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MU Law Films Guide: Ca

Cadfael: The Complete Series

Title:  Cadfael: The Devil's Novice (1994)

Director:  Sebastian Graham Jones

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C334 2005

Format:  DVD

Plot:  Brother Cadfael is a monk who lives at Shrewsberry abbey. Given a choice, he would rather enjoy being a simple gardener and herbalist for his home. However, events seem to force him to use his other talent as a master detective in response to mysterious crimes happening in and around his community. While he investigates these crimes, he often finds himself at odds with the contemporary attitudes of the times.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Derek Jacobi, Sean Pertwee, Eoin McCarthy, Anthony Green, Peter Copley, Terrence Hardiman, Michael Culver, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, Albie Woodington

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Cadillac Records

Title:  Cadillac Records (2008)

Director:  Darnell Martin

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C335 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  109 minutes

Plot:  Chess Records was located on the south side of Chicago. In 1947, it began recording blues music with Muddy Waters and Little Walter. This eventually gave birth to rock and roll in 1955 with Chuck Berry. Record producer Leonard Chess has an ear for this different type of music and believes he can cash in by signing up new talent such as songwriter Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, and Etta James. Chess makes all of his artists part of his family and takes care of them. This is not easy since they spend a small fortune on booze, drugs, and the high life. When Chuck Berry goes to jail, Leonard is able to find another talented performer, Etta James, to take his place. In the late sixties, as their music goes out of favor, Leonard Chess gets out of the record business.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Immigration, Media, Entertainment Law

Genre:  Biography, Drama, History

Cast:  Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short, Cedric the Entertainer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Eamonn Walker, Mos Def, Beyoncé Knowles

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The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

Title:  The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1988)

Director:  Robert Altman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .H47 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  100 Minutes

Plot:  Suspense builds during Naval trial proceedings against a young lieutenant who relieved his captain of command of the destroyer-minesweeper U.S.S. Caine at the height of a typhoon.

Legal Angles: Military Law, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre:  Drama, War

Cast:  Eric Bogosian, Jeff Daniels, Brad Davis, Peter Gallagher, Michael Murphy

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Call Northside 777

Title:  Call Northside 777 (1948)

Director:  Henry Hathaway

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C2272 2004

Format:  DVD

Length:  111 minutes

Plot:  The powerful true story of a reporter who corrects a miscarriage of justice. In 1932, a police officer is killed and Frank Wiecek sentenced to life. Eleven years later, a newspaper ad by Frank's mother leads Chicago reporter P.J. O'Neal to look into the case. For some time, O'Neal continues to believe Frank guilty. But when he starts to change his mind, he meets increased resistance from authorities unwilling to be proved wrong.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Cast:  James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker

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Cape Fear (1991)

Title:  Cape Fear (1991)

Director:  Martin Scorsese

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C37 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  128 minutes

Plot:  Fourteen years after being imprisoned, vicious psychopath Max Cady (Robert De Niro) emerges with a single-minded mission: to seek revenge on his attorney (Nick Nolte).

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Robert de Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Joe Don Baker, Juliette Lewis

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Cape Fear (1962)

Title:  Cape Fear (1962)

Director:  J. Lee Thompson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C37 2001

Format:  DVD

Length:  105 minutes

Plot:  An ex-con is determined to wreak bloody revenge on the small-town lawyer who helped send him to jail.

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin, Martin Balsam, Jack Kruschen, Telly Savalas, Barrie Chase

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Capitalism: A Love Story

Title:  Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

Director:  Michael Moore

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C373 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  127 minutes

Plot:  Filmmaker Moore examines the history of free-market capitalism in post-Reagan America and questions its efficacy as the basis for the nation's economy.

Legal Angles: Business Law, Politics, Securities

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Michael Moore

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Capote

Title:  Capote (2005)

Director:  Bennett Miller

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C376 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  114 minutes

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

Genre:  Biography, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins, Jr., Bruce Greenwood, Bob Balaban, Mark Pellegrino, Chris Cooper

Summary:  In 1959, Truman Capote was a popular writer for The New Yorker. He learns about the horrific and senseless murder of a family of four in Halcomb, Kansas. Inspired by the story, Capote and his partner, Harper Lee, travel to the town to do research for an article. However, as Capote digs deeper into the story, he is inspired to expand the project into what would be his greatest work, "In Cold Blood." He arranges extensive interviews with the prisoners, especially with Perry Smith. However, his feelings of compassion for Perry conflicts with his need for closure for his book which only an execution can provide. That conflict and the mixed motives for both interviewer and subject make for a troubling experience that would produce an literary account that would redefine modern non-fiction.

Legal Element:  The movie turns primarily around a murder case that rocked rural Kansas in 1959. There are trial scenes as well as many prison visits and a re-creation of the crime scene.

Scenes in the movie:

8:31 - Truman meets with FBI prosecutor Alvin Dewey and attends the press conference about the crime

13:00 - Truman visits the funeral home

15:50 - Truman and Harper meet with the witness

18:31 - Tom and Harper meet with Dewey at his home

27:20 - The suspects arrive in Kansas

31:44 - Pretrial Proceedings

32:57 - Truman meets with Perry Smith for the first time

35:25 - Truman has a fashion photographer take pictures of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock

36:57 - Perry and Richard receive the verdict

39:20 - Truman returns to New York

43:40 - Truman visits the prison and talks to the warden

49:45 - Truman interviews Perry and talks about his childhood

57:40 - Truman meets with Perrry at the prison

1:06:25 - Truman talks to Harper about his feelings for Perry

1:07:47 - Truman visits Perry in the prison

1:10:00 - Truman does a public reading of In Cold Blood

1:15:58 - Truman visits Perry after they receive a stay of execution

1:18:50 - Truman visits Perry's sister

1:19:45 - Truman visits Perry again on death row and hears Perry's side of the story

1:28:35 - Truman returns home

1:39:27 - Truman visits Perry and Richard before their execution

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Captain Phillips

Title:  Captain Philips (2013)

Director:  Paul Greengrass

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .C378 2014

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  134 min.

Plot:  Based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, which was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Legal Angles:  Admiralty Law, International Law on Piracy

Genre:  Biography, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, Corey Johnson, Max Martini, Chris Mulkey, Yul Vazquez, David Warshofsky, Catherine Keener

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Careful, He Might Hear You

Title: Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)

Director: Carl Schultz

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C374 1985

Format: VHS

Length: 110 minutes

Plot: Set in the 1930's, this drama centers on the bitter fight between two sisters over the custody of their 6 year old nephew. Each determined to have the boy, both women resort to deceitful manipulation and cruel lies.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre: Drama

Cast: Wendy Hughes, Robyn Nevin, Nicholas Gledhill, John Hargreaves

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Carlos the Jackal

Title:  Carlos the Jackal (2010)

Director:  Olivier Assayas

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C37 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  5 hours, 46 minutes

Plot:  The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting.

Legal Angles: Law of War, Terrorism

Genre:  Biography, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Édgar Ramírez, Fadi Abi Samra, Ahmad Kaabour, Juana Acosta

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Casanova

Title:  Casanova

Director:  Lasse Halstrom

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C372 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  111 minutes

Plot:  Casanova has to begin searching for a wife. He is a womanizer with many conquests, and if he cannot show he is living a more respectable life, the Church will throw him out of Venice. He is quickly engaged to Victoria, a woman with a pure reputation. As soon as that is arranged, he meets Francesca, a feminist who hates all he stands for. He pretends to be someone else to get into her good graces, and he soon finds out she is engaged to Pappirzzio, a man whom she she has never met. Meanwhile, arriving in Venice to find Casanova is Pucci, one of the Vatican's most known and feared inquisitors. Francesca falls in love with Casanova, who is pretending to be the Lard king himself. Francesca's brother, Donato, is in love with Victoria, and her mother, Andrea, wants Francesca to marry a man of substance.

Legal Angles: Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre:  Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Cast:  Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons

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Casino

Title:  Casino (1995)

Director:  Martin Scorsese

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C3745 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  178 minutes

Plot:  Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, mobsters who move to Las Vegas to make their mark, live and work in this paradoxical world. Seen through their eyes, each as a foil to the other, the details of mob involvement in the casinos of the 1970's and '80's are revealed. Ace is the smooth operator of the Tangiers casino, while Nicky is his boyhood friend and tough strongman, robbing and shaking down the locals. However, they each have a tragic flaw--Ace falls in love with a hustler, Ginger, and Nicky falls into an ever-deepening spiral of drugs and violence.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Biography, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, Don Rickles, Alan King, Kevin Pollak

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Casino Jack

Title:  Casino Jack (2010)

Director:  George Hickenlooper

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C37 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  109 minutes

Plot:  Jack Abramoff, the real-life Washington power player, resorted to jaw-dropping levels of fraud and corruption. High-rolling excess and outrageous escapades are all in a day's work for Abramoff as he goes to outrageous lengths to promote the Indian gambling industry, earning him the nickname 'Casino Jack.' But when Jack and his womanizing protege Michael Scanlon enlist a dimwitted business partner for an illegal scheme, they find themselves ensnared in a web of greed and murder.

Legal Angles: Corruption, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legislative Branch, Politics

Genre:  Biography, Comedy, Crime

Cast:  Barry Pepper, Graham Greene, Kevin Spacey, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz

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Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Title:  Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)

Director:  Alex Gibney

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C37 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  118 minutes

Plot:  This portrait of Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, from his early years as a gung-ho member of the GOP political machine to his final reckoning as a disgraced, imprisoned pariah, confirms the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. A tale of international intrigue involving casinos, spies, sweatshops and mob-style killings, this is a story of the way money corrupts our political process ... Alex Gibney illuminates the way politicians' desperate need to get elected -- and the millions of dollars it costs -- may be undermining the basic principles of American democracy. Infuriaitng, yet undeniably eye-opening and entertaining, Casino Jack is a saga of greed and corruption with a cynical villain audiences will love to hate.

Legal Angles: Corruption, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legislative Branch, Politics

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Jack Abramoff, William Branner, Tom DeLay, Donn Dunlop, Kevin Henderson

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Casino Royale

Title: Casino Royale (2006)

Director: Martin Campbell

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C375 2007

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 144 minutes

Plot: With two professional assassinations in quick succession, James Bond is quickly elevated to '00' status. Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Uganda where he is to spy on a terrorist, Mollaka. Not everything goes to plan and Bond decides to investigate, independently of MI6, in order to track down the rest of the terrorist cell. Following a lead to the Bahamas, he encounters Dimitrios and his girlfriend, Solange. He learns that Dimitrios is involved with Le Chiffre, banker to the world's terrorist organizations. Intelligence reveals that Le Chiffre is planning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro at Le Casino Royale. MI6 assigns 007 to play against him, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses, it will destroy his organization. 'M' places Bond under the watchful eye of the beguiling Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together and even torture at the hands of Le Chiffre. The marathon game proceeds with dirty tricks and violence, raising the stakes beyond blood money and reaching a terrifying climax.

Legal Angles: Genocide, Securities, Terrorism, Law of War

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Isaach De Bankolé, Jesper Christensen, Ivana Milicevic, Sébastien Foucan

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Catch Me If You Can

Title: Catch Me if You Can (2002)

Director: Stephen Spielberg

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .C383 2002

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 141 minutes

Plot: Based on the autobiography of a brilliant young master of deception and the FBI agent hot on his trail. Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. passed himself off as a pilot, a lawyer, and a doctor all before his 21st birthday.

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

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime

Cast: Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye, Amy Adams, James Brolin, Brian Howe, Frank John Hughes

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