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MU Law Films Guide: Y-Z

You Only Live Once

Title:  You Only Live Once (1937)

Director:  Fritz Lang

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .V6 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  86 minutes

Plot: An ill-fated young couple are separated when he is put in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Trial Practice, Wrongful Conviction

Genres:  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Cast:  Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Barton MacLane, William Gargan, Margaret Hamilton

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Young Frankenstein

   Title:  Young Frankenstein (1974)

   Director:  Mel Brooks

   Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .Y686 1998

    Format:  DVD

   Rating:  PG

   Length:  106 minutes

Plot:  Summoned by a will to his late grandfather's castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein soon discovers the scientist's step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by the hunchbacked Igor and the curvaceous Inga, he creates a monster who only wants to be loved.

Legal Angles: Bioethics, Estates & Trusts

Genre:  Comedy, Sci-Fi

Cast:  Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars, Madeline Kahn

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Young Mr. Lincoln

   Title:  Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

   Director:  John Ford

   Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .Y683 2006

   Format:  DVD

   Rating:  NR

   Length:  100 minutes

Plot:  In this unforgettable portrait of the early life of the Great Emancipator, young Mr. Lincoln, after teaching himself law, has barely started practicing when an Independence Day celebration ends with a stabbing. Abe first stops a lynch mob from killing brothers Matt and Adam Clay, and then defends them against a seasoned prosecutor and his crafty adviser. As presented here, Lincoln is a strong but peaceful frontier democrat, his quiet, awkward, folksy demeanor the outward manifestation of a deep humility, and a wise sadness at human folly. His awareness that his attempts to reconcile opposing forces--despite the occasional temporary victory--are doomed but necessary, hint at the character that will respond to the destiny that awaits him.

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

Genre:  Biography, Drama

Cast:  Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan, Eddie Collins, Pauline Moore, Richard Cromwell, Donald Meek, Judith Dickens, Eddie Quillan, Spencer Charters, Ward Bond

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The Young Philadelphians

Title:  The Young Philadelphians (1959)

Director:  Vincent Sherman

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .Y68 1991

Format:  VHS

Rating:  NR

Length:  131 minutes

Plot:  Anthony Lawrence is an up-and-coming lawyer, whose career is interrupted by the Korean War. On the eve of his decision to run for political office, he finds himself about to defend a down-and-out friend in a murder case that threatens to expose the Main Line's darkest secrets.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Estates and Trusts, Family Law, Lawyering, Tax Law, Trial Practice

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Alexis Smith, Brian Keith, Diane Brewster, Billie Burke, John Williams, Richard Deacon, Robert Vaughn

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Youth in Revolt

Title:  Youth in Revolt (2009)

Director:  Miguel Arteta

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .Y688 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  89 minutes

Plot:  Nick Twisp is a pleasant teen who has trailer trash parents but likes the finer things in life. While on a family vacation, Nick meets and falls desperately in love with the beautiful, free-spirited Sheeni Saunders. But when circumstances continue to force them apart, Nick develops a rebellious alter ego who will stop at nothing to be with Sheeni.

Legal Angles:  Family Law, Juvenile Law

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast: Fred Willard, Justin Long, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Zach Galifinanakis, Micheal Cera, Portia Doubleday

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Zero Dark Thirty

Title:  Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Director:  Kathryn Bigelow

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .Z46 2013

Format:  Blu-ray and DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  157 min.

Plot:  Chronicles the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden following the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of Navy SEAL Team 6.

Legal Angles: Human Rights, Article 5 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Law, The Geneva Convention,  National Security, Torture, The Use of Torture in Interrogations, Terrorism

Genre:  Drama, History, Thriller

Cast:  Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Edgar Ramirez, James Gandolfini, Chris Pratt, Callan Mulvey, Fares Fares, Reda Kateb, Harold Perrineau, Tushaar Mehra and Stephen Dillane

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Title:  Zodiac (2007)

Director:  David Fincher

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .Z63 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  158 minutes

Plot:  A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. The four men most affected by the killer are San Francisco PD Homicide detectives David Toschi and William Armstrong, and the San Francisco Chronicle reporters Paul Avery and Robert Graysmith. Displays the psychological and emotional effects of the killings, as well as the endless procedural details of the investigation (handwriting experts, the "2500" suspects), the letters sent to the San Francisco Chronicle by Zodiac and the work of a 20+ year investigation that wears down and whittles away at any kind of normal life for Toshi and Graysmith. Both men are obsessed with Zodiac and both pay for this obsession with the hard years and loves lost and never regained.

Legal Angles:  Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Media Law,  Professional Ethics

Genre:  Crime, Drama, History

Cast:  Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr., Brian Cox, John Carroll Lynch, Chloë Sevigny, Ed Setrakian, John Getz, John Terry, Candy Clark, Elias Koteas, Dermot Mulroney, Donal Logue

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