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Ride with the Devil

Title: Ride With the Devil (1999)

Director: Ang Lee

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .R534 2000

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  138 min.

Plot:  Ride With the Devil follows a band of friends fighting for the Confederacy, trying to survive the especially vicious Civil War in Missouri.   Key scenes include the infamous Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas.

Legal Angles: The Law of War, War Crimes, The Thirteenth Amendment

Genre:  Drama, Romance, War

Cast:  Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich, Jeffrey Wright, Jewel, James Caviezel, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Simon Baker and Tom Wilkinson.

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Ringside

Title:  Ringside (1949)

Director:  Frank McDonald

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .F6746 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  63 minutes

Plot:  Middleweight boxer works his way up to a title fight, and loses it and his eyesight when the champion seeing that his opponent is blind in one eye goes to work on the other one.

Legal Angle:  Sports Law, Contracts

Genre:  Drama, Romance, Sport

Cast:  Don Barry, Tom Brown, Sheila Ryan

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The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Title: The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Director: Bill Jersey

Location:  MU Law RESERVE E185.61 .R57 2002

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 56 minutes

Plot: A 4-part series offering the first comprehensive look at race relations in America between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement presenting the context in which the laws of segregation known as the "Jim Crow" system originated and developed.

Legal Angles:  Civil Rights, Discrimination

Genre:  Documentary, History

Cast: Richard Roundtree

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Robocop

Title:  Robocop (1987)

Director:  Paul Verhoeven

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .R636 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  102 minutes

Plot:  Set in Detroit sometime in the near-future, the film is about a policeman killed in the line of duty, who the department decides to resurrect as a half-human, half-robot supercop. The robocop is indestructible, and within a matter of weeks he has removed crime from the streets of Detroit. However, his human side is tortured by his past, and he wants revenge on the thugs who killed him.

Legal Angles:  Privatization of the Criminal Justice System, Law and Order Crime Control Model, Civic-Corruption, Bioethics

Genre:  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

Cast:  Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer

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Robocop 2

Title:  Robocop 2 (1990)

Director:  Irvin Kershner

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .R636 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  117 minutes

Plot:  Still patrolling the city streets, RoboCop is scheduled by his creator, Omni Consumer Products, to be replaced by a new 'superior' model, RoboCop 2, that according to designer Juliette Faxx, will contain the human remains not of a cop but a criminal. In the meantime, an instantly addictive drug called Nuke is sweeping through Detroit thanks to a kingpin named Cain.

Legal Angles:  Privatization of the Criminal Justice System, Law and Order Crime Control Model, Civic-Corruption, Bioethics

Genre:  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

Cast:  Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel O'Herlihy, Tom Noonan, Belinda Bauer, Gabriel Damon

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Robocop 3

Title:  Robocop 3 (1993)

Director:  Fred Dekker

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .R636 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  104 minutes

Plot:  In this second sequel to Robocop, the mechanical humanoid opposes the evil designs of his creators who have gone corrupt and are trying to take over all real estate in Detroit, kicking the poorer citizens out of their homes and turning them out into the streets.

Legal Angles:  Privatization of the Criminal Justice System, Law and Order Crime Control Model, Civic-Corruption, Bioethics

Genre:  Action, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Robert Burke, Nancy Allen, Rip Torn, John Castle, Jill Hennessy, CCH Pounder, Mako, Robert Do'Qui

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Rock of Ages

Title:  Rock of Ages (2012)

Director:  Adam Shankman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .R635 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  123 min.

Plot:  Drew and Sherrie meet in L.A. while pursuing their dream of life in the big city.  This musical features songs by Journey, Twisted Sister, Starship, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, and many more.

Legal Angles: Entertainment Law, Contracts

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Musical

Cast:  Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston,

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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Title:  Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Director:  Marina Zenovich

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R66 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  100 minutes

Plot:  Intensely examines Polanski's conviction for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, and the chaos that followed. A startling indictment of our legal system and its paradoxical relationship with celebrity culture in contemporary America.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law, Judicial & Prosecutorial Wrongdoing and Judicial Ethics

Genre:  Crime, Documentary

Cast:  NA

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Rope

Title:  Rope (1948)

Director:  Alfred Hitchcock

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R67 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  NA

Plot:  Two thrill-seeking friends strangle a classmate and then hold a party for their victim's family and friends, serving refreshments on a buffet table fashioned from a trunk containing the lifeless body. When dinner conversation revolves around talk of "the perfect murder," their former teacher becomes increasingly suspicious that his proteges have turned his intellectual theories into brutal reality.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law

Genre:  Crime, Mystery, Romance

Cast:  James Stewart, Farley Granger, John Dall, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Constance Collier, Joan Chandler

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Rosewood

Title: Rosewood (1997)

Director:  John Singleton

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .R674 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  140 minutes

Plot:  The true story of the 1923 razing of a black town in Florida, many of its people murdered over a lie. But some escaped and survived because of the courage and compassion of a few extraordinary people.

Legal Angles:  Civil Rights, Murder, Hate Crimes, Discrimination, Property Law

Genre: Action, Drama, History

Cast:  Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill, Loren Dean, Esther Rolle, Elise Neal, Robert Patrick, Michael Rooker

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Rosita

Title:  Rosita (2005)

Director:  Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater,

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .R675 2005

Format:  DVD 

Rating:  Not rated

Length:  Fifty-seven minutes

Plot:  When a nine-year-old Nicaraguan girl becomes pregnant as a result of a rape, her parents--illiterate campesinos working in Costa Rica--seek a legal therapeutic abortion to save their only child's life. Their quest triggers a battle over whose life has precedence, and pits them against the governments of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the medical establishment, and the Catholic Church. As the story gains international media attention, its repercussions spread across Latin America and Europe.

Legal Angles:   Abortion, Statutory rape, Reproductive justice

Genre:  Documentary

Narrator:  Sandra Rodriguez

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Rounders

Title:  Rounders (1998)

Director:  John Dahl

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R68 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  121 minutes

Plot:  A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.

Legal Angles:  Law School

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast:  Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Paul Cicero, John Turturro, Ray Iannicelli, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, Merwin Goldsmith, John Malkovich, Martin Landau

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Roxie Hart

Title:  Roxie Hart (1942)

Director:  William A. Wellman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R6954 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  75 minutes

Plot:  In this hilarious farce, Ginger Rogers scores a resounding personal hit as an ambitious 1920's showgirl who confesses to a murder just for the publicity. Based on the hit Broadway play 'Chicago, the film features an outstanding supporting cast ... After her husband shoots a burglar in their apartment, Roxie Hart is talked into pretending she did it by a newsman and a theatrical agent who promise to sign her for a vaudeville tour. Realizing she'll become a houshold name overnight, Roxie agrees and becomes the center of an outrageous trial. Filled with clever sight gags, this witty satire gave Ginger Rogers the broadest comedic role she had ever played and marked a great success in her career.

Legal Angles:  Murder, Evidence, Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Comedy, Romance

Cast:  Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, William Frawley

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The Royal Tenenbaums

Title:  The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Director:  Wes Anderson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R693 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  109 minutes

Plot:  Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family househould. Their father, Royal, had left them long ago, but now returns to make things right with his family.

Legal Angles:  Family Law:  Emancipation of a Minor, Juvenile Law

Genre:  Comedy, Drama

Cast:  Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Danny Glover, Luke Wilson

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Rules of Engagement

Title:  Rules of Engagement (2000)

Director:  William Friedkin

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R85 2000

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  127 minutes

Plot:  Colonel Terry Childers is a patriot and war hero. But when a peacekeeping mission he leads in Yemen goes terribly wrong, he finds himself facing a court martial. Accused of breaking the rules of engagement by killing unarmed civilians, Childers' only hope of vindication rests with comrade-in-arms Hays Hodges, a military lawyer of questionable abilities. Together, they face the battle of their lives.

Legal Angles:  Military Law, Evidence, International Law, Law of War

Genre:  Action, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Guy Pearce, Bruce Greenwood, Blair underwood, Philip Baker Hall, Anne Archer, Ben Kingsley

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Rumpole of the Bailey

Title:  Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series (1978-1992)

Director:         Donald McWhinnie  (4 episodes, 1979-1987)
                     Roger Bamford  (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
                     Julian Amyes  (4 episodes, 1988-1991)
                     Robert Tronson  (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
                     Graham Evans  (3 episodes, 1978)
                     Herbert Wise  (3 episodes, 1978)
                     Robert Knights  (2 episodes, 1979-1983)
                     Brian Farnham  (2 episodes, 1979)
                     Martyn Frie  (2 episodes, 1987-1992)
                     Rodney Bennet  (2 episodes, 1987)
                     Mike Vardy  (2 episodes, 1988)
                     John Gorrie  (2 episodes, 1992)

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R86 2010  Seasons 1 -7

Format:  DVD 

Rating:  NR

Length:  2100 min.

Plot:  Balancing suspense and satire as deftly as the scale of justice, Horace Rumpole tirelessly defends the downtrodden while undressing the upper classes.  This 14-DVD pack contains all 42 episodes of seasons 1-7.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Comparative Law, Courtroom Drama, Investigative Techniques

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Leo McKern

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Rumpole of the Bailey

Title:  Rumple of the Bailey (1978)

Director:  Donald McWhinnie, et al

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R86 1991

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  104 minutes each

Plot:  The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Leo McKern

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Runaway Jury

Title:  Runaway Jury (2003)

Director:  Gary Fleder

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R86 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  122 minutes

Plot:  After a man dies in a shooting incident, his wife files a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the gun. Her lawyer argues that the firm in question knew the shop which sold the weapon was not following federal regulations. As the case goes to trial, the firearm manufacturer takes no chances on the outcome, and they hire Rankin Fitch, a "jury consultant" who makes it his business to see that he knows enough about the jurors to be able to guarantee the result of the trial.

Legal Angles:  Gross Negligence, Damages, Jury Selection and Jury Tampering

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Bruce Davison, Bruce McGill, Jeremy Piven, Nick Searcy, Stanley Anderson

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Rush

Title:  Rush (2013)

Director:  Ron Howard

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R874 2014

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  123 min.

Plot:  Set against the golden age of Formula One racing in the 1970s, Rush is based on the true story of a highly charged sporting rivalry between English playboy James Hunt, and his structured, intelligent opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda.

Legal Angles:   Contracts, Sports Law

Genre:  Action, Biography, Drama

Cast:  Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Pierfrancesco Favino, Alexandra Maria Lara

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