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Gandhi

Title: Gandhi (1982)

Director: Richard Attenborough 

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G36 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 187 minutes

Plot: Biography of Mahatma Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British through his philosophy of non-violent protest.

Legal Angles: International Law & Professional Ethics

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Cast: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen

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Gangs of New York

Title: Gangs of New York (2002)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Location:  MU Law RESERVE 

Format:  DVD

Rating: R

Length: 166 minutes

Plot: In 1846, waves of Irish immigrants poured into the New York neighborhood of Five Points. "Billy the Butcher" bands his fellow "Native Americans" into a gang to take on the Irish gang "The Dead Rabbits," organized by Priest Vallon. After an bloody clash Vallon is dead and his son ends up in a brutal reform school. In 1862, that boy returns to seek vengeance against the man that killed his father.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Crime, Drama, History

Cast: Leonardo Dicaprio, Daniel Day Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson.

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Gattaca

Title: Gattaca (1997)

Director: Andrew Nicchol

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G38 1998

Format:  DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 106 minutes

Plot: Story about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection. Vincent is an "In-Valid," who assumes the identity of a member of the genetic elite to pursue his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. However, a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. With a relentless investigator in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent's dreams steadily unravel.

Legal Angles: Bioethics, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure

Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Jude Law, Loren Dean, Gore Vidal, Ernest Borgnine.

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The General's Daughter

Title: The General's Daughter (1999)

Director: Simon West

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G464 1999

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 116 minutes

Plot: When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Military Law

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, Clarence Williams III, James Woods

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Get Him to the Greek

Title:  Get Him to the Greek (2010)

Director:  Nicholas Stoller

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G48 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  114 minutes

Plot:  The intern of a record company finds himself with both his dream job and biggest nightmare, when he is assigned to retrieve a British rock star and get him to his concert in time.

Legal Angles: Entertainment Law

Genre:  Comedy

Cast:  Colm Meaney, Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Sean Combs, Elisabeth Moss, Rose Bryne

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The Ghost Writer

Title:  The Ghost Writer (2010)

Director:  Roman Polanski

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G467 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  128 minutes

Plot:  When a gifted ghostwriter is hired to write the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, he quickly finds himself trapped in a web of political and sexual intrigue. Lang is implicated in a scandal over his administration's harsh tactics, and as the ghostwriter digs into the politician's past, he discovers secrets that threaten to jeopardize international relations forever.

Legal Angles: International Law, National Security, Politics

Genre:  Mystery, Thriller

Cast:  Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Catrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Hutton, Jon Bernthal, David Rintoul, Robert Pugh, Eli Wallach

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Ghosts of Mississippi

Title: Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

Director: Rob Reiner

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G4 2000

Format: DVD

Rating:PG-13

Length: 130 minutes

Plot: The widow of murdered civil rights leader Medger Evers and a district attorney struggle to finally bring the murderer to justice.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice

Genre: Drama

Cast: Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods, Craig T. Nelson.

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Gideon's Trumpet

Title: Gideon's Trumpet (1980)

Director: Robert E. Collins

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G53 2007

Format: DVD

Length: 105 minutes

Plot: True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants.

Legal Angles: Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Cast: Henry Fonda

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The Gift

Title: The Gift (2000)

Director: Sam Raimi

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G548 2000

Format:  DVD

Rating: R

Length: 110 minutes

Plot: A woman with extrasensory perception is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared.

Legal Angles: Domestic Violence, Trial Practice

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Keanu Reeves, Katie Holmes, Michael Jeter, Kim Dickens, Gary Cole, Greg Kinnear, Hilary Swank.

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The Gingerbread Man

Title: The Gingerbread Man (1998)

Director: Robert Altman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 114 minutes

Plot: Lawyer Rick Magruder has a one-night-stand affair with caterer Mallory Doss. He becomes hooked on her, and when he learns her nut-case father Dixon is threatening her, he puts the weight of his law firm behind Mallory, has Dixon arrested and subpoenas her ex-husband Pete to testify against Dixon in court. Dixon is sent to an asylum, but escapes from there and the lives of many people are in danger.

Legal Angles: Family Law, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice

Genre: Thriller

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz, Robert Downey Jr., Daryl Hannah, Tom Berenger, Robert Duvall.

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Girl Trouble: Girls Tell Their Truth About the Juvenile Justice System

Title:  Girl Trouble: Girls Tell Their Truth About the Juvenile Justice System (2004)

Director:  Lexi Leban, Lidia Szajko

Location:  MU Law RESERVE HV6046 .G55 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  74 minutes

Plot:  This documentary provides an intimate look at the compelling personal stories of three teenage girls entangled in San Franciscos juvenile justice system. These girls, and many like them, aren't just at-risk, they are in deep trouble. Bay Area filmmakers Lexi Leban and Lidia Szajko document the girls' remarkable successes and heartbreaking setbacks over a four-year period--their daily struggles with poverty, violence, public defenders and homelessness--and expose a system that fails to end the cycle of incarceration.

Legal Angles: Corrections & Punishment, Juvenile Justice

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  NA

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Title:  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Director:  Niels Arden Oplev

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G575 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  152 minutes

Plot:  Forty years ago, Harriet Vangar disappeared from a family gathering on the island own and inhabitited by the powerful Vangar clan. Her body was never found, and her beloved uncle is convinced that she was murdered and that the killer is a member of his own tightly-knit, but dysfunctional, family. He employs disgraced investigative journalist Mickael Blomkvist and the tattooed and troubled, yet resourceful, computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.

Legal Angles: Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Mental Health Law, Vigilantism

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Haber, Peter Andersson, Marika Lagercrantz, Ingvar Hirdvall, Björn Granath, Lena Endre

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The Girl Who Played with Fire

Title:  The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

Director:  Daniel Alfredson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G5757 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  129 minutes

Plot:  In this second installment of Stieg Larsson's phenomenal 'Millennium' trilogy, Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. A researcher and a Millennium journalist about to expose the truth about the sex trade in Sweden are brutally murdered and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and violent behavior makes her an official danger to society. Mikael Blomkvist, Salander's friend and Millennium's publisher, is alone in his belief of Salander's innocence. Digging deeper, Blomkvist unearths evidence implicating highly placed members of Swedish society--as well as shocking details about Salander's past. He is desperate to get to her before she is cornered--but no one can find her anywhere.

Legal Angles: Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Mental Health Law, Vigilantism

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Annika Hallin, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson, Jacob Ericksson, Sofia Ledarp, Tanja Lorentzon, Johan Kylén, Yasmine Garbi, Paolo Roberto, Mikael Spreitz, Georgi Staykov, Per Oscarsson, Ralph Carlsson

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Title:  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009)

Director:  Daniel Alfredson

Location:  PN1997 .G5758 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  147 mins.

Plot:  Two seriously injured people arrive at the emergency ward of the Sahlgrensa hospital in Gothenburg. Lisbeth Salander has a bullet in her head and needs immediate surgery, while Alexander Zalachenko has been attacked with an axe. Lisbeth wants revenge--against the men who tried to kill her, and the government that nearly destroyed her life. First, she must escape from the ICU and exculpate herself of murder charges against her. Mikael Blomkvist, meanwhile, is writing an article exposing the Swedish government and the secret service. Together, there is a chance for truth and justice to prevail, and finally, for Lisbeth Salander to put her past behind her.

Legal Angles: Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Mental Health Law, Vigilantism

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Annika Hallin, Lena Endre, Jacob Ericksson, Sofia Ledarp, Niklas Hjulström, Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl, Hans Alfredson, Mikael Spreitz, Lennart Hjulström, Georgi Staykov

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Glee: The Complete First Season, Season 2 Vol 1

Title:  Glee: The Complete First Season (2009), Season 2 Volume 1

Director:  Ryan Murphy

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .G54 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  974 minutes

Plot:  A talented group of high school misfits transforms into a performing sensation with the help of a dedicated teacher. Through laughter, tears, irreverent humor, and unforgettable music, they learn to follow their hearts and chase their dreams.

Legal Angles: Education Law, Hate Crimes

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Music

Cast:  Lea Michele, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Matthew Morrison, Dianna Agron

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