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In a Child's Name

Title: In a Child's Name (1991)

Director: Tom McLoughlin

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I533 1996

Format: VHS

Length: 185 minutes

Plot: A true story about a woman who fights her brother-in-law's parents for custody of her deceased sister's baby upon learning that her brother-in-law murdered her sister.

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

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Cast: Michael Ontkean, Valerie Bertinelli

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In Cold Blood

Title: In Cold Blood (1967)

Director: Richard Brooks

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .I52 2003

Format: DVD

Length: 134 minutes

Plot: After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Crime, Drama, History

Cast: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe

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In Organic We Trust

Title:  In Organic We Trust (2012)

Director:  Kip Pastor

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV S605.5 .I5 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  82 min.

Plot:  In Organic We Trust; is an eye-opening documentary that reveals the true meaning of organic. When corporations went into the business and organic became a brand, the philosophy and the label grew apart. Director Kip Pastor looks beyond the label and unearths solutions for our health and environmental problems. Individual citizens and communities are taking matters into their own hands, and change is coming from the soil up.

Legal Angles:  Food Law

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  John Robert 'Naked Cowboy ' Burck, Craig McNamara, Kip Pastor, Marion Nestle, etc.

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In Search of History: The Infamous Dreyfus Affair

Title: In Search of History: The Infamous Dreyfus Affair (1997)

Director: Tom Jennings

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I545 2002

Format: DVD

Length: 50 minutes

Plot: On a cold Paris morning in January 1895, as 20,000 people shouted, "Death to the traitor, death to the Jew," French Army Captain Alfred Dreyfus was publicly stripped of his rank for committing high treason. That the evidence against him was flimsy and fabricated did not matter; he was Jewish, and that alone was enough to sustain a gross miscarriage of justice that unraveled over a dozen years before his name was finally cleared. The Infamous Dreyfus Case details the travesty which exposed the ignorance and prejudice of a nation. See how high-ranking officers set up Dreyfus to take the blame for a critical security leak, and how others who questioned his guilt were silenced and even court-martialed. Examine the evidence against Dreyfus, forged by an anti-Semitic colonel. And discover how an article by novelist Emile Zola brought the world's attention to the Army's actions, ultimately leading to Dreyfus's exoneration in the face of overwhelming evidence. It's an important portrait of hate, injustice and a man who bore the indignities thrust upon him with dignity and honor.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Government & Politics, Military Law

Genre: History

Cast: Dan Ackroyd, narrator

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In the Bedroom

Title: In the Bedroom (2001)

Director: Todd Field

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I5335 2002

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 131 minutes

Plot:  New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman with two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband. Then something terrible occurs in this wrenching, emotional drama.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law, Vigilantism

Genre: Crime, Drama

Cast: Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl, William Mapother, William Wise, Celia Weston, Marisa Tomei

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In the Name of the Father

Title: In the Name of the Father (1993)

Director: Jim Sheridan

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I584 1998

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 133 minutes

Plot: Fact-based film about Gerry Conlon, a young Irish punk who is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and forced to confess to a terrorist bombing. He and his father, along with friends of Gerry, are found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. There, his father shows his true strength, and Gerry works to prove their innocence and clear his father's name.

Legal Angles: British Law, Criminal Law, Terrorism, Trial Practice, Law of War

Genre: Biography, Drama

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Emma Thompson, John Lynch, Corin Redgrave

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In the Valley of Elah

Title: In The Valley of Elah (2007)

Director: Paul Haggis

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .I534 2008

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 121 minutes

Plot: Hank, a retired Sergeant with the Military Police, receives a call informing him that his youngest son, Mike, has gone AWOL. He thought his son was in Iraq, but is informed that Mike returned stateside four days ago with his platoon. When he calls his son's cell phone and gets voice mail, he drives to Fort Rudd and begins to make inquiries, but with each inquiry he comes to a dead end. Then a body is found, dismembered and burned beyond recognition and is identified as Mike. Hank tries to find out what happened, but continues to encounter hurdles. Yet he is persistent, uncovering things no one wants to hear, including himself.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Military Law, Law of War, Terrorism & Genocide

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jason Patric, Susan Sarandon, James Franco, Barry Corbin, Josh Brolin

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Incident at Oglala

Title: Incident at Oglala (1992)

Director: Michael Apted

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I53 1992

Format: VHS

Rating: PG

Length: 90 minutes

Plot: In 1975, armed FBI agents illegally entered the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Gunfire erupted, and a Native American and two FBI agents fell dead. After the largest manhunt in FBI history, three men were apprehended- only one, Leonard Peltier, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. This is his story.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Documentary, History

Cast: Robert Redford, narrator

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An Inconvenient Truth

Title: An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

Director: Davis Guggenheim

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I5366 2006

Format: DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 96 minutes

Plot: Former Vice President Al Gore explains the facts of global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warning have reached the level of crisis, and addresses the efforts of certain interests to discredit the anti-global warming cause. Between lecture segments, Gore discusses his personal commitment to the environment, sharing anecdotes from his experiences.

Legal Angles: Environmental Law

Genre: Documentary

Cast: Al Gore, presenter

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Indictment

Title: Indictment (1995)

Director: Mick Jackson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I538 2001  

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 132 minutes

Plot: Fact-based film about the child molestation trial involving the McMartin Pre-School in Manhattan Beach, California.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Cast: James Woods, Mercedes Ruehl, Sada Thompson, Henry Thomas, Shirley Knight, Lolita Davidovich

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The Informant!

Title:  The Informant! (2009)

Director:  Steven Soderbergh

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I546 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  108 minutes

Plot:  The U.S. government decides to go after an agri-business giant with a price-fixing accusation based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president turned informant Mark Whitacre. The FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent.

Legal Angles: Business Law, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Politics, Whistleblowing

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Matt Damon, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Clancy Brown, Tony Hale, Ann Cusack, Rusty Schwimmer, Rick Overton, Tom Papa, Tom Wilson, Allan Havey, Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers

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Inherit the Wind

Title: Inherit the Wind (1960)

Director: Stanley Kramer

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I54 2001

Format: DVD

Length: 128 minutes

Plot: A small Tennessee town gained national attention in 1925 when a biology schoolteacher was arrested for violating state law and teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in the classroom.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice

Genre: Drama, History, Romance

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York, Donna Anderson, Harry Morgan

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Inside Job

Title:  Inside Job (2010)

Director:  Charles Ferguson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE HB3722 .I57 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  120 minutes

Plot:  Provided is an analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research, and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, traced is the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia.

Legal Angles: Regulation of Industry, Trade & Commerce

Genre:  Crime, Documentary

Cast:  Matt Damon

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The Insider

Title: The Insider (1999)

Director: Michael Mann

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I575 1999

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 158 minutes

Plot: When former executive Jeffrey Wigand is fired by his employer, one of the largest tobacco companies in America, Wigand agrees to become a paid consultant for a story by veteran 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman, regarding alleged unethical practices within the tobacco industry. But what begins as a temporary alliance leads to a lengthy battle for both men to save their reputations and more.

Legal Angles: Business Law, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Politics, Whistleblowing

Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller

Cast: Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Lindsay Crouse, Debi Mazar, Stephen Tobolowsky, Colm Feore, Bruce McGill, Gina Gershon, Michael Gambon, Rip Torn

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Insomnia

Title: Insomnia (2002)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I5766 2010

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 119 minutes

Plot: Crime never sleeps and neither does the veteran LAPD homicide detective invited to Nightmute, Alaska to head a murder investigation there. He finds the investigation disrupted by an ever-shining midnight sun that wreaks sleep-depriving havoc on his body clock. As his consciousness becomes more unstable, he is nagged by a sense of personal guilt over a second crime that might just be real.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Maura Tierney, Martin Donovan, Nicky Katt, Paul Dooley

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Inspector Alleyn Mysteries

Title: Inspector Alleyn Mysteries (1990)

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I577 2005

Format: DVD

Length: 392 minutes

Plot: Inspector Alleyn has the upper crust contacts and manners, but like more modern detectives, he's a bona fide cop. Offers elegant country house settings, complex cases, and a detective who works for Scotland Yard. Agatha Troy is the Inspector's independent and insightful lady friend.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trusts & Trustees

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Patrick Malahide, William Simons, Belinda Lang

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The Inspector Lynley Mysteries

Title: The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001)

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I5774 2003

Format: DVD

Length: 360 minutes

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trusts & Trustees

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small

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The International

Title:  The International  (2009)

Director:  Tom Tykwer

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .I5845 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  118 min.

Plot:  Interpol Agent Louis Salinger and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman are determined to bring to justice one of the world's most powerful banks. The two uncover illegal activities including money laundering, arms trading, and the destabilization of governments, Salinger and Whitman's investigation takes them around the world. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as the bank will stop at nothing, including murder, to continue financing terror and war.

Legal Angles: Corruption, Criminal Law, Regulation of Industry, Trade & Commerce

Genre:  Action, Crime, Mystery

Cast:  Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen, Brian F. O'Byrne

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The Interpreter

Title: The Interpreter (2005)

Director: Sydney Pollack

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I5847 2005

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 129 minutes

Plot: In one of the hidden corridors of power at UN headquarters, translator Silvia Broome overhears a potentially explosive secret about a planned assassination attempt. But when federal agent Tobin Keller investigates her claim, is she a victim or a suspect?

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Politics

Genre:  Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen, Yvan Attal, Earl Cameron, George Harris, Michael Wright, Clyde Kusatsu, Eric Keenleyside

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Intimate Strangers

Title: Intimate Strangers (2004)

Director: Patrice Leconte

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I5855 2004

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 104 minutes

Plot: William Faber became a tax accountant like his father and resolved himself to a life where nothing much ever changed. At least until the beautiful Anna walked in one day and mistook his office for the therapist's down the hall. Unsolicited, Anna begins to reveal intimate details of her life which include how she is seeking security by attempting to save her tumultuous marriage. William and Anna find a bond developing between them, one that only true strangers can have, even after she finds out who he really is...or is not!

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller

Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Bonnaire, Michel Duchaussoy, Anne Brochet, Gilbert Melki

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Intolerable Cruelty

Title: Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

Director: Joel Coen

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I586 2004

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 101 minutes

Plot: Miles Massey is a high-powered Los Angeles divorce lawyer nearing a midlife crisis. While representing his wealthy client Rex Rexroth, Miles meets his match in Rex's gold-digging wife, Marilyn. He's impressed by her similarly heartless ways of using marriage to fuel an expensive lifestyle, but Miles still manages to defeat her in court. With Marilyn looking to get her revenge and Miles finding himself attracted to her, the two engage in a ruthless romantic pursuit to out-swindle each other.

Legal Angles: Family Law, Trial Practice

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance

Cast: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush, Cedric the Entertainer, Edward Herrmann, Paul Adelstein, Richard Jenkins, Billy Bob Thornton

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Intruder in the Dust

Title: Intruder in the Dust (1949)

Director: Clarence Brown

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I587 1993

Format: VHS

Length: 87 minutes

Plot: In a small Mississippi town, a white boy rescues a black man who is about to be lynched for a murder he did not commit.

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

Genre: Drama

Cast: David Brian, Claude Jarman, Jr., Juano Hernandez, Porter Hall, Elizabeth Patterson, Charles Kemper, Will Geer.

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The Invisible War

                                                                  Title:   The Invisible War (2012)

Director:  Kirby Dick

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV UB418.W65 I58 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  93 min.

Plot:  A groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Follows the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they came forward to report.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law, Military Law, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment

Genre:  Documentary, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Helen Benedict, Anu Bhagwati, Susan Burke

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The Iron Lady

Title:  The Iron Lady  (2011)

Director:  Phyllida Lloyd

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .I76 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  105 min.

Plot:  A surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. One of the 20th century's most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world.

Legal Angles: Comparative Law, Politics

Genre:  Biography, Drama

Cast:  Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Iain Glen, John Sessions, Anthony Head, Richard E. Grant

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It Could Happen to You

Title:  It Could Happen to You (1994)

Director:  Andrew Bergman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I82 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  101 minutes

Plot:  Charlie Lang is a neighborhood cop with a heart of gold, and a money-hungry wife, Muriel, who is always looking for a way to cash in. When she asks Charlie to buy a lottery ticket, he agrees, then impulsively promises half the winnings to a waitress, Yvonne. When their numbers hit, the real fun begins, as Muriel learns to live large while Charlie and Yvonne learn to love again.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Nicholas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez, Isaac Hayes, Seymour Cassel, Stanley Tucci, J. E. Freeman

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It Runs in the Family

Title: It Runs in the Family (2003)

Director: Fred Schepisi

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .I87 2003

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 109 minutes

Plot: Alex is trying to deal with a midlife crisis, while feeling caught in the middle of his familial obligations. While successful, Alex sometimes feels as if he's under the shadow of his father, Mitchell, a successful attorney. Mitchell has recently survived a stroke, and Alex and Mitchell want to mend their relationship while there's still time.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Family Law

Genre: Drama

Cast: Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Rory Culkin, Cameron Douglas, Diana Douglas, Michelle Monaghan, Bernadette Peters

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