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Saboteur

Title: Saboteur (1942)

Director:  Alfred Hitchcock

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S23 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  108 minutes

Plot:  Barry Kane is a Los Angeles aircraft factory worker who witnesses a Nazi agent firebombing his plant. However, it is Barry who is accused of the fiery sabotage, and to clear his name he sets off on a desperate, action-packed cross-country chase that takes him from Boulder Dam to New York's Radio City Music Hall to the top of the Statue of Liberty. Hitchcock's first film with an all-American cast moves with breakneck speed toward its final heart-pounding confrontation, and remains a suspense classic.

Legal Angles:  Law of War, Terrorism, National Security

Genre:  Mystery, Thriller

Cast:  Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Norman Lloyd, Otto Kruger, Alan Baxter, Alma Kruger, Dorothy Peterson, Clem Bevans

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Safe House

Title:  Safe House (2012)

Director:  Daniel Espinosa

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .S344 2012

Format:  Blu-ray and DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  115 min.

Plot:  Tobin Frost, one of the CIA's most dangerous traitors, resurfaces in South Africa after eluding capture for almost a decade. During his interrogation, the safe house he's being held in is attacked by brutal mercenaries, forcing rookie agent Matt Weston to take the infamous Frost on the run. As the masterful manipulator toys with his reluctant protégé, shaking the young operative's morality and idealism, the unlikely allies must fight to stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead.

Legal Angles:  Corruption for Personal Gain by Federal Agents

Genre:  Action, Crime, Mystery

Cast:  Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Ruben Blades, Nora Arnezeder, Robert Patrick

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Sarah's Key

Title:  Sarah's Key (2010)

Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .S273 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  111 min.

In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel d'Hiv round up, which took place in Paris, in 1942. She stumbles upon a family secret which will reveal the fate of a young Jewish girl, Sarah.

Legal Angles:   Genocide, Property Law

Genre:  Drama, War

Cast:  Kristin Scott Thomas, Niels Arestrup, Melusine Mayance, Aidan Quinn

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Save Our Land, Save Our Towns

Title:   Save Our Land, Save Our Towns (2000)

Director:  Dirk Eitzen

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV HT392 .S283 2000

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  57 min.

Plot:  Explores how America can save its cities, towns and countryside and enhance the quality of life for all. Americans are frustrated with traffic congestion, angry about the loss of open space, and perplexed by the decline of America's cities. Many think sprawl is inevitable, but it's not. Filmed in Pennsylvania, England, Oregon and North Carolina, this program shows how America's towns can be rebuilt and its countryside preserved from strip malls and subdivisions.

Legal Angles:  Land Use Controls, Property Law

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Thomas Hylton

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Saving Mr. Banks

     Title:  Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

   Director:  John Lee Hancock

   Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .S285 2014

   Format:  DVD

   Rating:  PG-13

   Length:  125 min.

   Plot:  When P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Walt Disney's desire to bring her beloved character Mary Poppins to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets an uncompromising author who is suspicious of his concept and struggling with her past. During her stay in California, Travers' reflects back on her difficult childhood in 1906 Australia.

Legal Angles: Contracts, Entertainment Law

Genre:  Biography, Comedy, Drama

Cast:  Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Colin Farrell, B.J. Novak

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Scenes of a Crime

Title:  Scenes of a Crime (2011)

Director:  Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh

Location:  MU Law RESERVE AV HV8073.3 .S34 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  Original Theatrical Version (88 mins.) + Edited Shortened Version (48 mins.)

Plot:  " ... explores how modern police interrogation tactics (including lies, threats and false evidence) place extraordinary pressures on suspects, and can encourage an innocent person to confess falsely."-

Legal Angles:  Criminal Procedure, Wrongful Conviction, Miranda Rights, Coerced Confessions 

Genre:  Documentary, Crime, Mystery

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Schindler's List

Title:  Schindler's List (1993)

Director:  Steven Spielberg

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S3 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  195 minutes

Plot:  The true story of the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womanizer & war profiteer, who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust.

Legal Angles:  Law of War, Genocide, International Law & Comparative Law

Genre:  Biography, Drama, History

Cast:  Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall

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School House Rock! America Rock

Title:  School House Rock! America Rock (1973)

Director:  Tim Warburton

Location:  MU Law RESERVE E178.3 .A57 1995

Format:  VHS

Rating:  TV-Y

Length:  30 minutes

Plot:  A series of three-minute informational programs for children set to lively music and rhyming lyrics.

Legal Angles:  American Legal History

Genre:  Animation, Family, Short

Cast:  Ensemble

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Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

Title:  Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2002)

Director:  Barak Goodman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE KF224.S36 S36 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  90 minutes

Plot:  In March 1931, two white women stepped from a boxcar in Paint Rock, Alabama to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers on the train. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century. The trials of the nine young men would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War, yield two momentous Supreme Court decisions and give birth to the civil rights movement.

Legal Angles:  Wrongful Convictions, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  NA

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Searching for Sugar Man

Title:  Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Director:  Malik Bendjelloul

Location:  MU Law RESERVE

Format: DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  86 min.

Plot:  AV ML420.R637 S43 2013

Legal Angles: Entertainment Law, Record Contracts, Royalties

Genre:  Documentary, Biography, Music

Cast:  Steve Segerman, Sixto Rodriguez

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The Secret in Their Eyes

Title:  The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

Director:  Juan José Campanella

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S437 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  129 minutes

Plot:  A crime-thriller about judicial cover-ups and corruption in Argentina, told through flashbacks.

Legal Angles:  Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Vigilantism

Genre:  Drama, Mystery, Romance

Cast:  Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella

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Semper Fi: Always Faithful

Title:   Semper Fi:  Always Faithful (2011)

Directors:  Tony Hardmon and Rachel Libert

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV  RA592 .N8 S46 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  76 mins.

Plot:  Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger was a devoted Marine for nearly twenty-five years... As a drill instructor he lived and breathed the 'Corps' and was responsible for indoctrinating thousands of new recruits with its motto Semper Fidelis or 'Always Faithful.' When Jerry's nine-year old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to a shocking discovery of Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history. Semper Fi: Always Faithful follows Jerry's mission to expose the Marine Corps and force them to live up to their motto to the thousands of soldiers and their families exposed to toxic chemicals. His fight reveals a grave injustice at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune and a looming environmental crisis at military sites across the country. 

Legal Angles: Environmental Law

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Jerry Ensminger, Denita McCall

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Separate but Equal

Title:  Separate but Equal (1991)

Director:  George Stevens Jr

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S47 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  193 minutes

Plot:  This film dramatizes the events leading to the landmark Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation.

Legal Angles:  Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Lawyering, Trial Practice 

Genre:  Drama, History

Cast:  Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster, Richard Kiley, Cleavon Little

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Separation

Title:  A Separation (2011)

Director:  Asghar Farhadi

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .S473 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  123 min.

Plot:  A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Legal Angles:  Comparative Law; Reviewed by a court: Separation, Divorce, Child Custody, Damages for Miscarriage

 
Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat

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Sergeant Rutledge

Title:  Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

Director:  John Ford

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S474 1993

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  111 minutes

Plot:  Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer.

Legal Angles:  Military Law, Trial Practice 

Genre:  Crime, Western

Cast:  Jeffrey Hunter, Constance Towers, Billie Burke, Woody Strode, Juano Hernandez, Willis Bouchey

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Seven

Title:  Seven (1995)

Director:  David Fincher

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S48 1997

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  127 minutes

Plot:  A psychological thriller about two detectives on the trail of a serial killer who chooses his victims according to the seven deadly sins.

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Richard Roundtree, John C. McGinley

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Sex Crimes Unit

Title:  Sex Crimes Unit (2011)

Director:  Lisa F. Jackson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV  HV6568.N5 S49 2011

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  87 mins.

Plot:  "An unprecedented look inside the New York District Attorney's office at the first and preeminent unit in the country dedicated to the prosecution of rape and sexual assault. Directed by Emmy Award and Sundance Jury Prize winner Lisa F. Jackson, the film examines the shocking legal history of injustice towards rape survivors; observes the process of investigation conducted by the Unit every day; tracks through trial the case of a prostitute who dared cry rape, and follows the inspiring story of one survivor's 16-year journey to justice"--Case.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Sexual Abuse, Trial Practice

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Prosecutors of the Sex Crimes Unit in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office

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Shadow of a Doubt

Title:  Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Director:  Alfred Hitchcock

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S534 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  108 minutes

Plot:  Uncle Charlie is a seemingly charming man visiting his relatives in their small and peaceful hometown. But when his namesake niece, "Young Charlie" suspects that he may in fact be the psychopathic Merry Widow killer, Uncle Charlie must plot the death of his favorite relation in order to remain one step ahead of the law in this murderous game of cat-and-mouse.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure 

Genre:  Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

Cast:  Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge, Hume Cronyn, Wallace Ford, Edna May Wonacott, Charles Bates, Marion Lorne

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The Shawshank Redemption

Title:  The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Director:  Frank Darabont

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .S54 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  142 minutes

Plot:  Two convicts, one white and one black, never give up the dream of freedom, and together they turn hope and friendship into an uplifting bond no prison can ever take away.

Legal Angles:  Corrections & Punishment, Banking & Securities, Trusts & Estates, Ethics & Professional Responsibility 

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast:  Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, James Whitmore

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Shoot 'Em Up

Title:  Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

Director:  Michael Davis

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S5357 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  86 minutes

Plot:  Mr. Smith is not the best idea for looking after a child, yet after stumbling upon a blazing shoot-out, helping to birth a child amidst a hail of gunfire, and seeing the mother die before his eyes, he becomes determined to protect the young innocent at all costs. His adversaries are equally determined, and they will not stop until the newborn is dead. Now, in order to ensure that maniacal criminal mastermind Mr. Hertz and his gang of henchmen do not succeed in accomplishing their evil deeds, Mr. Smith joins forces with a prostitute known as the Dairy Queen, who specializes in lactation fetishes, and flees into the bowels of the city while facing almost certain death on every street corner.

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

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Comedy

Cast:  Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci, Stephen McHattie, Greg Bryk

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Short Circuit

Title:  Short Circuit (1986)

Director:  John Badham

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S547 1986

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  98 minutes

Plot:  When a bolt of lightning zaps an experimental military robot and brings it to life, it escapes and finds companionship and danger.

Legal Angles:  Government & Politics, Bioethics 

Genre:  Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Cast:  Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G. W. Bailey

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A Short Film About Killing

Title:  A Short Film About Killing (1988)

Director:  Krzysztof Kieslowski

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S5355 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  81 minutes

Plot:  A psychological vivisection of the brutal and senseless murder of a taxi-driver by a young drifter, with no explanation offered and no extenuating circumstances given. A searing, powerful moral indictment of capital punishment.

Legal Angles:  Comparative Law, Lawyering, Trial Practice, Death Penalty, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure 

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast:  Mirosław Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz

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Sicko

Title:  Sicko (2007)

Director:  Michael Moore

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S5356 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  123 minutes

Plot:  Michael Moore interviews Americans who have been denied treatment by the United States health care insurance companies -- companies who sacrifice essential health services in order to maximize profits. Sheds light on the how complicated it can become for communities and individuals, and the sacrifices they have made when they are denied health care coverage.

Legal Angles:  Comparative Law, Administrative Law, Business Law, Health Law

Genre:  Documentary, Drama, History

Cast:  Michael Moore

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Side Effects

Title:  Side Effects (2013)

Director:  Steven Soderbergh

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S5344 2013

Format:  DVD & Blu-Ray

Rating:  R

Length:  106 min.

Plot:  A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

Legal Angles:  Double Jeopardy, Framing, Insider trading, Defamation, Witness for the Defense vs. Witness for the Prosecution, Conflicting Interests for Witness, Criminal Insanity, Murder

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones

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The Siege

Title:  The Siege (1998)

Director:  Edward Zwick

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S544 1998

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  116 minutes

Plot:  When a crowded city bus blows up in Brooklyn and a campaign of terror begins to make its mark on the streets of New York, its up to FBI special agent Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard and U.S. Army General William Devereaux to find out who's responsible.

Legal Angles:  Military Law, Terrorism, National Security, Immigration Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

Genre:  Action, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis, Tony Shalhoub, Sami Bouajila, David Proval, Lance Reddick, Mark Valley, Liana Pai, Jack Gwaltney, Chip Zien, Victor Slezak, Will Lyman, Dakin Matthews, John Rothman, E. Katherine Kerr, Jimmie Ray Weeks, Aasif Mandv

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Silas Marner

Title:  Silas Marner (1987)

Director:  Giles Foster

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S55 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  92 minutes

Plot:  A young linen weaver's dreams are destroyed when he is falsely accused of a crime. Isolating himself, he becomes a selfish, despondent miser until he adopts an abandoned child.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure 

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Ben Kingsley, Jenny Agutter, Patrick Ryecart

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Silkwood

Title:  Silkwood (1983)

Director:  Mike Nichols

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S55 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  131 minutes

Plot:  Based on the story of Karen Silkwood who is poisoned by plutonium in the town plant. She speaks out against the plant's safety hazards and loses her job, many of her friends and her life in a mysterious accident.

Legal Angles:  Employment Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Labor Law, Media Law

Genre:  Biography, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Meryl Streep, Cher, Kurt Russell, Craig T. Nelson, Ron Silver, Fred Ward, Diana Scarwild

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Silver Linings Playbook

Title:  Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Director:  David O. Russell

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .S558 2013

Format:  Blu-ray & DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  122 min.

After spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain, Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife.  When Pat meets Tiffany, a young woman with problems of her own, things get more complicated.  (Synopsis from "Silver LIning Playbook's" website.)


Legal Angles:   Mental Health Law, Plea Bargain, Restraining Order

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, Shea Whigam, Julia Stiles, John Ortiz

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Sin Nombre

Title:  Sin Nombre (2009)

Director:  Cary Fukunaga

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .S5535 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  96 minutes

Plot:  Sayra is a beautiful young Honduran woman who joins her father and uncle on an odyssey to cross the gauntlet of the Latin American countryside en route to the United States. Along the way she crosses paths with El Casper, a teenage Mexican gang member, who is maneuvering to outrun his violent past and elude his unforgiving former associates.

Legal Angles:  International Law, Comparative Law, Immigration Law

Genre:  Adventure, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Paulina Gaitan, Edgar M. Flores

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Skokie

Title:  Skokie (1981)

Director:  Herbert Wise

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S565 2002

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  125 minutes

Plot:  Based on actual events, this is the story of a city where many Nazi death camp survivors have spent years rebuilding their shattered lives into a thriving community. When a band of Neo-Nazis plan to march through their streets, a memorable conflict develops.

Legal Angles:  Civil Rights & Constitutional Law, Lawyering, Civil Law & Civil Procedure  

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Danny Kaye, Brian Dennehy, Eli Wallach, Carl Reiner, John Rubinstein, and Kim Hunter

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Skyfall

Title: Skyfall (2012)

Director:  Sam Mendes

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .S594 2013

Format:  Blu-ray & DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  143 min.

Plot:  When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Mallory, the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust - Bond. 007 aided only by field agent Eve, follows a trail that leads to Silva, whose motives have yet to reveal themselves.

Legal Angles:   Parliamentary Oversight of MI6, Terrorism

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Thriller

Cast:  Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Ola Rapace, Helen McCrory, Nicholas Woodsen, Elize du Toit

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Slavery and the Making of America

Title:  Slavery and the Making of America (2005)

Director:  William Grant

Location:  MU Law RESERVE E441 .S626 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  240 minutes

Plot:  This program examines the history of slavery in the United States and the role it played in shaping the new country's development.

Legal Angles:  Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Business Law, Slavery

Genre:  History

Cast:  Morgan Freeman

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Sleepers

Title:  Sleepers (1996)

Director:  Barry Levinson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S544 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  147 minutes

Plot:  Sentenced to the Wilkinson School for boys, four pals are mistreated at will by a cadre of sadistic guards. 15 years later, they have an unexpected opportunity for revenge.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Forensic Science, Lawyering, Sexual Abuse, Trial Practice, Vigilantism

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Patric, Brad Pitt

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Sleeping with the Enemy

Title:  Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

Director:  Joseph Ruben

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .S44 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  99 minutes

Plot:  At first, Martin Burney appeared to be the man of Laura's dreams. He was handsome, successful, and seductively attentive. It wasn't until they were married that she discovered the real Martin was a woman's worst nightmare...compulsive, controlling and dangerously violent. After three years of living in fear and dread, Laura plans her escape. Knowing that nothing...short of death...would prevent Martin from tracking her down, she fakes drowning in a boating accident, and relocates to a small midwestern town. Even the a new look and a new identity, Laura lives in the grip of fear, stalked by the memory of Martin's brutality...a memory that comes terrifyingly to life when Martin discovers that Laura is still alive. Driven by demented obsession, Martin will stop at nothing to find his wife and make her pay for her deceit.

Legal Angles:  Domestic Violence, Family Law, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure 

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergen, Kevin Anderson

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