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L.A. Confidential

Title: L.A. Confidential 

Director: Curtis Hanson

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L33 1998

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 138 minutes

Plot: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slaying of the patrons at an all-night diner. A tribute to tough film-noir crime films.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito

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Land of Exodus and Beauty

Title: Land of Exodus and Beauty (2004)

Director: Bahar Cinarli

Location:  MU Law RESERVE DF847 .L36 2007

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 30 minutes

Plot: A documentary looking back at the population exchange between Turkey and Greece between 1922 and 1924; the first large scale population exchange, or agreed mutual expulsion, in the 20th century. It involved some two million persons, and was agreed on in a treaty overseen by the international community as part of the Treaty of Lausanne. In Güzelurt, Turkey, there was an exchange with Kavala, Greece. In interviews, residenıts of Güzelurt look back at this time and the events.

Legal Angles: Immigration Law

Genre: Documentary

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The Last Samurai

Title: The Last Samurai (2003) 

Director: Edward Zwick

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L378 2004

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 154 minutes

Plot: Tormented Civil War veteran Capt. Nathan Algren is coerced by a mercenary officer to train the Japanese Emperor's troops in the use of modern weaponry. Opposing this modernization are the samurai warriors who are holding fast to their traditions of honor, despite their strategic disadvantage. As a captive of the samurai leader, Algren learns, appreciates, and adopts the samurai code, switching sides for a climactic battle that will put everyone's honor to the ultimate test.

Legal Angles: Military Law, Terrorism, Genocide, Law of War

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Drama

Cast: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki Sanada, Masato Harada, Koyuki, William Atherton, Shun Sugata, Shin Koyamada, Scott Wilson, Togo Igawa, Shichinosuke Nakamura

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The Last Wave

Title: The Last Wave (1977) 

Director: Peter Weir 

Format: VHS

Rating: PG

Length: 106 minutes

Plot: The story of a lawyer defending a group of aboriginals accused of murder. The lawyer feels the pull of magic forces beneath the surface of civilization.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Cast: Richard Chamberlain, David Gulpilil, Nanjiwarra Amagula

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Law Abiding Citizen

Title:  Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Director:  F. Gary Gray

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L393 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  109 minutes

Plot:  Clyde Shelton is a brilliant planner and inventor. One night two robbers invade his Philidelphia home and brutally kill his wife and daughter, almost killing him. When the killers are caught, Assistant DA Nick Rice is assigned the case. Nick makes a deal with one of the killers to testify against his partner for a 10 year plea bargain prison sentence. Clyde does not want Nick to make the deal, but Nick says that the deal is done. The other killer gets the death penalty. After 10 years, the other killer is released from prison, and he soon ends up dead. Clyde is arrested and vaguely admits to Nick that he did it. Clyde is put in jail, and he warns Nick that he must fix the broken justice system that failed him and his family or else anyone connected to the case will soon die. Even from jail, Clyde's threats soon become a reality, and Nick must stop Clyde before his family is next.

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Bruce McGill, Colm Meaney, Leslie Bibb, Michael Irby, Regina Hall

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Law and Order

Title: Law and Order: Seasons 1-3, 5-7, & 14

Director: John Whitesell

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L379 1991

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 1040 minutes

Plot: The first season of the NBC-TV drama series, which follows three city cops as they track down criminals and concentrates on three lawyers who prosecute them.

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

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: George Dzundza, Chris Noth, Dann Florek, Michael Moriarty, Richard Brooks, Steven Hill

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Law and Order: The Second Year

Title: Law and Order: The Second Year (1992)

Director: Fred Gerber

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L379 (1992)

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 1046 minutes

Plot: New York City Detective Mike Logan and Sargeant Paul Cerreta are working the streets of the 31st precinct in relentless persuit of criminals. Once the criminals are caught by Logan and Cerreta, it is up to Executive ADA Ben Stone and his assistant ADA Paul Robinette to bring them to justice.

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

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Paul Sorvino, Chris Noth, Dann Florek, Michael Moriarty, Richard Brooks, Steven Hill

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Law and Order: The Third Year

Title: Law and Order: The Third Year (1993)

Director: Daniel Sackheim

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L379 (1993)

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 1320 minutes

Plot: The third season of the classic television drama.

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

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Richard Brooks, Dann Florek, Chris Noth, Jerry Orbach, Paul Sorvino

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Law and Order: The Fifth Year

Title: Law and Order: The Fifth Year (1995)

Director: Edwin Sherin

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L379 (1995)

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 1088

Plot: Joining Detective Mike Logan (Noth) and his dedicated colleagues who investigate and prosecute crime is a powerful lineup of guest stars, including Regina Taylor, Edie Falco, Gina Torres and John Cameron Mitchell. Ripped from today's headlines, Law & order is the gripping phenomenon that will captivate you again and again!

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

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Jerry Orbach, Chris Noth, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston, Jill Hennessy, Steven Hill

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Law and Order: The Sixth Year

Title: Law and Order: The Sixth Year (1996)

Director: Edwin Sherin

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L379 (1996)

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 1046 minutes

Plot: In New York City, when a crime is committed, the victims are represented by two distinct yet intertwined forces. There's the police department, represented by the 27th precinct Homicide Detectives. It is their job to investigate the crime, collect evidence, and interview witnesses. Suspects are placed under arrest. The matter is then taken over by the prosecutors of the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

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

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Jerry Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston, Jill Hennessy, Steven Hill

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Law and Order: The Seventh Year

Title: Law and Order: The Seventh Year (1997)

Director: Jace Alexander

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L379 (1997)

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 1080 minutes

Plot: This group of dedicated men and women of the NYPD and the NYC District Attorney's Office take on more cases that deal with everything from explosive race relations to poisonous blood relations. From a corrupt police officer making a deal to potential FBI cover-ups; apparent suicides to investigating a movie executive's murder.

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

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Sam Waterston, Jerry Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Carey Lowell, Steven Hill

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Law and Order: The Fourteenth Year

Title: Law and Order: The Fourteenth Year (2004)

Director: David Platt

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L379 (2004)

Format: DVD

Rating: NR

Length: 1045 minutes

Plot: Police City Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green are working the streets of New York City in relentess pursuit of criminals. Once the criminals are caught by Briscoe and Green, it is up to Executive ADA Jack McCoy and his assistant ADA Serena Southerlyn to bring them to justice.

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

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston, Elisabeth Röhm

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The Law In These Parts

Title:  The Law in These Parts (2011)

Director:  Ra'anan Alexandrowicz

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  AV DS119.76 .L38 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  100 min.

Plot:  Explores the four-decade-old Israeli military legal system in the Occupied Territories. Since Israel conquered the territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 War, the military has imposed thousand of orders and laws, established military courts, sentenced hundreds of thousand of Palestinians, enabled half a million Israeli "settlers" to move to the Occupied Territories and developed a system of long-term jurisdiction by an occupying army that is unique in the world. The film records the testimonies of the military legal professionals who were the architects of the system and helped run it in its formative years.

Legal Angles:   Human Rights, International Law

Genre:   Documentary, History

Cast:  Meir Shamgar, Amnon Strashnov, Dov Shefi ...

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Lawless

Title:  Lawless (2012)

Director:  John Hillcoat

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .L395 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  116 min.

Plot:  Based on the true story of the infamous Bondurant brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic outlaw tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant's family, the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation's most notorious crime wave.

Legal Angles: Corruption, Criminal Law, Organized Crime

Genre:  Crime, Drama

Cast:  Guy Pearce, Shia Labeouf, Jason Clarke, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Gary Oldman

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Lee Daniel's The Butler

Title:  Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

Director:  Lee Daniels

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .B885 2013

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  132 min.

Plot:  Cecil Gaines tells the story of his personal and professional life.  His career includes thirty years of serving as a White House Butler to eight different president during a span of history when America contends with both the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War.

Legal Angles: Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Executive Branch, Vigilantism

Genre:  Biography, Drama

Cast:  Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Yaya Alafia, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden,  David Oyelowo, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Olivia Washington, Robin Williams

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Legal Eagles

Title: Legal Eagles (1986)

Director: Ivan Reitman

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L44 1998

Format: DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 116 minutes

Plot: A hard-nosed assistant district attorney and an imaginative defense attorney combine their talents to defend a spacey "performance artist" who is accused of theft and murder.

Legal Angles: Corrections & Punishment, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance

Cast: Robert Redford, Debra Winger, Daryl Hannah, Brian Dennehy, Terence Stamp, Steven Hill

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Legally Blonde

Title: Legally Blonde (2001)

Director: Robert Luketic

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L443 2001

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 96 minutes

Plot: When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined.

Legal Angles: Law School

Genre: Comedy

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, Jennifer Coolidge, Holland Taylor, Ali Larter

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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

Title: Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld

Location: MU Law RESERVE

Format: DVD

Rating: PG-13

Length: 95 minutes

Plot: When she's fired from her job at an upscale law firm for voicing her stance against the testing of cosmetics on animals, Elle heads to Capitol Hill to fight for her cause before Congress. Once there, she runs into plenty of adversity and red-tape and can't seem to find anyone who will listen to her proposals. She meets and befriends an elderly bellman who's been around long enough to know the ins and outs of the political machine. With his help, Elle attempts to convince disillusioned U.S. Representative Rudd to help her get her voice heard in front of the stodgy old coots of the legislative branch.

Legal Angles: Animal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Politics

Genre: Comedy

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Regina King, Jennifer Coolidge, Bruce McGill, Dana Ivey, Bob Newhart, Luke Wilson

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Lessons from Woburn

Title:  Lessons from Woburn (2002)

Writer & Producer:   Marilyn J. Berger

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  KF228.A667 L47 2002, Disc 1 & Coursebook, Disc 2 & 3

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  Disc 1, The Untold Stories (30 min.); Disc 2, The Rules of Civil Procedure (131 min.); Disc 3, Conduct & Settlement (50 min.)

Plot:  Explores how the stories of the Woburn, Mass. familes, especially that of Anne Anderson, whose son Jimmy died of leukemia and who goaded authorities into investigating the water, were transformed by the legal process.

Legal Angles:   Environmental Law

Genre:  Documentary

Cast: Narrated by Arthur R. Miller & Deborah L. Rhode

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Let Him Have it

Title: Let Him Have It (1991)

Director: Peter Medak

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .L47 2005

Format: DVD

Rating: R

Length: 115 minutes

Plot: In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre: Crime, Drama, History

Cast: Chris Eccleston, Paul Reynolds, Tom Bell, Eileen Atkins, Clare Holman, Michael Elphick, Mark McGann, and Tom Courtenay

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The Letter

Title: The Letter (1940)

Director: William Wyler

Location: MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .W98 2005

Format: DVD

Rating: PG

Length: 95 minutes

Plot: Set on a rubber plantation in Malaya, this story centers on a woman's reasons for killing a man who was a close family friend.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice

Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Gale Sondergaard

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