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Video Collection

Available at the Circulation Desk for 3 day loan

The study room on the fifth floor is equipped with a TV/VCR/DVD unit for viewing

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Absence of Malice (DVD). 117 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1981.

CAST: Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban, Melinda Dillon, Luther Adler, Barry Primus, Josef Sommer, John Harkins, Don Hood, Wilford Brimley.

CREDITS: Written by Kurt Luedtke; produced and directed by Sydney Pollack; director of photography, Owen Roizman; music, Dave Grusin; editor, Sheldon Kahn.

SUMMARY: A businessman becomes the subject of a criminal investigation when a story about him is purposely "leaked" to an investigative reporter.

The Accused (VHS & DVD). 110 min.

Videocassette release of the 1988 motion picture.

CAST: Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster.

CREDITS: Director, Jonathan Kaplan ; producers, Stanley R. Jaffe, Sherry Lansing ; writer, Tom Topor ; director of Photography, Ralf Bode ; editors, Jerry Greenberg, O. Nicholas Brown.

SUMMARY: A fiercely independent woman is gang raped, then battles the legal system twice, going after both her attackers and the onlookers whose cheering fueled and encouraged the assault.

Adam's Rib (VHS & DVD). 101 min.

Videocassette release of the 1949 motion picture.

CAST: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell, David Wayne, Jean Hagen, Hope Emerson.

CREDITS: Produced by Lawrence Weingarten; directed by George Cukor; screen play by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin; director of photography, George J. Folsey; film editor, George Boemler; music by Miklos Rozsa.

SUMMARY: A husband and wife lawyer team clash when the wife defends a woman on trial for shooting her spouse, with the lawyer-husband as the prosecutor.

Advise & Consent (DVD). 138 min.

Originaly produced in 1962 as a motion picture.
Based on the novel by Allen Drury.

CAST: Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Don Murray, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Burgess Meredith, Eddie Hodges, Paul Ford, George Grizzard, Inga Swenson, Frank Sinatra (voice), Edward Andrews, Paul McGrath, Will Geer, Betty White, Tom Helmore, Rene Paul, Paul Stevens, Russ Brown, Malcolm Atterbury, Janet Jane Carty, Hilary Eaves, Michele Montau, J. Edward McKinley, William Quinn, Tiki Santos, Raoul De Leon, Chet Stratton, Larry Tucker, Bettie Johnson, John Granger, Sid Gould, Meyer Davis and his orchestra.

CREDITS: Screenplay by Wendell Mayes; produced & directed by Otto Preminger; director of photography, Sam Leavitt; film editor, Louis R. Loeffler; music by Jerry Fielding; production designer, Lyle Wheeler; set decorator, Eli Benneche; sound, Harold Lewis and William Hamilton; Gene Tierney's clothes designed by Bill Blass.

SUMMARY: Blackmail, suicide and scandal follow the President's appointment of an unpopular Secretary of State, and put the stability of the entire U.S. government at risk in this highly praised political drama.

The Advocate (VHS & DVD). 102 min.

Videocassette release of the 1993 motion picture.

CAST: Colin Firth, Ian Holm, Donald Pleasence, Amina Annabi, Nicol Williamson.

CREDITS: Producer, David Thompson; director, Leslie Megahey; screenplay, Leslie Megahey.

SUMMARY: Set in the 15th century, this is the story of a young lawyer-advocate whose quest for the simple life leads him to a position in a small rural village. Instead of the peaceful life, however, he finds more depravity and intrigue than in the city.

All the King's Men (DVD). 110 min.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1949.
Based on the book by Robert Penn Warren.
Winner, 1950 Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role--Mercedes McCambridge, Best Actor in a Leading Role--Broderick Crawford, Best Picture--Robert Rossen Productions; 1950 Writer's Guild of America Awards for Best Written American Drama and The Robert Meltzer Award (Screenplay Dealing Most Ably with Problems of the American Scene)--Robert Rossen; 1950 Golden Globe Awards for Most Promising Newcomer-Female and Best Supporting Actress--Mercedes McCambridge, Best Motion Picture Actor--Broderick Crawford, Best Motion Picture Director--Robert Rossen, Best Motion Picture-Drama.

CAST: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne Dru, John Derek, Mercedes McCambridge, Shepperd Strudwick, Ralph Dumke, Anne Seymour, Katharine Warren, Raymond Greenleaf, Walter Burke, Will Wright, Grandon Rhodes.

CREDITS: Written for the screen and directed by Robert Rossen; director of photography, Burnett Guffey; art director, Sturges Carne; film editor, Al Clark; montages, Donald W. Starling; gowns, Jean Louis; musical score by Louis Gruenberg.

SUMMARY: This is the story of working class hero Southern demagogue Willie Stark--rising from the mud of the back country--and his long climb to the top, followed by his longer drop to the bottom. Abetted by newspaper reporter Jack Burden, who becomes his chronicler, Stark's career begins with running for county treasurer and losing. Through law school, private practice, and finally as people's advocate against corruption, he moves up the political ladder. In his 2nd run for governor, Willie vows to give the people new hospitals, schools, roads -- and when he's elected, he delivers. But the more power he gets, the more corrupt he acts, until he's unrecognizable. He chases women, turns his family into photo-op props, and makes Burden his personal character assassin. Do the ends justify the means? Is it power that corrupts, or is it that power allows people to be corrupt? These are the questions that Willie Stark, in the end, cannot answer.

Amistad (DVD). 155 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1997.
Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Hopkins), Best Music, Best Costume Design, and Best Cinematography.

CAST: Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey.

CREDITS: Written by David Franzoni; directed by Steven Spielberg; produced by by Steven Spielberg, Debbie Allen, and Colin Wilson; director of photography, Janusz Kaminski; film editor, Michael Kahn; music, John Williams.

SUMMARY: Chronicles the 1839 revolt on board a slave ship bound for America. Much of the story involves the court-room drama about the slave who led the revolt.

Anatomy of a Murder (VHS & DVD). 161 min.

Videocassette release of the 1959 motion picture.
Based on the novel of the same title by Robert Traver.

CAST: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, George C. Scott.

CREDITS: Producer and director, Otto Preminger; screenplay, Wendell Mayes; music, Duke Ellington.

SUMMARY: A riveting courtroom drama of rape and premeditated murder.

And Justice For All (VHS & DVD). 120 min.

Videocassette release of the 1979 motion picture.

CAST: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg.

CREDITS: Music, David Grusin; screenplay, Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson; executive producer, Joe Wizan; producers, Norman Jewison, Patrick J.Palmer; director, Norman Jewison.

SUMMARY: A young lawyer battles not only one-on-one injustice in the courts, but the whole system as well.

The Andersonville Trial (DVD). 141 min.

Originally produced for television in 1970.

CAST: William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Richard Baseheart, Jack Cassidy, Buddy Ebsen, Alan Hale.

CREDITS: Written by Saul Levitt; produced by Lewis Freedman; directed by George C. Scott.

SUMMARY: Explores the moral dilemma of responsibility for the prison camp in Andersonville, Ga., where 14,000 Union soldiers lost their lives during the Civil War.

Anita : Speaking Truth to Power (DVD). 77 min.

CAST: Anita Hill

CREDITS: Freida Mock

SUMMARY: Professor Hill talked about her book, Speaking Truth to Power, published by Doubleday. The title of the book refers to her attempt in 1991 to convince the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was telling the truth about sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, her supervisor at the Equal Employment Commission. She was testifying against the confirmation of Judge Thomas for U.S. Supreme Court Justice, but he was confirmed later by Congress. She referred to some of her questioners as "vicious." She also talked about the effects of her testimony on her life, about her work as a law professor, and about her continued fight against sexual harassment in the workplace.

The Asphalt Jungle (DVD). 112 min.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1950
Based on the novel by W.R. Burnett.

CAST: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marc Lawrence, Barry Kelley, Anthony Caruso, Teresa Celli, Marilyn Monroe.

CREDITS: Director, John Huston; producer, Arthur Hornblow, Jr.; screenplay, Ben Maddow, John Huston; director of photography, Harold Rosson; art directors, Cedric Gibbons and Randall Duell; film editor, George Boemler; music by Miklos Rozsa; set decorations, Edwin B. Willis.

SUMMARY: When criminal mastermind Doc Riedenschneider is released from prison, he approaches lawyer Alonzo Emmerich with a plan for the biggest jewel heist in history. Doc carefully selects and rehearses his team, but Emmerich is planning to double-cross the thieves and flee the country with the loot.

Assault at West Point (VHS). 95 min.

Videocassette release of the 1994 motion picture.
Based on the book The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker by John F. Marszalek.

CAST: Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Waterston, Seth Gillam, Mason Adams, Val Avery, Eddie Bracken, Gene Canfield, Robert Clohessy, Al Freeman, Jr., Ken Garito, Greg Germann, John Glover, Brad Greenquist, Peter Maloney, George Martin, Scott Paetty, Josef Sommer.

CREDITS: Writer/producer/director, Harry Moses; executive producers, Bob Rubin, Bill Siegler; director of photography, Ken Kelsch; editor, Jay Freund; music, Terence Blanchard.

SUMMARY: A dramatization of the court martial of Johnson Whittaker (Gillam) and the clash between a Harvard-educated black law professor (Jackson) and his co-defense, a racist white attorney (Waterston) more interested in upholding the honor of West Point than in seeing that justice is done.

Bad Lieutenant (DVD). 91 min.

Originally produced as motion picture in 1992.

CAST: Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderone, Leonard Thomas, Robin Burrows, Frankie Thorn, Victoria Bastel, Paul Hipp.

CREDITS: Executive producers, Ronna B. Wallace, Patrick Wachsberger; director of photography, Ken Kelsch; production designer, Charles Lagola; music, Joe Delia; editor, Anthony Redman; co-producer, Randall Sabusawa; screenplay, Zoe Lund, Abel Ferrara; producers, Edward R. Pressman, Mary Kane; director, Abel Ferrara.

SUMMARY: He's a gambler, a thief, a junkie, a killer, and a cop. Now he's investigating the most shocking case of his life, and as he moves closer to the truth, his self-destructive past is closing in.

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (DVD). 81 min.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1956.

CAST: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz, Philip Bourneuf, Edward Binns, Shepperd Strudwick, Robin Raymond, Barbara Nichols.

CREDITS: Directed by Fritz Lang; story and screenplay by Douglas Morrow; produced by Bert Friedlob; photography by William E. Snyder; music by Herschel Burke Gilbert.

SUMMARY: Crusading publisher Austin Spenser wants to prove a point about the insufficiency of circumstantial evidence. Spencer talks his prospective son-in-law Tom Garrett into participating in a hoax, the better to expose the alleged ineptitude of a conviction-happy DA. Tom will plant clues indicating that he is the murderer of a nightclub dancer, then stand trial for murder; just as the jury reaches its inevitable guilty verdict, Spencer will step forth to reveal the set-up and humiliate the DA. Somewhat surprisingly, Tom eagerly agrees to this subterfuge. Unfortunately, an unforeseen event renders their perfectly formed scheme useless.

The Big Easy (DVD). 100 min.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1986.
Subtitles in English, French or Spanish.

CAST: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty.

CREDITS: Written by Daniel Petrie, Jr.; produced by Stephen Friedman; directed by Jim McBride.

SUMMARY: A criminal's murder triggers a bloody gangland drug war. A saucy blend of New Orleans nightlife, romance and suspense.

The Big Hangover (DVD). 82 min.

Videocassette release of the 1950 motion picture.

CAST: Van Johnson, Elizabeth Taylor.

CREDITS: Writer, director, producer, Norman Krasna.

SUMMARY: An ex-pilot was trapped in a wine cellar during a WWII bombing and almost got drowned in a flood of brandy. Since then even a sniff renders him instantly pie-eyed. To his rescue comes the beautiful daughter of his boss.

Billy Budd (DVD). 123 min.

Videocassette release of the 1962 motion picture.

CAST: Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov, Melvyn Douglas, Terence Stamp.

CREDITS: Screenplay by Peter Ustinov and DeWitt Bodeen; produced and directed by Peter Ustinov; director of photography, Robert Krasker; film editor, Jack Harris; art director, Peter Murton; technical advisor, Alan Villiers; campera operator, John S. Harris; music composed by Anthony Hopkins.

SUMMARY: Movie version of the play by Louis Osborne Cox and Robert H. Chapman, based on the novel by Herman Melville: story of the clash between the young, innocent sailor, Billy Budd, and his corrupt superior, Claggart.

Black Widow (DVD). 101 min.

Videocassette release of the 1987 motion picture.

CAST: Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Black Widow, Sami Frey, Dennis Hopper and Nicol Williamson.

CREDITS: Music, Michael Small; director of photography, Conrad Hall; production designer, Gene Callahan; executive producer, Laurence Mark; written by Ronald Bass; produced by Harold Schneider; directed by Bob Rafelson.

SUMMARY: A complex psychological thriller about a beautiful serial killer whose victims are wealthy men. A lonely federal agent tracks down the alluring seductress only to be turned inside out when she falls under the killer's potent spell herself.

Blaze (DVD). 117 min.

Videocassette release of the 1989 motion picture.
Based on the book: Blaze Starr, my life as told to Huey Perry.

CAST: Paul Newman, Lolita Davidovich.

CREDITS: Director of photography Haskell Wexler; executive producers David Lester and Don Miller; produced by Gil Friesen and Dale Pollock; written for the screen and directed by Ron Shelton.

SUMMARY: Based on the real life story of stripper Blaze Starr and her romance with the governor of Louisianna.

Bleak House (1988) (VHS & DVD). 6 hr. 30 min.

A BBC TV production in association with the Arts and Entertainment Network.
Originally shown on television.
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

CAST: Diana Rigg, Denholm Elliot.

CREDITS: Dramatised by Arthur Hopcraft; directed by Ross Devenish; producers, Betty Willingale, John Harris; photographers, Kenneth Macmillan, John Walker; film editors, Clare Douglas, Dave King; music, Geoffrey Burgon.

SUMMARY: Charles Dickens' biting social commentary on the justice system of 19th century England. The infamous Jarndyce case has been dragging through the courts for years, ruining lives and leaving entire families devastated. John Jarndyce, a good-natured country gentleman, refuses to let it control his life. But one of his wards is not so fortunate. Like so many before him, the young man gets caught up in the labrynthine suit and the intrigue that surrounds it. A powerful tale of greed and social decay.

Bleak House (2005) (DVD). 7 hr. 45 min.

Set of 3 DVDs.
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
Contains all 15 episodes from the 2005 television mini-series.

CAST: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan, Gillian Anderson, Tom Georgeson, Charles Dance, Lilo Baur, Pauline Collins, Charlie Brooks, Burn Gorman, Harry Eden, Tony Haygarth, Alistair McGowan, Sean McGinley, Patrick Kennedy, John Lynch, Nathaniel Parker, Anne Reid, Natalie Press, Liza Tarbuck, Roberta Taylor, Ian Richardson, Johnny Vegas, Timothy West, Warren Clarke, Joanna David, Richard Harrington, Richard Griffiths, Bryan Dick, Matthew Kelly, Alun Armstrong, Catherine Tate, Robert Pugh, Phil Davis, Michael Smiley, Hugo Speer, Tim Dantay, Dermot Crowley, Sheila Hancock.

CREDITS: Directed by Justin Chadwick; screenplay by Andrew Davies; produced by Nigel Stafford-Clark; director of photography, Kiernan McGuigan; editor, Paul Knight (episodes 1-9) and Jason Krasucki (episodes 10-15); music, John Lunn.

SUMMARY: Charles Dickens' biting social commentary on the justice system of 19th century England. The infamous Jarndyce case has been dragging through the courts for years, ruining lives and leaving entire families devastated. John Jarndyce, a good-natured country gentleman, refuses to let it control his life. But one of his wards is not so fortunate. Like so many before him, the young man gets caught up in the labrynthine suit and the intrigue that surrounds it. A powerful tale of greed and social decay.

Blind Faith (VHS). 121 min.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1998.

CAST: Charles S. Dutton, Courtney B. Vance.

CREDITS: Produced by Nick Grillo; written by Frank Military; directed by Ernest Dickerson; director of photography, Rodney Charters; film editor, Stephen Lovejoy; music, Ron Carter.

SUMMARY: Drama set in 1957 in the Bronx, this is the story of a black teenager on trial for killing a young white man in the park.

Blind Justice (DVD). 88 min.

Originally released as a television movie in 1994.

CAST: Elisabeth Shue, Armand Assante, Robert Davi.

CREDITS: Produced by Rick Nathanson; written by Daniel Knauf; directed by Richard Spence.

SUMMARY: Canaan is a roving gunfighter, blinded during the Civil War. Traveling across the country, he is held-up by a gang of Mexican bandits and their ruthless leader, Alacran, in a bloody shoot-out. The injured Canaan finds shelter in a small western town and soon restored to health by the gentle nursing of Caroline. There he discovers the town is being held hostage by Alacran who is greedy for a stash of government silver defended only by a handful of U.S. cavalrymen. Canaan has no loyalty to the government, but he does to its silver. In exchange for ten percent, he rides through Alacran's blockade in search of reinforcements, only to find the Cavalry butchered by the brutal gang.

Blind Justice (VHS). 94 min.

Videocassette release of the 1986 motion picture.
Based on a true story.

CAST: Tim Matheson, Mimi Kuzyk, Lisa Eichhorn.

CREDITS: Writers, Josephine Cummings, Richard Yalem; director, Rod Holcomb; producer, Andrew Gottlieb.

SUMMARY: James Anderson is falsely arrested, charged with armed robbery, identified by his "victim," and eventually charged with six similar crimes plus kidnapping and rape. As the ordeal continues, Jim's life falls apart to such a degree that eventually even he begins to wonder if he's actually guilty. This film paints a powerful, frightening picture about what can happen when justice, "blindfolded" to be fair to all, is also blind to innocence.

Body Heat (VHS & DVD). 113 min.

Videocassette release of the 1981 motion picture.

CAST: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna.

CREDITS: Writer-director, Lawrence Kasdan; produced, Fred T. Gallo.

SUMMARY: A likable, unambitious lawyer and his siren-like lover plot to kill her wealthy husband.

Body of Evidence (DVD). 99 min.

DVD release of the 1992 motion picture.
Not based on the novel by Patricia Cornwell.
Rated R.

CAST: Madonna, Willem Dafoe, Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer.

CREDITS: Producer, Dino De Laurentiis; director, Uli Edel; writer, Brad Mirman; music, Graeme Revell; film editor, Thom Noble; director of photography, Doug Milsome.

SUMMARY: Rebecca Carlson is on trial for the murder of her older, wealthy lover whose death, it seems, was the result of an intense lovemaking session with Rebecca. It is up to Rebecca's attorney to prove her innocence but when he becomes entangled in her web of erotic game-playing, his body of evidence begins to contain as many curves as his client.

The Bonfire of the Vanities (DVD). 126 min.

Videocassette release of the 1990 motion picture.
Based on the novel by Tom Wolfe.

CAST: Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith.

CREDITS: Producer/director, Brian De Palma; screenplay, Michael Cristofer.

SUMMARY: A Wall Street wheeler-dealer has everything going his way. But one night, in the right car with the wrong woman, he took a wrong turn at the wrong place, and nothing has gone right ever since!

Boston Legal (Television program) (DVD).

Originally broadcast on ABC television.

CAST: James Spader, William Shatner, Mark Valley, Rene Auberjonois, Candice Bergen, Julie Bowen.

CREDITS: Created by David E. Kelley.

SUMMARY: The professional and personal stories of a group of brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys. Confronts social and moral issues, while its characters continually stretch the boundaries of the law.

CONTENTS:
Seasons 1-5 (originally broadcast 2004/2005-2008/2009)

The Boston Strangler (DVD). 1 hr. 56 min.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1968.
Based on a book by Gerold Frank.

CAST: Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Hurd Hatfield.

CREDITS: Screenplay by Edward Anhalt; produced by Robert Fryer; directed by Richard Fleischer; director of photography, Richard H. Kline; edited by Marion Rothman; music by Lionel Newman.

SUMMARY: Based on the true story of "Boston Strangler" Albert De Salvo, the man who terrorized the city for a year and a half when he murdered thirteen women.

The Bounty (DVD). 130 min.

DVD release of the 1984 motion picture.
Based upon the book Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian by Richard Hough.

CAST: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Edward Fox, Laurence Olivier.

CREDITS: Producer, Bernard Williams; director, Roger Donaldson; screenplay, Robert Bolt; music, Vangelis.

SUMMARY: In 1787, Lt. William Bligh leads an expedition to take breadfruit plants from Tahiti to Jamaica, with his old friend Fletcher Christian as Master's Mate. After an arduous journey during which the ship is nearly lost in a disastrous attempt to sail around Cape Horn, they reach Tahiti, where the crew is seduced by its natural splendors and uninhibited native women. When Bligh insists on trying once more to round the Horn during the voyage to Jamaica, Christian leads the men in a mutiny.

Breaker Morant (VHS). 106 min.

Videorecording of the 1979 motion picture.
Adapted from the play of the same title by Kenneth Ross, with additional material from "The Breaker," by Kit Denton.

CAST: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown.

CREDITS: Producer, Matthew Carroll; director, Bruce Beresford; screenplay, Jonathan Hardy, David Stevens, Bruce Beresford; photography, Donald McAlpine; film editor, William Anderson.

SUMMARY: Following the brutal death of a British captain in the Boer War in South Africa in 1901, Lt. Harry Morant leads his unit in pursuit of the Boers, attacks their camp, and has a captive executed. Other executions and deaths lead to the arrest and trial of Morant and two other lieutenants.

The Burning Bed (DVD). 95 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1984.
Based on the book by Faith McNulty.
English or Spanish dialogue, English French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.

CAST: Farrah Fawcett, Paul Le Mat, Richard Masur, Grace Zabriskie, Penelope Milford.

CREDITS: Produced by Carol Schreder; teleplay by Rose Leiman Goldemberg; directed by Robert Greenwald; music by Charles Gross.

SUMMARY: This film is based on the true story of Francine Hughes, a battered housewife who was prosecuted in 1977 for dousing her abusive husband with gasoline and setting him on fire as he slept.

The Caine Mutiny (DVD). 125 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1954.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Herman Wouk.

CAST: Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson, Lee Marvin, E.G. Marshall, Fred MacMurray, Robert Francis, May Wynn.

CREDITS: Director, Edward Dmytryk; producer, Stanley Kramer; screenplay, Stanley Roberts; music, Max Steiner.

SUMMARY: A combat-weary, paranoic Captain Queeg loses his nerve during a typhoon and is relieved of command by his first officer

Call Northside 777 (DVD). 111 min.

Originally released as motion picture in 1948.

CAST: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker.

CREDITS: Screenplay, Jerome Cady, Jay Dratler; adapters, Leonard Hoffman, Quentin Reynolds; producer, Otto Lang; director, Henry Hathaway.

SUMMARY: The powerful true story of a reporter who corrects a miscarriage of justice.

Canterbury's Law (DVD). 4 hr. 17 min.

Originally broadcast on television in 2008.

CAST: Julianna Margulies, Ben Shenkman, Keith Robinson, Trieste Kelly Dunn.

SUMMARY: Strong-willed defense attorney Elizabeth Canterbury plays by her own rules when it comes to protecting her innocent clients. Includes all six episodes.

CONTENTS:
Disc 1. Canterbury's law -- Baggage -- What goes around -- Sweet sixteen --
Disc 2. Trade-off -- Sick as your secrets.

Cape Fear (1961 : DVD). 106 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1961.
Based on the novel "The Executioners" by John D. MacDonald.

CAST: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin, Martin Balsam, Jack Kruschen, Telly Savalas, Barrie Chase.

CREDITS: Director, J. Lee Thompson; producer, Sy Bartlett; screenplay, James R. Webb.

SUMMARY: An ex-con is determined to wreak bloody revenge on the small-town lawyer who helped send him to jail.

Cape Fear (1991 : DVD). 128 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1991.
Based on a screenplay by James R. Webb and "The Executioners," a novel by John D. MacDonald.

CAST: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Joe Don Baker, Juliette Lewis, Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck.

CREDITS: Bernard Hermann's score adapted and conducted by Elmer Bernstein; editor, Thema Schoonmaker; production designer, Henry Bumstead; director of photography, Freddie Francis; executive producers, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall; screenplay, Wesley Strick; producer, Barbara De Fina; director, Martin Scorsese.

SUMMARY: Fourteen years after being imprisoned, psychopath Max Cady emerges with a single-minded mission: to seek revenge on his attorney Sam Bowden.

Carlito's Way (DVD). 145 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1993.

CAST: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, Luis Guzman, Viggo Mortensen, Ingrid Rogers, John Leguizamo.

CREDITS: Screenplay by David Koepp; produced by Martin Bregman, Willi Baer, and Michael S. Bregman; directed by Brian De Palma; director of photography, Stephen H. Burum; editors, Bill Pankow and Kristina Boden; music, Patrick Doyle.

SUMMARY: When Carlito is released from prison on a technicality, he feels that this is his chance to go straight. However, his cronies from the past and younger gangsters who are trying to make a name for themselves, make this impossible.

A Case of Deadly Force (VHS). 95 min.

Videocassette release of the 1986 made-for-television motion picture.
Based on the book Deadly Force, the true story of how a badge can become a license to kill, by L. O'Donnell.

CAST: Richard Crenna, John Shea, Lorraine Toussaint, Frank McCarthy, Tom Isbell, Dylan Baker, Michael O'Hare, Tate Donovan.

CREDITS: Director, Michael Miller; Producer, Bruce S. Pustin; teleplay, Dennis Nemec; photography, Kees Van Oostrum; editor, Paul Fried; music, Paul Chihara.

SUMMARY: When an innocent black man is killed by the Boston police, attorney Lawrence O'Donnell takes on a "wrongful death" case against Boston's Tactical Patrol Force and police brutality.

The Castle (DVD). 84 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1997.

CAST: Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry, Sophie Lee, Anthony Simcoe, Charles "Bud" Tingwell.

CREDITS: Director, Rob Stich; producer, Debra Choate; written and conceived by Santo Cilauro et al.; director of photography, Miriana Marusic; art director, Ben Morieson; editor, Wayne Hyett; music, Edmund Choi.

SUMMARY: Even though there is an airport practically running through their backyard, the eccentric Kerrigan clan loves their humble home. But when the airfield needs room to expand, the government says that the Kerrigans have got to go. This hilarious family decides to stay and fight for their beloved "castle" ... no matter how far the conflict goes.

Catch Me If You Can (DVD). 2 hr. 21 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2002.
Based on the book by Frank W. Abagnale, with Stan Redding.

CAST: Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye, Amy Adams, James Brolin, Brian Howe, Frank John Hughes, Steve Eastin, Chris Ellis, John Finn, Jennifer Garner, Nancy Lenehan, Ellen Pompeo.

CREDITS: Produced by Steven Spielberg and Walter F. Parkes; screenplay by Jeff Nathanson; directed by Steven Spielberg; drector of photography, Janusz Kaminski; film editor, Michael Kahn; music, John Williams; costume designer, Mary Zophres; production designer, Jeannine Oppewall; co-producer, Devorah Moos-Hankin; co-executive producer, Daniel Lupi; executive producers, Barry Kemp, Laurie MacDonald, Michel Shane, and Tony Romano.

SUMMARY: Based on the autobiography of a brilliant young master of deception and the FBI agent hot on his trail. Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. passed himself off as a pilot, a lawyer, and a doctor all before his 21st birthday.

The Chamber (VHS & DVD). 113 min.

Videocassette release of the 1997 motion picture.
Based on the novel by John Grisham.

CAST: Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Lea Rochon, Robert Prosky, Raymond Barry, David Marshall Grant.

CREDITS: Director of photography, Ian Baker; editor, Mark Warner; music, Carter Burwell.

SUMMARY: Adam Hall is an idealistic young attorney who takes on the death row clemency case of his one-time Klansman grandfather, Sam Cayhall. With just 28 days before the execution, Adam sets out to retrace the events leading to the crime for which Sam was convicted. As the impending death sentence looms closer, Adam works quickly to uncover the family's history for any hidden clues. In a white-knuckle series of twists and turns, Adam discovers deceptions and dark secrets that ultimately lead him to the startling truth.

Changing Lanes (DVD). 99 min.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 2002.

CAST: Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Affleck, Toni Collette, Sydney Pollack, William Hurt, Amanda Peet, Richard Jenkins, Dylan Baker, Kim Staunton.

CREDITS: Story by Chap Taylor; screenplay by Chap Taylor and Michael Tolkin; produced by Scott Rudin; directed by Roger Michell; director of photography, Salvatore Totino; edited by Christopher Tellefsen; music by David Arnold; costume designer, Ann Roth; production designer, Kristi Zea.

SUMMARY: A minor traffic accident turns two perfect strangers into vicious adversaries waging an all-out war of personal destruction.

Chicago (DVD). 113 min.

Based on the musical play Chicago, directed and choreographed for the stage by Bob Fosse; based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins.
Produced as a motion picture in 2002.
Academy Awards, 2003: Best Motion Picture of the Year (Marty Richards); Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Catherine Zeta Jones); Best Achievement in Editing (Martin Walsh); Best Achievement in Costume Design (Colleen Atwood); Best Achievement in Art Direction (John Myhre, Gordon Sim); Best Achievement in Sound (Michael Minkler, Dominic Tavella, David Lee).
Golden Globes, 2003: Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy; Best Performace by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy (Richard Gere); Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy (Renee Zellweger).

CAST: Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reily, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, Christine Baranski.

CREDITS: produced by Martin Richards ; screenplay by Bill Condon ; directed by Rob Marshall.Director of photography, Dion Beebe ; editor, Martin Walsh ; music, John Kander ; lyrics, Fred Ebb ; original score music, Danny Elfman ; costume designer, Colleen Atwood ; production designer, John Myhre ; choreography, Rob Marshall.

SUMMARY: At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly and spotlight-seeking Roxie Hart both find themselves on Chicago's famed Murderess Row. They also share Billy Flynn, the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends.

Chinatown (DVD). 131 min.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1974.

CAST: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman, Perry Lopez, Burt Young, Bruce Glover, Joe Mantell, Roy Jenson, Diane Ladd, Dick Bakalyan, John Huston.

CREDITS: Written by Robert Towne; produced by Robert Evans; directed by Roman Polanski; director of photography, John A. Alonzo; film editor, Sam O'Steen; music, Jerry Goldsmith.

SUMMARY: The plot is a labyrinth of successive revelations having to do with Los Angeles water reserves, land rights, fraud and intra-family hanky-panky, climaxing in Los Angeles's Chinatown on a street that seems no more mysterious than Flatbush Avenue."--Vincent Canby, New York Times.

A Civil Action (VHS & DVD). 115 min.

Videocassette release of the 1999 motion picture.
Based on the book of the same title by Jonathan Harr.

CAST: John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Stephen Fry, James Gandolfini, Dan Hedaya, Zeljko Ivanek, John Lithgow, William H. Macy, Kathleen Quinlan, Tony Shalhoub.

CREDITS: Produced by Scott Rudin, Robert Redford, Rachel Pfeffer; screenplay by Steven Zaillian; directed by Steven Zaillian; director of photography, Conrad L. Hall; editor, Wayne Wahrman; music, Danny Elfman.

SUMMARY: A high-priced personal injury attorney represents eight families whose children died of leukemia after large corporations let toxic waste leak into the water supply in the Boston area. He puts his career, reputation and all that he owns on the line for the rights of his clients.

Clarence Darrow (VHS & DVD). 84 min.

Videocassette release of the 1974 motion picture.

Based on "Clarence Darrow for the Defense" by Irving Stone.

CAST: Henry Fonda.

CREDITS: Director, John Houseman; producers, Mike Merrick and Don Gregory.

SUMMARY: Henry Fonda's masterful picture of Darrow, using the man's own words, portrays Darrow as twentieth century America's foremost trial lawyer.

Class Action (VHS & DVD). 110 min.

Videocassette release of the 1991 motion picture.

CAST: Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

CREDITS: Producers, Ted Field, Scott Kroopf and Robert W. Cort; director, Michael Apted; writers, Carolyn Shelby, Christipher Ames and Samantha Shad.

SUMMARY: Two lawyers, father and daughter, face off against each other in a multimillion dollar lawsuit. The case concerns a potentially defective auto design that could involve corporate corruption and violations of legal ethics.

The Client (VHS & DVD). 121 min.

Videocassette release of the 1994 motion picture. .
Based on the novel of "The client" by John Grisham.

CAST: Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Renfro, Mary-Louise Parker.

SUMMARY: Mark Sway is an 11-year-old torn between what he knows and what he can never tell. A hitman will snuff him in half a heartbeat if Mark reveals what he learned about a Mob murder. An ambitious federal prosecutor will keep the pressure on until Mark tells all. Suddenly, Mark isn't a boy playing air guitar anymore. He's a pawn in a deadly game. And his only ally is a courageous but unseasoned attorney who risks her career for him...but never imagines she'll also risk her life.

Compulsion (DVD). 105 min.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1959.
Based on the novel by Meyer Levin.

CAST: Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, Diane Varsi, Bradford Dillman, E.G. Marshall, Martin Milner, Richard Anderson.

CREDITS: Screenplay, Richard Murphy; producer, Richard D. Zanuck; director, Richard Fleischer.

SUMMARY: A riveting true story about the notorious 1924 Leopold-Loeb murder case. Brilliant attorney Clarence Darrow defended two wealthy Chicago teenagers who throught their superior intellect would enable them to execute the perfect crime. Darrow's history-making and controversial defense against capital punishment saved the boys from a death sentence.

The Confession (DVD). 114 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1998.
Rated R.

CAST: Alec Baldwin, Amy Irving, Ben Kingsley.

CREDITS: Directed by David Hugh Jones.

SUMMARY: A high powered NY litigator, hired to defend a murderer who avenged his young son's death, struggles with his own desires for success versus the moral wishes of his client to choose the path of truth.

The Conspirator (DVD and Blu-ray). 2 hr. 2 min.

INCLUDED IN "DOCUMENTARIES" SECTION

Constitution USA (DVD). 4 hr.

Originally broadcast on PBS in May 2013.

CAST: Host, Peter Sagal.

CREDITS: Produced by Amanda Pollak; written by Jaime Bernanke with additional material by Peter Sagal; directed by Stephen Ives; co-producer, Christopher Buchanan; associate producer, Nlna Krstlc, Jonathan Gottfried; cinematography, Buddy Squires; original music, Peter Rundquist; production manager, Dan Kuvalakis.

SUMMARY: Breathing new life into the traditional civics lesson, Peter Sagal travels across the country on a Harley Davidson to find out where the U.S. Constitution lives, how it works and how it doesn't, how it unites us as a nation and how it has nearly torn us apart. Sagal introduces some of today's major constitutional debates and talks with ordinary Americans and leading constitutional experts about what the Constitution actually says and what it means, the dramatic historical events and crises that have defined it, and why all this still matters to Americans today.

Conviction (DVD). 102 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2010.

CAST: Hilary Swank, Melissa Leo, Sam Rockwell, Minne Driver, Peter Gallagher, Juliette Lewis.

CREDITS: Produced by Andrew Sugerman, Andrew S. Karch, and Tony Goldwyn, written by Pamela Gray, directed by Tony Goldwyn, music by Paul Cantelon, edited by Jay Cassidy, director of photography, Adriano Goldman.

SUMMARY: Betty Anne Waters is a young woman whose world is shattered when her beloved brother Kenny is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Steadfastly convinced of his innocence, Betty Anne embarks on an 18-year journey to set Kenny free, using state-of-the-art forensic technology. The unshakable bond between a brother and sister, at the heart of this real-life drama, will stir your emotions and inspire you. Bonus features included.

Cool Hand Luke (DVD). 132 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1967.
Based on the novel by Donn Pearce.

CAST: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon, Robert Drivas, Lou Antonio, Strother Martin, Jo Van Fleet.

CREDITS: Screenplay by Donn Pearce and Frank R. Pierson; produced by Gordon Carroll; directed by Stuart Rosenberg.

SUMMARY: A part of a chain gang, Luke is a man who won't or can't conform to the arbitrary rules of his captivity.

Counsellor at Law (DVD). 81 min

Adapted from the play by Elmer Rice.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1933.

CAST: John Barrymore, Bebe Daniels, Doris Kenyon, Melvyn Douglas, Isabel Jewell, Thelma Todd.

CREDITS: Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.; screenplay, Elmer Rice; directed by William Wyler; camera, Norbert Brodine; film editor, Daniel Mandell.

SUMMARY: High-powered attorney George Simon frantically juggles the scandals, crimes, and crises that pass through the chrome-and-glass doors of his art deco office high in the Empire State Building. Balanced on an ethical tightrope, Simon engages in insider trading and bleeds funds from wealthy clients, while tending to the needs of the less fortunate New Yorkers who come from his own working-class background. A political enemy uncovers a past legal indiscretion and begins disbarment proceedings, causing Simon's socialite wife to seek comfort in the arms of another man. With the unflagging support of his faithful secretary, Simon attempts to exercise his legalistic wizardry to defend his reputation and protect those who rely upon him for justice.

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (DVD). 100 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1955.

CAST: Gary Cooper, Rod Steiger, Ralph Bellamy, Elizabeth Montgomery, Darren McGavin, Charles Bickford, Jack Lord, Peter Graves.

CREDITS: Writers, Milton Sperling, Emmet Lavery; producer, Milton Sperling; director, Otto Preminger.

SUMMARY: Brigadier General Billy Mitchell has devoted his life to the military, and to developing a superior air defense force for the U.S. When top army brass fail to recognize the importance of air power following its crucial role in winning WWI, Mitchell initiates a campaign to change their minds--a campaign that will ultimately lead to his demotion and the most controversial military trial in U.S. history.

Cracker (Television program) (DVD). 22 hrs. 30 min.

Television series first shown between 1993 and 1996.

CAST: Robbie Coltrane, Barbara Flynn, Geraldine Somerville, with Beryl Reid.

CREDITS: Directors, Michael Winterbottom, Andy Wilson, Simon Cellan Jones, Tim Fywell, Julian Jarrold, Jean Stewart, Roy Battersby, Charles McDougall, Richard Standeven, Antonia Bird; writers, Jimmy McGovern, Ted Whitehead, Paul Abbott; producers, Gub Neal, Paul Abbott, Hilary Bevan Jones, John Chapman.

SUMMARY: Episodes from the "Cracker" series, featuring a criminal psychologist with a dark side, a side dependent on a cocktail of alcohol and gambling.

CONTENTS:
Disc 1. Mad woman in the attic -- disc 2. To say I love you -- disc 3. One day a lemming will fly -- disc 4. To be a somebody -- disc 5. The big crunch -- disc 6. Men should weep -- disc 7. Brotherly love -- disc 8. Best boys -- True romance -- disc 9. White ghost -- disc 10. A new terror -- Bonus: Cracker : behind the scenes.

Crimes and Misdemeanors (DVD). 104 min.

Originally issued as a motion picture in 1989.
Special features: Original theatrical trailer; enhanced for widescreen TVs.

CAST: Martin Landau, Anjelica Huston, Woody Allen, Joanna Gleason, Alan Alda, Caroline Aaron, Claire Bloom, Mia Farrow, Jenny Nichols, Jerry Orbach, Sam Waterston.

CREDITS: Writer & director, Woody Allen; producer, Robert Greenhut; editor, Susan E. Morse; director of photography, Sven Nykvist; executive producers, Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe.

SUMMARY: Weaving together several different stories about people's lives, loves, perceptions, and ideals, this examines some of the toughest questions surrounding human nature.

Criminal Justice (Television program). Season 1 (2 DVDs). about 5 hours

Originally broadcast as a BBC 5-episode television mini-series in 2008.

CAST: Ben Whishaw, Bill Paterson, Pete Postlethwaite, Juliet Aubrey.

CREDITS: Written by Peter Moffat; produced by Pier Wilkie; directed by Otto Bathurst and Luke Watson; Directors of photography, Eric Maddison and Nick Knowland; edited by Sarah Brewerton and St. John O'Rorke; composer, John Lunn.

SUMMARY: In the first series, Ben Coulter wakes up with a hangover and blood on his hands after a one-night stand. Lying beside him, fatally stabbed, is the body of a woman. A nightmare begins that changes Ben's life forever, as damning evidence emerges to incriminate him in a murder that he has no recollection of committing. While in prison awaiting his trial, Ben must endure terrifying forms of 'justice' from hardcore inmates. Will he survive prison long enough to make it through a trial he has little chance of winning?

Criminal Justice (Television program). Season 2 (2 DVDs). about 5 hours

Originally produced for as a 5-episode BBC television mini-series in 2009.

CAST: axine Peake, Kate Hardie, Denis Lawson, Matthew MacFadyen, Steven Mackintosh, Eddie Marsan, Sophie Okonedo, Alice Sykes, Zoe Telford.

CREDITS: Writen by Peter Moffat; produced by Steve Lightfoot; directed by Yann Demange and Marc Jobst;

SUMMARY: In the second series, woman is charged with stabbing her barrister husband as he lay in bed. The officials investigating the case are in no doubt as to her guilt, though her motives are called into question. As she passes through the British legal system under constant scrutiny, the terrible consequences of her actions become clear.

Criminal Law (DVD). 114 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1988.

CAST: Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper, Karen Young, Joe Don Baker.

CREDITS: Executive producers, John Daly and Derek Gibson; written by Mark Kasdan; produced by Robert MacLean and Hilary Heath; directed by Martin Campbell; music, Jerry Goldsmith; director of photography, Philip Meheux; editor, Chris Wimble; co-producer, Ken Gord.

SUMMARY: Attorney Ben Chase persuades a jury to find his client Martin Thiel not guilty of a brutal murder. Thiel is released and commits several vicious murders. Ben Chase tries to stop him.

A Cry in the Dark (DVD). 122 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1989.
Based on "Evil Angels" by John Bryson.

CAST: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill.

CREDITS: Screenplay by Robert Caswell and Fred Schepisi; produced by Verity Lambert; directed by Fred Schepisi.

SUMMARY: Meryl Streep captured her third New York Film Critics Award and her eighth Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Lindy, who lives the nightmare of seeing a wild dog carry off her infant, then endures a travesty of a trial by the courts and media.

Damages: The Complete First Season (DVD). 9 hr. 41 min.

Originally broadcast as individual episodes on television in 2007.
Contains all 13 episodes from the first season.
Special features: Disc one: Cast and crew commentaries; deleted scenes -- Disc two: Deleted scenes -- Disc three: Cast & crew commentary; "Willful acts: the making of Damages" featurette; "Trust no one: insight from the creators" featurette; "Understanding class action: interactive guide;" deleted scenes.

CAST: Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Ted Danson.

SUMMARY: Patty Hewes is the nation's most revered and most reviled litigator, and her bright, ambitious protege Ellen Parsons become embroiled in a class action lawsuit targeting Arthur Frobisher, one of the country's wealthiest CEOs. As Patty battles Frobisher and his attorney, Ellen learns what it takes to win at all costs.

CONTENTS:
Disc one: Pilot: Get me a lawyer; Jesus, Mary & Joe Cocker; And my paralyzing fear of death; Tastes like a Ho-Ho; A regular Earl Anthony -- Disc two: She spat at me; We are not animals; Blame the victim; Do you regret what we did?; Sort of like a family -- Disc three: I hate these people; There's no 'we' anymore; Because I know Patty.

Dead Man Walking (DVD). 122 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1995.
Based on the book of the same title by Sister Helen Prejean.

CAST: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky.

CREDITS: Director, Tim Robbins; producers, Jon Kilik, Tim Robbins, Rudd Simmons; prooduction design, Richard Hoover; director of photography, Roger A. Deakins; written by Tim Robbins; music by David Robbins.

SUMMARY: This film tells of death row convict Matthew Poncelet and his spiritual advisor, Sister Helen Prejean.

The Decalogue (DVD). 9 hr. 20 min.

Originally made for Polish television in 1988-1989, the series has also been screened in cinemas.
In Polish with English subtitles.

CREDITS: Director, Krzysztof Kies?lowski; producer, Ryszard Chutkowski; photography, Wies?aw Zdort (dekalog 1), Edward K?osin?ski (dekalog 2), Piotr Sobocin?ski (dekalog 3), Krzyztof Pakulski (dekalog 4), S?awomir Idziak (dekalog 5), Witold Adamek (dekalog 6), Dariusz Kuc (dekalog 7), Andrzej Jaroszewicz (dekalog 8), Piotr Sobocin?ski (dekalog 9), Jacek B?awut (dekalog 10); editor, Ewa Smal; music, Zbigniew Preisner.

SUMMARY: Presents 10 short films, inspired by the Ten Commandments. Each story corresponds to a commandment and centers on different residents of the same modern Warsaw apartment complex. The themes are the universal ones of love, marriage, infidelity, parenthood, guilt, faith and compassion and focus on the complexities of human relationships.

CONTENTS:
1. I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no other God but me -- 2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain -- 3. Honour the Sabbath Day -- 4. Honour thy father and thy mother -- 5. Thou shalt not kill -- 6. Thou shalt not commit adultery -- 7. Thou shalt not steal -- 8. Thou shalt not bear false witness -- 9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife -- 10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods.

The Defender (DVD). 112 min.

Originally presented on Studio One (February 25 and March 4, 1957) on CBS-TV.

CAST: Ralph Bellamy, Martin Balsam, Steven McQueen, William Shatner, Ian Wolfe.

CREDITS: Written by Reginald Rose; directed by Robert Mulligan; produced by Herbert Brodkin.

SUMMARY: A courtroom drama about a lawyer & his son, appointed to defend a client against a murder charge. The older lawyer feels the client is guilty ; his son disagrees. When the son's unorthodox style is all that stands between the client & execution, the father must chose between his morals & saving the client's life.

Defending Your Life (DVD). 112 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1991.

CAST: Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Lee Grant, Buck Henry.

CREDITS: Music, Michael Gore; editor, David Finfer; production designer, Ida Randon; director of photography, Allen Daviau; co-producer, Robert Grand; executive producer, Herb Nanas; producer, Michael Grillo; writer and director, Albert Brooks.

SUMMARY: Meryl Streep joins Albert Brooks for a witty, highly acclaimed peek at the afterlife. Make that a laughterlife whose comforts include eating all you want and not gaining an ounce. Alas, there's a catch: you're also saddled with defending your life. If you can't make a case for having lived a full and fearless one, you must go back and try again. But Daniel, whose life was far from fearless, doesn't want to go back. Not after he meets Julia, a remarkable woman who's going places a lot more evolved than L.A.

Defenseless (DVD). 106 min.

Originally produced as motion picture in 1990.
Rated R.

CAST: Barbara Hershey, Sam Shepard, Mary Beth Hurt, J.T. Walsh.

CREDITS: Director, Martin Campbell; producers, Renee Missel and David Bombyk; story, James Hicks and Jeff Burkhart; screenplay, James Hicks; director of photography, Phil Meheux; editor, Chris Wimble; music, Curt Sobel.

SUMMARY: T.K. Katwuller is a lawyer defending real estate tycoon Steve Seldes against charges of hiring teenage girls to perform in porno films, which is complicated by the fact that he's her lover and the husband of an old friend. When he's murdered, the apparent victim of a teenager's outraged father, only the engimatic Detective Butell remains cool-headed enough to expose the truth of the real killer.

Devil's Advocate (DVD). 144 min.

Based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1997.

CAST: Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron.

CREDITS: Screenplay, Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy ; producers, Arnon Milchan, Arnold Kopelson, Anne Kopelson ; director, Taylor Hackford ; music, James Newton Howard.

SUMMARY: Attorney Kevin Lomax's 64-0 case record has brought him a tempting offer from an elite New York firm. But the job isn't what it seems. The Devil is in the details.

Do the Right Thing (DVD). 120 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1989.

CAST: Danny Aiello (Sal), Ossie Davis (Da Mayor), Ruby Dee (Mother Sister), Richard Edson (Vito), Giancarlo Esposito (Buggin Out), Spike Lee (Mookie), Bull Nunn (Radio Raheem), John Turturro (Pino).

CREDITS: Director/producer, Spike Lee; production design, Wynn Thomas; original music score, Bill Lee; editor, Barry Alexander Brown; photography by Ernest Dickerson; co-producer, Monty Ross.

SUMMARY: This powerful visual feast combines humor and drama with memorable characters while tracing the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. It's the hottest day of the year, a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever.

Dog Day Afternoon (DVD). 248 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1975.

CAST: Al Pacino, John Cazale, James Broderick, Charles Durning.

CREDITS: Screenplay, Frank Pierson; producers, Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand; director, Sidney Lumet.

SUMMARY: Based on actual events that took place one hot August afternoon in 1972, the movie recreates the incredible circumstances surrounding an ill-fated Brooklyn bank robbery attempt. The heist becomes a media circus.

Don't Look Back (DVD). 96 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1967.

CAST: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Donovan, Alan Price, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth, Tito Burns, Derroll Adams.

CREDITS: By D.A. Pennebaker; produced by Albert Grossman, John Court and Leacock Pennebaker Inc.; camera and editing by D.A. Pennebaker.

SUMMARY: Documentary filmed during Bob Dylan's 1965 English concert tour. Includes portions of performances.

A Dry White Season (DVD). 107 min.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1989.
Based on the book by Andre Brink.

CAST: Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Jurgen Prochnow, Zakes Mokae, Susan Sarandon, Marlon Brando.

CREDITS: Music by Dave Grusin; executive producer, Tim Hampton; screenplay by Colin Welland and Euzhan Palcy; produced by Paula Weinstein; directed by Euzhan Palcy.

SUMMARY: The politics of apartheid are put into meaningful, human terms in this critically acclaimed film about a prominent white schoolteacher who is awakened to the reality of South African justice.

Duck Soup (DVD). 70 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1933.

CAST: The Marx Brothers (Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo), Margaret Dumont, Louis Calhern, Raquel Torres, Edgar Kennedy.

CREDITS: Director, Leo McCarey; screenplay by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby; photography, Henry Sharp.

SUMMARY: As Prime Minister Firefly of Freedonia, Groucho soon reduces the kingdom to shambles. Harpo and Chico are secret agents disguised as peanut vendors and Zeppo is Firefly's secretary.

Dvenadtsat (DVD). 160 min.

Title in English: Twelve.
Russian dialogue, English or French subtitles.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2007.

CAST: Sergey Makovetsky, Nikita Mikhalkov, Sergei Garmash, Valentin Gaft, Alexei Petrenko, Yuri Stoyanov, Sergey Gazarov, Mikhail Efremov, Alexei Gorbunov, Sergey Artsbashev, Victor Verzhbitsky, Roman Madyanov, Alexander Adarashian.

CREDITS: Producers, Nikita Mikhalkov and Leonid Vereschagin; screenplay by Nikita Mikhalkov, Alexander Novototsky-Vlasov, and Vladimir Moiseenko; director, Nikita Mikhalkov; director of photography, Vladislav Opeliants; original music score, Edward Artemiev.

SUMMARY: Set in contemporary Moscow where 12 men must decide the fate of a young man accused of murdering his step-father. Consigned to a makeshift jury room, one by one each man takes center stage to confront, connect, and confess while the accused awaits a verdict and revisits his heartbreaking journey through war in flashbacks.

Enemy of the State (DVD). 132 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1998.

CAST: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Regina King, Loren Dean, Jake Busey, Barry Pepper, Jason Lee, Gabriel Byrne, Lisa Bonet, Jack Black, Jamie Kennedy, Scott Caan.

CREDITS: Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, written by David Marconi, directed by Tony Scott, music by Trevor Rabin and Harry Gregson-Williams, edited by Chris Lebenzon, director of photography, San Mindel.

SUMMARY: "Robert Clayton Dean is a successful Washington D.C. attorney who-- without his knowledge-- is given a video that ties a top official of the National Security Agency to a political murder. Instantly, every aspect of Dean's once-normal life is targeted by a lethal team of skilled NSA surveillance operatives, who wage a relentless, ultrahigh-tech campaign to discredit him and retrieve the incriminating evidence"--Container.

Erin Brockovich (DVD). 132 min.

Based on a true story.
Originally released as motion picture in 1999.

CAST: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart.

CREDITS: Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher; written by Susannah Grant; directed by Steven Soderbergh; photography, Ed Lachman; editor, Anne V. Coates; music, Thomas Newman.

SUMMARY: Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a law case against a giant corporation for water pollution. Erin's determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin a legal fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.

Evelyn (DVD). 95 min.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 2002.
Based on a true story.

CAST: Pierce Brosnan, Aidan Quinn, Julianna Margulies, Stephen Rea, John Lynch, Sophie Vavasseur, Alan Bates.

CREDITS: Producers, Pierce Brosnan, Beau St. Clair, Michael Ohoven; writer, Paul Pender; director, Bruce Beresford; director of photography, André Fleuren; editor, Humphrey Dixon; music composer, Stephen Endelman; costume designer, Joan Bergin; production designer, John Stoddart.

SUMMARY: In 1953, Desmond Doyle takes on the Irish family law system and the Catholic Church in a bid to be reunited with his children. Despite a strong work ethic, Desmond has a hard time holding on to steady work. Desmond's wife walks out on the relationship and his sporadic employment eventually attracts the attention of the law. A court order sends his two sons and young daughter to separate Catholic orphanages until Desmond can prove he's capable of properly supporting them. However, Desmond discovers merely getting work is not enough to bring his children back to him.

The Exonerated (DVD). 90 min.

Originally broadcast on television in 2005.
Special features: Actor's soundbites; from the writers; actor & exoneree bios; background story.

CAST: Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover, Delroy Lindo, Aidan Quinn, Susan Sarandon.

CREDITS: Produced bt Greg Schultz and Steven Tabaki; written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen; directed by Bob Balaban; director of photography, Rufus Standefer; editor, Andy Kier; music, David Robbins.

SUMMARY: The undeniable power of the true stories of six exonerated survivors of death row will engage your emotion, incite your passion, and envelope you in their search for the lost pieces of dignity and the lives that were interrupted.

Eye for an Eye (DVD). 102 min.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1996.

CAST: Sally Field, Kiefer Sutherland, Ed Harris, Beverly D'Angelo, Joe Mantegna.

SUMMARY: Karen McCann's orderly life is shattered when a stranger breaks into her home and murders her 17-year-old daughter. But shock and grief turn into rage and disbelief when the killer is released on a legal technicality. When he commits another murder--and is set free once again-- Karen is determined to make him pay for his crimes. Alienating her husband and her friends, Karen quietly and methodically devises a deadly plan for retribution.

Fairly Legal - Season One (DVD). 7 hr. 10 min.

Originally aired on USA network in 2011.

CAST: Sarah Shahi, Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams, Baron Vaugh.

CREDITS: Creator/Executive Producer: Michael Sardo.

SUMMARY: Kate Reed is a mediator whose skills are tested as she solves unconventional cases while balancing her complicted life.

Fatal Attraction (DVD). 120 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1987.
Special collector's edition.
Special features include cast/crew interviews, featurettes, alternate ending, rehearsal footing, and director commentary.

CAST: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer.

CREDITS: Music by Maurice Jarre; screenplay by James Dearden; produced by Stanley R. Jaffe and Sherry Lansing; directed by Adrian Lyne.

SUMMARY: A New York attorney has a romantic fling while his wife is out of town, and then shrugs it off. But the woman involved with him won't be ignored, even if it means destroying his family to keep him.

Fatal Vision (VHS). 185 min.

Videocassette release of the 1984 motion picture.
Based upon the book by Joe McGinniss.

CAST: Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint, Gary Cole.

CREDITS: Producer, Richard L. O'Connor; director, David Greene; executive producers, Daniel Wigutow, Mike Rosenfeld; music by Gil Melle; teleplay by John Gay.

SUMMARY: One of the most publicized and thought-provoking criminal cases in modern history is brought to the screen in this film depicting the events that surround the brutal murder of a military doctor's pregnant wife and two young daughters.

A Few Good Men (VHS & DVD). 138 min.

Videocassette release of the 1992 motion picture.

CAST: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore.

CREDITS: Music, Marc Shaiman; director of photography, Robert Richardson; executive producers, William Gilmore, Rachel Pfeffer; co-producers, Steve Nicolaides, Jeffrey Stott; screenplay, Aaron Sorkin; producers, David Brown, Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman; director, Rob Reiner.

SUMMARY: Cruise stars as a brash Navy lawyer who's teamed with a gung-ho litigator in a politically-explosive murder case. Charged with defending two Marines accused of killing a fellow soldier, they are confronted with complex issues of loyalty and honor - including its most sacred code and its most formidable warrior.

Final Analysis (DVD). 125 min.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1992.

CAST: Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Uma Thurman, Eric Roberts.

CREDITS: Screenplay by Wesley Strick; produced by Charles Roven, Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas; directed by Phil Joanou. Director of photography, Jordan Cronenweth; editor, Thom Noble; music by George Fenton.

SUMMARY: Psychiatrist Isaac Barr breaches professional ethics by romancing the sister of his troubled client and becomes the fall guy in a devious scheme of murder and inheritance.

The Firm (VHS & DVD). 154 min.

Videocassette release of the 1993 motion picture.
Based on the book by John Grisham.

CAST: Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Wilford Brimley, Hal Holbrook, David Strathairn.

CREDITS: Music composer/performer, Dave Grusin; editors, William Steinkamp, Fredric Steinkamp; production designer, Richard MacDonald; director of photography, John Seale; executive producers, Michael Hausman, Lindsay Doran; screenplay, David Rabe, Robert Towne, David Rayfiel; producers, Scott Rudin, John Davis; producer/director, Sydney Pollack.

SUMMARY: A brilliant and ambitious Harvard Law grad joins a small, prosperous law firm in Memphis, and is soon confronted by FBI agents with evidence of corruption and murder within the firm.

First Monday in October (VHS & DVD). 99 min.

Videocassette release of the 1981 motion picture.

CAST: Walter Matthau, Jill Clayburgh.

CREDITS: Producer, Paul Heller and Martha Scott; director, Ronald Neame; screenplay, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee.

SUMMARY: Walter Matthau and Jill Clayburgh star in this dramatic comedy that centers around the appointment of the first woman to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Flash of Genius (DVD). 2 hr.

Based on the article "The flash of genius" written by John Seabrook.
Special features: Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Marc Abraham; feature commentary with director Marc Abraham.

CAST: Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Dermot Mulroney, Bill Smitrovich.

CREDITS: Produced by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Michael Lieber; written by Philip Railsback; directed by Marc Abraham; director of photography, Dante Spinotti; editor, Jill Savitt; music, Aaron Zigman; costume designer, Luis Sequeira; production designer, Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski.

SUMMARY: Based on the true story of Robert Kearns. The Kearns' were a typical 1960s Detroit family. Bob is a college professor and part-time inventor. When Bob invents a device that would eventually be used by every car in the world, the Kearns' think they have struck gold. But their aspirations are dashed after the auto giants, who originally embraced Bob's creation, unceremoniously shuns him. Ignored, threatened and then buried in years of litigation, Bob is haunted by what was done to his family and their future. He becomes a man obsessed with justice and the conviction that his life's work, or anyone else's for that matter, should be acknowledged by those who stood to benefit. He and his family pay the toll for refusing to compromise his dignity.

The Fog of War (DVD). 107 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2003.

CREDITS: Produced and directed by Errol Morris; producers, Michael Williams and Julie Ahlberg; directors of photography, Peter Donahue and Bob Chappell; editors, Karen Schmeer, Doug Abel, and Chyld King; original music, Philip Glass.

SUMMARY: The story of American politics and military policies as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara is a controversial and influential political figure. He offers a candid journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He offers insights into the 1945 fire bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the effects of the Vietnam War.

The Fortune Cookie (DVD). 126 min.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1966.

CAST: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau.

CREDITS: Producer/director, Billy Wilder; writers, Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond; music, Andre Previn.

SUMMARY: A TV cameraman, trampled by a half-back while shooting a football game, and his shyster brother-in-law team up to defraud an insurance company in a million dollar law suit.

Fracture (DVD). 113 min.

Special features: 2 alternate endings; deleted scenes.

CAST: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike, Embeth Davidtz, Billy Burke, Cliff Curtis.

CREDITS: Produced by Charles Weinstock; story by Daniel Pyne; screenplay by Daniel Pyne and Glenn Gers; directed by Gregory Hoblit; director of photography, Kramer Morgenthau; editor, David Rosenbloom; music, Jeff Danna and Mychael Danna; costume designers, Elisabetta Beraldo and Nava R. Sadan; production designer, Paul Eads.

SUMMARY: Ted Crawford is a wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous structural engineer who lives in Los Angeles. He shoots his wife and entraps her lover. After the police arrive, he signs a confession. At his arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot D.A. who is getting ready to leave for a civil-law firm. He is told by everyone the case is open and shut. Crawford, however, sees Beachum's weakness - the hairline fracture of his character.

Fury (DVD). 89 min.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1936.
Based on a story by Norman Krasna.

CAST: Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel, Bruce Cabot, Edward Ellis, Walter Brennan.

CREDITS: Directed by Fritz Lang; produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz; screenplay by Bartlett Cormack and Fritz Lang.

SUMMARY: An ethical young man is forced to confront his own morality after he becomes a victim of vigilantism.