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MU Law Films Guide: Co-Cz

Cold Mountain

Title:  Cold Mountain (2003)

Director:  Anthony Minghella

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C6536 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  154 minutes

Plot:  Inman, a young Confederate soldier, is struggling to make his way home to Cold Mountain, NC, where his beloved Ada awaits him. In Inman's absence, Ada befriends Ruby, who helps her keep up her late father's farm. Meanwhile, in his travels, Inman encounters a menagerie of interesting and colorful characters.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Vigilantism, Law of War

Genre:  Drama, Romance, War

Cast:  Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Donald Sutherland, Ray Winstone

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Collateral

Title:  Collateral (2004)

Director:  Michael Mann

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C6553 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  119 minutes

Plot:  Vincent is a cool, calculating contract killer at the top of his game. Max is a cabbie with big dreams looking for his next fare. This fateful night, Max becomes Vincent's collateral, and will transport him on his next mission - one night, five stops, five hits and then a perfect getaway. Together, Vincent and Max find themselves in a non-stop race against time. With the LAPD and the FBI after them, they each become dependent on the other to survive.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, Bruce McGill, Irma P. Hall, Barry Shabaka Henley

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Commander in Chief

Title:  Commander in Chief (2005)

Director:  NA

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C666 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  769 minutes

Plot:  Mackenzie Allen becomes the first woman American President after she ascends to the job following the death of President Teddy Bridges.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Executive Branch

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland, Harry J. Lennix, Kyle Secor, Ever Carradine, Caitlin Wachs, Matt Lanter, Jasmine Anthony

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Compulsion

Title:  Compulsion (1959)

Director:  Richard Fleischer

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C66 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  103 minutes

Plot:  Chicago, 1924. Two young men, one bossy and intimidating, the other sensitive and introverted, thought their superior intellect would enable them to pull off "The perfect crime." The result is a sensational case with defense attorney Jonathan Wilk putting capital punishment itself on trial.

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

Genre:  Biography, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Orson Welles, Diane Varsi, Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman, E.G. Marshall, Martin Milner

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Conspiracy

Title:  Conspiracy (2001)

Director:  Frank Pierson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .C667 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  96 minutes

Plot:  On January 20, 1942, 15 German officials attended a conference at Wannsee - on the outskirts of Berlin. The meeting comprised of mid-ranking SS commanders and a variety of government ministers. The meeting was organized by SS Major Adolf Eichmann under the direction of Chief of Security Reinhard Heydrich. It was a polite conference, but under this thin veneer of manners lay an evil intent. By the end of the meeting, the fate of six million lives would be decided and the shape of the world would be altered forever.

Legal Angles: Genocide, Terrorism, Law of War

Genre:  Drama, History, War

Cast:  Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci, Colin Firth, Jonathan Coy, Brendan Coyle, Ben Daniels, Barnaby Kay, Kevin McNally, Ian McNeice, Brian Pettifer, Ewan Stewart, Peter Sullivan, Owen Teale, David Threlfall, Nicholas Woodeson

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Conspiracy Theory

Title:  Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Director:  Richard Donner

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C667 1997

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  135 minutes

Plot:  New York cab driver and conspiracy buff Jerry Fletcher tells anyone in earshot about the secret movers, shakers and assassins who really control things. When he tries to put Justice Department attorney Alice Sutton in the know, he's run out of her office. Soon both will be running for their lives.

Legal Angles: Judicial Branch

Genre:  Action, Crime, Mystery

Cast:  Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart

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The Conspirator

Title: The Conspirator (2010)

Director:  Robert Redford

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .C6675 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  122 minutes

Plot:  "In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President and others. Against the ominous backdrop of post-Civil War Washington, war hero Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) reluctantly agrees to defend the lone woman charged, Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), before a military tribunal. As the nation turns against her, Surratt is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life"

Legal Angles: Executive Branch, Criminal Law

Genre:  Crime, Drama, History

Cast:  James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Danny Huston, Justin Long, Colm Meaney, Alexis Bledel, James Badge Dale


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The Constant Gardener

Title:  The Constant Gardener (2005)

Director:  Fernando Meirelles

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C6678 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  129 minutes

Plot:  In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and all the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, Justin risks his own life and will stop at nothing to expose the truth -- a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Whistleblowing

Genre:  Drama, Mystery, Romance

Cast:  Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Hubert Koundé, Danny Huston, Daniele Harford, Packson Ngugi, Damaris Itenyo Agweyu, Bernard Otieno Oduor, Bill Nighy

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Contagion

Title:  Contagion (2011)

Director:  Steven Soderbergh

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .C683 2012

Format:   DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  106 min.

Plot:  A thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.

Legal Angles:   Criminal Law, Fraud, Health Care Law, Public Safety

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Ehle, Sanaa Lathan, Elliott Gould, Chin Han

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The Contender

Title:  The Contender (2000)

Director:  Rod Lurie

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C668 2000

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  127 minutes

Plot:  As soon as a woman is nominated to replace the deceased vice president of the USA, her political enemies search in her private life for ways to bring her down.

Legal Angles: Executive Branch

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater, William Petersen, Philip Baker Hall, Saul Rubinek, Sam Elliott

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Contraband

Title:  Contraband (2012)

Director:  Baltasar Kormakur

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .C66873 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  109 min.

Plot:  Chris Farraday long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy, botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs, Chris is forced back into doing what he does best, running contraband, to settle Andy's debt. Chris is a legendary smuggler and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian, to head to Panama and return with millions in counterfeit bills. Things quickly fall apart with only hours to reach the cash.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law

Genre:  Action, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, Caleb Landry Jones, J.K. Simmons

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The Conversation

Title:  The Conversation (1974)

Director:  Francis Ford Coppola

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C6684 2000

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  113 minutes

Plot:   A provoking mystery-suspense drama explores the morality of privacy in the story of Harry Caul, a surveillance expert, who conducts a routine surveillance job only to later find himself suspicious that he has become an unwitting player in murder scheme.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

Genre:  Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Cast:  Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Cindy Williams, Frederic Forrest, Robert Duvall

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Cora Unashamed

Title:  Cora Unashamed (2000)

Director:  Deborah M Pratt

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .C673 2000

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  95 minutes

Plot:  Drama, set in the 1920s and 1930s, about Cora Jenkins, who lives with her mother and daughter in a small town in Iowa. Cora, part of the only African American family in town, works as a servant for a middle class White family, the Studevants. Cora's daughter plays with the Studevants' daughter; the girls are the same age. When Cora loses her daughter, she begins to focus her caring on the young Studevant girl, who is treated coldly by her own domineering, class-conscious mother. We see Cora gradually gain a better sense of her role in the Studevant family and of herself, as time passes and the various relationships evolve.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Regina Taylor, Cherry Jones, Ellen Muth, Michael Gaston, Kohl Sudduth, Arlen Dean Snyder, CCH Pounder

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Coriolanus

Title:  Coriolanus (2011)

Director:  Ralph Fiennes

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .C675 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  123 min.

Plot:  Caius Martius 'Coriolanus' is a feared and revered Roman general, suddenly pitted against his own city and fellow citizens. Rebelling against the power-hungry designs of his manipulative mother and rejected by his own people, Coriolanus incites a riot that expels him from Rome. The banished hero joins forces with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius to extract his revenge and determine his destiny.

Legal Angles: Treason

Genre:  Drama, Thriller, War

Cast:  Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain, John Kani, James Nesbitt, Paul Jesson, Lubna Azabal, Ashraf Barhom

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The Count of Monte Cristo

Title:  The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

Director:  Kevin Reynolds

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C686 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  131 minutes

Plot:  An innocent man, Edmond Dantes, is imprisoned for years on a godforsaken island while the friend who betrayed him takes Dantes ravishing fiancé for himself. Dantes eventually escapes, recovers a fortune in buried pirate treasure, transforms himself into the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo, and methodically goes about exacting his revenge.

Legal Angles: Wrongful Convictions

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Crime

Cast:  Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, James Frain, Dagmara Dominczyk, Michael Wincott, Luis Guzman

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Courage Under Fire

Title:  Courage Under Fire (1996)

Director:  Edward Zwick

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C688 2000

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  117 minutes

Plot:  When Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling is asked to review the posthumous candidacy of the first woman to receive a Medal of Honor, he finds himself plunged into an apparent cover-up surrounding the actions that led to her death. As he struggles to uncover the truth, he also finds himself forced to confront his own tormenting demons.

Legal Angles: Law of War

Genre:  Action, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Moriarty, Matt Damon, Seth Gilliam, Bronson Pinchot, Scott Glenn

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The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell

Title:  The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)

Director:  Otto Preminger

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C68 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  100 minutes

Plot:  Brigadier General Billy Mitchell has devoted his life to the military, and his career to developing a superior air defense force for the United States. When top army brass fail to recognize the importance of air power following its crucial role in winning WWI, Mitchell initiates a campaign to change their minds--a campaign that will ultimately lead to his demotion and the most controversial military trial in U.S. history.

Legal Angles: Military Law

Genre:  Biography, Drama, War

Cast:  Gary Cooper, Charles Bickford, Ralph Bellamy, Rod Steiger, Elizabeth Montgomery, Fred Clark, James Daly, Jack Lord, Peter Graves, Darren mcGavin, Robert Simon, Charles Dingle

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The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson

Title:  The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson (1990)

Director:  Larry Peerce

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C68 1990

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  94 minutes

Plot:  A film about the early life of the baseball star in the army, particulary his court-martial for insubordination regarding segragation.

Legal Angles: Military Law

Genre:  Biography, Drama

Cast:  Andre Braugher, Daniel Stern, Ruby Dee, Stan Shaw, Paul Dooley, Bruce Dern

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The Cove

Title:  The Cove

Director:  Louie Psihoyos

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN199y .C684 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  96 minutes

Plot: Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Legal Angles: Environmental Law

Genre:  Crime, Documentary

Cast:  Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones

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Crash

Title:  Crash (2004)

Director:  Paul Haggis

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C7374 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  113 minutes

Plot:  This compelling urban thriller tracks the volatile intersection of a multiethnic cast of characters struggling to overcome their fears as they careen in and out of one another's lives. In the gray area between black and white, victim and agressor, during the next 36 hours, they will all collide.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate, Michael Peña

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Crazy Stupid Love

Title:  Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Director:  Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .C739 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  118 minutes

Plot:  A father's life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Jonah Bobo, John Carroll Lynch, Analeigh Tipton, Josh Groban, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon

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Crime and Punishment

Title:  Crime and Punishment (1935)

Director:  Josef von Sternberg

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C7564 1993

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  88 minutes

Plot:  Believing he can commit the perfect crime, a man robs and murders an elderly pawnbroker. He soon finds himself engaged in a battle of wits with a policeman determined to wring a confession out of him.

Legal Angles: Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast:  Peter Lorre, Marian Marsh, Robert Allen, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Edward Arnold

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Crimes and Misdemeanors

Title:  Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Director:  Woody Allen

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C75 2001

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  104 minutes

Plot:  An idealistic filmmaker is offered the chance to make a fluff film about an egotistical TV producer. The TV producer's ex-mistress is about to reveal his past misdeeds. Weaves together several different stories about people's lives, loves, perceptions, and ideals, this examines some of the toughest questions surrounding human nature.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law

Genre:  Comedy, Drama

Cast:  Martin Landau, Anjelica Huston, Woody Allen, Joanna Gleason, Alan Alda, Caroline Aaron, Claire Bloom, Mia Farrow, Jenny Nichols, Jerry Orbach, Sam Waterston

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Criminal Justice

Title:  Criminal Justice (1990)

Director:  Andy Wolk

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C756 1990

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  92 minutes

Plot:  When Denise Moore's face is scarred by a purse-snatcher, she picks out Jesse Williams as her assailant, but he might not be guilty. When Williams is offered a plea bargain, questions of true justice arise.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Grey, Rosie Perez, Anthony LaPaglia

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Crossing Over

Title:  Crossing Over (2009)

Director:  Wayne Kramer

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .C76 2009 

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  113 minutes

Plot:  An immigration officer must protect the U.S. border in Los Angeles from those trying to pursue the American Dream, as those around him try to break the rules by fraud, blackmail, and work-site enforcement.

Legal Angles:  Immigration Law, Fraud

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Harrison Ford, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, Alice Braga, Jim Sturgess, Cliff Curtis

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The Crucible

Title:  The Crucible (1996)

Director:  Nicholas Hytner

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C86 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  123 minutes

Plot:  A group of teenage girls meets in the woods at midnight for a secret ceremony. When the ceremony is witnessed by the town minister, the girls are accused of witchcraft. Soon the entire village is consumed by hysteria, and innocent victims are put on trial, leading to a devastating climax.

Legal Angles: Trial Practice

Genre:  Drama, History

Cast:  Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen

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Crude

Title:  Crude:  The Real Price of Oil (2009)

Director:  Joe Berlinger

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV  QH545.O5 C78 2009 

Format:  DVD

Rating:  UR

Length:  105 min.

Plot:  Tells the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet: the infamous $27 billion 'Amazon Chernobyl' lawsuit pitting 30,000 rainforest dwellers in Ecuador against the U.S. oil giant Chevron.

Legal Angles:  Class Action, Environmental Law

Genre: Documentary

Cast:  Dan Ashley, Pablo Fajardo, Kent Robertson, German Yanez, Adolfo Callejas, Ebergeldo Criollo, Steve Donziger, Atossa Soltani, Joesph Donzider, Amy Goodman, Rafael Correa, Hugo Chavez, etc.

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Cry Freedom

Title:  Cry Freedom (1987)

Director:  Richard Attenborough

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C794 1988

Format:  VHS

Rating:  PG

Length:  157 minutes

Plot:  Story of Black activist Stephen Biko (Washington) and a liberal white newspaper editor Donald Woods (Kline) who risks his own life to bring Biko's message to the world.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law

Genre:  Biography, Drama

Cast:  Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Penelope Wilton

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A Cry in the Dark

Title:  A Cry in the Dark (1988)

Director:  Fred Schepisi

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C79 1997

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  121 minutes

Plot:  No body, motive or weapon. The facts in the Australian murder trial of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain didn't add up. But other things did. Bigotry against the couple's religion. Scattershot forensic evidence taken as fact. And a hysteria that was the 1980s equivalent of a Salem witchhunt.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Bruce Myles, Charles Tingwell, Lewis Fitz-Gerald

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Cry, the Beloved Country

Title:  Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

Director:  Darrell James Roodt

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C79 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  106 minutes

Plot:  A black minister and white land owner are united by a tragedy, with the potential for further hatred or healing.

Legal Angles: Corrections & Punishment, Criminal Law

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  James Earl Jones, Richard Harris, Vusi Kunene, Leleti Khumalo, Charles S. Dutton

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