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MU Law Films Guide: Pn-Pz

Poirot: Death on the Nile

Title:  Poirot: Death on the Nile (2004)

Director:  Andy Wilson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P65 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  100 minutes

Plot:  A pleasure cruise down the Nile turns deadly when a murder is discovered on board.

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  David Suchet, James Fox, Emma Griffiths Malin, Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh, Rupert Penry-Jones, Jonathan Cake, Megan Dodds, Rachael Stirling, Aidan Gillen

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Poirot: Five Little Pigs

Title:  Poirot: Five Little Pigs (2003)

Director:  Paul Unwin

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P65 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  100 minutes

Plot:  Poirot agrees to help a young woman prove her mother's innocence, 14 years after being sent to the gallows.

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  David Suchet, James Fox, Emma Griffiths Malin, Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh, Rupert Penry-Jones, Jonathan Cake, Megan Dodds, Rachael Stirling, Aidan Gillen

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Poirot: The Hollow

Title:  Poirot: The Hollow (2004)

Director:  Simon Langton

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P65 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  100 minutes

Plot:  A weekend retreat where all the guests appear to despise one another finds Poirot hard at work doing what he does best.

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  David Suchet, James Fox, Emma Griffiths Malin, Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh, Rupert Penry-Jones, Jonathan Cake, Megan Dodds, Rachael Stirling, Aidan Gillen

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Poirot: Sad Cypress

Title:  Poirot: Sad Cypress (2003)

Director:  David Moore

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P65 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  100 minutes

Plot:  The solution to a double-murder case appears to be cut and dried, but Poirot's instincts eventually lead him to the real truth.

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  David Suchet, James Fox, Emma Griffiths Malin, Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh, Rupert Penry-Jones, Jonathan Cake, Megan Dodds, Rachael Stirling, Aidan Gillen

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The Practice: Volume One

Title:  The Practice: Volume One (1997)

Director:  NA

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P733 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  584 minutes

Plot:  Bobby Donnell is a young, passionate lawyer struggling to keep his small Boston law firm afloat. Along with associate attorneys Lindsay Dole, Ellenor Frutt, Eugene Young, Jimmy Berluti and assistant Rebecca Washington, he walks a fine line between his own principles and his legal obligations to his clients. Striving for justice, Bobby squares off against formidable adversaries like tenacious and sexy prosecutor Helen Gamble, a relationship that catches fire both in and out of court. Full of idealistic dreams of defending the innocent, Bobby quickly realizes that being a good defense lawyer is more challenging than he ever expected.

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

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Dylan McDermott, Michael Badalucco, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Steve Harris, Camryn Manheim, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle

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Precious

Title:  Precious (2009)

Director:  Lee Daniels

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P74 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  109 minutes

Plot:  In 1987, obese, illiterate, black 16-year-old Claireece 'Precious' Jones lives in Harlem with her dysfunctional family. She has been raped and impregnated twice by her father, Carl. She suffers constant physical, mental and sexual abuse from her unemployed mother, Mary. After getting pregnant for the second time, Precious is suspended from her school. Her principal arranges to have her attend an alternative school where her new teacher, Ms. Rain, helps Precious learn to read and she responds to this glimmer of hope. Precious also meets Mrs. Weiss, a social worker, who discovers the abuse and incest that Precious has had to endure.

Legal Angle:  Family Law

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Mo'nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, Sherri Shepherd

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Premium Rush

Title:  Premium Rush (2012)

Director:  David Koepp

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .P746 2012

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  91 min.

Plot:  In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a corrupt cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Law School, Immigration Law

Genre:  Action, Thriller

Cast:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dania Ramirez, Michael Shannon, Jamie Chung, Wolé Parks, Aasif Mandvi

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Presumed Innocent

Title:  Presumed Innocent (1990)

Director:  Alan J. Pakula

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P473 1997

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  127 minutes

Plot:  Rusty Sabich's been swept up in an obsessive affair with a coworker in the prosecutor's office. When she is murdered, he's asked to lead the investigation. Then, astonishingly, he's accused of the crime. He's the perfect suspect and his fight to clear his name pulls him into a whirlpool of lies and secrets.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure, Professional Ethics

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia, Bonnie Bedelia, Paul Winfield, Greta Scacchi

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Pride and Prejudice

Title:  Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Director:  Robert Z. Leonard

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P75 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  118 minutes

Plot:  Tale of pre-Victorian British country society in which Mrs. Bennett is faced with the task of marrying her five daughters, of whom the oldest, intelligent and witty Elizabeth, becomes involved with the proud sophisticate Mr. D'Arcy, before all ends well.

Legal Angles: Family Law

Genre:  Drama, Romance

Cast:  Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland, Edmund Gwenn, Edna May Oliver, Maureen O'Sullivan, Frieda Inescort, Ann Rutherford, Melville Cooper, Karen Morley, Heather Angel

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Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Title:  Pride and Prejudice (BBC Mini-Series 1995)

Director:  Simon Langton

Location:  MU Law RESERVE   PN1997 .P75 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  Not rated

Length:  300 minutes

Plot:  The story of lively and rebellious Elizabeth Bennet, one of five unmarried daughters living in the countryside of nineteenth century England, in a world where an advantageous marriage is an advised goal for women.

Legal Angles:  Family Law, Property Law

Genre:  Romance, Drama

Cast:  Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Allison Steadman, Benjamin Whitrow, Susannah Harker, Anna Chancellor, Julia Swalha, David Bamber, Emilia Fox, Lucy Davis, Adrian Lukis

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Primal Fear

Title:  Primal Fear (1996)

Director:  Gregory Hoblit

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P754 1998

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  130 minutes

Plot:  A Chicago altar boy is accused of murdering the archbishop and a publicity hungry local attorney decides to defend him.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Cast:  Richard Gere, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton

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Primary Colors

Title:  Primary Colors (1998)

Director:  Mike Nichols

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P756 1998

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  144 minutes

Plot:  Jack Stanton is a virtually unknown Southern governor on a quest for the White House with his strong, savvy and equally ambitious wife, Susan. Running against the odds, the Stantons need all the help they can get from their extremely colorful political team. Together, they take off on a hilarious, heart-wrenching and ultimately history-making roller coaster ride to the top.

Legal Angles: Legislative Law, Politics

Genre:  Comedy, Drama

Cast:  John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, Adrian Lester, Maura Tierney, Paul Guilfoyle, Larry Hagman, Kathy Bates

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Prisoner of Honor

Title:  Prisoner of Honor (1991)

Director:  Ken Russell

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P7576 2003

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG

Length:  88 minutes

Plot:  Based on the true story of the Dreyfus Affair, one of the most notorious cases of criminal injustice in history.

Legal Angles: Military Law, Law of War

Genre:  Biography, Drama

Cast:  Richard Dreyfuss, Oliver Reed, Brian Blessed, Peter Firth, Jeremy Kemp

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Prisoners

Title:  Prisoners (2013)

Director:  Denis Villeneuve

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  PN1997 .P75766 2013 

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  153 min.

Plot:  Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests it's driver but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads, Dover knows his child's life is at stake and decides he must take matters into his own hands.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Vigilantism

Genre:  Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast:  Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano

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Prisoners of the Sun

Title:  Prisoners of the Sun (1990)

Director:  Stephen Wallace

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P7576 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  109 minutes

Plot:  In the aftermath of World War II, a mass grave of brutally executed Australian POWs is discovered. A tough military lawyer and his team are dispatched to prosecute the Japanese guards. To win his fight for justice, the lawyer must deal with American officers protecting national interests and a Japanese commander who has sworn his troops to a blood oath of silence.

Legal Angles: Genocide, Military Law, Professional Ethics, Trial Practice, Law of War

Genre:  Drama, War

Cast:  Bryan Brown, Terry O'Quinn, George Takei

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A Private Matter

Title:  A Private Matter (1992)

Director:  Joan Micklin Silver

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P758 2006

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Length:  92 minutes

Plot:  Pregnant with her fifth child a woman discovers that the Thalidomide she has taken can cause severe birth defects in children. The woman and her husband arrange for an abortion, but when the press find out, their private matter becomes a public affair.

Legal Angles: Reproductive Rights

Genre:  Drama

Cast:  Sissy Spacek, Aidan Quinn, Estelle Parsons, Sheila McCarthy, Leon Russom

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Private Practice: Season 1-3

Title:  Private Practice: Season 1-3 (2007)

Director:  Mark Tinker

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P75 2008

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  394 minutes

Plot:  Dr. Addison Montgomery aims to reinvent herself. The promise of a simpler golden state of mind has her working alongside medical school friends at California's Oceanside Wellness Group.

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Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Kate Walsh, Taye Diggs, Amy Brenneman, Audra McDonald, Tim Daly, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland, Chris Lowell

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Private Practice: The Complete Second Season

Title:  Private Practice: The Complete Second Season (2008)

Director:  Mark Tinker

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P75 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  946 minutes

Plot:  Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery is a renowned neonatal surgeon realizes that her life isn't advancing at Seattle Grace and packs her bags and heads off to Santa Monica to start a new life. She reunites with her newly divorced med school friends and joins them in their chic private practice.

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Kate Walsh, Tim Daly, Audra McDonald, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland, Chris Lowell, Taye Diggs, Amy Brenneman

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Private Practice: The Complete Third Season

Title:  Private Practice: The Complete Third Season (2009)

Director:  Mark Tinker

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P75 2010

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  989 minutes

Plot:  The challenges that Dr. Addison Montgomery and her coworkers at the Oceanside Wellness Group face every day have bonded them into a tight-knit family, but big changes may be just around the corner.

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Kate Walsh, Tim Daly, Audra McDonald, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland, Chris Lowell, Taye Diggs, Amy Brenneman

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Proof of Life

Title:  Proof of Life (2000)

Director:  Taylor Hackford

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P76 2001

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  135 minutes

Plot:  Rebels in a politically volitile Latin American country have kidnapped Alice Bowman's husband for ransom--$3 million. Terry Thorne is the hostage retrieval expert who becomes Alice's only hope in navigating a high-stacks game where terrorists value money over life.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Terrorism

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Drama

Cast:  Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse, Pamela Reed, David Caruso

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The Proposal

Title:  The Proposal

Director:  Anne Fletcher

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P767 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  PG-13

Plot:  High-powered book editor Maggie is everyone's worst nightmare:  ruthless, driven, and tactless. When she finds herself faced with deportation back to Canada, she coerces her much younger assistant into marrying her. However, when the government becomes suspicious, they embark upon a charade in order to make the marriage seem legitimate.

Legal Angles: Family Law, Immigration Law, Professional Ethics

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance

Cast:  Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Betty White

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Proteus

Title:  Proteus (2003)

Director:  John Greyson

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P768 2004

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  97 minutes

Plot:  A fact-based interracial gay love story of two men incarcerated in the infamous South African Robin Island prison in the 18th century. Claas Blank, a Koi herder was unjustly imprisoned for stealing cattle. Rijkhaart Jacobsz, a withdrawn Dutch sailor, was imprisoned for the crime of homosexuality. The two were placed on trial for sodomy and the film is based partly on court transcipts from the time.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights, International Law

Genre:  Drama, Romance

Cast:  Rouxnet Brown, Shaun Smyth, Neil Sandilands, Kristen Thomson

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Psycho

Title:  Psycho (1960)

Director:  Alfred Hitchcock

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P79 2005

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  NA

Plot:  Norman Bates is a troubled son who believes "a boy's best friend is his mother." Marion Crane is an ill-fated traveler who checks into the eerie Bates Motel wanting only a hot shower and a warm bed. Her journey ends sooner than she planned in the shocking scene that has haunted generations of movie-watchers. The tension and horror mount when a private detective and Marian's sister search for her, and the identity of the mysterious Psycho.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law

Genre:  Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Cast:  Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam, John McIntire

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Public Enemies

Title:  Public Enemies (2009)

Director:  Michael Mann

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P835 2009

Format:  DVD

Rating:  R

Length:  140 minutes

Plot:  No one could stop Dillinger and his gang. No jail could hold him. His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone, from his girlfriend Billie Frechette to an American public who had no sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country into the Depression. But while the adventures of Dillinger's gang thrilled many, Hoover made Dillinger America's first Public Enemy Number One.

Legal Angles: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Organized Crime

Genre:  Biography, Crime, Drama

Cast:  Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Jason Clarke, Rory Cochrane, Billie Crudup, Stephen Dorff, Stephan Lang, John Ortiz, David Wenham, Giovanni Ribisi

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Pudd'nhead Wilson

Title:  Pudd'nhead Wilson (1984)

Director:  Alan Bridges

Location:  MU Law RESERVE PN1997 .P83 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  NR

Length:  87 minutes

Plot:  Mark Twain uses his insight and wit to explore the issues of slavery, mother/son relationships, justice, and the many shapes of human folly. A mulatto slave switches her disconcertingly white baby with her master's son to protect it in a time of strong racial prejudice.

Legal Angles: Civil Rights, Family Law

Genre:  Comedy, Drama

Cast:  Ken Howard, Lise Hilboldt

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Pursuit of Equality: The Unfinished Work of American Freedom

Title:  Pursuit of Equality:  The Unfinished Work of American Freedom (2005)

Director:  Geoff Callan, Mike Shaw

Location:  MU Law RESERVE  A/V KF539 .P87 2007

Format:  DVD

Rating:  Not Rated

Length:  80 minutes

Plot:  A documentary about San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in 2001 and the social and legal ramifications that unfolded.

Legal Angles:   Civil Rights, Family Law, Human Rights

Genre:  Documentary

Cast:  Rosie O'Donnell, Gavin Newsom, Bevan Dufty, Stuart Gaffney, Dennis Herrera

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