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MU Law Films Guide: Peo-Pm

People Like Us

Title:  People Like Us (2012)

Director:  Alex Kurtzman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .S773 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  114 min.

Plot:  A twenty-something, fast-talking salesman's latest deal collapses the day he learns his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home to put his father's estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. While there, he uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down, he has a 30-year-old sister he never knew existed.

Legal Angles:  Regulation by Federal Trade Commission, Wills

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Michelle Pfeiffer, Jon Favreau, Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde

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The People v. Leo Frank

Title:  The People v. Leo Frank (2009) 

Director:  Ben Loeterman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV PN1997.2 .P46 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  Not rated

Length:  85 minutes

Plot:  A dramatized documentary combined with interviews examines the story of Leo Frank, the only known Jew to be lynched in the United States. The dialogue spoken by the actors is drawn directly from the historical record. Frank's questionable arrest and conviction in 1915 for the murder of a young girl in Georgia, and the subsequent lynching by an anti-Semitic mob, led to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Vigilantism

Genre:  Documentary

Narrator, Jayson Warner Smith. Cast, Will Janowitz, Seth Gilliam

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The People vs. Jean Harris

Title:  The People vs. Jean Harris (1981)

Director:  George Schaefer

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P467 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  141 minutes

Plot:  Presents a re-enactment of the trial concerning the murder of Dr. Herman Tarnower, author of the Scarsdale diet. Not all material from the trial is included.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast:  Ellen Burstyn, Martin Balsam, Richard Dysart and Peter Coyote

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The People vs. Larry Flynt

Title:  The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

Director:  Milos Forman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P4675 1997

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  130 minutes

Plot:  Based on the true story of the notorius Hustler publisher who was sued by the Religious Right and paralyzed by a fanatic's bullet. Chronicles Flynt's raunchy business savvy, his wildly unconventional marriage and his infamous courtroom antics.

Genre:  Biography, Drama

Legal Angles: Constitutional Law, Trial Practice

Cast:  Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton

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The People vs. Paul Crump

Title:  The People vs. Paul Crump (1965)

Director:  William Friedkin

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P46 1988

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  60 minutes

Plot:  Paul Crump, who robbed the Chicago stockyards on March 20, 1953, with four other black men, shot one guard to death. He was sentenced to die in the electric chair. William Friedkin met Crump in the Cook County Jail. Friedkin was impressed by the "model prisoner", Crump. Friedkin produced this documentary as an impassioned plea for Crump's return to society.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  NA

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Perry Mason: Season One-Four

Title:  Perry Mason: Season One-Four (1957)

Director:  NA

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P472 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  NA

Plot:  In every episode, defense attorney Mason matches wits with his courtroom adversary D.A. Hamilton Burger. Every time, Mason--aided by devoted secretary Della Street and loyal private eye Paul Drake--uncovers evidence that clears his client of murder.

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

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Perry Mason: Season Two

Title:  Perry Mason: Season Two (1958)

Director:  NA

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P472 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  NA

Plot:  Defense attorney Perry Mason induces climactic witness-stand confessions that always clear his clients, usually with the help of confidential secretary Della Street and sidekick Paul Drake. As they work against DA Hamilton Burger and Lt. Arthur Tragg to clear a client, is it any surprise they succeed every time?

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins

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Perry Mason: Season Three

Title:  Perry Mason: Season Three (1959)

Director:  NA

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P472 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  NA

Plot:  Defense attorney Perry Mason induces climactic witness-stand confessions that always clear his clients, usually with the help of confidential secretary Della Street and sidekick Paul Drake. As they work against DA Hamilton Burger and Lt. Arthur Tragg to clear a client, is it any surprise they succeed every time?

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins

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Perry Mason: Season Four

Title:  Perry Mason: Season Four (1960)

Director:  NA

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P472 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  NA

Plot:  Attorney Perry Mason, along with the help of his secretary Della Street and investigator Paul Drake, takes on seemingly indefensible cases. With outstanding courtroom skills, Mason will often use tricks or traps to unwittingly get people to admit their guilt.

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman, Ray Collins

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Philadelphia

Title:  Philadelphia (1993)

Director:  Jonathan Demme

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P45 1997

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  125 minutes

Plot:  Hailed as a landmark film that dazzles with deep emotion and exceptional acting, Philadelphia stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington as two competing lawyers who join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops, their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas, Joanne Woodward

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Philomena

Title:  Philomena (2013)

Director:  Stephen Frears

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .P4556 2014

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  98 min.

Plot:  Judi Dench stars in the story of Philomena Lee, who as an unwed Irish teenager, lost her first child to adoption. Nearly 50 years later, Philomena meets Martin Sixsmith, an investigative reporter who agrees to help her locate her son. Although very different, the two begin to bond as friends during their travels together.  Based on the 2009 investigative book by Martin Sixsmith.

Legal Angles:  Adoption Law, International Law, Religion

Genre:  Biography, Drama

Cast:  Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Mare Winningham, Michaelle Fairley, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Simone Lahbib

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The Pianist

Title:  The Pianist (2002)

Director:  Roman Polanski

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P536 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  149 minutes

Plot:  Based on the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew, who was a brilliant pianist. He watched as his family was shipped off to Nazi labor camps. He managed to escape and lived for years in the ruins of Warsaw, hiding from the Nazis.

Legal Angle: Genocide

Genre:  Biography, Drama, War

Cast:  Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner, Jessica Kate Meyer

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A Place at the Table

Title:  A Place at the Table (2012)

Director:  Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV HD9005 .P53 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  84 min.

Plot:  50 million people in the U.S.--one in four children--don't know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

Legal Angles:   Food Law

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Jeff Bridges, Mariana Chilton, Tom Colicchio, Ken Cook, Barbie Izquierdo

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A Place in the Sun

Title:  A Place in the Sun (1951)

Director:  George Stevens

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P533 1991

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  120 minutes

Plot:  George Stevens' stunning adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's An American tragedy garnered six Academy Awards and guaranteed immortality for screen lovers Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor. Clift is a poor young man determined to win a place in respectable society and the heart of beautiful socialite Elizabeth Taylor. Shelley Winters plays the factory girl whose dark secret threatens Clift's professional and romantic prospects. Consumed with fear and desire, Clift is ultimately driven to a desperate act of passion that unravels his world forever.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Death Penalty, Reproductive Rights

Genre:  Drama, Romance

Cast:  Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelly Winters, Keefe Brasselle

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Play It Again, Sam

Title:  Play it Again, Sam (1972)

Director:  Herbert Ross

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P538 1990

Format:  VHS

Rating:  PG

Length:  85 minutes

Plot:  A movie buff periodically receives tips from the spirit of Humphrey Bogart on how to make it with women.

Genre:  Comedy, Romance

Cast:  Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Jerry Lacy, Susan Anspach

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The Player

Title:  The Player (1992)

Director:  Robert Altman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P539 1997

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  124 minutes

Plot:  A celebrity-studded thriller of murderous obsession among Hollywood's glamorous elite.

Legal Angles: Entertainment Law

Genre:  Comedy, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson

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The Pledge

Title:  The Pledge (2001)

Director:  Sean Penn

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P54 2001

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  124 minutes

Plot:   A veteran police detective, on the day of his retirement, handles the case of a seven-year-old girl who has been brutally murdered. When a mentally retarded man confesses to the murder and then kills himself, the detectives consider the case closed, but was he actually the murderer? Before long evidence is uncovered that suggests the girl was just one in a series of brutal killings involving young girls and a mysterious man.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Jack Nicholson, Patricia Clarkson, Benicio Del Toro, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, Sam Shepard, Harry Dean Stanton

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