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To Kill a Mockingbird

Title:  To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Director:  Robert Mulligan

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T65 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  129 minutes

Plot:  Two children in a small southern town are thrust into an adult world of racial bigotry and hatred when their lawyer father chooses to defend a black man unjustly accused of raping a white girl.

Legal Angles:  Civil Rights & Constitutional Law, Lawyering, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Wrongful Convictions 

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Gregory Peck, Brock Peters, Robert Duvall, Mary Badham, Philip Alford, Collin Wilcox, John Megna, Ruth White, Paul Fix, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream

Title:  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (2007)

Director:  Peter Bogdanovich

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T667 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  239 minutes

Plot:  Tracking Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from their Gainesville beginnings to their 30th anniversary celebration, Runnin' Down a Dream is the hard-hitting account of a band that became a family and, along the way, left a body of work that is among the richest deposits in American musical history.

Legal Angles:  Media, Entertainment & Sports Law, Contracts & Commercial Law

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ; interviews with Eddie Vedder, Rick Rubin, Roger McGuinn, Dave Grohl, Johnny Depp, Jeff Lynne, Stevie Nicks, Jackson, Browne

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Tomorrow

Title:  Tomorrow (1972)

Director:  Joseph Anthony

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T66 1988

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  103 minutes

Plot:  The story of the innocent and muted love which grows slowly between these two lowly and inarticulate people of the earth, carrying them through the ordeals of a harrowing pregnancy and birth, and culminating in a baffling murder trial.

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

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Robert Duvall, Olga Bellin

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Topaz

Title:  Topaz (1969)

Director:  Alfred Hitchcock

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T673 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  143 minutes

Plot:  The best-selling spy novel bursts onto the screen in this riveting story of adventure and international intrigue. An American CIA agent hires a French operative to travel to Cuba and intestigate rumors of Russian missiles and Topaz, a NATO spy. The inquiry soon spins into a life-threatening escapade of espionage, betrayal and murder.

Legal Angles:  International Law & Comparative Law, Military Law, Government & Politics

Genre:  Crime, Thriller

Cast:  John Forsythe, Frederick Stafford, Danny Robin, John Vernon, Karin Dor, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Claude Jade, Michel Subor, John Forsythe

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Torn Curtain

Title:  Torn Curtain (1966)

Director:  Alfred Hitchcock

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T676 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  128 minutes

Plot:  An edge-of-your-seat Cold War thriller set behind the Iron Curtain. Michael Armstrong is a renowned scientist attending an international physics conference in Copenhagen with Sarah Sherman, his fiancee/assistant. The heart-pounding action begins when Sarah picks up a message intended for Michael and discovers that he is defecting to East Germany...or is he?

Legal Angles:  Government & Politics, International Law & Comparative Law, Military Law

Genre:  Mystery, Thriller

Cast:  Paul Newman, Julie Andrews

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The Tourist

The TouristTitle:  The Tourist (2010)

Director:  Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .T687 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  103 minutes

Plot:  During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise, an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Paris and Venice, their whirlwind romance quickly evolves as they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Legal Angles:  Tax Evasion 


Genre:  Action, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Johnny Depp, Steven Berkoff, Rufus Sewell, Christian De Sica

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The Town

Title:  The Town (2010)

Director:  Ben Affleck

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .T696 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  125 min.

Plot:  Doug MacRay is the leader of a Boston bank robber gang but not cut from the same cloth as his fellow thieves.  When Doug falls into a romance with the bank manager briefly taken hostage in their last heist, he decides he wants out of his old life and out of Boston.  As the Feds close in and the crew questions his loyalty, he has one of two choices:  betray his friends or lose the woman he loves.

Legal Angles:  Witness Tampering, Impersonating Police Officers, Bank Robbery, Illegal Possession of Weapons, Grand Theft Auto

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Slaine, Pete Postlethwaite, Chris Cooper, Owen Burke

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Town Without Pity

Title:  Town Without Pity (1961)

Director:  Gottfried Reinhardt

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T69 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  105 minutes

Plot:  Four American GI's, stationed in Germany circa 1960, are accused of attacking a local teenage girl. An Army major is assigned to defend the soldiers. If he's going to prevent their death sentences, he will have to turn the spotlight on the victim who is already traumatized.

Legal Angles:  Military Law, International Law & Comparative Law, Trial Practice, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Kirk Douglas, E.G. Marshall, Robert Blake, Richard Jaeckel, Frank Sutton, Christine Kaufmann

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Traffic

Title:  Traffic (2000)

Director:  Steven Sodebergh

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T73 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  147 minutes

Plot:  Presents a mix of interrelated stories: a Mexican policeman finds himself and his partner caught in an often deadly web of corruption; a pair of DEA agents work undercover in a sordid and dangerous part of San Diego; a wealthy drug baron living in upscale, suburban America is arrested and learns how quickly his unknowing and pampered wife takes over his business; and the U.S. President's new drug czar must deal with his increasingly drug-addicted teenage daughter.

Legal Angles:  Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Drug Trafficking, International Law, Trial Practice,
Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Government & Politics,

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas, Luis Guzman, Dennis Quaid, Catherine Zeta-Jones

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The Tree of Life

Title:  The Tree of Life (2011)

Director:  Terrence Malick

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .T744 2011

Format:  BLU-RAY & DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  139 min.

Plot:  This is a film about the conflict between nature and grace, the agonizing mystery of God, and the meaning of life itself. The death of his brother forces Jack O'Brien to confront his past, which is dominated by his difficult relationship with his father. Jack's father was a stern authoritarian whose no-nonsense demeanor masked a host of unfulfilled dreams. His mother was a gentle, kind woman who often allowed her own needs and desires to give way to those of her husband and children. As Jack's memories come flooding back--of the course of a Texas summer in the 1950s--viewers observe Jack's evolving relationship with his parents, his younger brother, and God, while adult Jack questions the meanings of life, love, and family.

Legal Angles: Patent Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Brad Pitt (Mr. O'Brien), Sean Penn (Jack), Jessica Chastain (Mrs. O'Brien), Fiona Shaw (Grandmother), Irene Bedard (Messenger), Jessica Fuselier (Guide), Hunter McCracken (Young Jack), Laramie Eppler (R.L.), Tye Sheridan (Steve)

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The Trial

Title:  The Trial (1962)

Director:  Orson Welles

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T752 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  107 minutes

Plot:  Portrays the experiences of a young man who is mysteriously arrested by agents of the police for an unspecific crime and is prepared for questioning and trial.

Legal Angles:  Trial Practice, Lawyering, Death Penalty, Civil Rights & Constitutional Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast:  Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli, Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff, Madelaine Robinson

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Trial and Error

Title:  Trial and Error (1997)

Director:  Jonathan Lynn

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T7 1999

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  98 minutes

Plot:  An actor poses as a lawyer to help his sick friend, and problems develop.

Legal Angles:  Lawyering, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Trial Practice

Genre:  Comedy, Romance

Cast:  Michael Richards, Jeff Daniels, Charlize Theron, Jessica Steen

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Trial by Jury

Title:  Trial by Jury (1994)

Director:  Heywood Gould

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T75 1995

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  107 minutes

Plot:  He's guilty of murder. But something goes wrong in the jury room. Eleven jurors vote guilty. One woman, her life and family threatened by the mob, votes to let the killer walk. To set things right, that woman will have to fight back with a vengeance.

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Armand Assante, Gabriel Bryne, William Hurt

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The Trials of Darryl Hunt

Title:  The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006)

Director:  Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg

Location:  MU Law RESERVE KF9756 .T75 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NA

Length:  107 minutes

Plot:  Chronicling this capital case from 1984-2004, filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg painstakingly frame the judicial and emotional reponses to a chilling crime, and the implications surrounding Darryl Hunt's wrongful conviction.

Legal Angles:  Wrongful Convictions, Death Penalty, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice

Genre:  Crime, Documentary

Cast:  NA

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The Trouble with Harry

Title:  The Trouble with Harry (1955)

Director:  Alfred Hitchcock

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T76 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  108 minutes

Plot:  The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and while no one really minds, everyone feels responsible. Shirley Maclaine makes her screen debut in this New England romp that includes romance, humor...and several unearthings of the corpse.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

Cast:  Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Mildred Natwick, Mildred Dunnock

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True Believer

Title:  True Believer (1989)

Director:  Joseph Ruben

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T779 2001

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  108 minutes

Plot:  A once acclaimed civil rights attorney of the 60's, now an embittered cynic who makes a living defending drug-dealing low-lifes, has his passion for justice rekindled by an idealistic young associate.

Legal Angles:  Trial Practice, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Civil Rights & Constitutional Law, Lawyering, Death Penalty, Ethics & Professional Responsibility 

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast:  James Woods, Robert Downey, Jr., Margaret Colin, Kurtwood Smith

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True Colors

Title:  True Colors (1991)

Director:  Herbert Ross

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T78 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  110 minutes

Plot:  Two friends move from law school to Washington's corridors of power-- Peter, a lower class go-getter, climbs to the position of congressman by betraying everyone who ever trusted him including his idealistic, blue-blood friend Tim.

Legal Angles:  Lawyering, Law School, Government & Politics, Administrative Law, Ethics & Professional Responsibility 

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  John Cusack, James Spader

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True Grit

Title:  True Grit (2010)

Director:  Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .T784 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  110 minutes

Plot:  Mattie Ross is determined to avenge her father's blood by capturing Tom Chaney, the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold. Just fourteen, she enlists the help of Rooster Cogburn, a one-eyed, trigger-happy U.S. Marshal with an affinity for drinking, and hardened Texas Ranger LaBoeuf to track the fleeing Chaney. Despite their differences, their ruthless determination leads them on a perilous adventure that can only have one outcome: retribution.

Legal Angles:   Property Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Law Enforcement, Testimony, Trial, Cross-Examination

Genre:  Adventure, Drama, Western

Cast:  Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Hailee Steinfeld, Dakin Matthews, Elizabeth Marvel

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12

Title:  12 (2007)

Director:  Nikita Mikhalkov

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T93 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  159 minutes

Plot:  Set in contemporary Moscow where 12 men must decide the fate of a young man accused of murdering his step-father. Consigned to a makeshift jury room, one by one each man takes center stage to confront, connect, and confess while the accused awaits a verdict and revisits his heartbreaking journey through war in flashbacks.

Legal Angles:  Trial Practice, International Law & Comparative Law, War, Terrorism & Genocide

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Sergey Makovetsky, Nikita Mikhalkov, Sergei Garmash, Valentin Gaft, Alexei Petrenko, Yuri Stoyanov, Sergey Gazarov, Mikhail Efremov, Alexei Gorbunov, Sergey Artsbashev, Victor Verzhbitsky, Roman Madyanov, Alexander Adarashian

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12 Angry Men

Title:  12 Angry Men (1957)

Director:  Sidney Lumet

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T94 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  96 minutes

Plot:  Eleven jurors are convinced that the defendant is guilty of murder. The twelfth has no doubt of his innocence. How can this one man steer the others toward the same conclusion? It's a case of seemingly overwhelming evidence against a teenager accused of killing his father in "one of the best pictures ever made" (The Hollywood Reporter).

Legal Angles:  Trial Practice, Death Penalty, Evidence 

Genre:  Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Joseph Sweeney, George Voskovec, Robert Webber

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12 Years a Slave

Title:  12 Years a Slave (2013)

Director:  Steve McQueen

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .T945 2014 

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  134 min.

Plot:  Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive. Filled with powerful performances by an astonishing cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history.

Legal Angles: Kidnapping, Slavery, Vigilantism

Genre:  Biography, Drama, History

Cast:  Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong'o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodard, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam, Bill Camp

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Twilight

Title:  Twilight

Director:  Catherine Hardwicke

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T95 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  122 minutes

Plot:  Isabella Swan moves to gloomy Forks, Washington, to live with her father. She begins her junior year in high school and becomes fascinated by Edward Cullen. He holds a dark secret, which is only known by his family. To Edward, Bella is what he has waited 90 years for, a true soul mate. But he knows the further they progress in their relationship, the more he is putting Bella and those close to her at risk. Edward tries to warn Bella that she should leave him, but she refuses. James, a new vampire, finds it a challenge to hunt down Bella for her irresistable blood. Now, the game is on, and James will not stop until she is killed.

Legal Angles:  Family Violence, Emotional Abuse

Genre:  Adventure, Drama

Cast:  Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Taylor Lautner

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Two Weeks Notice

Title:  Two Weeks Notice (2002)

Director:  Marc Lawrence

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .T86 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  101 minutes

Plot:  Lucy Kelson, Chief Counsel for the Wade Corporation, one of New York City's top commercial real estate developers. She's a brilliant lawyer with a sharp, strategic mind. She also has an ulcer and doesn't get much sleep. It's not the job that's getting to her. It's her millionaire boss, George Wade. Handsome, charming and undeniably self-absorbed, he treats her more like a nanny than a Harvard Law grad and can barely choose a tie without her help. Now, after five years of calling the shots-on everything from his clothes to his divorce settlements, Lucy Kelson is calling it quits.

Legal Angles:  Environmental Law, Lawyering, Family Law, Dispute Resolution, Property Law, Torts, Civil Law & Civil Procedure

Genre:  Comedy, Romance

Cast:  Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, David Haig, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey, Robert Kline

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