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QB VII (DVD). 5 hrs., 13 min.
Originally broadcast as a television mini-series in 1974.
Based on the novel of the same title by Leon M. Uris.
CAST: Ben Gazzara, Lee Remick, Anthony Hopkins, Jack Hawkins, Leslie Caron, Juliet Mills, John Gielgud, Anthony Quayle, Edith Evans, Anthony Andrews.
CREDITS: Producer, Douglas S. Cramer; director, Tom Gries; written for television by Edward Anhalt.
SUMMARY: The story of a novelist who is sued by a doctor for libel because the author's best-seller accuses the doctor of being a Nazi collaborator who conducted experiments on Jews in a concentration camp during World War II. The story covers a 27-year period in the lives of these men and concludes with the dramatic trial in Queens Bench No. VII (QB VII).
Rage at Dawn (DVD). 84 min.
Originally releaseed as a motion picture in 1955.
CAST: Randolph Scott, Forrest Tucker, Mala Powers, J. Carrol Naish.
CREDITS: Screenplay, Horace McCoy; story, Frank Gruber; producer, Nat Holt; director, Tim Whelan; photographer, Ray Rennahan; music, Paul Sawtell.
SUMMARY: Based on the real life escapades of the infamous Reno Brothers gang, this double-barreled western adventure stars Randolph Scott as the tough, two-fisted Chicago special agent assigned to bring the outlaws to justice.
Rage of Angels (VHS). 2 videocassettes. (Approx. 3 hr. 7 min.)
Videocassette release of the 1983 motion picture.
Based on the novel by Sidney Sheldon.
CAST: Jaclyn Smith, Ken Howard, Armand Assante.
CREDITS: Writer, Robert L. Joseph; producers, John Furia Jr., Barry Oringer; executive producer, Sidney Sheldon; director, Buzz Kulik.
SUMMARY: Jennifer Parker, a trial attorney, is trapped in a scandalous love triangle. First, there's the man of her dreams she can't have, Adam Warner--a politically ambitious and married attorney who is the father of her son. Then, there's the man of her desires she won't have, Michael Moretti, a seductive but malicious underworld attorney.
Rage of Angels -- The Story Continues (DVD). 3 hrs. 6 min.
Originally televised in 1986.
Based on the Sidney Sheldon novel.
CAST: Jaclyn Smith, Angela Lansbury, Ken Howard, Susan Sullivan, Michael Nouri.
CREDITS: Written by Robert L. Joseph, produced by Ron Roth, directed by Paul Wendkos, music by Billy Goldenberg, edited by James Galloway, director of photography, Jack Priestley.
SUMMARY: Six years have passed since the conclusion of Rage of Angels. Jennifer Parker has become a high-powered New York attorney and the still-married Adam Warner has been elected Vice-President. Although separated, they are still united by their love, an illegitimate child, and vengeance from Michael Moretti's brother.
Rainmaker (1956 : VHS). 121 min.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1956.
Based on the Broadway stage play by N. Richard Nash.
CAST: Burt Lancaster, Katharine Hepburn, Wendell Corey, Lloyd Bridges, Earl Holliman, Cameron Prudhomme.
CREDITS: Producer, Hal Wallis; director, Joseph Anthony; screenplay, N. Richard Nash; music, Alex North.
SUMMARY: Under the spell of a wandering charlatan named Starbuck, a lonely ranch girl blosssoms into full womanhood.
The Rainmaker (1997 : DVD). 137 min.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1997.
Based on the novel by John Grisham.
CAST: Matt Damon, John Voight, Mickey Rourke, Danny DeVito, Mary Kay Place.
CREDITS: Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola; produced by Michael Douglas, Steven Reuther and Fred Fuchs; directed by Francis Ford Coppola; director of photography, John Fall; editor, Barry Malkin; music, Elmer Bernstein.
SUMMARY: A rookie lawyer in over his head on a high-profile case hires a feisty paralawyer who specializes in flunking the bar. Their chances of winning are slim to none, until they uncover a trail of corruption.
Raising the Bar (Television program). Season 1 (DVD). 7 hr. 10 min.
Originally broadcast on television as individual episodes in 2008.
CAST: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben, Currie Graham.
SUMMARY: A group of young lawyer friends and former law school classmates find themselves on opposing sides.
Disc 1. Pilot; Guatemala Gulfstream; I Will, I'm Will; Richie Richer -- Disc 2. Bagels and Locks; Hang Time; A Leg to Stand On; Out on the Roof -- Disc 3. Roman Holiday; Shop Till You Drop.
Rashomon (DVD). 83 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1950.
Based on the novel In the Forest by Ryunosuke Akutagawa.
In Japanese with English subtitles.
CAST: Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyo, Takashi Shimura.
CREDITS: Producer, Jingo Minora; director, Akira Kurosawa; screenplay, Shinobu Hashimoto and Akira Kurosawa; cinematography, Kazuo Miyagawa; music, Takashi Matsuyama.
SUMMARY: Four people involved in the murder of a gentleman in feudal Japan and the seduction of his wife report differing views of what actually happened.
The Reader (DVD). 124 min.
In English or dubbed French with optional subtitles in English for the hearing-impaired, or Spanish.
Based on the book "Der Vorleser" by Bernhard Schlink.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2008.
CAST: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz, Karoline Herfurth, Linda Bassett, Hannah Herzsprung, Susanne Lothar, Volker Bruch, Matthias Habich.
CREDITS: Directed by Stephen Daldry; screenplay by David Hare; produced by Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, and Redmond Morris; directors of photography, Chris Menges and Roger Deakins; production designer, Brigitte Broch; editor, Claire Simpson; music, Nico Muhly; English novel translation by Carol Brown Janeway.
SUMMARY: What have we learned (and what might we have forgotten) from history's bloody backwash? Guilt, love, and history are three skeins, woven together to create human beings or, alternately, human monsters. The question of wartime culpability undergirds the May-December romance in postwar Berlin between Hanna, a weary-looking, sexually rapacious streetcar ticket-taker and Michael, a young schoolboy whom she seduces, ravenously and to his great delight. One day, Hanna is gone, with no explanation, and Michael grows into a promising young law student. His class attends a trial, where the new Germany judges the past and, by default, the lovers as well.
Rear Window (DVD). 113 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1954.
Based on a short story by Cornell Woolrich.
CAST: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr.
CREDITS: Producer-director, Alfred Hitchcock; screenplay, John Michael Hayes.
SUMMARY: As a photographer with a broken leg, Stewart takes up the fine art of spying on his Greenwich Village neighbors during a summer heat wave. But things really begin to get hot for Stewart, Kelly and the unassuming audience when he suspects neighbor Raymond Burr of murdering his invalid wife and burying the body in a flower garden.
Recount: The Story of the 2000 Presidential Election (DVD). 1 hr. 56 min.
Originally broadcast on HBO May 25, 2008.
Special features: Audio commentary with director Jay Roach and writer Danny Strong; a conversation between Kevin Spacey and the real Ron Klain; a conversation between Bob Balaban and the real Ben Ginsberg; the true inside story of the 2000 presidential election.
CAST: Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Laura Dern, John Hurt, Denis Leary, Bruce McGill, Tom Wilkinson.
CREDITS: Produced by Michael Hausman; written by Danny Strong; directed by Jay Roach; music, Dave Grusin; editor, Alan Baumgarten; director of photography, Jim Denault.
SUMMARY: Explores one of the most dramatic and controversial events in recent U.S. election history, which shook a nation's faith in the ability to stage a fair and open election.
Regarding Henry (DVD). 107 min.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1991.
CAST: Harrison Ford, Annette Bening.
CREDITS: Director, Mike Nichols; Producers, Scott Rudin, Mike Nichols; writer, Jeffrey Abrams; music, Hans Zimmer.
SUMMARY: A New York lawyer's fast-track rise is brought to a dead stop when a single gunshot leaves him with no memory of his previous lifestyle. Faced with starting over, he must learn the hard truth about a total stranger ... himself.
The Return of Martin Guerre (DVD). 123 min.
Originally produced as motion picture in 1982.
In French, with English subtitles.
CAST: Gerard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye, Maurice Barrier, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Isabelle Sadoyan.
CREDITS: Written by Jean-Claude Carriere and Daniel Vigne; director, Paul Maigret; photography, Andre Neau; editor, Denise de Casablanca; music, Michel Portal; historical advisor, Natalie Zemon Davis.
SUMMARY: The plot revolves around the unraveling of the identity of a 16th century peasant who disappeared as a young husband, and the man who returns to resume his marriage nine years later.
Reversal of Fortune (DVD). 112 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1990.
Based on the book of the same title by Alan M. Dershowitz.
CAST: Glen Close, Jeremy Irons, Ron Silver.
CREDITS: Ccreenplay, Nicholas Kazan; producers, Edward R. Pressman and Oliver Stone; director, Barbet Schroeder; music, Mark Isham; editor, Lee Percy; production design, Mel Bourne; director of photography, Luciano Tovoli; co-producers, Elon Dershowitz and Nicholas Kazan; executive producer, Michael Rauch.
SUMMARY: Did European aristocrat Claus von Bulow attempt to murder his wife Sunny at their luxurious Newport mansion in 1980? Jeremy Irons plays von Bulow in an Academy Award winning performance of icy brittleness that also won a Golden Globe and Los Angeles and National Society of Film Critics Best Actor Awards. Glen Close is wanly elegant as heiress Sunny. And Ron Silver portrays Harvard law professor Dershowitz, retained by von Bulow to uncover the evidence that will demolish the prosecution's case - and reverse a devastating verdict.
Ricochet (VHS). 104 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1991.
CAST: Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice T, Kevin Pollak.
CREDITS: Director, Russell Mulcahy; producers, Joel Silver and Michael Levy; screenplay, Steven de Souza; story, Fred Dekker and Menno Meyjes; executive producer, Barry Josephson; co-producers, James Herbert and Suzanne Todd; director of photography, Peter Levy; editor, Peter Honess; costume designer, Marilyn Vance Straker; music, Alan Silvestri.
SUMMARY: Rookie cop Nick Styles' arrest of a ruthless psychotic killer, Blake, makes him a deadly enemy. Blake escapes from jail, faking his own death, and starts an intricate plan of revenge involving intimidation, public humiliation and murder. Nick is forced to return to the tough streets of his childhood and call on his old friend Odessa, a hustler and drug dealer, for help. Together they set a trap that pits Nick against the killer in a confrontation that will leave only one man alive and victorious.
Rules of Engagement (DVD). 127 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2000.
CAST: Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Guy Pearce, Bruce Greenwood, Blair Underwood, Philip Baker Hall, Annie Archer, Ben Kingsley
CREDITS: produced by Richard D. Zanuck, Scott Rudin; directed by William Friedkin; screenplay by Stephen Gaghan; directors of photography, William A. Fraker, Nicola Pecorini; edited by Augie Hess; music by Mark Isham; story by James Webb.
SUMMARY: Colonel Terry Childers is a patriot and war hero. But when a peacekeeping mission he leads in Yemen goes terribly worng, he finds himself facing a court martial. Accused of breaking the rules of engagement by killing unarmed civilians, Childers, only hope of vindication rests with comrade-in-arms Hays Hodges a military lawyer of questionable abilities. Together, they face the battle of their lives.
Rumpole of the Bailey (10 videocassettes). 104 min. each
Videocassette release of Thames TV programs originally broadcast 1983-1988.
Based on John Mortimer's books.
CAST: Leo McKern as Rumpole.
CREDITS: Written by John Mortimer; produced by Irene Shubik and Jacqueline Davis; directed by Robert Knights.
SUMMARY: 20 episodes of the Thames Television program Rumpole of the Bailey, originally broadcast 1983-1988.
1. Rumpole and the genuine article; Rumpole and the old boy network.
2. Rumpole and the sporting life; Rumpole and the blind tasting.
3. Rumpole's last case; Rumpole and the judges elbow.
4. Rumpole and the old, old story; Rumpole and Portia.
5. Rumpole and the female of the species; Rumpole and the official secret.
6. Rumpole and the golden thread; Rumpole and the last resort.
7. Rumpole and the bubble reputation; Rumpole and the age of miracles.
8. Rumpole and the tap end; Rumpole and the quality of life.
9. Rumpole a la carte; Rumpole and the summer of discontent.
10. Rumpole at sea; Rumpole and the right to silence.
Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series (14 DVDs). 35 hrs.
Based on John Mortimer's books.
Special features: feature-length bonus movie "Rumpole's return"; Mortimer's musings: an interview with John Mortimer; Mckern's memories with actress Abigail Mckern (daughter of Leo McKern); Episode introductions with John Mortimer; Spot the Barrister highlighting John Mortimer's impromptu appearances; newspaper evidence; John Mortimer biography; John Mortimer bibliography and selected credits; about the Old Bailey; Official executioners of Newgate Prison.
CAST: Leo McKern as Rumpole.
CREDITS: Written by John Mortimer; produced by Irene Shubik and Jacqueline Davis; directed by Robert Knights.
SUMMARY: All the episodes of the Thames Television program Rumpole of the Bailey, originally broadcast 1983-1988.
Set 1. v. 1. Rumpole and the younger generation -- Rumpole and the alternative society -- Rumpole and the honourable member -- Rumpole and the married lady -- v. 2. Rumpole and the learned friends -- Rumpole and the heavy brigade -- Rumpole and the man of God -- v. 3. Rumpole and the case of identity -- Rumpole and the show folk -- Rumpole and the fascist beast -- v. 4. Rumpole and the course of true love -- Rumpole and the age for retirement -- Rumpole's return -- Set 2. v. 1. Rumpole and the genuine article -- Rumpole and the golden thread -- Rumpole and the old boy net -- v. 2. Rumpole and the female of the species -- Rumpole and the sporting life -- Rumpole and the last resort -- v. 3. Rumpole and the old, old story -- Rumpole and the blind tasting -- Rumpole and the official secret -- v. 4. Rumpole and the judge's elbow -- Rumpole and the bright seraphim -- Rumpole's last case -- Set 3. v. 1. Rumpole and the bubble reputation -- Rumpole and the barrow boy -- Rumpole and the age of miracles -- v. 2. Rumpole and the tap end -- Rumpole and Portia -- Rumpole and the quality of life -- v. 3. Rumpole a la carte -- Rumpole and the summer of discontent -- Rumpole and the right to silence -- v. 4. Rumpole at sea -- Rumpole and the quacks -- Rumpole for the prosecution -- v. 5. Rumpole and the children of the devil -- Rumpole and the miscarriage of justice -- Rumpole and the eternal triangle -- v. 6. Rumpole and the reform of Joby Jonson -- Rumpole and the family pride -- Rumpole on trial.
Runaway Jury (DVD). 122 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2003. Based on the novel by John Grisham.
CAST: John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Bruce Davison, Bruce McGill, Jeremy Piven, Nick Searcy, Stanley Anderson.
CREDITS: Producers, Gary Fleder, Christopher Mankiewicz, Arnon Milchan; screenplay by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Rick Cleveland, Matthew Chapman; director, Gary Fleder; director of photography, Robert Elswit; art director, Scott Plauche; editor, William Steinkamp; music, Christopher Young; costume designer, Abigail Murray; production designer, Nelson Coates; visual effects supervisor/producer, Mark Spatny.
SUMMARY: After a man dies in a shooting incident, his wife files a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the gun. Her lawyer argues that the firm in question knew the shop which sold the weapon was not following federal regulations. As the case goes to trial, the firearm manufacturer takes no chances on the outcome, and they hire Rankin Fitch, a "jury consultant" who makes it his business to see that he knows enough about the jurors to be able to guarantee the result of the trial.
Sentence of Death (DVD). 130 min.
Originally presented on Studio One on CBS-TV in 1953.
From a story by Thomas Walsh.
Bonus feature: The Night America Trembled, produced by Gordon Duff, written by Nelson Bond, directed by Tom Donovan, starring Edward R. Murrow, Alexander Scourby, Robert Blackburn, Casey Allen, and Norman Rose.
Special features: Watch the features with or without period commercials with Betty Furness demonstrating Westinghouse products; documentary on the history of Studio One.
CAST: Gene Lyons, Betsy Palmer, Ralph Dunn, James Dean, Virginia Vincent.
CREDITS: Produced by John Haggott, written for television by Adrian Spies, directed by Matt Harlib.
SUMMARY: Sentence of Death: A young James Dean plays a young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Night America Trembled: A re-enactment of the night in 1938 when Orson Welles' War of the Worlds was broadcast on the radio.
Separate But Equal (VHS). 2 videocassettes (193 min.)
Videocassette release of the 1991 motion picture.
CAST: Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster, Richard Kiley.
CREDITS: Executive producers, George Stevens, Jr., Stan Margulies; writer and director, George Stevens, Jr.
SUMMARY: The year is 1950 and America is divided between black and white. Schools, restaurants, trains, buses, even drinking fountains cannot be shared by both races. White and Negro facilities are separate and unequal and the tension has reached a breaking point for the blacks of Clarendon County, South Carolina. When their request for a single school bus is denied by white school officials, a bitter, violent and courageous battle for justice and equality begins, putting black against white and friend against neighbor all across the country.
Seven Hours to Judgment (DVD). 90 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1988.
CAST: Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Julianne Phillips.
CREDITS: Executive producers, Paul Mason and Helen Sarlui-Tucker; director, Beau Bridges; screen play, Walter Davis and Elliot Stephens; music, John Debney; editor, Bill Butler.
SUMMARY: A judge rules that three gang members who murdered a woman must be freed on a technicality. Her husband sets out to seek his own revenge.
Shadow of Doubt (DVD). 102 min.
Videocassette release of a 1997 motion picture.
Audio tracks in English and French ; subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
Special features include theatrical trailers, talent files, interactive menus and scene selections.
CAST: Melanie Griffith, Tom Berenger, Craig Sheffer, Huey Lewis, Wade Dominguez, Nina Foch.
CREDITS: Produced by Adam Kline; written by Myra Byanka and Raymond DeFelitta; directed by Randal Kleiser; director of photography, Craig Haagensen; production design, Rita Riggs; editors, Jeff Gourson and Craig Richards; music, Joel Goldsmith.
SUMMARY: A high-profile defense attorney comes to the aid of an up-and-coming rap artist indicted for murder.
The Shawshank Redemption (DVD). 142 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1994.
Based on the short novel "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King.
CAST: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, James Whitmore.
CREDITS: Music, Thomas Newman; production designer, Terence Marsh; editor, Richard Francis-Bruce; director of photography, Roger Deakins; executive producers, Liz Glotzer, David Lester; screenplay, Frank Darabont; producer, Niki Marvin; director, Frank Darabont.
SUMMARY: Two convicts, one white and one black, never give up the dream of freedom, and together they turn hope and friendship into an uplifting bond no prison can ever take away.
Shining Through (DVD). 2 hrs. 12 min.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1992.
Based on the novel by Susan Isaacs.
CAST: Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith, Liam Neeson, Joely Richardson, John Gielgud.
CREDITS: Music, Michael Kamen; editor, Craig McKay; production designer, Anthony Pratt; director of photography, Jan De Bont; executive producers, Sandy Gallin and David Seltzer; co-producer, Nigel Wooll; producers, Howard Rosenman and Carol Baum; writer/director, David Seltzer.
SUMMARY: During World War II a secretary from Queens convinces her boss, a Colonel in American intelligence, to let her go undercover behind enemy lines in Germany.
Simple Justice (VHS). 133 min.
A segment of the TV program "American Experience" broadcast Jan. 18, 1993.
Based on the book: Simple justice, by Richard Kluger.
CAST: Peter Francis James (Thurgood Marshall), James Avery (Charles Houston), Andre Braugher, Scott Wentworth, Scott Whitehurst, William Allen Young, Sam Gray (Felix Frankfurter); narrator, Graham Brown.
CREDITS: Executive producer, Avon Kirkland; producer, Yanna Kroyt Brandt; teleplay, John McGreevey; story, John McGreevey and Avon Kirkland & Peter Cook; director, Helaine Head.
SUMMARY: Recounts the remarkable legal strategy and social struggle that resulted in the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
The Singing Detective (VHS). 6 videocassettes (ca. 7 hours)
Originally broadcast by the BBC in 1986.
Based on the novel by Dennis Potter.
CAST: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley.
CREDITS: Written by Dennis Potter; produced by John Harris; directed by Jon Amiel..
SUMMARY: The hallucinations of a mystery writer stricken with a crippling skin disorder interweave memories of his past with a plot casting him in the role of a suave sleuth who croons with a big band.
3. Lovely days
5. Pitter patter
6. Who done it.
Sleepers (DVD). 2 hrs. 28 min.
Originally produced as motion picture in 1996.
Based upon the book by Lorenzo Carcaterra.
CAST: Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Patric, Brad Pitt.
CREDITS: Director of photography, Michael Ballhaus; editor, Stu Linder; music, John Williams.
SUMMARY: Sentenced to the Wilkinson School for boys, four pals are mistreated at will by a cadre of sadistic guards. 15 years later, they have an unexpected opportunity for revenge.
Slightly Honorable (DVD). 75 min.
Based on the novel "Send another coffin," by F.G. Presnell.
CAST: Pat O'Brien, Broderick Crawford, Edward Arnold, Eve Arden, Claire Dodd.
CREDITS: Directed by Tay Garnett; screenplay by Ken Englund.
SUMMARY: O'Brien and Crawford play law partners who set out to destroy a crime syndicate. This fast-paced story takes us from high society to cops on the take with a dose of crooked politicians thrown in for good measure.
Sling Blade (DVD). 2 hrs. 28 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1996.
CAST: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter, Lucas Black, Natalie Canerday, Robert Duvall.
CREDITS: Director of photography, Barry Markowitz; editor, Hughes Winborne; original music, Daniel Lanois.
SUMMARY: 25 years after committing an unthinkable crime, a quite man named Karl is finally returning home. Once there he is befriended by a fatherless boy and his mother. As a strong relationship develops between Karl and the boy, a confrontation builds with the mother's abusive and sometimes violent boyfriend.
Snow Falling on Cedars (VHS & DVD). 128 min.
Originally released as motion picture in 1999.
Based on the novel by David Guterson.
CAST: Ethan Hawke, James Cromwell, Richard Jenkins, Youki Kudoh, James Rebhorn, Sam Shepard, Rick Yune, Max von Sydow.
CREDITS: Produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall; produced by Harry J. Ufland and Ron Bass; screenplay by Ron Bass and Scott Hicks; directed by Scott Hicks; director of photography, Robert Richardson; editor, Hank Corwin; music, James Newton Howard.
SUMMARY: A murder trial has upset the quiet community of San Piedro, and now this tranquil village has become the center of controversy. For a local reporter the trial strikes a deep emotional chord when he finds his ex-lover is linked to the case.
The Social Network (DVD). 2 hr.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2010.
Based upon the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich.
Academy Awards, 2010: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin); Best Film Editing (Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter); Best Music (Original Score) (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross).
Golden Globe Awards, 2011: Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Director - Motion Picture (David Fincher); Best Screenplay - Motion Picture (Aaron Sorkin); Best Original Score - Motion Picture (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross).
CAST: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Josh Pence, Brenda Song, Rashida Jones, John Getz, David Selby, Denise Grayson, Douglas Urbanski, Rooney Mara.
CREDITS: Directed by David Fincher; produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael de Luca, and Cea?n Chaffin; screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; director of photography, Jeff Cronenweth; film editors, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter; music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross; production designer, Donald Graham Burt; costume designer, Jacqueline West; sound design by Ren Klyce; executive producer, Kevin Spacey.
SUMMARY: On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.
Disc 1. The film -- Disc 2. The supplements.
A Soldier's Story (DVD). 1 hr. 37 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1984.
Based on the play A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller.
CAST: Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Adolph Caesar.
CREDITS: Executive producer, Charles Schultz; producers, Norman Jewison, Ronald L. Schwary, Patrick Palmer; director, Norman Jewison; screenplay, Charles Fuller; music, Herbie Hancock.
SUMMARY: A black army attorney is sent to Fort Neal near the end of WW II to investigate the murder of Sgt. Waters, a black man who despised his own roots.
Sommersby (DVD). 1 hr. 53 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1993.
Based on the film The Return of Martin Guerre written by Daniel Vigne and Jean-Claude Carriere.
CAST: Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Bill Pullman, James Earl Jones.
CREDITS: Director, Jon Amiel; producers, Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther; co-producer, Mary McLaglen; executive producers, Richard Gere, Maggie Wilde; screenplay, Nicholas Meyer, Sarah Kernochan; story, Nicholas Meyer, Anthony Shaffer; music, Danny Elfman.
SUMMARY: A Civil War veteran returns to his hometown a changed man, leading his wife and others who knew him to doubt his identity.
The Star Chamber (DVD). 1 hr. 48 min.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1983.
CAST: Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto, Sharon Gless.
CREDITS: Story, Roderick Taylor; screenplay, Roderick Taylor, Peter Hyams; producer, Frank Yablans; director, Peter Hyams; music, Michael Small.
SUMMARY: Vicious criminals and sadistic killers are running rampant, fearlessly preying on whomever they choose with no fear of punishment. They know that if they're caught slick lawyers will get them off scot free by using obscure loopholes to put them back on the street again. A small group of powerful men decide to meet behind closed doors in the utmost secrecy and decree their own punishment for the guilty.
State's Attorney (DVD). 1 hr. 19 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1932.
CAST: John Barrymore, Helen Twelvetrees, Jill Esmond, William Boyd, Mary Duncan.
CREDITS: Executive producer, David O. Selznick; screenplay and dialogue, Gene Fowler and Rowland Brown; director, George Archainbaud.
SUMMARY: A brilliant young lawyer with underworld connections puts his life and career on the line when he is appointed District Attorney in this courtroom drama.
Storm (DVD). 103 min.
DVD release of the 2009 motion picture.
Winner of best narrative feature at the Flyway Film Festival and Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Includes the short film "Toyland" directed by Jochen Alexander Freydank, winner of best live action short film at the 81st Academy Awards.
CAST: Kerry Fox, Anamaria Marinca, Stephen Dillane, Rolf Lassgard, Alexander Fehling.
CREDITS: Directed by Hans-Christian Schmid; screenplay by Bernd Lange and Hans-Christian Schmid; produced by Britta Knoller and Hans-Christian Schmid; director of photography, Bogumil Godfrejow; editor, Hansjorg Weissbrich; music, The Notwist.
SUMMARY: Storm: Hannah Maynard, prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, is leading a trial against a former commander of the Yugoslavian National Army who is accused of the deportation and later killing of dozens of Bosnian-Muslim civilians. When a key witness commits suicide, it looks like the case will unravel, but Hannah refuses to give in. Hoping to uncover new findings, she travels to the witness' burial in Sarajevo and meets his sister Mira, who she senses has much more to say than she is willing to admit. Despite threats of violence, Mira reluctantly agrees to testify at The Hague. She and Hannah must both risk life and limb to make it to the court, only to discover that there are traitors among their own ranks.
Toyland: Germany 1942: In order to protect her son, Marianne Meissner tries to make him believe that the Jewish neighbors are going on a journey to "Toyland." One morning, Marianne finds that her son has disappeared, along with the neighbors. "Toyland" is a film about guilt, responsibility, and lies big and small.
The Story of Qiu Ju (DVD). 100 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1992. Based on the novel "The Wan family's lawsuit" by Chen Yuan Bin.
CAST: Gong Li, Lei Lao Sheng, Liu Pei Qi, Ge Zhi Jun, Ye Jun, Yang Liu Chun.
CREDITS: Directed by Zhang Yimou; produced by Ma Fung Kwok; screenplay by Liu Heng; directors of photography, Chi Xiao Ning and Yu Xiao Qun; editor, Du Yuan ; costume designer, Tong Hua Miao; art director, Cao Jiu Ping.
SUMMARY: An ordinary, courageous woman in a small villlage fights against the system in her quest for justice.
Suspect (DVD). 101 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1987.
CAST: Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson, John Mahoney, Joe Mantegna, Philip Bosco.
CREDITS: Peter Yates, director; John Veitch, executive producer; Daniel A. Sherkow, producer; Eric Roth, screenplay; Michael Kamen, music.
SUMMARY: Kathleen Riley (Cher) is an overworked Washington, D.C. public defender who needs a vacation. Instead, she is assigned another case. Lobbyist Eddie Sanger (Dennis Quaid) gets saddled with jury duty just when a critical bill is coming up for vote. While on jury duty, Eddie discovers evidence critical to Kathleen's case and contacts her outside the courtroom--a violation of the law. Cher and Dennis Quaid take the law into their own hands in this daring suspense thriller where everything is revealed in court--except the truth.
The Sweet Hereafter (DVD). ca. 2 hrs.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1997.
Based on a novel by Russell Banks.
CAST: Ian Holm, Maury Chaykin, Peter Donaldson, Bruce Greenwood, David Hemblen, Brooke Johnson, Arsinee Khanjian, Tom McCamus, Stephanie Morgenstern, Earl Pastko, Sarah Polley, Gabrielle Rose, Alberta Watson.
CREDITS: Screenplay by Atom Egoyan; produced by Camelia Frieberg and Atom Egoyan; directed by Atom Egoyan; music, Mychael Danna; editor, Susan Shipton; executive producers, Robert Lantos, Andras Hamori.
SUMMARY: Following a tragic schoolbus accident, high-profile lawyer Mitchell Stephens descends upon a small town. With promises of retribution and a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of the grieving community, Stephens begins his investigation into the details of the crash. But beneath the town's calm, he uncovers a tangled web of lies, deceit and forbidden desires that mirrors his own troubled personal life. Gradually, we learn that Stephens has his own agenda, and that everyone has secrets to keep.
A Tale of Two Cities (DVD). 2 hrs. 36 min.
Originally broadcast as a made-for-TV movie in 1980.
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
CAST: Chris Sarandon, Peter Cushing, Kenneth More, Barry Morse, Flora Robson, Billie Whitelaw, Alice Krige.
CREDITS: Director, Jim Goddard; producer, Norman Rosemont; teleplay, John Gay; photography, Tony Imi; production design, John Stoll; editor, Bill Blunden; music, Allyn Ferguson.
SUMMARY: Indifferent to the plight of France's downtrodden and pained by unrequited love for Lucie Darnay, London barrister Sydney Carton finds meaning through an act of ultimate sacrifice.
The Talk of the Town (DVD). ca. 2 hrs.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1942.
Based on a story by Sidney Harmon.
CAST: Ronald Coleman, Cary Grant, Jean Arthur.
CREDITS: Director-producer, George Stevens ; screenplay, Irwin Shaw, Sidney Buchman.
SUMMARY: A suspected murderer hides out with an unsuspect professor and his landlady, and tries to convince the legal-minded professor there is a human side to all laws. To further complicate things, a young woman loves both the suspected murderer and the lawyer who defends him.
Ten Rillington Place (DVD). 112 min.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1970.
Based on the book Ten Rillington Place by Ludovic Kennedy.
CAST: Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Hurt, Pat Heywood, Isobel Black, Robert Hardy, Geoffrey Chater, Andre Morell, Sam Kydd, Gabrielle Daye; director of photography, Denys Coop; editor, Ernest Walter; music, John Dankworth.
CREDITS: Screenplay by Clive Exton; produced by Leslie Linder and Martin Ransohoff; directed by Richard Fleischer.
SUMMARY: In 1959, an innocent man, Timothy Evans, is charged with the gruesome slaying of his wife and baby. Convicted by the testimony of his landlord, John Christie, a mild-mannered ex-policeman, Evans is sentenced to hang. However, after the execution, evidence reveals that the real psychotic killer is continuing his mass murder spree. Public outcry over this true case led to Great Britain abolishing the death penalty.
Thank You for Smoking (DVD). 91 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2005.
Based on the novel by Christopher Buckley.
CAST: Aaron Eckhart, William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Rob Lowe, Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall, Adam Brody, Cameron Bright, Sam Elliott, David Koechner, J.K. Simmons, Robert Duvall, Kim Dickens.
CREDITS: Produced by David O. Sacks; screenplay by Jason Reitman; directed by Jason Reitman; director of photography, James Whitaker; editor, Dana E. Glauberman; music, Rolfe Kent; costume desigern, Danny Glicker; production designer, Steve Saklad.
SUMMARY: Nick Naylor is a sexy, smart and charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who will fight to protect American's right to smoke. At the same time he is trying to maintain the idea of a perfect role model for his 12-year-old son. When Nick incurs the wrath of a senator bent on snuffing out cigarettes, Nick's powers of "filtering the truth" will be put to the test.
They Won't Believe Me (VHS). 80 min.
Videocassette release of the 1946 motion picture.
CAST: Robert Young, Susan Hayward, Jane Greer.
CREDITS: Producer, Joan Harrison; screenplay, Jonathan Latimer; director, Irving Pichel.
SUMMARY: Man plots to kill his wife, but finds she has committed suicide. Then he's charged with murder.
Thirteen days (DVD). 142 min,
Based on the book "The Kennedy tapes: inside the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis," edited by Ernest R. May and Philip D. Zelikow.
Original release as motion picture in 2000.
CAST: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Steven Culp, Dylan Baker.
CREDITS: Produced by Armyan Bernstein, Peter O. Almond and Kevin Costner; written by David Self; directed by Roger Donaldson; cinematographers, Andrezej Bartkowiak, Roger Deakins, and Christopher Duddy; editor, Conrad Buff; original music, Trevor Jones; production designer, Dennis Washington.
SUMMARY: For thirteen extraordinary days in October 1962, the world stood on the brink of destruction. After the discovery of Soviet weapons in Cuba, events and tension escalate between the two military superpowers and within the White House. President John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Special Assistant to the President Kenneth P. O'Donnell are in the hot seat as they struggle to prevent nuclear war. Krushchev wouldn't back down, President Kennedy wouldn't give in. Inspired by the real-life events that took place in the Kennedy White House.
Thurgood (DVD). 105 min.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. during Black history month.
Release date: Jan. 17, 2012.
CAST: Laurence Fishburne.
CREDITS: Director, Michael Stevens; writer, George Stevens, Jr.
SUMMARY: This filmed one-act play celebrates the life and legacy of civil rights advocate Thurgood Marshall, the first African American appointed to the Supreme Court.
A Time To Kill (VHS & DVD). 150 min.
Videocassette release of the 1996 motion picture.
CAST: Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Brenda Fricker, Oliver Platt, Charles S. Dutton, Ashley Judd, Patrick McGoohan, Donald Sutherland.
CREDITS: Produced by Arnon Milchan et al.; screenplay by Akiva Goldsman; directed by Joel Schumacher; director of photography, Peter Menzies, Jr.; editor, William Steinkamp; music, Elliott Goldenthal.
SUMMARY: A murder trial brings a small Mississippi town's racial tension to the flashpoint. Amid a frenzy of activist marches, Klan terror, media clamor and brutal riots, an unseasoned but idealistic young attorney mounts a stirring courtroom battle for justice.
Tin Men (DVD). 108 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1987.
CAST: Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, Barbara Hershey.
CREDITS: Produced by Mark Johnson; written and directed by Barry Levinson.
SUMMARY: Two less-than-honest aluminum siding salesmen meet in a fender bender, but their bruised egos and quick tempers turn the minor accident into a major vendetta against each other's symbols of success--their prized Cadillacs.
To Kill a Mockingbird (VHS & DVD). 131 min.
Videorecording of the 1962 motion picture.
Winner of Academy Awards for Gregory Peck, Best Actor, and Horton Foote, Best Screenplay.
Based on the novel of the same name by Harper Lee.
CAST: Gregory Peck, Brock Peters, Robert Duvall, Mary Badham, Philip Alford, Collin Wilcox, John Megna, Ruth White, Paul Fix, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy.
CREDITS: Music, Elmer Bernstein; film editor, Aaron Stell.; producer, Alan Pakula; screenplay, Horton Foote; director, Robert Mulligan.
SUMMARY: Two children in a small southern town are thrust into an adult world of racial bigotry and hatred when their lawyer father chooses to defend a black man unjustly accused of raping a white girl.
Tomorrow (VHS). 102 min.
Videocassette release of the 1971 motion picture.
Based on the William Faulkner story of the same title.
CAST: Robert Duvall, Olga Bellin.
CREDITS: Screenplay, Horton Foote; producers, Gilbert Pearlman and Paul Roebling; director, by Joseph Anthony.
SUMMARY: The story of the innocent and muted love which grows slowly between these two lowly and inarticulate people of the earth, carrying them through the ordeals of a harrowing pregnancy and birth, and culminating in a baffling murder trial.
Touch of Evil (DVD). 1 hr. 51 mins.
Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1958.
Based on the novel Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson.
CAST: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich, Joseph Calleia, Ray Collins, Akim Tamiroff, Zsa Zsa Gabor.
CREDITS: Screenplay by Orson Welles; produced by Albert Zugsmith; directed by Orson Welles; director of photography, Russell Metty; film editors, Virgil Vogel and Aaron Stell; music, Henry Mancini; art direction, Alexander Golitzen and Robert Clatworthy; gowns, Bill Thomas; Orson Welles' requested editorial changes produced by Rick Schmidlin; edited by Walter Murch; picture restoration, Bob O'Neil; consultant, Jonathan Rosenbaum.
SUMMARY: This classic film noir is an elaborate mystery involving a corrupt police official in a squalid town on the Mexican border and a murder that ensnares a narcotics agent and his wife.
Touch of Truth (DVD). 93 min.
CAST: Melissa Gilbert, Patty Duke, Bradley Pierce, Marrus Flanagan, Lisa Banes, Roger Aaron Brown, Peter Spears.
CREDITS: Produced by Joan Barnett and Jack Grossbart; written by Robert Inman; directed by Michael Switzer; music by James McVay; edited by Robert Florio; production designer, Michael Novotny; director of photography, Robert Draper; executive producer,Joel S. Rice.
SUMMARY: Mother and psychologist battle over an autistic child who reveals he's been molested. Michael must make legal history and go through the trauma of giving evidence in court. Based on a true story.
Touching Evil (DVD). 13 hrs.
Originally broadcast as episodes of the television series from 1997-1999.
CAST: Robson Green, Nicola Walker, Michael Feast, Adam Kotz, Shaun Dingwall; host, Russell Baker.
CREDITS: Series devised by Paul Abbott; produced by Jane Featherstone and Philip Leach; directed by Julian Jarrold and Marc Munden.
SUMMARY: Maverick police detective Dave Creegan is the newest member of London's Organized and Serial Crime Unit (OSC), an elite, rapid-response crime squad. The OSC uses their diverse crime-fighting skills to bring justice to society. Along with his stalwart partner D.I. Susan Taylor, Creegan squares off against some of England's most dangerous criminals--a serial murderer of children, a killer intent on murdering hospital patients and a cyber-criminal who lures young web-surfers with a gothic fantasy game and manipulates them into committing violent crimes.
Series 1: Disc 1. Lost boys. To death and back -- Disc 2. What Amathus wants.
Series 2: Disc 1. Pupil of murder. Caregiver -- Disc 2. What price a child.
Series 3: Disc 1. Those left behind. Ecstacy of life.
Traffic in Souls (DVD). 88 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1913.
Silent film with intertitles and musical soundtrack.
CAST: Jane Gail, Matt Moore, Ethel Grandin.
CREDITS: Director, George Loane Tucker; screenplay, Walter MacNamara; musical setting, Philip Carli.
SUMMARY: Produced when social problem dramas were popular, the film is set against the white slavery rackets of the 1910s. This film is the dramatization of the John D. Rockefeller white slavery report and the investigation of District Attorney Whitman.
The Trial (DVD). 2 hrs.
First released as a motion picture in 1963.
Based on the novel Le Prozess, by Franz Kafka.
CAST: Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli, Orson Welles.
CREDITS: Directed and written by Orson Welles.
SUMMARY: A symbolistic study of the tyranny of modern social systems. Portrays the experiences of a young man who is mysteriously arrested by agents of the police for an unspecific crime and is prepared for questioning and trial.
Trial and Error (DVD). 1 hr. 18 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1962.
From the play The Dock Briefby John Mortimer.
CAST: Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Beryl Reid, David Lodge.
CREDITS: Screenplay by Pierre Rouve, produced by Dimitri De Grunwald, directed by James Hil, music by Ron Grainger.
SUMMARY: An aging lawyer finally gets his big chance when he is retained to defend a man accused of murdering his wife.
Trial by Jury (DVD). 1 hr. 47 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1994.
CAST: Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Armand Assante, Gabriel Bryne, William Hurt.
CREDITS: Director, Heywood Gould; executive producer, Gary Barber; producers, James G. Robinson, Chris Meledrandri, and Mark Gordon; writers, Jordan Katz and Heywood Gould; director of photography, Frederick Elmes; music, Terence Blanchard.
SUMMARY: He's guilty of murder. But something goes wrong in the jury room. Eleven jurors vote guilty. One woman, her life and family threatened by the mob, votes to let the killer walk. To set things right, that woman will have to fight back with a vengeance.
The Trial of Bernhard Goetz (DVD). 2 hrs. 15 min.
Produced by Litchfield Films, Los Angeles, 1988.
CAST: Peter Crombie, Richard Libertini, Andrew Robinson, Dann Florek.
CREDITS: Directed by Harry Moses; produced by James B. Frydberg and Harry Moses.
SUMMARY: Goetz shot four black teenagers in a New York City subway because he thought they were about to rob him. This restaging of his 1987 trial includes the videotape of Goetz's New Hampshire confession.
The Trial of Old Drum (DVD). 88 min.
Special features: full screen version (1.33:1); deleted scenes; theatrical trailer; the making-of; production commentary.
CAST: Ron Perlman, Randy Travis, Alexis O'Keefe, John Schuck, Dick Martin, Troy Evans, Bobby Edner, Scott Bakula.
CREDITS: Producers, David Brookwell and Sean McNamara; writer, Ralph Gaby Wilson; director, Sean McNamara; director of photography, Mark Doering-Powell; editor, Gregory Hobson; music, John Coda; costume designer, Kristin M. Burke; production designers, Michael Marlowe and Jeff Hall.
SUMMARY: Charlie's best friend is a good old dog named Old Drum. But Old Drum faces the challenge of his life: being accussed of attacking a local farmer's sheep. While his canine pal sits in jail awaiting his trial date, Charlie must gather evidence and witnesses to convince the community of Old Drum's innocence.
True Believer (DVD). 1 hr 44 min.
Originally released as motion picture in 1989.
CAST: James Woods, Robert Downey, Jr., Margaret Colin, Kurtwood Smith.
CREDITS: Written by Wesley Strick; produced by Walter F. Parkes and Lawrence Lasker; directed by Joseph Ruben; edited by George Bowers; music by Brad Fiedel; co-producr, Patrick Crowley; executive producer, Peter Rosten.
SUMMARY: A once acclaimed civil rights attorney of the 60's, now an embittered cynic who makes a living defending drug-dealing low-lifes, has his passion for justice rekindled by an idealistic young associate.
True Colors (DVD). 1 hr. 50 min.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1991.
CAST: John Cusack, James Spader, Imogen Stubbs, Mandy Patinkin, Richard Widmark.
CREDITS: Produced by Herbert Ross and Laurence Mark; directed by Herbert Ross; writen by Kevin Wade; director of photography, Dante Spinotti; edited by Robert Reitano; music by Trevor Jones.
SUMMARY: Two young men who are best friends through law school move on to Washington. The first, a lower-class go-getter, becomes a congressman by betraying everyone who ever trusted him. His one-time buddy, although one of those used by him, would never cross a friend- unless it was to avenge his own betrayal.
Twelve Angry Men (VHS & DVD). 97 min.
Video release of the 1957 motion picture.
DVD accompanied by CD containing classic music of the decade.
CAST: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E. G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Joseph Sweeney, George Voskovec, Robert Webber.
CREDITS: Director of photography, Boris Kaufman; film editor, Carl Lerner; music, Kenyon Hopkins; story and screenplay by Reginald Rose; produced by Henry Fonda and Reginald Rose; directed by Sidney Lumet.
SUMMARY: Classic courtroom drama about a teenage boy accused of killing his father and the jury that must decide his fate.
Two Small Voices (DVD). 88 min.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1997.
Based on a true story.
CAST: Mary McDonnell, Gail O'Grady, Nicholas Surovy, Fredric Lane.
CREDITS: Written by Jim Macak; directed by Peter Levin; music by J.A.C. Redford.
SUMMARY: Two women, one diagnosed with breast cancer and one unhappy with her breast size, both become ill after receiving silicone implants. Both band together to change the country and how implants are used.
The Untouchables (DVD). 119 min.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1987.
Based on the novel by Eliot Ness.
Academy Awards, USA, 1988: Oscar - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Sean Connery).
CAST: Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery.
CREDITS: Produced by Art Linson; written by David Mamet; directed by Brian De Palma; director of photography, Stephen H. Burum; art director, William A. Elliott; editor, Jerry Greenberg; music, Ennio Morricone; costume designer, Marilyn Vance-Straker.
SUMMARY: The story of the glorious, fierce, larger-than-life depiction of mob warlord Al Capone who ruled Prohibition-era Chicago, and Eliot Ness, the law enforcer, who vowed to bring him down. A classic confrontation between good and evil, and how with the help of a cop named Malone, Ness learns how to beat the mob by shooting fast and shooting first.
The Usual Suspects (DVD). 1 hr. 46 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1995.
CAST: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Spacey.
CREDITS: Director of photography, Newton Thomas Sigel; editor, John Ottman; music, John Ottman; executive producers, Robert Jones, Hans Brockmann, Fracois Duplat, & Art Horan; co-producer, Kenneth Kokin.
SUMMARY: When twenty-nine dead bodies are found floating in Long Beach Harbor, a U.S. Customs agent investigates.
Vendetta (DVD). ca. 20 hrs.
Based on a true story and on the book by Richard Gambino.
Originally released as a TV movie in 1999.
CAST: Christopher Walken, Clancy Brown, Bruce Davison, Joaquim de Almeida, Edward Herrmann, Kenneth Welsh.
CREDITS: Produced by Tony Mark and Sue Jett; screenplay by Timothy Prager; directed by Nicholas Meyer; director of photography, David Franco; edited by Ronald Roose; music by John Altman; production designer, David Chapman.
SUMMARY: Seeking to wrest control of the docks, cotton dealer James Houston and a ruthless cabal of businessmen orchestrate the murder of one of their own. Nineteen men are arrested for the murder, with some of their lives in the hands of an angry mob, marching towards the prison gates, enraged, embittered and armed.
The Verdict (DVD). 2 hrs. 8 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1982.
Based on the novel by Barry Reed.
CAST: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O'Shea.
CREDITS: Executive producer, Burtt Harris; screenplay, David Mamet; producers, Richard D. Zanuck, David Brown; director, Sidney Lumet; music, Johnny Mandel.
SUMMARY: An alcoholic lawyer stumbles upon one last chance to redeem himself by taking on a controversial court case that no one is supposed to win.
A Voyage Round my Father (DVD). 1 hr. 20 min.
Originally broadcast on television in 1982.
CAST: Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates, Jane Asher, Elizabeth Sellars.
CREDITS: Written by John Mortimer; produced and directed by Alvin Rakoff.
SUMMARY: Though struck blind in middle age, Clifford Mortimer insists that life continue as if nothing has changed. This successful lawyer and absolute eccentric wages verbal battles in the courtroom, tends his spectacular garden, and sees the world through the eyes of his family.
The War of the Roses (DVD). 1 hr. 56 min.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1989.
Based on the novel by Warren Adler.
CAST: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito.
CREDITS: Executive producers, Polly Platt and Doug Claybourne; co-producer, Michael Leeson; screenplay by Michael Leeson; produced by James L. Brooks and Arnon Milchan; directed by Danny DeVito.
SUMMARY: Deliriously mean-spirited free-for-all about the demise of a marriage.
Web of Deceit (VHS). 93 min.
Videocassette release of the 1990 motion picture.
CAST: Linda Purl, James Read, Paul de Souza, Larry Black, Len Birman, Barbara Rush.
CREDITS: Written and directed by Sandor Stern; music by J.A.C. Redford; director of photography, Chuck Arnold.
SUMMARY: Defense Attorney Lauren Hale has rekindled an old flame with the D.A. opposing her in a murder trial. To Lauren, the romance is strictly a matter of the heart. But it could become a matter of life or death.
Wild Things (DVD). 115 min.
Originally released in 1998 as a motion picture.
CAST: Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Theresa Russell, Denise Richards, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Robert Wagner, Bill Murray.
CREDITS: Produced by Rodney Liber and Steven A. Jones; written by Stephen Peters; directed by John McNaughton; director of photography, Jeffrey L. Kimball; music, George S. Clinton; production designer, Edward T. McAvoy; film editor, Elena Maganini.
SUMMARY: A thriller about two high school students, the guidance counselor they accuse of rape, and the detective who knows there's more to the story.
Wildthings (DVD). 108 min.
Videocassette release of the 1997 motion picture.
CAST: Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Bill Murray.
CREDITS: Producers, Rodney Liber, Steven A. Jones; writer, Stephen Peters; director, John McNaughton.
SUMMARY: A thriller about two high school students, the guidance counselor they accuse of rape, and the detective who knows there's more to the story.
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (DVD). 86 min.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2009.
Special features: additional interviews and speeches by William Kunstler; William Kunstler's performance at Caroline' Comedy Club; Kunstler home movies; courtroom audio and archival footage on the Chicago 8 Trial, Wounded Knee and Attica; interview with the filmmakers; theatrical trailer.
CREDITS: Written by Sarah Kunstler; produced by Jesse Moss and Susan Korda; produced and directed by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler; animation by Emily Hubley and Jeremiah Dickey; music by Shahzad Ismaily; photography by Brett Wiley and Martina Radwan; edited by Emily Kunstler; executive producer, Vanessa Hope.
SUMMARY: In the 1960s and '70s, radical lawyer William Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the Chicago 8 activists who protested the Vietnam War. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or when the American Indian Movement stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer. Kunstler also represented some of the most reviled members of society, including rapists and assassins.
The Winslow Boy (1948 : VHS). 114 min.
Based on the play by Terence Rattigan.
Videocassette release of the 1948 motion picture.
CAST: Robert Donat, Margaret Leighton, Cedric Hardwicke, Basil Radford, Kathleen Harrison, Francis L. Sullivan, Wilfrid Hyde White, Stanley Holloway, Cyril Ritchard.
CREDITS: Directed by Anthony Asquith.
SUMMARY: In pre-World War I England, a thirteen-year-old naval cadet is wrongly expelled from school for stealing a postal order, and his father takes the case all the way to Parliament. Based on a true story.
The Winslow Boy (1999 : DVD). 1 hr. 45 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1999.
Based on the play by Terence Rattigan.
CAST: Nigel Hawthorne, Jeremy Northam, Gemma Jones, Rebecca Pidgeon, Guy Edwards.
CREDITS: Produced by Sarah Green; screenplay by David Mamet; directed by David Mamet; director of photography, Benoit Delhomme; editor, Barbara Tulliver; music, Alaric Jans.
SUMMARY: The story follows the lives of the Winslows, a banker's family living in turn-of-the-century London, as they fight to prove the innocence of their youngest son accused of theft.
The Wire (DVD). 60.5 hrs.
DVD release of series episodes originally produced 2002-2008 for the television program The Wire.
Filmed on location in Baltimore, Maryland.
Special features: episode previews and recaps, q & a with David Simon and creative team, conversations with David Simon, audio commentaries from cast and crew, four-season retrospective, 2 documentaries, 3 prequels exploring life before The Wire, gag reel.
CAST: Dominic West, John Doman, Idris Elba, Frankie R. Faison, Wood Harris.
CREDITS: Created by David Simon, produced by Nina Kostoff Noble and David Simon.
SUMMARY: An urban epic set in Baltimore, where police detectives investigate cases involving the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and its bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media.
The Witness (1953 : VHS). 30 min.
Videocassette release of the 1953 television drama.
CAST: Charles Bronson, Dick Powell, Marion Carr, Strother Martin.
CREDITS: Producers, Dick Powell and Don W. Sharpe; dirctor, Robert Aldrich; story, screenplay, Seeleg Lester and Mervin Gerard.
SUMMARY: Accused of killing a bank guard and stealing $150,000, Frank Dana's only hope of avoiding death row relies on the testimony of a beautiful mystery woman. Wearing the judge's patience thin with his continued delays, lawyer Mike Donnegan's search for the key witness ends when she seeks him out and gives a surprising testimony.
Witness (1985 : DVD). 1 hr. 52 min.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1985.
CAST: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Josef Sommer, Lukas Haas, Jan Rubes, Alexander Godunov.
CREDITS: Screenplay by Earl W. Wallace & William Kelley; story by William Kelley and Pamela Wallace & Earl W. Wallace; produced by Edward S. Feldman; directed by Peter Weir; Director of photography, John Seale; editor, Thom Noble; music, Maurice Jarre.
SUMMARY: When a young Amish woman and her son get caught up in the murder of an undercover narcotics agent, their savior turns out to be hardened Philadelphia detective John Book, who runs head-on into the non-violent world of a Pennsylvania Amish community.
Witness for the Prosecution (DVD). 2 hrs.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1957.
From the story and stage play by Agatha Christie.
CAST: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams.
CREDITS: Producer, Arthur Hornblow; director, Billy Wilder; screenplay, Billy Wilder, Harry Kurnitz; adapter, Larry Marcus; music, Ralph Arthur Roberts.
SUMMARY: A gruff British lawyer returns from a long convalescence to take on a homicide case--a man accused of murdering his wealthy woman friend in order to secure his inheritance. The defendant's mysterious wife stuns the courtroom by giving damaging testimony against her husband.
The Wrong Man (DVD). 1 hr. 45 min.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1956.
CAST: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle.
CREDITS: Screen play by Maxwell Anderson and Angus MacPhail; story by Maxwell Anderson; directed by Alfred Hitchcock; photography, Robert Burks; editing, George Tomasini; music, Bernard Herrmann.
SUMMARY: A musician is accused of a robbery that he did not commit.
Young Mr. Lincoln (DVD). 100 min.
Originally released as motion picture in 1939.
CAST: Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan.
CREDITS: Directed by John Ford; original screen play by Lamar Trotti; photography, Bert Glennon; film editor, Walter Thompson; music, Alfred Newman.
SUMMARY: A fictionalized account of Abraham Lincoln's early years as a lawyer in Springfield, Ill. The film is essential John Ford Americana; Fonda's Lincoln is a mythic rugged individualist.
The Young Philadelphians (DVD). 2 hrs. 16 min.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1959.
Based on the novel The Philadelphian by Richard Powell.
CAST: Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Alexis Smith, Brian Keith, Diane Brewster, Billie Burke, John Williams.
CREDITS: Directed by Vincent Sherman; screenplay by James Gunn; director of photography, Harry Stradling, Sr.; music by Ernest Gold; edited by William Ziegler.
SUMMARY: Anthony Lawrence is an up-and-coming lawyer, whose career is interrupted by the Korean War. On the eve of his decision to run for political office, he finds himself about to defend a down-and-out friend in a murder case that threatens to expose the Main Line's darkest secrets.
Zero Dark Thirty (DVD & Blu-Ray). 2 hrs. 37 min.
Originally produced as a motion picture and released in 2012.
CAST: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler, James Gandolfini, Chris Pratt.
CREDITS: Directed by Kathryn Bigelow; written by Mark Boal; produced by Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, and Megan Ellison; edited by Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg; music by Alexandre Desplat; director of photography, Greig Fraser.
SUMMARY: Chronicles the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden following the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of Navy SEAL Team 6.
Zoot Suit (DVD). 1 hr. 44 min.
Originally issued as a motion picture in 1981.
Based on the original play by Luis Valdez.
CAST: Edward James Olmos, Charles Aidman, John Anderson, Tyne Daly, Daniel Valdez.
CREDITS: Directed by Luis Valdez, screenplay by Luis Valdez, produced by Peter Burrell, music by Daniel Valdez.
SUMMARY: A group of Mexican-Americans are sent to San Quentin unjustly for the death of a man at Sleepy Lagoon. Based on the actual case and zoot suit riots of 1940's Los Angeles.