Angles: Labor Law, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre: Drama

Cast: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore

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Dishonored Lady

Title: Dishonored Lady (1947)

Director: Robert Stevenson

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D574 2004

Format: DVD

Length: 85 minutes

Plot: Hedy Lamarr is Madeleine Damien, a gorgeous and sophisticated fashion editor living life in the fast lane in an age when "good girls didn't." Depressed by her tarnished reputation, she deliberately crashes her car into a tree and lands on a psychiatrist's couch. Encouraged to change her ways, she starts over with a new name and a new career. She falls in love with a young doctor (Dennis O'Keefe) but her past-life returns to haunt her. Dragged into her old party-girl habits by former coworkers, Madeleine goes home one night with an ex-lover. When he turns up murdered, she finds herself the prime suspect. A courtroom trial follows, and Madeleine is forced to fight for her life.

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

Genre: Crime, Drama

Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Dennis O'Keefe, John Loder, William Lundigan

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Dive!

Title:  Dive!  (2010)

Director:  Jeremy Seifert

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV HD4482 .D58 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  45 min.

Plot:  Inspired by a curiosity about society's careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary Dive! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food, resulting in an eye-opening documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism, and call to action.

Legal Angles:  Food Law

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Jeremy Seifert, Timothy Jones, Darren Hoffman, David Gist.

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The Divorcee

Title: The Divorcee (1930)

Director: Nick Grinde

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F671 2008

Format: DVD

Length: 84 minutes

Plot: When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she decides to respond to his infidelities in kind.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre: Drama, Romance

Cast: Norma Shearer, Chester Morris, Conrad Nagel, Robert Montgomery

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Django Unchained

Title:  Django Unchained (2012)

Director:  Quentin Tarantino

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .D536 2013

Format: DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  165 min.

Plot:  Django, a former slave turned hired gun, heads back to the plantation to free his wife, Broomhilda, from the tyrannical plantation owner Calvin Candie, with the help of a German bounty hunter, Dr. King Shultz.

Legal Angles: Criminal Procedure, Slavery

Genre:  Adventure, Drama, Western

Cast:  Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo Dicaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins

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Doing Justice: The Life and Trials of Arthur Kinov

Title:  Doing Justice:  The Life & Trials of Arthur Kinoy  (1993)

Director:  Abby Ginzberg

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV  KF373.K525 D63 1993
Format:  DVD

Rating: NR

Length:  50 min. 43 sec.

Plot:  Documentary that chronicles the civil rights career of attorney Arthur Kinoy. He and other legal experts focus on some of the key civil rights and social movements in America following World War II--the Rosenbergs and McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, Watergate--and point out the constitutional issues at stake and legal strategies employed.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Narrated by Congressman Ron Dellums

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Dolores Claiborne

Title: Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Director: Taylor Hackford

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D656 1999

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 132 minutes

Plot: Eighteen years ago the town accused Dolores Claiborne of murdering her husband in cold blood. Now a woman lies dead and a witness finds Dolores standing over the body. Her daughter is the only one who can save her life and the only thing that stands between guilt and innocence is the evil secret that made the daughter run away ten years ago.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Vigilantism

Genre:  Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Cast: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Double Indemnity

Title: Double Indemnity (1944)

Director: Billy Wilder

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D683 2006

Format: DVD

Length: 107 minutes

Plot: An insurance man and a suburban wife conspire to trick her husband into signing a policy that pays double for accidental death-- then push him from a train. It's an almost perfect crime.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Insurance Law

Genre: Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Cast: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson

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Double Jeopardy

Title: Double Jeopardy (1999)

Director: Bruce Bereford

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D683 2000

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 105 minutes

Plot: Libby Parsons discovers that the husband she was convicted of murdering staged his own death and framed her for the crime.

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd, Bruce Greenwood, Annabeth Gish

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Doubt

Title: Doubt (2008)

Director: John Patrick Shanley

Location: MU Law RESERVE .D685 2009

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 104

Plot: 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. Father Flynn is a charismatic priest who is trying to upend the schools' strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier. The Sister is the iron-gloved principal who believes in the power of fear and discipline. With the winds of political change, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James shares with Sister Aloysius her suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without any proof, besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn. This threatens to tear apart the community with its irrevocable consequence.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights & Constitutional Law

Genre:  Drama, Mystery

Cast: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Alice Drummond, Audrie Neenan, Susan Blommaert, Carrie Preston, John Costelloe, Lloyd Clay Brown, Joseph Foster II

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Dreamgirls

Title: Dreamgirls (2006)

Director: Bill Condon

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D7436 2007

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 130 minutes

Plot: Three young women, Deena Jones, Effie White and Lorrell Robinson desire to become pop stars. They get their wish when they are picked to be backup singers for the legendary James "Thunder" Early. When they are set free for leads, Curtis Taylor and Effie's brother C.C. decide that Deena should be the lead singer, which upsets Effie. The girls discover exactly what it takes to be in the music business and what they must give up to realize their dreams.

Legal Angles: Entertainment Law & Sports Law

Genre:  Drama, Music

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose, Keith Robinson, Jennifer Hudson.

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Dredd

Title:  Dredd (2012)

Director:  Pete Travis

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .D7433 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  95 min.

Plot:  The future America is an irradiated wasteland. On its East Coast lies Mega City One, a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called Judges who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure


Genre:  Action, Sci-Fi

Cast:  Karl Urban, Rachel Wood, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris, Langley Kirkwood, Warrick Grier

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Drive

Title:  Drive (2011)

Director:   Nicolas Winding Refn

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .D75 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length: 100 min.

Plot:  Driver is a Hollywood stunt driver by day, and moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver for hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA's most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbor, Irene. When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best, Drive!

Legal Angles: Contracts, Sports Law, Entertainment Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks

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A Dry White Season

Title: A Dry White Season (1989)

Director: Euzhan Palcy

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D79 2005

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 107 minutes

Plot: The politics of apartheid are put into meaningful, human terms in this critically acclaimed film about a prominent white schoolteacher who is awakened to the reality of South African justice.

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

Genre:  Drama, History, Thriller

Cast: Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Jurgen Prochnow, Zakes Mokae, Susan Sarandon, Marlon Brando.

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Duplicity

Title: Duplicity (2009)

Director: Tony Gilroy

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .D87 2009

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 125 minutes

Plot: Ex-CIA officer Claire Stenwick and ex-MI6 agent Ray Koval are both racing to secure the formula for a product that will bring untold wealth to the company that lands the patent first. As the stakes begin to rise, so does the passion between Claire and Ray. Meanwhile, their mutual employers, industry giant Howard Tully and trailblazing CEO Dick Garsik start resorting to some seriously underhanded tactics as each hopes to gain an advantage over the competition. Claire and Ray engage in a series of schemes and double-crosses while contending with the fact that their mutual attraction could ultimately jeopardize their entire mission.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Securities

Genre:  Romance, Thriller

Cast: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Giamatti, Tom McCarthy, Denis O'Hare

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