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Ragtime

Title:  Ragtime (1981)

Director:  Milos Forman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R23 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  156 minutes

Plot:  The lives and passions of a middle class family are interwoven with the scandals and events of a transitional America in 1906.

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

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  James Cagney, Brad Dourif, Moses Gunn, Elizabeth McGovern, Kenneth McMillan, James Olson, Mandy Patinkin, Howard E. Rollins, Mary Steenburgen

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The Rainmaker

Title:  The Rainmaker (1997)

Director:  Francis Ford Coppola

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R356 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  135 minutes

Plot:  Rudy is a young lawyer fresh out of college who takes the case of his life. He is the only hope of an elderly couple whose insurance company will not pay for an operation that could save their son's life. Rudy takes on this client in his first case after the head of his law office has to hide because he's wanted by the feds. He must overcome many obstacles inside and outside the courtroom as he attempts to find out what it means to be a lawyer and how far you have to go before you become a sell-out.

Legal Angles:  Torts, Lawyering, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Trial Practice

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Jon Voight, Mary Kay Place, Mickey Rourke, Danny DeVito

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Rampage

Title:  Rampage (1987)

Director:  William Friedkin

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R36 1993

Format:  VHS

Rating:  R

Length:  92 minutes

Plot:  A liberal-minded district attorney assigned to prosecute a mass-murderer reevaluates his personal beliefs about the death penalty.

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

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Michael Biehn, Alex McArthur, Nicholas Campbell, Deborah Van Valkenburgh

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Rashômon

Title:  Rashômon (1950)

Director:  Akira Kurosawa

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R37 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  83 minutes

Plot:  Four people involved in the murder of a gentleman in feudal Japan and the seduction of his wife report differing views of what actually happened.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice, Evidence, International Law & Comparative Law 

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyo, Takashi Shimura

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The Reader

Title:  The Reader (2008)

Director:  Stephen Daldry

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R421 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  124 minutes

Plot:   The question of wartime culpability undergirds the dynamics  between Hanna, an adult streetcar employee and Michael, a schoolboy whom she seduces in post-war Berlin. Years later, Michael, now a law student, attends a trial, where he learns that Hanna is being charged for war crimes.

Legal Angles:  Comparative Law, Genocide, International Law, Trial Practice, Law School, Sexual Abuse, Law of War

Genre:  Drama, Romance

Cast:  Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz

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Rear Window (1950)

Title:  Rear Window (1950)

Director:  Alfred Hitchcock

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R43 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  NA

Plot:  It only takes one witness to spoil the perfect crime in one of the most acclaimed suspense films of all time. Professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries, becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors while confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg. When he suspects that a saleman may have murdered his nagging, invalid wife, Jeffries enlists the help of his stunning socialite girlfriend to investigate the suspicious chain of events.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence

Genre:  Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Cast:  James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr, Alfred Hitchcock

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Rear Window (1998)

Title:  Rear Window (1998)

Director:  Jeff Bleckner

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R43 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  89 minutes

Plot:  A recently paralyzed architect (Jason Kemp) believes he has witnessed a murder from his apartment window. Jason's colleague (Claudia) quickly becomes his partner in trying to solve the mysterious puzzle that lies in the apartment across the way. The more-than-patient detective (Moore) grudgingly responds to their repeated calls and accusations, but believes Jason's imagination is getting the best of him. Determined to uncover the truth, Jason continues to dig deeper - eventually finding himself locked in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence 

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Christopher Reeve, Daryl Hannah, Robert Forster

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The Reckoning

Title:  The Reckoning (2003)

Director:  Paul McGuigan

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R435 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  110 minutes

Plot:  Set in 14th century England, the story involves a priest who leaves the church after committing adultery. He falls in with a troupe of traveling actors. The group ends up in a small town where a mute woman is accused of witchcraft and murder. Drawn to the woman, the troupe re-creates the events in hopes of drawing a crowd and solving the crime.

Legal Angles:  Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Death Penalty, Trial Practice, Wrongful Conviction

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, Brian Cox, Gina McKee, Ewen Bremner, Vincent Cassel

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Recount: The Story of the 2000 Presidential Election

Title:  Recount: The Story of the 2000 Presidential Election (2008)

Director:  Jay Roach

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R436 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  116 minutes

Plot:  Explores one of the most dramatic and controversial events in recent U.S. election history, which shook a nation's faith in the ability to stage a fair and open election.

Legal Angles:  Election Law, Politics, Lawyering, Trial Practice 

Genre:  Drama, History

Cast:  Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr, Laura Dern, John Hurt, Denis Leary, Tom Wilkinson

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The Recruit

Title:  The Recruit (2003)

Director:  Roger Donaldson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R437 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  114 minutes

Plot:  Clayton recently completed his studies at MIT. One evening, Clayton is approached by Walter Burke, a recruiter for the CIA, and believes Clayton is just the sort of man the CIA is looking for. Clayton, who has little interest in an ordinary nine-to-five career and accepts the offer. Clayton has to keep in mind Burke's dictum that "nothing is as it seems," especially when Clayton is given a special assignment -- find the mole within the Agency's training program who is actually feeding information to America's enemies.

Legal Angles:  Administrative Law, Military Law, National Security

Genre:  Action, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan, Gabriel Macht

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RED

Title:  Red (2010)

Director:  Robert Schwentke

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R43 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  111 minutes

Plot:  Frank is a former black-ops CIA agent living a quiet life alone, until the day a hit squad shows up to kill him. With his identity compromised, Frank reassembles his old team; Joe, Marvin, and Victoria, and sets out to prove that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Legal Angles:  Military Law, Law of War, National Security

Genre:  Action, Comedy, Thriller

Cast:  Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon, Brian Cox, Karl Urban, Ernest Borgnine

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Red Corner

Title:  Red Corner (1997)

Director:  Jon Avnet

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R42 1997

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  122 minutes

Plot:  Jack Moore is an American attorney having talks in Bejing about founding the first satellite TV joint venture. Suddenly he is arrested and accused of murder. Together with his court-appointed attorney, Shen Yuelin, he must prove it was a frame-up.

Legal Angles:  Lawyering, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure 

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thirller

Cast:  Richard Gere, Bai Ling, Bradley Whitford

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Red Dust

Title:  Red Dust (2004)

Director:  Tom Hooper

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R33 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  110 minutes

Plot:  A political thriller set in a small South African town during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings. Human rights lawyer Sarah Barcant must represent Alex Mpondo, a former political activist, who was held captive and sadistically tortured by a police officer under the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Legal Angles:  International Law, Comparative Law, Politics, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Law of War

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Hilary Swank, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jamie Bartlett, Ian Roberts, Nomhle Nkonyeni

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Red Riding Hood

Title:  Red Riding Hood (2011)

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .R4376 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  100 minutes

Plot:  Valerie is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter, but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry. Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village.

Legal Angles:  Torture used to gain information and a confession, False imprisonment, Intentional infliction of emotional distress, Human Rights Violations

Genre:  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Billy Burke, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons

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Red Riding Trilogy

Title:  Red Riding Trilogy (2009)

Director:  Anand Tucker, Julian Jarrold, James Marsh

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R4375 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  308 minutes

Plot:  These three separate but interrelated films (Year of our Lord 1974, Year of our Lord 1980, Year of our Lord 1983) move unflinchingly through a turbulent and tragic decade in the West Riding region of Yorkshire, England. Serial murders, child abductions and rampant police corruption abound -- no one escapes undamaged.

Legal Angles:  Comparative Law, Corruption, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure 

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Sean Bean, Andrew Garfield, Warren Clarke, Paddy Considine, Jim Carter, Mark Addy, David Morrissey

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Red Tails

                                                            Title:  Red Tails (2012)

Director:  Anthony Hemingway

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .R438 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  125 min.

Plot:  Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky, even as they battle discrimination on the ground. Featuring jaw-dropping aerial action and thrilling special effects, Red Tails is a tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history.

Legal Angles:  Discrimination

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Drama

Cast:  Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Ne-Yo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Elijah Kelley

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Regarding Henry

Title:  Regarding Henry (1991)

Director:  Mike Nichols

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R4437 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  107 minutes

Plot:  A New York lawyer's fast-track rise is brought to a dead stop when a single gunshot leaves him incapacitated and with no memory of his previous lifestyle. Faced with starting over, he must learn the hard truth about a total stranger... himself.

Legal Angles:  Torts, Lawyering, Ethics & Professional Responsibility 

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Harrison Ford, Annette Bening

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Reign Over Me

Title:  Reign Over Me (2007)

Director:  Mike Bender

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R455 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  124 minutes

Plot:  Alan Johnson runs into his old college roommate, Charlie Fineman, on the streets of New York City. He is surprised to find that Charlie does not remember him at all. Alan later learns that Charlie is suffering with grief over the loss of his family on 9/11. Flooded with grief, Charlie quits his job and isolates himself from everyone around him. Alan attempts to help Charlie get over his grief by rekindling their friendship. As Alan spends a lot of time with Charlie, it puts a strain on his relationship with his wife and kids.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Procedure, Mental Health Law, Professional Ethics,Trial Practice

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows, Donald Sutherland

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Remember Me

Title:  Remember Me (2010)

Director:  Allen Coulter

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R364 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  112 minutes

Plot:  In the summer of 2001, New York college student Tyler is still feeling lost from the tragedy that has strained his relationship with his father when he meets Ally, a girl who understands his pain. The last thing Tyler is looking for is love, but through their relationship, he finds new possibilities for happiness.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Torts

Genre:  Drama, Romance

Cast:  Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper

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Rendition

Title:  Rendition (2007)

Director:  Gavin Hood

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R3635 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  120 minutes

Plot:  The policy of "extraordinary rendition" began under the Clinton administration and accelerated after September 11, 2001. The policy allows for the handing over of suspected terrorists to countries that use torture as an interrogation tool. Anwar El-Ibrahimi is an Egyptian-born man who disappears on a flight from Africa to Washington, DC. He is sent to a North African country where torture is practiced and the CIA gives approval. Anwar's pregnant American-born wife wants to know what happened to her husband. A reluctant CIA agent begins to question his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation. A severe interrogator plys his trade on Anwar while a U.S. terrorism honcho is willing to turn a blind eye to the unpleasantness, especially if it stops a terrorist attack.

Legal Angles:  International Law, Military Law, Law of War, Terrorism, Evidence, National Security

Genre:  Drama, Thriller, War

Cast:  Jake Gyllenhaal, Omar Metwally, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Sarsgaard, Yigal Naor, Moa Khouas, Zineb Oukach, Alan Arkin, Meryl Streep

 

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Rent

Title:  Rent (2005)

Director:  Chris Columbus

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R46 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  135 minutes

Plot:  Focuses on the year in the life of a group of friends in New York's East Village. The "bohemians" live carefree lives of art, music, sex, and drugs. It is carefree until Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, and Roger, an aspiring songwriter, find out they owe a year's rent to Benny. Benny is a former friend who had promised them free rent when he married the landlord's daughter. Roger has also attracted the attention of his downstairs neighbor, Mimi. Mark's former girlfriend, Maureen, has found a new romance in a lawyer named Joanne. Philosophy professor Tom finds his soul mate in drag queen Angel. With this being the late 1980s, the threat of AIDS is always present.

Legal Angle:  Lawyering, Property Law

Genre:  Drama, Music, Romance

Cast:  Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Idina Menzel

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The Return of Martin Guerre

Title:  The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)

Director:  Daniel Vigne

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R48 1996

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  123 minutes

Plot:  The plot revolves around the unraveling of the identity of a 16th century peasant who disappeared as a young husband, and the man who returns to resume his marriage nine years later.

Legal Angles:  Family Law, International Law & Comparative Law, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty 

Genre:  Biography, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Gérard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye, Maurice Barrier, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Isabelle Sadoyan

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Reversal of Fortune

Title:  Reversal of Fortune (1990)

Director:  Barbet Schroeder

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .R48 2001

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  109 minutes

Plot:  Did European aristocrat Claus von Bulow attempt to murder his wife Sunny at their luxurious Newport mansion in 1980? The tabloids of the day certainly had their opinions. "You have one thing in your favor," defense attorney Alan Dershowitz told von Bulow, "Everybody hates you." Reversal of Fortune is the acclaimed movie version of events that had all America talking. Jeremy Irons plays von Bulow in an Academy Award winning performance of icy brittleness that also won a Golden Globe and Los Angeles and National Society of Film CriticsBest Actor Awards. Glen Close is wanly elegant as heiress Sunny. And Ron Silver portrays Harvard law professor Dershowitz, retained by von Bulow to uncover the evidence that will demolish the prosecution's case - and reverse a devastating verdict.

Legal Angles:  Lawyering, Law School, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure 

Genre:  Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Glen Close, Jeremy Irons, Ron Silver

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