Lawyers and the Legal Process in the Movies












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Bibliography of articles/books about lawyers and the legal process in the movies

The American Bar Association's List of Best Trial Films

The American Film Institute List of Best Courtroom Dramas

12 (Russia, 2007)
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov. 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. 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. 160 min. DVD X1875
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Lane, Anthony. "12" New Yorker, 3/16/2009, Vol. 85 Issue 5, p36-36 UC users only
Toumarkine, D. "12." Film Journal International v. 112 no. 3 (March 2009) p. 41 UC users only
Rapold, Nicolas. "12" Film Comment, Mar/Apr2009, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p73-73, UC users only
Smorodinska, Tatiana. "Rule of law vs. 'Russian justice': Nikita Mikhalkov's 12." Studies in Russian & Soviet Cinema, 2010, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p161-170, 10p UC users only

The Accused (1988)
Director, Jonathan Kaplan. Cast: Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster, Bernie Coulson, Leo Rossi, Carmen Argenziano. 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. 110 min. DVD X5279; vhs 999:2338
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Lucia, Cynthia A. Barto. "Feminist Address and Spectatorship in The Accused, Love Crimes, and Female Perversions." In: Framing female lawyers : women on trial in film / Cynthia Lucia. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.J8 L83 2005)
Fleck, Patrice "The Silencing of Women in the Hollywood "Feminist" Film: The Accused." Post Script 9: 49 (Summer 1990).
Kolker, Robert Phillip. ""Your Brains Don't Show a Bit": Double Readings of The Accused." Film Criticism, Winter84/85, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p28-40, 13p UC users only

Adam's Rib (1949)
Director, George Cukor. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell. A romantic comedy in which husband and wife are lawyers on opposite sides of an attempted murder case. 61 min. DVD 2320; vhs 999:100
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Ally McBeal
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American Tragedy (TV, 2000)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Ving Rhames, Ron Silver, Bruno Kirby, Darryl Alan Reed, Nicholas Pryor, Robert LuPone, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Diana LaMar, Sandra Prosper, Clyde Kusatsu, Christopher Plummer. This is the story the public never saw of four high profile attorneys, Johnnie Cochran, Robert Shapiro, Barry Scheck and F. Lee Bailey in the O. J. Simpson murder trial. What started as a cohesive defense team ends up as a fractured and tarnished group of disagreeing attorneys vying for the spotlight and focusing as much on their egos as their defense of Simpson. The film is interspersed with real footage of the media coverage. Based on the book "American tragedy" by Lawrence Schiller and James Willwerth. Special features (Disc 2): O.J. Simpson documentary ; trial evidence. 171 min. DVD 923
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Amistad (1998)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgard. Based on true events, this film chronicles the 1839 revolt on board a slave ship bound for America. When the ship, La Amistad, is recaptured the Black Africans are brought to the United States where they are charged with murder. Much of the story involves the court-room drama about the slave who led the revolt, a battle that captured the attention of the entire nation, confronting the foundations of the American justice system. 155 min. DVD 956; vhs 999:1997
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Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Director, Otto Preminger. Cast: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, George C. Scott. A riverting courtroom drama of rape and premiditated murder. The film pits a humble small-town lawyer against a hardheaded big-city prosecutor. Emotions flare as a jealous army lieutenant pleads innocent to murdering the rapist of his seductive, beautiful wife. Based on the novel by Robert Traver (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PS3570.R339 A5 1958) 61 min. DVD X915
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Awards

New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor (James Stewart)
Venice Film Festival - Best Actor (James Stewart)

Bergman, Paul. "The Film: Anatomy of a Murder: the Lesson: Chronology Can Be the Key to Breaking Down a Witness' Story on Cross." ABA Journal; Aug2008, Vol. 94 Issue 8, p51-52, 2p, UC users only
Denby, David. "Balance of Terror." The New Yorker, 1/14/2008, Vol. 83 Issue 43, p76-82, 7p
Kamir, Orit. "Anatomy of Hollywood's Hero-Lawyer: A Law-and-Film Study of the Western Motifs, Honor-Based Values and Gender Politics Underlying Anatomy of a Murder's Construction of the Lawyer Image." Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, 2005, 35, 1, 67-105
Kamir, Orit. "Hollywood's hero-lawyer revives the unwritten law." In: Framed : women in law and film / Orit Kamir. Durham : Duke University Press, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 K235 2006)
Phillips, Gene D. "Otto Preminger: Laura and Anatomy of a murder." In: Out of the shadows : expanding the canon of classic film noir / Gene D. Phillips. Lanham : Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2012. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F54 P475 2012)

Denby, David. "Balance of Terror." New Yorker; 1/14/2008, Vol. 83 Issue 43, p76-82, 7p UC users only
Frischauer, Willi. Behind the scenes of Otto Preminger; an unauthorized biography New York, Morrow, 1974 [c1973] (MOFF: PN1998.A3 .P674 1973)
Pratley, Gerald. The cinema of Otto Preminger London, A. Zwemmer; New York, A. S. Barnes [1971] (MAIN: PN1998.A3 P6831)
Preminger, Otto. Preminger : an autobiography Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1977. (MAIN: PN1998 A3.P6721 1977; PFA : PN1998.3.P74 P74 1977)

"... And Justice For All" (1979)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg, Jeffrey Taylor, Christine Lahti. An idealistic young lawyer is torn between defending a judge accused of raping and battering a young girl - who he knows is guilty - and exposing the corruption of the legal system, jeopardizing his own career. 119 min. DVD 1661
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Haspel, Paul "Arthur on a Quest in Baltimore: Mythic Archetypes, Social Criticism, and Civic Self-Promotion in "...And Justice for All"." Journal of Popular Film & Television 35:3 (Fall 2007)UC users only

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Director, Fritz Lang. Cast: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz, Philip Bourneuf, Edward Binns, Shepperd Strudwick, Robin Raymond, Barbara Nichols. 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 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. 61 min. DVD X6039
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Fritz Lang bibliography
Bruzzi, Stella "Imperfect Justice: Fritz Lang's Fury (1936) and Cinema's Use of the Trial Form." Law & Humanities; 2010, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p1-19, 19p UC users only

Body Heat (1981)
Direced by Lawrence Kasdan. Cast: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, Mickey Rourke. A likable, unambitious Florida attorney and his siren-like lover plot to kill her wealthy husband. 113 min. DVD 3827
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Arnett, Robert. "Eighties noir: the dissenting voice in Reagan's America.(analysis of outstanding film noir works in the 1980s)." Journal of Popular Film and Television 34.3 (Fall 2006): 123(7). UC users only
Burkoff, John M. "If God Wanted Lawyers to Fly, She Would Have Given Them Wings: Life, Lust &(and) Legal Ethics in Body Heat A Symposium on Film and the Law." Oklahoma City University Law Review 22(1997) p. 187- UC users only
Orr, Christopher. "Cain, naturalism and noir." Film Criticism, 2000, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p47-64, 18p UC users only
Schwartz, Ronald. "Double Indemnity and Body Heat." In: Noir, now and then [electronic resource] : film noir originals and remakes, (1944-1999) / Ronald Schwartz. Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2001. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F54 S39 2001)

The Bonfire Of The Vanities (1990)
Directed by Brian De Palma. Cast: Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Morgan Freeman. 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! "Tom Wolfe's sprawling comic novel about rampant greed and the varying degrees of culture-blindness in mid-'80s New York revolves around the arrest of a bond trader accused of running over an inner-city youth. The incident prompts a lot of grandstanding in the press and in the black community--as well as an opposite overreaction in the business world and in Jewish legal circles-and culminates in a trial that exposes the venality of most of the story's major players. Brian De Palma's disastrous big-screen adaptation of The Bonfire Of The Vanities was plagued with behind-the-scenes problems and studio tampering (as documented in Julie Salamon's excellent book The Devil's Candy), perhaps most notably in its climactic trial scene. Already forced by his backers to replace Alan Arkin with Morgan Freeman for the judge role (in order to defuse some of the racial implications of the ending), De Palma was also asked to give Freeman a big closing speech to help alleviate the perceived frustrations of the movie audience. And so while Wolfe trusts Bonfire's readers to recognize exaggeration as a tool of satire, Bonfire's viewers are treated to the sight of Freeman waxing self-righteous in the courtroom, castigating all the story's characters, then concluding with the line, 'Decency is what your grandmother taught you... now go home and be decent people.' Um... is that sentence legally binding?" [from "'I'll allow it!': 18 crazy (and legally unlikely) courtroom scenes." ] 126 min. DVD X1079
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The devil's candy : The bonfire of the vanities goes to Hollywood / Julie Salamon. Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, 1991. (Main (Gardner) Stacks and Moffitt PN1997.B67963 S26 1991)

Boomerang (1947)
Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Cara Williams, Arthur Kennedy. Based on a true story this film noir tells of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder. 88 min. DVD X104
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Elia Kazan bibliography
Howard, Maureen. "You Are There." In: Beyond document : essays on nonfiction film / edited by Charles Warren. Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, c1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995.9.D6 B48 1996)
Lipkin, Steven N. "Real Emotional Logic: Persuasive Strategies in Docudrama." Cinema Journal Vol. 38, No. 4 (Summer, 1999), pp. 68-85 UC users only

Boston Legal
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Breaker Morant (Australia, 1979)
Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown. 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 in this dramatization based on true events. DVD special features: Documentary, Boer War ; Original 30-second radio spot. 102 min. DVD X2236
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Bryant, Hallman B. "'Breaker' Morant In Fact, Fiction, and Film." Literature Film Quarterly, 1987, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p138, 8pUC users only
Heung, Marina. "Breaker Morant and the Melodramatic Treatment of History." Film Criticism, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 3-13, January 1984 UC users only
Jolly, Roslyn. "'Frontier Behaviour' and Imperial Power in Breaker Morant." Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 125-39, 1997
Kershen, Drew L. "Breaker Morant A Symposium on Film and the Law." Oklahoma City University Law Review 22(1997) p. 107- UC users only
Kirschke, James J "Say Who Made Her So: "Breaker Morant" and British Empire." Film & History 38:2 (Fall 2008) p. 45-53 UC users only
Mortimer, Lorraine
"The soldier, the shearer and the mad man: Horizons of community in some Australian films." Literature Film Quarterly, 1993, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p139, 18p UC users only
Niemi, Robert. "Breaker Morant." In: History in the media : film and television Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 N54 2006)

Caine Mutiny (1954)
Director: Edward Dmytryk. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray. Suspense builds during Naval trial proceedings against a young lieutenant who relieved his captain of command of the destroyer-minesweeper U.S.S. Caine at the height of a typhoon. Special features: Retrospective documentary: Inside the Caine Mutiny; commentary with Richard Peña and Ken Bowser. 125 min. DVD 8323
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Brown, Kathleen. ""Vestments of civil life" in Caine Mutiny and Attack." Film & History , Sep2006, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p30-37, 8p UC users only

Call Northside 777 (1948)
Directed by Henry Hathaway. Cast: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker. Acclaimed for its authenticity, realism and suspense, this documentary-style drama is the powerful true story of a newspaper reporter who corrects a miscarriage of justice. Assigned to investigate a murder case, he uncovers evidence indicating that the convicted man is innocent and then convinces the governor to hold a hearing. Based on articles by James P. McGuire. 111 min. DVD 7671; vhs 999:325
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Lipkin, Steven N. Real Emotional Logic: Film and Television Docudrama as Persuasive Practice Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2002. pp: 14-27. (PN1995.9.H5 L56 2002)
Mnookin, Jennifer; West, Nancy. "Theaters of Proof: Visual Evidence and the Law in Call Northside 777." Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, Summer 2001 UC users only
Howard, Maureen. "You Are There." In: Beyond document : essays on nonfiction film / edited by Charles Warren. Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, c1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995.9.D6 B48 1996)
Lipkin, Steven N. "Real Emotional Logic: Persuasive Strategies in Docudrama." Cinema Journal Vol. 38, No. 4 (Summer, 1999), pp. 68-85 UC users only
Osteen, Mark. "Face Plates: T-Men and the Problem of Noir Counterfeiting." Quarterly Review of Film & Video; Apr2007, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p125-142, 18pUC users only
Rosenberg, Norman. "Law Noir." In: Legal reelism: movies as legal texts Edited by John Denvir. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, c1996. (Main Stack PN1995.9.J8.L45 1996; Moffitt PN1995.9.J8.L45 1996)

Cape Fear (1991)
Directed by Martin Scorsese. Cast: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Joe Don Baker, Juliette Lewis. Fourteen years after being imprisoned, psychopath Max Cady emerges with a single-minded mission: to seek revenge on his attorney Sam Bowden. "Martin Scorsese's remake of 'Cape Fear' portrays an attorney's struggle with his own hypocrisy. Attorney Sam Bowden is 'tried' by a former client, Max Cady. Bowden suppressed evidence which might have exonerated Cady. Nick Nolte's performance as Bowden explores the 'lawyer mask', which some practitioners hide behind, espousing ethics and objectivity in professional life, but not living up to these codes in personal life." [Expanded Academic Index]. 128 min. DVD 3298; vhs 999:2221
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Chained for Life(1951)
Director, Harry L. Fraser. Cast: The Hilton Sisters, Mario Laval, Allen Jenkins, Patricia Wright, Alan Keys, Norvel Mitchtell. Daisy and Violet Hilton, real life siamese twins, star in a vaudeville-singing act. When a gigolo deserts one twin on their wedding night, the other twin kills him. The Hamilton twins go on trial and the judge asks the viewer to hand down the verdict. 81 min. DVD X531
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Character (Karakter) (Netherlands / Belgium, 1997)
Directed by Mike Van Diem. Cast: Jan DeCleir, Fedja Van Huet, Betty Schuurman, Tamar Van Den Dop, Victor Low, Hans Kesting. Dreverhaven is dead. The city's most feared bailiff, the curse of the poor, the agent of law without compassion--discovered with a knife through his heart. A self-taught lawyer who just passed his exams was the last person to see Drevehaven alive. Now, the police want to know why he visited the old man, and the young barrister is ready to tell the story of a lifetime. 125 min. DVD 5532
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film

Bosma, Peter. "Character." In: The cinema of the Low Countries / edited by Ernest Mathijs. London ; [New York] : Wallflower Press, 2004. (Main Stack PN1993.5.B425.C56 2004)

Chicago (2002)
Directed by Rob Marshall. Cast: Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reily, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, Christine Baranski. Music, John Kander: lyrics, Fred Ebb: original score music, Danny Elfman. In this dazzling musical set 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. Based on the musical play Chicago, directed and choreographed for the stage by Bob Fosse. 113 min. DVD 1850
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture
Directors Guild of America, USA - Best Director
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Roxie Hart

Chicago(1927)
Directors: Frank Urson, Cecil B. DeMille Cast: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, Sara Allgood, William Frawley, Spring Byington. Based on a true crime story, the movies is about a jazz-loving flapper Roxie Hart, put on trial for the murder of her lover, who hits the headlines with her courtroom theatrics. Based on the play "Chicago" by Maurine Dallas Watkins. 119 min. DVD X4586
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A Civil Action (1998)
Director, Steven Zallian. Cast: John Travolta, Robert Duvall, John Lithgow,William H. Macy, Stephen Fry, James Gandolfini, Dan Hedaya, Zeljko Ivanek, Kathleen Quinlan, Tony Shalhoub. In this fact-based drama 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. The case becomes an epic legal battle in which he puts his career, reputation and all that he owns on the line for the rights of his clients. 115 min. DVD 786
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Bruzzi, Stella "A Civil Action." Sight and Sound 9:4 (April 1999) p. 39-40UC users only
Domagalski, Theresa A. "Contaminated Water and Leukemia in Woburn, MA: The Failings of Civil Action." Organization & Environment; Sep99, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p332, 7p
Jones, Kent. "A Civil Action." Film Comment 35:1 (January-February 1999) p. 76UC users only
McCann, Michael1; Haltom, William. "Ordinary Heroes vs. Failed Lawyers--Public Interest Litigation in Erin Brockovich and Other Contemporary Films." Law & Social Inquiry; Fall2008, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p1043-1070, 28p UC users only
Roper, James E. "A Civil Action". Journal of Business Ethics, Feb2004 Part 1, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p307-309, 3pUC users only
Waldman, Diane. "A Case for Corrective Criticism: A Civil Action." In: Law on the screen / edited by Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, Martha Merrill Umphrey. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.J8 L42 2005)

Class Action (1990)
Director, Michael Apted. Cast: Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Colin Friels, Joanna Merlin, Laurence Fishburne. A court of law becomes a battleground for a father and daughter as they find themselves facing each other as opposing attorneys in a multimillion dollar law suit involving a potentially defective auto design that could involve corporate corruption and violations of legal ethics. 110 min. DVD X2246
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Lucia, Cynthia. "Class Action." Cineaste; 1991, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p48, 2p UC users only
Lucia, Cynthia. "Women on trial: The female lawyer in the Hollywood courtroom." Cineaste, Dec92, Vol. 19 Issue 2/3, p32, 6p UC users only
McCann, Michael; Haltom, William. "Ordinary Heroes vs. Failed Lawyers--Public Interest Litigation in Erin Brockovich and Other Contemporary Films." Law & Social Inquiry, Fall2008, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p1043-1070, 28p UC users only
Turner, Jenny. "Class Action" Sight & Sound, Jul91, Vol. 1 Issue 3, p40, 1p UC users only

The Client (1994)
Director, Joel Schumacher. Cast: Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Renfro, Mary-Louise Parker. Mark Sway is an 11-year-old torn between what he knows and what he can never tell. A hitman will snuff him out 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 own life. Based on the novel of "The client" by John Grisham. 121 min. DVD X120
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Compulsion (1959)
Director, Richard Fleischer. Cast: Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, Diane Varsi, Bradford Dillman, E.G. Marshall, Martin Milner, Richard Anderson. A riveting true story about the notorious 1924 Leopold-Loeb murder case. Brilliant attorney Clarence Darrow defended two wealthy Chicago teenagers who thought 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. 105 min. DVD 8339; vhs 999:3346
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Salamon, Linda Bradley. "Screening Evil in History: Rope, Compulsion, Scarface, Richard III." In: The changing face of evil in film and television / edited by Martin F. Norden. Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2007. (Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main Stack PN1995.9.E93.C43 2007)

Counsellor at Law (1933)
Director, William Wyler. Cast: John Barrymore, Bebe Daniels, Doris Kenyon, Melvyn Douglas, Isabel Jewell, Thelma Todd. 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 his 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. 81 min. DVD 1522
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The Defenders
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Devil's Advocate (1997 )
Directed by Taylor Hackford. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones, Judith Ivey, Craig T. Nelson. Hotshot attorney Kevin Lomax's 64-0 case record has brought him a tempting offer from an elite New York firm. But the job Lomax accepts isn't what it seems. The Devil is in the details. 144 min. DVD 4705
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Geduld, Harry M. "Devil's Advocate" The Humanist. Jul 1989. Vol. 49, Iss. 4; p. 47 (2 pages) UC users only

Dirty Pictures (2000)
Directed by Frank Pierson. Cast: James Woods, Craig T. Nelson, Diana Scarwid, Leon Pownall, Judah Katz. Commentary: William F. Buckley, Barney Frank, Salman Rushdie, Fran Lebowitz, Susan Sarandon. Based on true events, tells the story of Cincinnati museum director Dennis Barrie, who went on trial in 1990 to protect the right of freedom of expression. Interspersed within the film's narrative, are interviews with cultural figures who address the censorship issue. A number of the actual Robert Mapplethorpe photographs that were at the heart of the controversy were used in the production. 104 min. DVD 2292
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Dishonored Lady (1947)
Directed by Robert Stevenson. Cast: Hedy Lamarr, Dennis O'Keefe, John Loder, William Lundigan. Hedy Lamarr is Madeleine Damien, a gorgeous and sophisticated fashion editor living life in the fast lane in an age when "good girls didn't." Depressed by her tarnished reputation, she deliberately crashes her car into a tree and lands on a psychiatrist's couch. Encouraged to change her ways, she starts over with a new name and a new career. She falls in love with a young doctor but her past-life returns to haunt her. Dragged into her old party-girl habits by former coworkers, Madeleine goes home one night with an ex-lover. When he turns up murdered, she finds herself the prime suspect. A courtroom trial follows, and Madeleine is forced to fight for her life. 79 min. DVD 7622
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Dreyfus Affair (Georges Méliès, First Wizard of Cinema)
A collection of rare and rediscovered original films by Georges Méliès. This disc contains films produced in 1899 including 9 films on the Dreyfus affair. Melies, a successful magician, began investigating film as a medium of trickery in 1896. Contents: L'affaire Dreyfus, la dictee du bordereau = Dreyfus court martial, the arrest of Dreyfus (1:07) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, a l'ile du diable = Dreyfus: Devil's Island, within the palisade (1:04) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, mise aux fers de Dreyfus = Dreyfus put in irons (1:05) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, suicide du Colonel Henry = Dreyfus: suicide of Colonel Henry (1:07) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, debarquement à Quiberon = Landing of Dreyfus at Quiberon (0:57 min.) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, entrevue de Dreyfus et de sa femme à Rennes = Dreyfus meets his wife at Rennes (1:04) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, attentat contre Maitre Labori = Dreyfus: the attempt against the life of Maitre Labori (1:01) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, bagarre entre journalistes = Dreyfus: the fight of reporters (1:07 ) -- L'affaire Dreyfus, Le conseil de guerre en seance à Rennes = Dreyfus: the court martial at Rennes (2:11) DVD 9625

Duck Soup (1933)
Directed by Leo McCarey. Cast: Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Louis Calhern, Raquel Torres, Edgar Kennedy. "Courtroom scenes don't come much crazier than in the Marx brothers' greatest film. Chico takes the stand in a court-martial after having served as a spy for the nation of Sylvania while he happened to be employed as the Secretary Of War for Freedonia; when informed he will be shot if found guilty, he objects on the grounds that he 'couldn't think of anything else to say.' (Freedonian leader Groucho sustains the objection because he can't think of anything else to say, either.) When it looks hopeless for Chico because he can't find anyone in the country willing to defend him on the charge of treason, Groucho switches from prosecution to defense after he learns there's $18 in it for him. The trial ends inconclusively—a war breaks out and interrupts the proceedings—but the tenor of it is summed up in Groucho's lament to Chico that he 'tried to get a writ of habeas corpus, but I should have got-a writ of you instead.'" [from "'I'll allow it!': 18 crazy (and legally unlikely) courtroom scenes." ] 70 min. DVD 5581; DVD 80; VHS 999:128
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Enemy of the State (1998)
Director, Tony Scott. Cast: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Regina King, Loren Dean, Jake Busey, Barry Pepper, Gabriel Byrne. A suspenseful story of espionage and corruption. Robert Clayton Dean is a successful attorney with a happy home life, until he unknowingly receives top-secret information about a murder and becomes the target of a pursuit. 140 min. DVD 7465
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The Enforcer (1951)
Director, Bretaigne Windust and Raoul Walsh (uncredited). Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia, Roy Roberts, Everett Sloane. A hard-hitting D.A. is facing the hottest case of the year. Armed with a killer's confession, a score of missing persons and a mob undertaker working full-time, he knows he's onto something. Relentless and determined he tracks down a notorious murder for profit ring, headed by a killer named Mendoza. 87 min. DVD 2193
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Erin Brockovich (1999)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Cast: : Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart, Marg Helgenberger, Cherry Jones, Veanne Cox, Conchata Ferrell, Tracey Walter. Based on true events, Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a momumental law case against a giant corporation. Erin's determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees. 132 min. DVD 1075
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Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director; Best Actress
Golden Globes, USA - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director; Best Actress
National Board of Review, USA - Best Director; Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director

Evelyn Prentice (1934)
Directed by William K. Howard. Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Una Merkel, Rosalind Russell. John Prentice is a successful Manhattan defense attorney. When his wife Evelyn ends an affair, her ex-lover blackmails her and he is murdered. Another woman is accused of the crime and Evelyn begs John to defend her. Special features: Comedy short "Goofy movies #3"; classic cartoon "Discontent canary"; theatrical trailer. 79 min. DVD 9066
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A Few Good Men (1992)
Directed by Rob Reiner. Cast: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Pollak, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon. A brash Navy lawyer is 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 - and the dangerous difference between following orders and following one's conscience. 138 min. DVD 1876
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Find Me Guilty(2006)
Directed by Sidney Lumet. Cast: Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage, Linus Roache, Ron Silver, Anabella Sciorra, Alex Rocco. Based on the true story of the most remarkable criminal trial in U.S. history. Mobster Jackie Dee DiNorscio tries to strike a bargain with police: a shorter prison term in exchange for ratting on his fellow mobsters. He takes matters in his own hands when he defends himself instead, turning the courtroom upside down. 124 min. DVD X270
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The Firm (1993)
Directed by Sydney Pollack. Cast: Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Wilford Brimley, Hal Holbrook, David Strathairn. 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. 111 min. DVD 4682
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Grant, J. "Lawyers as superheroes: The Firm, The Client, and The Pelican Brief." University of San Francisco Law Review v. 30 (Summer 1996) p. 1111-21
Winn, J. Emmett. "Every Dream has its Price: Personal Failure and the American Dream in Wall Street and The Firm." Southern Communication Journal, Summer2003, Vol. 68 Issue 4, p307-318, 12p UC users only

Force of Evil (1948)
Directed by Abraham Polonsky. Cast: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Beatrice Pearson, Roy Roberts, Marie Windsor. A racketeer's lawyer finds that his boss has found a way to bankrupt New York's numbers banks but gets wedged between the numbers racket and a new prosecutor's anti-crime campaign. 82 min. DVD 3311; vhs 999:1859
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The Fortune Cookie (1966)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich, Cliff Osmond, Judi West. 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. 126 min. DVD 1760
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Fracture(2007)
Directed by Gregory Hoblit. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike, Embeth Davidtz, Billy Burke, Cliff Curtis, Fiona Shaw, Bob Gunton. 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 Willy Beachum believes a conviction is a slam dunk -- that is, until the case completely unravels. 113 min. DVD X273
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A Free Soul (1931)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, James Gleason, Clark Gable, Lucy Beaumont. In A Free Soul, Lionel Barrymore captured an Oscar for his portrayal of a brilliant alcoholic lawyer Stephen Ashe, who successfully defends dashing gangster Ace Wilfong (Clark Gable) on a murder charge only to find that his headstrong daughter, Jan (Norma Shearer), has fallen in love with his client. Jan, a fun-loving socialite seeking freedom from her blue-blood upbringing, is only too eager to dump her aristocratic boyfriend (Leslie Howard) for the no-good gangster. She runs away from her childhood home to become Ace's mistress, embarking on a series of seedy adventures in New York's underbelly. Desperate to save his daughter's tainted reputation, Stephen finds her and makes her a deal: He'll stop drinking if she'll stop seeing Ace. The thrilling conclusion might just tear them apart forever. Shearer and director Clarence Brown also received nominations for their work in this powerful and moving film. 93 min. DVD 9397
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From the Hip (1987)
Directed by Bob Clark. Cast: Judd Nelson, Elizabeth Perkins, John Hurt, Ray Walston, Darren McGavin. Robin "Stormy" Weathers is a brash young lawyer with a reputation for breaking the rules and some wild ways of practicing criminal defense. But when Stormy takes on the case of a brilliant professor accused of a brutal murder, he finds himself questioning his client's innocence as well as his own abilities as an attorney. 154 min. DVD 4740
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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Directed by Rob Reiner. Cast: Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods, Craig T. Nelson. For three decades Myrlie Evers waited and worked for the conviction of the white supremacist who murdered her husband, civil rights leader Medgar Evers (1925 - 1963). Yet after two hung juries justice had not come. This film follows the final trial, carefully recreating the details of a relentless quest for justice. Film features special appearances by three children of Medgar Evers, plus Yoland King, the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. 131 min. DVD 8979
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God on Trial(TV, 2008)
Directed by Andy DeEmmony. Cast: Anthony Sher, Stellan Skarsgard, Stephen Dillane, Dominic Cooper, Eddie Marsan, Rupert Graves, Jack Shepherd. Following the harrowing ritual of selection for death or hard labor, a group of new inmates unsure of their appointed fates begins asking how God could allow for so much suffering. Impulsively, the men decide to put God on trial for abandoning His chosen people. Amid the outside sounds of prisoners being marched to the gas chamber, the trial unfolds. They group address the question: How can there be evil in a universe ruled by an all-powerful, benevolent God? Originally broadcast in 2008 on BBC2 in the UK and on the PBS television program Masterpiece Theatre in the U.S. 86 min. DVD X2117
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Howl(2010)
Directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey. Cast: James Franco, Jon Hamm, Mary Louise Parker, David Strathairn, Jeff Daniels, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams. In this drama Allen Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless, electrifying, and controversial work of his career. Pushing the limits and challenging the mainstream, the passionate and provocative Howl and its publisher find themselves on trial for obscenity, with prosecutor Ralph McIntosh setting out to have the book banned, while defense attorney Jake Ehrlich fervently argues for freedom of speech and creative expression. Based in part on "Howl and other poems" by Allen Ginsberg. 84 min. DVD X5204
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The Hurricane (1999)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Denzel Washington, John Hannah, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, Vicellous Reon Shannon, David Paymer, Dan Hedaya, Harris Yulin, Rod Seiger. Based upon true events, this is the story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, an African American boxer who was wrongfully convicted of murder. Sentenced to life in prison, Carter's published memoir, The sixteenth round, inspired a teenager from Brooklyn and three Canadian activists who believed in the truth, to join forces with Carter to prove his innocence. 166 min. DVD X2247
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Beck, Bernard. "The Valley of the Shadow: The Hurricane, the Law, and Friends in Need." Multicultural Perspectives, 2000, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p22-24, 3p UC users only
Caster, Peter. ""Based upon a true story": the hurricane and the problem of prison redemption." In: Prisons, race, and masculinity in twentieth-century U.S. literature and film / Peter Caster. (Main Stack PS228.I66.C37 2008)
Kelly, Richard. "The Hurricane." Sight and Sound 10:4 (April 2000) p. 49-50 UC users only
Roberts, Randy. "The Hurricane." Journal of American History; Dec2000, Vol. 87 Issue 3, p1167-1168 UC users only

I Am the Law (1938)
Directed by Alexander Hall. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Barbara O'Neil, John Beal, Wendy Barrie, Otto Kruger, Arthur Loft, Marc Lawrence. A dynamic law professor is drafted by a civic leader to put an end to the city's organized-crime activity. When the gangsters infiltrate his staff, he recruits his law students to form an army of law enforcers. Based on the magazine serial Tracking New York's crime barons by Fred Allhoff. 83 min. DVD X2083
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I Confess (1953)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Karl Malden, Anne Baxter, Montgomery Clift, Brian Aherne, O.E. Hasse. A priest hears a murderer's confession and is plunged into peril, for circumstantial evidence and eyewitness accounts point to a priest as the killer. The Sacrament of Penance forbids him to reveal what he knows. As calamity and coincidence conspire to paint him into a hopeless corner it becomes the priest who must confess his own human frailty. 95 min. DVD 2958
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I Want To Live!(1958)
Directed by Robert Wise. Cast: Cast: Susan Hayward (Barbara Graham), Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel, Wesley Lau, Philip Coolidge, Lou Krugman, James Philbrook, Gage Clark, John Marley, Marion Marshall. Based on true events tells the dramatic story of the life of a "B-Girl," Barbara Graham, a vagrant prostitute and fast-living party girl, which led to a sensational murder trial and afterwards, her execution in the gas chamber despite growing doubts about her guilt. The background music is made up in its entirety of progressive jazz. Based on a newspaper article by Edward Montgomery and the letters of Barbara Graham. 121 min. DVD 1309
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Awards
Academy Awards - Best Actress (Susan Hayward)
Golden Globes - Best Actress, Dramatic (Susan Hayward)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Susan Hayward)

Bingham, Dennis. ""I Do Want to Live!": Female Voices, Male Discourse, and Hollywood Biopics." Cinema Journal, Spring99, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p3-26, 24p UC users only
Foster, Teree E. "I Want to Live - Federal Judicial Values in Death Penalty Cases: Preservation of Rights or Puntuality of Execution A Symposium on Film and the Law." Oklahoma City University Law Review >> Oklahoma City University Law Review 22(1997) p. 63- UC users only
Macpherson, Heidi Slettedahl. "Spectacular Expectations: Women, Law and Film." Journal of American Studies; Dec2007, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p641-658, 18p UC users only

Illegal (1955)
Directed by Lewis Allen. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe, Jayne Mansfield. Ambitious D.A. Victor Scott zealously prosecutes Ed Clary for a woman's murder. But as Clary walks to the electric chair, Scott receives evidence that exonerates the condemned man. Realizing that he's made a terrible mistake he tries to stop the execution, but is too late. Scott resigns as a prosecutor and enters private practice. He draws the attention of mob kingpin Frank Garland. Scott represents one of Garland's stooges on a murder rap and Scott, in a grand display of courtroom theatrics, wins the case. Embroiled in dirty mob politics, the situation becomes intolerable when his former protege is charged with a murder that seems to implicate her as an informant to the Garland mob. Special features: Commentaries by Nina Foch and film historian Patricia King Hanson on 'Illegal' and film historian Richard B. Jewell on 'The big steal;' vintage "Behind the cameras" segment with Edward G. Robinson from the 'Warner Bros. presents' TV series; new featurettes: "Illegal: marked for life" and "The big steal: look behind you;" theatrical trailers. 88 min. DVD 8414
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In the Name of the Father (Ireland / UK, 1993)
Directed by Jim Sheridan. Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Terry George and Jim Sheridan. The fact-based story of Gerry Conlon, a petty thief from Belfast. When he angers the IRA, his father sends him to England where, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, he is accused of a terrorist bombing and forced to confess. He and his father, along with friends of Gerry, are found guilty and sentenced to life in prison as members of the "Guildford Four". Behind bars, Gerry works for 15 years with the help of a dedicated lawyer, to clear their names. Based on the autobiographical book Proved Innocent by Gerry Conlon. 185 min. DVD X1059
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Indictment, the McMartin Trial (TV, 1995)
Directed by Mick Jackson. Cast: James Woods, Mercedes Ruehl, Sada Thompson, Henry Thomas, Shirley Knight, Lolita Davidovich. Fact-based film about the child molestation trial involving the McMartin Pre-School in Manhattan Beach, California. A family dedicated to caring for young children is arrested for child molestation. However, their guilt or innocence is not determined in a court of law. The case lasted for 7 years and both were aquitted after spending years in jail. Denied a speedy trial their guilt was determined by the media and thus making up the minds of a whole country. Examines the legal system of America, the power of the media and the devastation of a family left in its wake. 132 min. DVD 4724
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Inherit the Wind (1960)
Directed by Stanley Kramer. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York, Donna Anderson, Harry Morgan. A historical drama of the so called "Monkey Trial" which pitted attorney Clarence Darrow and the fundamentalist William Jennings Brian in heated courtroom debate. It is set in a small Tennessee town which gained national attention in 1925 when a biology schoolteacher, John T. Scopes, was arrested for violating state law by teaching Darwin's theory of evolution to his students. 108 min. DVD 1105; vhs 999:639
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Johnson, Phillip E. "Inherit the Wind: The Play's the Thing Evolution and the Law: Reflections on the Legacy of the Scopes Trial." 13 Regent University Law Review. 279 (2000-2001) UC users only
Moore, Randy. "Creationism in the United States: VII. The Lingering Impact of "Inherit the Wind",: The American Biology Teacher Vol. 61, No. 4 (Apr., 1999), pp. 246-250 UC users only
Riley, Karen L.; Brown, Jennifer A.; Braswell, Ray. "Historical Truth and Film." American Educational History Journal, Fall2007, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p263-273, 11p UC users only
Spoto, Donald. Stanley Kramer, film maker New York : Putnam, c1978 (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.A3 .K725 1978)
Uelmen, Gerald F. "Trial as a Circus: Inherit the Wind, The Symposium: Picturing Justice: Images of Law and Lawyers in the Visual Media." 30 University of Southern Florida Law Review. 1221 (1995-1996) UC users only

The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (TV, 2002)
Directed by Don McBrearty. Cast: Ally Sheedy, Mark Rendall, John Bourgeois, Rosemary Dunsmore, Michael Riley. After 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe is brutally murdered in her own home, the police attempt to force her older brother to confess to the crime. Every tactic at the police's disposal is used to manipulte and bully Michael into confessing to the gruesome crime, but is he truly responsible for her death? Based on true events. 86 min. DVD X271
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Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Directed by Joel Coen. Cast: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush, Cedric the Entertainer, Edward Herrmann, Paul Adelstein, Richard Jenkins, Billy Bob Thornton. Miles Massey is a high-powered Los Angeles divorce lawyer nearing a midlife crisis. While representing his wealthy client Rex Rexroth, Miles meets his match in Rex's gold-digging wife, Marilyn. He's impressed by her similarly heartless ways of using marriage to fuel an expensive lifestyle, but Miles still manages to defeat her in court. With Marilyn looking to get her revenge and Miles finding himself attracted to her, the two engage in a ruthless romantic pursuit to out-swindle each other. 100 min. DVD 3335
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Intruder in the Dust (1949)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: David Brian, Claude Jarman, Jr., Juano Hernandez, Porter Hall, Elizabeth Patterson, Charles Kemper, Will Geer. This film is considered one of the most outstanding films about racial tension. It tells the story of a black man in a small Mississippi town who is accused of murdering a white man known to be his adversary. He makes no attempt to defend himself to avoid being lyunched, until a young white boy persuades his lawyer uncle to help find the real killer. Based on the novel by William Faulkner. 87 min. 999:2278
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Jagged Edge (1990)
Directed by Richard Marquand. Cast: Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Peter Coyote, Robert Loggia. San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires lawyer Teddy Barnes to defend him, despite the fact she hasn't handled a criminal case in years. There's a certain chemistry between them and Teddy soon finds herself defending the man she loves. 108 min. DVD X2244; vhs :2336
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Lucia, Cynthia A. Barto. "A Question of Genre: Jagged Edge and Guilt as Sin." In: Framing female lawyers : women on trial in film / Cynthia Lucia. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.J8 L83 2005)

JFK (1991)
Directed by Oliver Stone. Cast: Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Oldman, Michael Rooker, Jay O. Sanders, Sissy Spacek. Director Oliver Stone seamlessly blends archival film with acted sequences in his version of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which alleges that there was a massive plot and cover-up surrounding JFK's death. Based on the books "On the trail of the assassins" by Jim Garrison and "Crossfire: the plot that killed Kennedy" by Jim Marrs. 209 min. DVD 772; vhs 999:1260
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Judge Priest (1934)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Will Rogers, Tom Brown, Anita Louise, Henry B. Walthall, David Landau, Rochelle Hudson, Stepin Fetchit, Hattie McDaniel. A small town Judge William "Billy" Priest in the old South stirs up the place with stinging humor and common sense observances as he tangles with prejudices and civil injustices. 80 min. DVD 9377
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Perez, Gilberto. "Saying "Ain't" and Playing "Dixie": Rhetoric and Comedy in Judge Priest." Raritan. Spring 2004. Vol. 23, Iss. 4; p. 34 (21 pages) UC users only

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Directed by Stanley Kramer. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Maximilian Schell, Montgomery Clift, William Shatner, Edward Binns, Kenneth MacKenna, Werner Klemperer. A fictionalized account of a war crimes trial of four eminent Nazi judges at Nuremberg, Germany, after World War II. Provides insight into Nazi brutality and raises questions about freedom of choice, loyalty to one's country, and responsibility to mankind. 190 min. DVD 3162; vhs 999:1040
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards - Best Motion Picture Director; Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor (Maximilian Schell)

Documentaries about the Nuremberg Trials

Mann, Abby. Judgment at Nuremberg : the script of the film London : Cassell, 1961. (MAIN: PN1997.J77 M36 1961)
"Judgment at Nuremberg." In: Best American screenplays 2 : complete screenplays / edited by Sam Thomas. New York : Crown Publishers, c1990. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 B364 1990)

The Jury (BBC TV, 2001)
Directed by Pete Travis. Cast: Stuart Bunce, Gerard Butler, Sonnell Dadral, Nicholas Farrell, Michael Maloney, Helen McCrory, Nina Sosanya, Sylvia Syms, Antony Sher, Derek Jacobi. A young schoolboy is murdered and his schoolmate is arrested. But was he just arrested because he was Sikh, or is he really the killer? The jury must look through the racism and media attention behind the trial and seek the truth. 350 min. DVD 2524

Justiz (Execution in Justice) (1993)
Directed by Hans W. Geissendorffer. Cast: Maximilian Schell, Thoma Heinze, Anna Thalbach, Mathias Gnadiger, Norbert Schwientek, Ulrike Kriener. The plot involves the examination of justice from the moral as well as from the judicial point of view. A man, who shoots another in open view without any reason, is arrested and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He then prevails on a young lawyer to reexamine the question of guilt from a purely theoretical perspective. The question of what is right and what is wrong turns out to be extremely complex. 106 min. vhs 999:2786
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Knock on Any Door (1949)
Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, John Derek, George Macready, Allene Roberts, Susan Perry. Andrew Morton is an attorney who made it out of the slums while his client, Nick Romano, has a long string of crimes behind him. After Nick lost his paycheck gambling, his wife announces she is pregnant and later he finds her dead from suicide. When he turns again to robbery he's caught by a cop and Nick pumps all his bullets into him in frustration. Film is notable for Morton's appeal to the court which emphasizes the evils of the slums. From the novel "Knock on any door" by Willard Motley. 100 min. DVD X4752; vhs 999:2335
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Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Directed by Robert Benton. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry. When his wife walks out on Ted Kramer and his six-year-old son they have a chance to really get to know each other. Then Ted's wife returns demanding her son back and precipitating a battle for custody of the child. 125 min. DVD 3646
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film

The Last Dance (1996)
Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Sharon Stone, Rob Morrow, Randy Quaid, Peter Gallagher, Jack Thompson. A story of a woman on Death Row and the one man fighting to save her. Cindy Liggett (Stone) is a convicted killer facing imminent execution until a young lawyer, Rick Hayes, becomes convinced her case doesn't warrant the death penalty. 103 min. DVD X3353
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The Last Wave (Australia, 1977)
Directed by Peter Weir. Cast: Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, Gulpilil, Frederick Parslow, Vivean Gray, Nandjiwarra Amagula M.B.E., Walter Amagula, Roy Bara, Cedric Lalara, Morris Lalara. The story of a lawyer defending a group of Australian aboriginals accused of killing one of their own. He suspects the victim has been killed for violating a tribal taboo, but the defendants deny any tribal association. Plagued by apocalyptic visions, he slowly relizes his own involvement with the aborigines... and their prophecies. 104 min. DVD 2758
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Law & Order.
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Legal Eagles (1986)
Directed by Ivan Reitman. Cast: Robert Redford, Debra Winger, Daryl Hannah, Brian Dennehy, Terence Stamp, Steven Hill. A hard-nosed assistant district attorney and an imaginative defense attorney combine their talents to defend a spacey "performance artist" who is accused of theft and murder. 116 min. DVD 1444
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Legally Blonde (2001)
Director, Tom Shadyac. Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, Jennifer Coolidge, Holland Taylor, Ali Larter. When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined. Special features: Deleted scenes ; 2 featurettes: "Inside Legally Blonde," & "The hair that are Hollywood," 2 audio commentaries featuring Robert Luketic, Reese Witherspoon, Marc Platt & film crew ; hit music video "Perfect day" by Hoku ; trivia track ; original theatrical trailer. Based on the characters created by Amanda Brown. 92 min. DVD X113
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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
Director, Charles Herman-Wurmfeld.. Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Regina King, Jennifer Coolidge, Bruce McGill, Dana Ivey, Bob Newhart, Luke Wilson. When she's fired from her job at an upscale law firm for voicing her stance against the testing of cosmetics on animals, Elle heads to Capitol Hill to fight for her cause before Congress. Once there, she runs into plenty of adversity and red-tape and can't seem to find anyone who will listen to her proposals. She meets and befriends an elderly bellman who's been around long enough to know the ins and outs of the political machine. With his help, Elle attempts to convince disillusioned U.S. Representative Rudd to help her get her voice heard in front of the stodgy old coots of the legislative branch. Special features: Deleted scenes; gag reel; outtakes; "We can" music video with LeAnn Rimes; audio commentary by the cast; "Welcome to Delta Nu" interactive quiz; "Blonde ambition" featurette; photo gallery ; trailers. 95 min. DVD X114
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Let Him Have It (1991)
Director, Peter Medak. Cast: Chris Eccleston, Paul Reynolds, Tom Bell, Eileen Atkins, Clare Holman, Michael Elphick, Mark McGann, Tom Courtenay. In 1950s England, 16 year old mentally handicapped Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Based on true events, after Bentley's execution, the ensuing public outcry eventually led to the abolition of the death penalty. 110 min. DVD 1107(PAL, region 2)
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Liar Liar (1997)
Director, Tom Shadyac. Cast: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Jennifer Tilly, Swoosie Kurtz, Justin Cooper, Cary Elwes. Fletcher Reed is a fast-talking attorney and habitual liar. When his son Max blows out the candles on his fifth birthday cake, he has just one wish - that his dad will stop lying for 24 hours. When Max's wish comes true, Fletcher discovers that his biggest asset - his mouth - has become his biggest liability. 87 min. DVD 1107
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Epstein, Michael M. "Law and the Supernatural: How One Film's Truth Compulsion Conceit Critiques and Redeems the Post-O.J. Lawyer." Vermont Law Review v. 28 no. 4 (Summer 2004) p. 881-93 UC users only

The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Directed by William Dieterle. Featuring Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Holden, Donald Crisp, Erin O'Brien Moore, Henry O'Neill, Morris Carnovsky, Louis Calhern. Explores the career of the novelist who championed the cause of France's oppressed. History knows Emile Zola as the lone man who cried out, "I accuse!," in the famous Dreyfus Case where the French army deliberately persecuted an innocent Jew. 117 min. DVD 6805; vhs 999:2864
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Awards & Honors

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Joseph Schildkraut)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Actor
National Film Registry Selection

Elsaesser, Thomas. "Film history as social history: The Dieterle/Warner Brothers bio-pic." Wide Angle Vol VIII nr 2 (1986); p 15-31
Herman, Felicia. "Hollywood, Nazism, and the Jews, 1933-1941." American Jewish History, 2001, Vol. 89 Issue 1, p61-89, 29p UC users only
"The Life of Emile Zola." Film & History; May1971, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p4-4UC users only
Shindler, Colin. "Foreign Affairs." In: Hollywood in crisis : cinema and American society, 1929-1939 / Colin Shindler. London ; New York : Routledge, 1996. pp: 197-199. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.U65 S52 1996)

The Lincoln Lawyer (1966)
Directed by Brad Furman. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Peña, Bob Gunton, Frances Fisher, Bryan Cranston, William H. Macy. Michael 'Mick' Haller is a slick, charismatic Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car. Having spent most of his career defending petty, gutter-variety criminals, Mick unexpectedly lands the case of a lifetime. However, what initially appears to be a straightforward case with a big money payoff swiftly develops into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation and a crisis of conscience for Haller. Based on the book by Michael Connelly. 119 min. DVD X6084
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M (Germany, 1931)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke, Theodor Loos, Gustaf Grundgens. A German town is gripped by terror due to the sadistic murders of little girls. The underworld is threatened when the police search proves futile so the denizens of the underworld trap, capture, and finally drag the murderer before a tribunal of criminals. 99 min. DVD 16; VHS 999:30
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Madame X (1966)
Directed by David Lowell Rich. Cast: Lana Turner, John Forsythe, Ricardo Montalban, Burgess Meredith, Constance Bennett, Keir Dullea. A woman is blackmailed by her mother-in-law into leaving her politician husband and their baby. Twenty years later, she finds herself on trial for murder where she is defended by her own son. 100 min. DVD X4319
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A Man For All Seasons (UK, 1966)
Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw,Orson Welles, Susannah York, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt, Corin Redgrave. "Paul Scofield's Oscar- winning performance as Sir Thomas More, the Tudor-era judge made chancellor of England. He is caught in the political struggle involving Henry VIII's decision to defy the Roman Catholic Church and divorce his wife to wed Anne Boleyn. Lines from playwright Robert Bolt's stirring script are frequently quoted in U.S. court opinions: "I know what's legal, not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal." And: "This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast — man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?" [Burst, Richard. "25 Greatest Legal Movies." ABA Journal, Aug 2008. Vol. 94, Iss. 8; p. 38 UC users only)120 min. DVD 7451
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The Man in the Glass Booth (1974)
Director, Arthur Hiller. Cast: Maximilian Schell, Lois Nettleton, Lawrence Pressman, Luther Adler. Millionaire Jewish entrepreneur Arthur Goldman, who rules a financial empire from his Manhattan penthouse, is given to passionate and capricious ravings on a variety of subjects. His growing paranoia, dismissed by those close to him, is confirmed when he is kidnapped by Israeli agents and brought to trial in Israel for crimes against humanity. Is he Arthur Goldman or is he Adolph Dorf, former SS colonel who headed a Nazi concentration camp? As the trial progresses, the question becomes more confusing. 117 min. DVD 1788
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Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien, Andy Devine, Ken Murray. "Senator Ranse Stoddard returns to the city of Shinbone in the Wild West, to go to the funeral of his friend, Tom Doniphon. To a journalist, who's wondering what the senator is doing in Shinbone, he tells how his career started as "the man who shot Liberty Valance". As a lawyer he came to Shinbone to bring law and order to the west by means of law books. When the stagecoach is held up by outlaws, he is savagely beaten by Liberty Valance. He survives the attack and is nursed by his future wife, Hallie. Hallie is being wooed by a local rancher, Tom Doniphon. Ranse teaches the people of Shinbone to read and write, all the while trying to find a way of bringing Valance to justice. He finally takes up a gun and faces Valance in a menacing shootout. [IMDB] 123 min. DVD 8321; DVD 959
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Marked Woman (1937)
Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Screenplay: Robert Rossen. Cast: Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell, Eduardo Ciannelli, Jane Bryan, Rosalind Marquis, Mayo Methot, Allen Jenkins, John Litelben Welden, Henry O'Neill. A crusading prosecutor uses a prostitute to indict mobster Johnny Vanning. Inspired by the real-life saga of prostitutes whose testimony put Lucky Luciano behind bars. Special features : New featurette : Marked woman : ripped from the headlines -- 2 classic cartoons : Porky's hero agency ; She was an acrobat's daughter -- Theatrical trailer. 96 min. DVD 7585
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Campbell, Russell. Marked women : prostitutes and prostitution in the cinema. Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.P76.C36 2006; PFA PN1995.9.P76.C36 2006)
Eckert, Charles W. "The Anatomy of a Proletarian Film: Warner's "Marked Woman"" Film Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Winter, 1973-1974), pp. 10-24 UC users only
Kay, Karyn. "Sisters of the Night." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television; Fall72 Issue 6, p20-25, 6p,
Neve, Brian. "The Screenwriter and the Social Problem Film, 1936-38: The Case of Robert Rossen at Warner Brothers." Film and History 14:1 (Feb. 1984) p. 2 UC users only

Michael Clayton (2007)
Directed by Tony Gilroy. Cast: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, Michael O'Keefe. Michael Clayton is an in-house fixer at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of the law firm's dirtiest work at the behest of the firm's co-founder, Marty Bach. Burned out with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture, and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. When the firm's top litigator goes from advocate to whistleblower, its up to Michael to undo the damage. 119 min. 96 min. DVD 9291
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Awards

Academy Awards, USA - Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (George Clooney)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actor (George Clooney)

Alleva, Richard. "The Fixer." Commonweal, 11/9/2007, Vol. 134 Issue 19, p20-21, 2p UC users only
Blake, Richard A. "A Man for Our Season." America, 11/26/2007, Vol. 197 Issue 17, p19-23, 3p UC users only
Denby, David. "Michael Clayton." New Yorker, 11/12/2007, Vol. 83 Issue 35, p19-21, 2p UC users only
Jones, Kent. "Michael Clayton." Film Comment, Jan/Feb2008, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p40-40, 1/6p UC users only
Kamir, Orit "Michael Clayton, Hollywood's Contemporary Hero-Lawyer: Beyond Outsider within and Insider Without." 42 Suffolk University Law Review 829 (2008-2009) UC users only
Kemp, Philip. "Michael Clayton." Sight & Sound, Oct2007, Vol. 17 Issue 10, p60-62, 2pUC users only
Nayman, Adam. "Up in the Air." Cinema Scope, Winter2010, Issue 41, p72-73, 2p UC users only
Rothaupt, Jeanne W.; Flom, Barb. "Michael Clayton." Journal of Feminist Family Therapy; 2008, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p277, 3p UC users only
Kamir, Orit. "Michael Clayton, Hollywood's Contemporary Hero-Lawyer: Beyond Outsider Within and Insider Without." (Part of Symposium: Legal Outsiders in American Film) Suffolk University Law Review, 2009, Vol. 42 Issue 4, p829-848, 20p UC users only
Salter, Chuck. "Trade Secrets." Fast Company; Apr2009, Issue 134, p43-45, 3p UC users only

Gilroy, Tony. Michael Clayton : [screenplay] / by Tony Gilroy. United States : Warner Bros. Pictures, 2006. (Pacific Film Archive PN1997.M523 G54 2006)

Midnight Mary (1933)
Directed by William A. Wellman. Cast: Loretta Young, Ricardo Cortez, Franchot Tone, Andy Devine, Una Merkel. A mistaken arrest, a prison term, and lack of employment leads to a young woman's involvement with gangsters. In a brothel she meets a wealthy lawyer who falls in love with her. He helps her turn her life around, but her past catches up with her and now she is on trial for murder. Special features: Commentary on "Midnight Mary" by historians Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta; S.S. Dine detective short "The studio murder mystery;" vintage Pete Smith short "Goofy movies #1;" classic cartoon "Bosko's parlor pranks;" theatrical trailers. 127 min. DVD X1427
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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Directed by George Seaton. Cast: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Natalie Wood, Porter Hall, William Frawley, Jerome Cowan, Philip Tonge. The real Santa is hired by Macy's to play the department store's Santa in the Thanksgiving Day parade, but has to prove in court that he is who he says he is. Non-compos mentis?? Ho Ho Ho! Special features: Disc one: All-new colorized version; feature audio commentary by Maureen O'Hara ; Disc two: Original version in black & white; feature audio commentary by Maureen O'Hara; AMC Backstory: 'Miracle on 34th Street;' Fox Movietone News footage: "Hollywood spotlight;" 'Miracle on 34th Street' TV version; "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: floating in history" featurette; promotional short; poster gallery. 96 min. DVD 6810
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Mississippi Burning (1988)
Directed by Alan Parker. Cast: Gene Hackman and Willem Defoe. Set in Mississippi in 1964, this is a fictionalized version of the case of the murder of three young civil rights workers, the FBI's attempts to find the missing boys and the clash between the authorities and the locals in a Klan-dominated town. 127 min. DVD 4902; vhs 999:374
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Mr. District Attorney (1947)
Directed by Robert B. Sinclair. Cast: Dennis O'Keefe, Adolphe Menjou, Marguerite Chapman, Michael O'Shea. Resenting his boss' constructive criticism and presumed interference, assistant DA Bennett goes astray, ultimately getting mixed up with trouble-prone Marcia Manning. DA Warren quickly realizes that Marcia is a no-good, but Bennett refuses to listen. Eventually, two men meet their deaths at Marcia's manicured hands, and by the last reel it looks as though Bennett will be third on her list. Based on the radio program 'Mr. District Attorney' created by Phillips H. Lord. 83 min. DVD X912
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Music Box (1989)
Directed by Costa-Gavras. Cast: Jessica Lange, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Frederic Forrest, Lukas Haas, Donald Moffat. In this courtroom thriller, Chicago attorney Ann Talbot agrees to defend her Hungarian immigrant father Mike Laszlo against accusations of heinous war crimes committed 50 years earlier. As the trial unfolds, Ann probes for evidence that will not only establish his innocence but also lay to rest her own agonizing doubts about his past. 126 min. DVD 2925
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Lucia, Cynthia. "Women on trial: The female lawyer in the Hollywood courtroom." Cineaste, Dec92, Vol. 19 Issue 2/3, p32, 6p UC users only

My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Directed by Jonathan Lynn. Cast: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, Mitchell Whitfield, Fred Gwynne. Two carefree pals traveling through Alabama are mistakenly arrested and charged with murder. They are defended by the cousin of one of them (Vinny), a former auto mechanic of Brooklyn who just passed his bar exam after his sixth try. Vinny's never been in court and this case quickly turns into a hysterical escapade. 120 min. DVD 1437
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Carilli, Theresa. "Still Crazy After All These Years: Italian Americans in Mainstream U.S. Films." In: Cultural diversity and the U.S. media / edited by Yahya R. Kamalipour, Theresa Carilli ; foreword by George Gerbner. Albany : State University of New York Press, 1998. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Comparative Ethnic Studies P94.5.M552 U628 1998)
Carolan, Mary Ann McDonald. "Italianamerican Women as Comic Foils: Exploding the Stereotype in My Cousin Vinny, Moonstruck, and Married to the Mob." LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Apr-Jun2002, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p155, 12p UC users only

No End (Bez konca) (Poland, 1985)
Director, Krysztof Kieslowski. Antek was one of the few lawyers willing to take on political cases in a period of enforced martial law. Upon his unexpected death, Antek's wife Ulla struggles to cope with her grief. She eventually takes on the task of finding another attorney to take over one of her husband's cases to defend a man jailed for leading a labor strike. After connecting a colleague from Antek's past with the prisoner's wife, a series of mysterious signals make Ulla believe that Antek's ghost is warning her about the man choosen to replace him. 103 min. DVD 4185
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North Country (2005)
Directed by Niki Caro. Cast: Charlize Theron, Elle Peterson, Thomas Curtis, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Renner, Richard Jenkins, Sissy Spacek. Josey Aimes needs a job and goes to work at a Minnesota steel mine after splitting with her violent husband. But the job proves to be almost as harrowing as her marriage. The male miners are resentful of women taking their jobs, so the men verbally abuse and play humiliating pranks on the female miners. After being physically assaulted by a coworker, Josey tries to fight against the harassment, but none of the other women will join her case for fear that things will only get worse. A dramatization of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the U.S. - Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won a landmark 1984 lawsuit. 123 min. DVD 5207
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Jacobs, Donovan. "Creating Reel Change." Sojourners Magazine; Nov2006, Vol. 35 Issue 10, p36-40, 5p
Kamir, Orit. "North Country's Hero and Her Cinematic Lawyer: Can "Lawyer Films" and "Women's Films" Merge to Launch a New Feminist Sub-Genre?" Canadian Journal of Women & the Law, 2009, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p119-142, 24p UC users only
McCann, Michael; Haltom, William. "Ordinary Heroes vs. Failed Lawyers—Public Interest Litigation in Erin Brockovich and Other Contemporary Films." Law & Social Inquiry, Fall2008, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p1043-1070, 28p UC users only

Nuts (1987)
Directed by Martin Ritt. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss, Maureen Stapleton, Eli Wallach, Robert Webber, James Whitmore, Karl Malden. The pending case: The People of the State of New York vs. Claudia Draper. The issue: Is Claudia, the high-class call girl accused of murder, mentally competent to stand trial? Sure, she's shocking, outspoken, explosive. But is she "nuts?" Claudia holds nothing back as she takes on the judicial system, modern psychiatry, personal demons and anyone in her way. Based on the play by Tom Topor. 116 min. DVD X2512
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One Angry Man (2010)
Directed by Steven Moskovic. Cast: Jackie Mason, Jamie Colby, Tony Darrow, Raoul Felder, Mike Gallagher, Mark Levin. Modeled after the stage and screen production 'Twelve Angry Men', 'One Angry Man' is a courtroom dram-edy starring Jackie Mason as himself. The characters share stories with one another about their lives and experiences, tempers flare, emotions run rampant, and Jackie realizes he may have made a wrong decision. Jackie, being soft-hearted as he is, takes responsibility and tries re-convincing everyone of the plaintiff's innocence. 95 min. DVD X6734
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Other People's Money (1991)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck, Penelope Ann Miller, Piper Laurie, Dean Jones, Tom Aldredge, R.D. Call, Mo Gaffney, Bette Henritze. A comedy about a ruthless Wall Street deal maker who pursues the hostile takeover of a small manufacturing company, New England Wire & Cable, and during the buyout attempt becomes enamoured with the company's attorney. 101 min. DVD X3789
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Feldman, Stuart. "Business Gets a Bad Rap." Management Review, Nov92, Vol. 81 Issue 11, p49, 6p UC users only
Graham, Lise; Peña, Leticia; Kocher, Claudia. "Other People's Money: A Visual Technology for Teaching Corporate Restructuring Cross-Functionally." Journal of Management Education; Feb99, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p53-64, 12p UC users only

Palermo oder Wolfsburg (Switzerland / West Germany, 1980)
Director, Werner Schroeter. Cast: Nicola Zarbo, Ida Di Benedetto, Otto Sander, Magdalena Montezuma, Brigitte Tig, An impoverished young man from Sicily travels to Wolfsburg, West Germany to find work. He takes a job in the Volkswagen factory after he travels through Northern Italy by train. The young man is arrested after he kills two Germans with his knife when they question his honor. The third part of the film follows his subsequent trial and deals with justice denied and the attitude of many Germans who resent the influx of foreign labor. 170 min. DVD X1816
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The Paper Chase (1973)
Directed by James Bridges. Cast: Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John Houseman, Graham Gickel. Making it through the first year of Harvard Law School is tough enough without making an adversary of your most important professor. That, however, is exactly what a hard-wording student does, and then, to further complicate matters, he discovers that the girl he's in love with is the professor's daughter. 112 min. DVD 1663
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Dillon, J. T. "Paper Chase and the Socratic Method of Teaching Law Comments." Journal of Legal Education, 529 (1979-1980) UC users only
Stillwaggon, J. "Legal, Tender: The Deferred Romance of Pedagogical Relation in The Paper Chase." Studies in Philosophy and Education Studies in Philosophy and Education UC users only
Trier, James. "Inquiring into 'techniques of power' with preservice teachers through the 'school film' The Paper Chase." Teaching & Teacher Education, Jul2003, Vol. 19 Issue 5, p543, 15p UC users only

The Paradine Case (1947)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton, Charles Coburn, Ethel Barrymore, Louis Jourdan, Alida Valli. Can a woman so beautiful and charming have actually murdered her husband? Even her own lawyer is spellbound in her presence, unable to clearly see the facts. Increasingly captivated by the woman he must defend, he begins to grow distant from his loyal wife. 125 min. DVD 1026
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Party Girl (1958)
Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb, John Ireland, Kent Smith, Claire Kelly, Corey Allen. Lawyer Thomas Farrell has made a career defending crooks in trials. He has never realised that there is a downside to his success, until he meets the dancer Vicki Gayle. She makes him decide to get out of the business, but mob king Rico Angelo insists that he continue his services. Based on a story by Leo Katcher. 99 min. DVD X4503; vhs 999:3570
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Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc) (France, 1928)
Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. Cast: Renee Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, Andre Berley, Maurice Schutz, Antonin Artaud, Gilbert Dalleu, Jean d'Yd, Lois Ravet. The trial and execution of Joan of Arc, based on actual court records, but compressed into a single day. This film is notable for its extensive use of close-ups, extreme close-ups, expressionistic camera angles, and historically accurate sets and costumes. Silent film with French intertitles and English subtitles and musical soundtrack. Special features include: an extensive production design archive; a history of Passion's many versions, with clips; audio interview with Falconetti's daughter; an essay by Richard Einhorn on Joan of Arc and Voices of Light. DVD 121; vhs 999:172; 999:2266 (Restored version)
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Paths of Glory (1957)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Meeker, George Macready, Wayne Morris, Richard Anderson, Joseph Turkel, Susanne Christian, Jerry Hausner, Peter Capell, Emile Meyer, Berl Freed, Ken Dibbs, Timothy Carey. Safe in a chateau behind the front lines, the French General Staff passes down an order to Colonel Dax: take Ant Hill at any cost. A blatant suicide mission, the attack is doomed to failure. Covering up their fatal blunder, the Generals order the arrest of three innocent soldiers, charging them with cowardice and mutiny. Dax, a lawyer in civilian life, rises to the men's defense but soon realizes that, unless he can prove that the Generals were to blame, nothing less than a miracle will save his clients from the firing squad. 87 min. DVD 258
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

The Pelican Brief (1993)
Director, Alan J. Pakula. Cast: Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, John Heard, Tony Goldwyn, James B. Sikking, William Atherton, Robert Culp, Stanley Tucci, Hume Cronyn, John Lithgow. Two Supreme Court justices have been assassinated and one lone law student turns her suspicions about the deaths into a speculative brief that sends shock waves into the highest levels of government. She and an investigative journalist want to tell the world what they have uncovered -- if they can live to tell it. Based on the book by John Grisham. 141 min. DVD 1438
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Grant, J. "Lawyers as superheroes: The Firm, The Client, and The Pelican Brief." University of San Francisco Law Review v. 30 (Summer 1996) p. 1111-21

The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
Directed by Oliver Stone. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton. Based on the true story of the notorius Hustler publisher who was sued by the Religious Right and paralyzed by a fanatic's bullet who took his case to the Supreme Court in defense of free speech and First Amendment rights. Chronicles Flynt's raunchy business savvy, his wildly unconventional marriage and his infamous courtroom antics. 130 min. DVD 607
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Awards
Golden Globes, USA - Best Director - Motion Picture

The People v. Leo Frank
Directed by Ben Loeterman. Cast: Will Janowitz, Seth Gilliam, Steve Coulter. This dramatized documentary drawn verbatim from transcipts, examines the story of Leo Frank, the only known Jew to be lynched in the United States and whose 1915 lynching by an anti-Semitic mob in Georgia led to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League. 2009. 82 min. DVD X2300
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Perry Mason
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Philadelphia(1993)
Directed by Jonathan Demme. Cast: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas, Joanne Woodward. Andrew Beckett, a gay lawyer infected with AIDS, is fired from his conservative law firm in fear that they might contract AIDS from him. After Andrew is fired, in a last attempt for peace, he sues his former law firm with the help of a homophobic lawyer, Joe Miller. During the court battle, Miller sees that Beckett is no different than anyone else on the gritty streets of the city of brotherly love, sheds his homophobia and helps Beckett with his case before AIDS overcomes him. 125 min. DVD 2226; vhs 999:1162
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Presumed Innocent (1990)
Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Cast: Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia, Bonnie Bedelia, Paul Winfield, Greta Scacchi. Rusty Sabich, an up-and-comer in the county prosecutor's office, is swept up in an obsessive affair with a co-worker. When she is murdered, he's asked to lead the investigation. Then, astonishingly, he's accused of the crime. He's the perfect suspect and his fight to clear his name pulls him into a whirpool of lies and secrets. Based on the novel by Scott Turow. 127 min. DVD X2296
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Corcos, Christine A. ""Presuming Innocence: Alan Pakula and Scott Turow Take on the Great American Legal Fiction" Oklahoma City University Law Review Volume 22, Number 1 (1997)
Siegel, Rochelle; Hengstler, Gary A. "Presumed accurate: when the law goes to the movies." (a look at 'Presumed Innocent' with interviews with author Scott Turow and actors Harrison Ford and Raul Julia ABA Journal August 1990 v76 p42(6)

Primal Fear (1996)
Directed by Gregory Hoblit. Cast: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton. A Chicago altar boy is accused of murdering the archbishop and a publicity hungry local attorney decides to defend him. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a "third person" in the room during the murder. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone's perception of the crime and what really happened... Based on the novel by William Diehl. 130 min. DVD X121
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Proteus(Canada / South Africa, 2003)
Directors, Jack Lewis and John Greyson. Cast: Rouxnet Brown, Shaun Smyth, Neil Sandilands, Kristen Thomson. A fact-based interracial gay love story of two men incarcerated in the infamous South African Robin Island prison in the 18th century. Claas Blank, a Koi herder was unjustly imprisoned for stealing cattle. Rijkhaart Jacobsz, a withdrawn Dutch sailor, was imprisoned for the crime of homosexuality. The two were placed on trial for sodomy and the film is based partly on court transcipts from the time. 97 min. DVD 3275
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Provoked (UK | India, 2006)
Directed by Jag Mundhra. Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Miranda Richardson, Naveen Andrews, Rebecca Pidgeon, Nandita Das, Robbie Coltrane. Unable to bear the brutality and repeated rapes by her alcoholic husband, Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi housewife and mother of two in London, sets him on fire and kills him. Charged with first-degree murder, she is sentenced to life imprisonment, where she befriends her cell mate. Moved by her story, the cell mate asks her step-brother, a highly respected queen's counsel, to file her appeal. Based on the book Circle of light : the autobiography of Kiranjit Ahluwalia / by Rahila Gupta & Kiranjit Ahluwalia. In Hindi without subtitles. 109 min. DVD X4199
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The Rainmaker (1997)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Jon Voight, Mary Kay Place, Mickey Rourke, Danny DeVito. Rudy Baylor, a rookie lawyer is working on a high profile case involving a dying boy and the insurance company that denied his claim. Opposing him is an army of seasoned legal sharks. Rudy's chances are slim to none until he uncovers a trail of corruption and deceit that might lead him to the one thing that could win the case ... the truth. Based on the book by John Grisham. Special features: Commentary by direcor Francis Ford Coppola and actor Danny DeVito ; Watch "The rainmaker" with Francis Ford Coppola ; Francis Ford Coppola directs John Grisham's "The Rainmaker" ; deleted scenes ; extended beginning and alternate ending ; screen tests. 135 min. DVD X122
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Reasonable Doubt(TV, 1954)
Directed by Peter Hyams. Cast: Jesse Metcalfe, Amber Tamblyn, Michael Douglas, Joel David Moore, Orlando Jones. Martin Hunter is a high profile laywer who has an impeccable record putting criminals behind bars and is a shoo-in for governor in the upcoming election. But when ambitious rookie journalist C.J. Nicholas begins investigating Hunter for tampering with evidence to secure his convictions, the district attorney's perfect record is up for scrutiny. Commencing a risky game of cat and mouse with Hunter, C.J. frames himself as a murder suspect to catch the the corrupt D.A. in the act. Based on the RKO film "Beyond a reasonable doubt" from the RKO Pictures library and based on the 1956 screenplay by Douglas Morrow. 105 min. DVD X2502
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The Remarkable Incident at Carson Corners(TV, 1954)
Directed by Paul Nickell ; written by Reginald Rose. Cast: O.Z. Whitehead, Frances Fuller, Harry Townes, Priscilla Gillette, Frank Overton, Hugh Reilly, Susan Hallaran. A television drama in which a school play turns into a trial focusing on the the death of child in the small town of Carson Corners. As the trial unfolds all the community's adults are implicated in the child's death in this study of innocence destroyed by indifference. Originally broadcast on the television series Studio One on January 11, 1954. 60 min. DVD X596
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Reversal of Fortune (1990)
Directed by Barbet Schroeder. Cast: Glen Close, Jeremy Irons, Ron Silver. Did European aristocrat Claus von Bulow attempt to murder his wife Sunny at their luxurious Newport mansion in 1980? The tabloids of the day certainly had their opinions. "You have one thing in your favor," defense attorney Alan Dershowitz told von Bulow, "Everybody hates you." Reversal of Fortune is the acclaimed movie version of events that had all America talking. 106 min. DVD X2245
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Dershowitz, Alan M. "Reversal of image: watching someone playing yourself." (lawyer reacts to portrayal of himself in "Reversal of Fortune") The New York Times Oct 14, 1990 v140 s2 pH15(N) pH15(L) col 2 (29 col in)
Leitch, Thomas M. "Reversal of Fortune and the Lawyer Film." In: Crime films Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.D4 L45 2002)

Roses for the Prosecutor (Rosen für den Staatsanwalt) (Germany, 1959)
Directed by Wolfgang Staudte. Cast: Walter Giller, Martin Held, Ingrid van Bergen. Set in the West Germany of the late 1950s, deals with the encounter between a one-time Nazi military prosecutor, now an esteemed public prosecutor, and an easy-going hawker, formerly a private, whom he had sentenced to death during hostilities. PAL format tape. In German without English subtitles. 95 min. vhs 999:3478
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Roxie Hart(1942)
Director, William A. Wellman. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, Sara Allgood, William Frawley, Spring Byington. Roxie Hart, an ambitious 1920s showgirl, confesses to a murder just for the publicity. After her husband shoots a burglar in their apartment, Roxie is talked into pretending she did it by a newsman and a theatrical agent who promise to sign her for a vaudeville tour. Realizing she'll become a household name overnight, Roxie agrees and becomes the center of an outrageous trial. Based on a true story. Based on the play "Chicago" by Maurine Dallas Watkins. 75 min. DVD X2175
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Rules of Engagement (2000)
Directed by William Friedkin. Cast: Tommy Lee Jones; Samuel L Jackson; Guy Pearce. Colonel Terry Childers is a patriot and war hero. But when a peacekeeping mission he leads in Yemen goes terribly wrong, 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.... 127 min. DVD 2390
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Deep, Kim. "Deconstructing Hollywood: negative stereotyping in film." (media section) Women in Action, Dec 2002 i3 p57(3) UC users only
"Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. Speaks out Against Racial Stereotyping: "The Film Rules of Engagement Defames Arabs and Muslims," Says Jackson." Chicago Citizen 5/4/2000 V.35; N.4 p. 3 See Ethnic NewsWatch
"Yemenis 'slandered' by new movie." (Brief Article) MEED Middle East Economic Digest May 12, 2000 v44 i19 p24 (201 words)

Runaway Jury (2003)
Directed by Gary Fleder. Cast: John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Bruce Davison, Bruce McGill, Jeremy Piven, Nick Searcy, Stanley Anderson. 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. Based on the novel by John Grisham. Special features: Director commentary by Gary Fleder; deleted scenes w/optional commentary by director ; selected scene commentary; exploring the scene - Hackman & Hoffman's first scene together; off the cuff: lead actor commentary by Dustin Hoffman & Gene Hackman; 5 featurettes: making-of, acting, cinematography, production and editing. 127 min. DVD X4189
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The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos) (Argentina | Spain, 2009)
Directed by Juan José Campanella. Cast: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella. Recently retired criminal court investigator Benjamin, decides to write a novel based on an unresolved rape and murder case, which still haunts him. Ben shares his plans with Irene, a judge and former colleague he has secretly been in love with for years. But Benjamin's search for the truth puts him at the center of a judicial nightmare, as the mystery of the heinous crime continues to unfold in the present, and tests the limits of a man who seeks justice and personal fulfillment at last. Based on the novel La pregunta de sus ojos by Eduardo Sacheri. 129 min. DVD X4727
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Secretary (2002)
Directed by Steven Shainberg. Cast: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Patrick Bauchau, Stephen McHattie, Oz Perkins, Jessica Tuck, Amy Locane, Lesley Ann Warren. Lee Holloway has a few strikes against her when she applies for a secretarial position at the law office of E. Edward Grey. At first the work seems quite normal, but soon, in between typing, filing and coffee making, Lee and Mr. Grey embark on a more personal relationship and her role eventually turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one. Based on the story "Bad Behavior" by Mary Gaitskill. 111 min. DVD X7258
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Separate But Equal (1991)
Directed by George Stevens Jr. Cast: Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster and Richard Kiley. This film depicts a small town in South Carolina in the year 1950 as the issue of segregation between blacks and whites comes to a bitter, violent and courageous battle. 193 min. vhs 999:418
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Serial Mom (1994)
Directed by John Waters. Cast: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Suzanne Somers. "John Waters' satire Serial Mom works just fine when it functions as a send-up of proper middle-class manners: Kathleen Turner's prim and proper mother is driven to murderous rage by her neighbors' minor transgressions, like failing to rewind rented videotapes. But when she's finally arrested and put on trial, the satire kicks into high gear, as our societal obsession with criminals as celebrities is lampooned in grand fashion. Acting as her own attorney, the newly famous Turner impugns police testimony by branding the cop on the stand as a porn freak, shuts down a key piece of evidence when Suzanne Somers arrives in court to prepare for a TV movie in which she'll portray 'Serial Mom,' turns the jury against one hostile witness by revealing that she doesn't recycle, and converts a snitch to her side by giving him a gratuitous bit of MILF upskirt. The only thing that interferes with her brilliant self-defense is when she's homicidally distracted by one juror's insistence on wearing white shoes after Labor Day." [from "'I'll allow it!': 18 crazy (and legally unlikely) courtroom scenes." ] 94 min. DVD X272
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A Short Film About Killing (Krótki film o zabijaniu) (Poland, 1987)
Director, Krysztof Kieslowski. "A youth randomly, and brutally, murders a taxi-driver. Piotr has just passed his law exams and been admitted to the bar. He is to defend Jacek, the young murderer. There is no evidence for the defence and no apparent motive. Jacek is put on trial, found guilty and executed by hanging. Piotr, after his first case, is leftwith the bitter doubt - does the legal system, in the name of the people, have the right to kill with cold blood?" [IMDB] 81 min. DVD 4186
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Krysztof Kieslowski bibliography

Simple Justice(TV, 1993)
Director, Helaine Head. Cast: Peter Francis James, James Avery, Andre Braugher, Scott Wentworth, Scott Whitehurst, William Allen Young, Sam Gray, Terry Alexander, Matthiew Arkin, Thomas Brimm, Denise Burse-Mickelburg, Tom Ligon, Sam Jackson, Diana Scarwid, Giancarlo Esposito. A docudrama recounting the remarkable legal strategy and social struggle that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.Based on "Simple justice" by Richard Kluger. Originally broacast as a segment of the television program: American Experience on January 18, 1993. 105 min. DVD X4022
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So You Think You're Not Guilty (1950)
Directed by Richard L. Bare. Comedy short. "Joe McDoakes is passing a traffic light sign, when suddenly the signal seems broke. It's going up and down and up and down. On the crossroad McDoakes is only barely able to prevent an accident. A traffic agent approaches him and asks for his papers. But McDoakes hasn't got them with him and he must pay a fine of two dollars for passing a red light. But Joe McDoakes is a stubborn man. He wants to prove to the whole world that he is not guilty. Instead of paying the fine, he asks for a jury trial. That doesn't seem like a good thing to do however." [IMDB] 10 min. Supplementary feature on DVD 3513
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Soldier's Story (1984)
Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Howard E. Rollins, Jr., Adolph Caesar. A race relations drama about a military murder at a black army base near the end of World War II, and the subsequent investigation of the murder. Based on: A soldier's play / Charles Fuller. Special features: Production notes, March to freedom documentary narrated by Paul Winfield, director Norman Jewison's commentary, original theatrical trailer, bonus theatrical trailer. 102 min. DVD X4279; vhs 999:375
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Stammheim: Baader-Meinhof vor Gericht (Germany, 1986)
Directed by Reinhard Hauff. A powerful depiction of events that split a country, this movie was equally controversial. Based on the well-publicized Baader-Meinhof terrorists, it concerns five terrorists who were brought to trial and accused of the murder of four U.S. servicemen in Germany. The trial was almost a travesty in that the presiding judge was removed and defense attorneys and prosecutors switched with almost daily regularity during the long and complicated court battle. PAL format. (In German without subtitles) 103 min. vhs 999:2788
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Storm(Germany | Denmark | Netherlands, 2009)
Directed by Hans-Christian Schmid. Cast: Kerry Fox, Anamaria Marinca, Stephen Dillane, Rolf Lassgård, Alexander Fehling. 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. 103 min. DVD X3880
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The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Directed by Atom Egoyan. 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. 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. 116 min. DVD 727
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Syriana (2005)
Directed by Stephen Gaghan. Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt, Mazhar Munir, Tim Blake Nelson, Amanda Peet, Christopher Plummer, Alexander Siddig. As a career CIA operative, Bob Barnes begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to. An up-and-coming oil broker, Bryan Woodman faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with idealistic Gulf Prince Nasir al-Subaai. Corporate lawyer, Bennett Holiday faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies. Across the globe, a disenfranchised Wasim Khan, a Pakistani teenager, falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world. Based on the book entitled "See no evil," by Robert Baer. 138 min. DVD 5765
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Gilbey, Ryan. "Syriana." Sight & Sound v. ns16 no. 4 (April 2006) p. 72, 74-5UC users only
Hamid, R. "Lord of War; Syriana." Cineaste v. 31 no. 2 (Spring 2006) p. 52-5UC users only
Jaafar, A. "Interview: Ali Jaafar talks to Stephen Gaghan." Sight & Sound v. ns16 no. 3 (March 2006) p. 18-20 UC users only

Talk of the Town (1942)
Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan, Glenda Farrell. A fugitive, falsely accused of murder, is aided by a schoolteacher and a Supreme Court nominee in George Stevens' serio-comic look at law and justice in America. 117 min. DVD 6635
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They Won't Forget(1937)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Screen play by Robert Rossen. Cast: Claude Rains, Gloria Dickson, Edward Norris, Otto Kruger, Allyn Joslyn, Lana Turner. Based on the infamous Leo Frank case. A southern town is rocked by scandal when teenager Mary Clay is murdered. Andrew Griffin, a small-time lawyer with political ambitions, sees the crime as his ticket to the Senate if he can find the right victim to finger for the crime. He sets out to convict Robert Hale, a transplanted northerner who was Mary's teacher at the business school where she was killed. Despite the fact that all the evidence against Hale is circumstantial, Griffin works with a ruthless reporter to create a media frenzy of prejudice and hate against the teacher. Based on the novel, Death in the deep South by Ward Greene. 95 min. DVD X5811
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Bernstein, Matthew. "The Phagan-Frank Case as 1930s Hollywood message movie: they won't forget." In: Screening a lynching : the Leo Frank case on film and television / Matthew H. Bernstein. Athens : University of Georgia Press, c2009. (Moffitt PN1995.9.F795 B47 2009)
Jackson, Robert. "A Southern Sublimation: Lynching Film and the Reconstruction of American Memory." The Southern Literary Journal, Volume 40, Number 2, Spring 2008, pp. 102-120 UC users only
Kuzina, Matthias. "The Social Issue Courtroom Drama as an Expression of American Popular Culture." Journal of Law and Society Vol. 28, No. 1, Law and Film (Mar., 2001), pp. 79-96 UC users only
Oney, Steve. And the dead shall rise : the murder of Mary Phagan and the lynching of Leo Frank / Steve Oney. New York : Pantheon Books c2003. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks HV6534.A7 O54 2003)
Thomas, Paul. "Lovely Day for a Necktie Party." Film Quarterly Vol. 63, No. 3 (Spring 2010), pp. 82-83 UC users only

A Time to Kill (1996)
Directed by Joel Schumacher. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Brenda Fricker, Oliver Platt, Charles S. Dutton, Ashley Judd, Patrick McGoohan, Donald Sutherland. 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. Based on the novel by John Grisham. 150 min. DVD X119
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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Directed by Robert Mulligan. Cast: Gregory Peck, Brock Peters, Mary Badham. A small-town Southern lawyer loses friends and social position when he defends a black man unjustly accused of rape, but gains the esteem of his motherless children. 116 min. DVD 2934; vhs 999:89
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Foote, Horton. The screenplay of To kill a mockingbird. New York, Harcourt, Brace & World [1964] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3511.O344 T6 1964)

Town Without Pity (1961)
Directed by Gottfried Reinhardt. Cast: Kirk Douglas, E.G. Marshall, Robert Blake, Richard Jaeckel, Frank Sutton, Christine Kaufmann. Honest and gripping drama about four American GI's, stationed in Germany circa 1960, who are accused of attacking a local teenage girl. An Army major is assigned to defend the soldiers. If he's going to prevent their death sentences, he will have to turn the spotlight on the victim who is already traumatized. Based on the novel "Das Urteil" by Manfred Gregor. 103 min. DVD X4969
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The Trial (1992)
Directed by David Jones. Screenplay by Harold Pinter. Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Anthony Hopkins, Jason Robards, Juliet Stevenson, Polly Walker, Alfred Molina, Michael Kitchen. Portrays the experiences of Josef K as he is mysteriously arrested by agents of the police for an unspecified crime. Josef is then plunged into a nightmare world of an inescapable legal bureaucracy that assumes he is guilty. 120 min. DVD 6089
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The Trial (Le Procès) (1963)
Directed by Orson Welles. Cast: Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli, Orson Welles. 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 unspecified crime and is prepared for questioning and trial. Based on: Prozess (The Trial) by Franz Kafka. 110 min. DVD 1262; vhs 999:2927
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Trial and Error (1997)
Directed by Jonathan Lynn. Cast: Michael Richards, Jeff Daniels, Charlize Theron, Jessica Steen, Rip Torn. An actor throws his lawyer friend a bachelor party blast that renders his pal unable to appear in court. The actor goes to trial instead, giving the performance of his career while turning the courtroom upside down. 99 min. DVD 1445
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The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1976)
Directed by David Greene. Cast: Lorne Greene, Ben Gazzara, John Pleshette. It would have been one of the most revealing criminal trials in American history. But a single gunshot prevented it from taking place. This extraordinary drama dares to ask what would have happened if Lee Harvey Oswald had lived to stand trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 192 min. vhs 999:1041

The Trial of Mr. Wolf (1941)
Directed by Friz Freleng. Animated short. The Big Bad Wolf is put on trial for harassing Little Red Riding Hood. He then decides to tell his false side of the story, portraying Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma to be scheming to make a coat out of him. DVD X937; DVD 8497

True Believer (1989)
Directed by Joseph Ruben. Cast: James Woods, Robert Downey, Jr., Margaret Colin, Kurtwood Smith. 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. 103 min. DVD X1146
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Selinger, Carl M. "Dramatizing on Film the Uneasy Role of the American Criminal Defense Lawyer: True Believer." Oklahoma City University Law Review 22: 223 (1997) UC users only

Twelve Angry Men(TV, 1954)
Directed by Franklin Schaffner. Cast: Robert Cummings, Edward Arnold, John Beal, Walter Abel, Bart Burns, Franchot Tone. Focuses on a jury's deliberations in a capital murder case. What begins as an open and shut case of murder soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Originally broadcast on the television series Studio One on September 20, 1954. 60 min. DVD X596
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12 Angry Men (1957)
Directed by Sidney Lumet. 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. Classic courtroom drama depicts a jury of men who must decide the fate of a teenage boy who has murdered his abusive father. The jurors are from all walks of life, and bring with them their own opinions, prejudices, fears, and personal demons. 97 min. DVD 3188
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Sidney Lumet bibliography

Veer-Zaara (India, 2004)
Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal. Squadron Leader Veer Pratap Singh is a rescue pilot with the Indian Air Force. One day, on duty, he comes across Zaara, a girl from Pakistan who is stranded in India. Veer saves her life... and his life is never the same again. Twenty-two years later, Saamiya Siddiqui, a Pakistani lawyer on her first case, finds herself face-to-face with an ageing Veer Pratap Singh. He has languished in a Pakistan jail cell for 22 years and has not spoken to anyone all these years - and no one knows why. Her mission is to discover the truth about Veer and see that justice is done. 192 min. DVD X1363
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The Verdict (1982)
Directed by Sidney Lumet. Cast: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O'Shea. An alcoholic lawyer stumbles upon one last chance to redeem himself by taking on a controversial court case against seemingly insurmountable opposition. 129 min. DVD 5652
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Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Best Director

Sidney Lumet bibliography

Wall Street Cowboy(1939)
Directed by Joseph Kane. Cast: Roy Rogers, George (Gabby) Hayes, Raymond Hatton, Pierre Watkin. Roy and Gabby travel to the Big City and tangle with courtroom lawyers when a crooked cartel of stock marketeers hope to swindle Rogers out of his ranch. It seems that his property is rich with the valuable mineral molybdenum, which the villains want to use for their steel-mining activities. 54 min. DVD 7912
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War of the Roses (1989)
Directed by Danny DeVito. Cast: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, G.D. Spradlin. A once happy marriage disintegrates into an escalating war as the couple, having decided to divorce, fight over the division of their possessions. It becomes a deliriously mean-spirited free-for-all in which nothing --- not the pets, not the cars and certainly not themselves -- is sacred. 116 min. DVD 1701
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The Winslow Boy (UK | USA, 1999)
Directed by David Mamet. Cast: Nigel Hawthorne, Jeremy Northam, Gemma Jones, Rebecca Pidgeon. Follows the lives of the Winslows, a banker's family living in early 20th century London, as they fight to prove the innocence of their youngest son, a 14-year-old naval cadet accused of stealing a postal money order. After Sir Robert Morton, a respected lawyer, agrees to represent the boy, the case becomes a national spectacle and threatens to erode the family's bond. Based on the 1946 stage play of the same name by Terence Rattigan. 105 min. DVD X4580
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Graham, Renée. "Mamet with Manners." In: David Mamet in conversation / Leslie Kane, editor. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3563.A4345 Z657 2001)
James, Nick. "Suspicion." Sight & Sound, Oct98, Vol. 8 Issue 10, p22-24, 3p UC users only
Morra, Irene. "Performing the Edwardian Ideal: David Mamet and "The Winslow Boy."" Modern Drama, Winter2005, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p744-757, 14p UC users only
Trbic, Boris "Historicity and Gender Politics in The Winslow Boy." Screen Education, 2004, Issue 36, p119-122, 4p UC users only

Within the Law (1926)
Directed by Frank Lloyd. Cast: Norma Talmadge, Jack Mulhall, Joseph Kilgour, Helen Ferguson, Eileen Percy, Lew Cody.Follows a shopgirl who is unjustly accused of stealing and then sent to jail. She plots revenge against her former employer, using 'rich men's' legal tricks, yet staying 'within the law.' 105 min. DVD X2921
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Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams. 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. 116 min. DVD 1764; vhs 999:1030
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Writing for Television: The Legal Genre.
University Satellite Seminar Series. Television, the Creative Process; Fall, 1996. New York, NY: Museum of Television and Radio. Panel: Jackson Gills (Perry Mason), Dean Hargrove (Matlock), Abby Mann (Judgment at Nuremberg), David E. Kelley (Picket Fences, The Practice), William Finkelstein (L.A. Law), Judith Paige Mitchell (The Client), Dick Wolf (Law & Order). One in a series of satellite seminars which investigate how prime-time television is conceptualized and created. In this seminar a panel of screenwriters who have used the legal genre to create first-rate entertainment and explore complex philosophical issues discuss the creative challenges and opportunities of both approaches. Also investigates how television has reflected society's changing image of the lawyer over the past thirty-five years. 93 min. Video/C 4517

The Wrong Man (1956)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle. An innocent nightclub musician is arrested, jailed, and brought to trial for a robbery committed by someone else who looks very much like him. As he struggles to prove his innocence, his life collapses around him. The first Hitchcock film based on a true story. 105 min. DVD 2957; vhs 999:566
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Yield to the Night (aka Blonde Sinner) (UK, 1956)
Directed by J. Lee Thompson. Cast: Diana Dors, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig, Geoffrey Keen, Athene Seyler. A young woman who has been abused and taken advantage of by all the men in her life, finally finds a man she believes truly loves her, but she snaps when she finds out that he, too, is cheating on her, and she kills her boyfriend's mistress. Condemned to death for her crime, she awaits her fate at the hands of the legal system. Produced as an impassioned cry against the death penalty at a time when it was the subject of national debate in Britain. Based on the book by Joan Henry. 96 min. DVD X1840
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Chadder, Viv "The higher heel: Women and Post-War British Crime Film." In: British crime cinema / edited by Steve Chibnall and Robert Murphy. London ; New York : Routledge, 1999. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.G3 B72 1999)
Landy, Marcia. "'You remember Diana Dors, don't you?' history, femininity, and the law in 1950s and 1980s British cinema." In: The historical film : history and memory in media / edited and with an introduction by Marcia Landy. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H5 H59 2001)
Tweg, Sue. "Not the full story: representing Ruth Ellis." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly; 2000, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p1-28, 28p UC users only
Williams, Melanie. "Yield to Night." In: British cinema of the 1950s : a celebration / edited by Ian MacKillop and Neil Sinyard. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York, NY, USA : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G7 M263 2003)
Williams, Melanie. "Women in Prison and Women in Dressing Gowns: rediscovering the 1950s films of J. Lee Thompson." Journal of Gender Studies; Mar2002, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p5, 11p UC users only

You Only Live Once(1937)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Barton MacLane, William Gargan, Jean Dixon, Jerome Cowan, Margaret Hamilton. "Joan Graham is the efficient secretary of a public defender Stephen Whitney and is in love of the smalltime criminal Eddie Taylor. Her boss and friend Stephen helps Eddie to leave the prison on probation, Eddie promises to have a straight life and immediately get married with Joan. He finds a job as truck driver, but is unfairly fired on his first day. While trying to find another job, there is a heist in a bank with six victims and Eddie is accused. Joan convinces him to go to the court and prove his innocence, but based on circumstantial evidence and prejudice of the jury, Eddie is sentenced to the electric chair. On the night of his execution, the FBI finds the real criminal and Eddie grants an indulgence. However, Eddie is trying to escape from prison in a hostage situation, and kills his friend Father Dolan, who was trying to help him. Eddie meets Joan and together they try to reach the border and escape from justice.: [IMDB] 86 min. DVD 1831
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Young Mr. Lincoln(1939)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan. Ten formative years in the life of one of America's greatest statesmen are brought vividly to the screen by Henry Fonda in this fictionalized biography of Abraham Lincoln's early years as a lawyer in Springfield, Ill. 137 min. DVD 5100; vhs 999:1039
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

"Abraham Lincoln." In: The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past / edited by Peter C. Rollins. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003. (Media Center PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Doe Refe PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Moffitt PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; PFA PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003)

The Young Philadelphians(1959)
Directed by Vincent Sherman. Cast: Paul Newman, Barabara Rush, Alexis Smith, Brian Keith, Diane Brewster, Billie Burke, John Williams. Up and coming, young lawyer Anthony Lawrence faces several ethical and emotional dilemmas as he climbs the Philadelphia social ladder. His personal and professional skills are tested as he tries to balance the needs of his fiance Joan, the expectations of his colleagues and his own obligation to defend his friend Chester on a murder count. Based on the novel by Richard Powell. Special features: Commentary by director Vincent Sherman and film historian Drew Casper; theatrical trailer. 136 min. DVD X2597
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The American Bar Association's List of Best Trial Films

12 Angry Men (1957)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Inherit the Wind (1960)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
M (1931)
Paths of Glory (1958)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) See French Film
The Trial (1962)
The Wrong Man (1957)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The Verdict (1982)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)

In addition to the above, The ABA Journal also includes the following in its list of The 25 Greatest Legal Movies

My Cousin Vinny (1966)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Breaker Morant (1980)
Philadelphia (1993)
Erin Brokovich(2000)
Presumed Innocent (1990)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
A Few Good Men (1992)
Chicago(2002)
Kramer vs Kramer (1979)
The Paper Chase (1973)
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
Compulsion (1959)
And Justice for All (1979)
In the Name of the Father (1993) See Irish Film
A Civil Action (1998)
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Amistad (1997)
Miracle on 34th Street ( (1997)

The American Film Institute List of Best Courtroom Dramas

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Kramer vs Kramer (1979)
The Verdict (1982)
A Few Good Men (1992)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
In Cold Blood (1967) See Crime Films
A Cry in the Dark (1959)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

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