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Law Library Movies: Land Use

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Ballad of Cable Hogue, The (1970)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  121 min. 
Plot: A hobo stumbles onto a water spring and creates a profitable weigh station.
Cast: Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, David Warner. Directed by Sam Peckinpah.
Categories:  Western  Housing  Land Use

Law movies
Big Country, The (1958)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  167 min. 
Plot: A ship captain ventures west to marry the woman he loves and finds a hotbed of jealousy, hatred, and rivalries.
Cast: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives. Directed by William Wyler.
Categories:  Western  Romance  Land Use

Law movies
Broken Lance (1954)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  96 min. 
Plot: A cattle baron's son takes the fall for a crime his father commits. His father dies while he is in jail and his three half brothers inherit the land, but must face his vengeance when he's released.
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Jean Peters, Richard Winmark. Directed by Edward Dmytryx.
Categories:  Western  Land Use  Family

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Castle, The (1997)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  82 min. 
Plot: Hard times lie ahead for a family when their house is "compulsorily acquired" to allow for an expansion of the airport.
Cast: Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry. Directed by Rob Sitch.
Categories:  Comedy  Land Use  Government

Law movies
Chinatown (1974)
Rated:  R  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  131 min. 
Plot: A private eye is hired to investigate the extra-marital affair of a Los Angeles socialite, but ends up investigating a murder relating to a battle for the city's water rights.
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman, Perry Lopez, Burt Young, John Huston. Directed by Roman Polanski.
Categories:  Evidence  Mystery/Suspense  Land Use

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Deliverance (1972)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  109 min. 
Plot: Four friends get more than they bargained for on a canoe trip in the backwoods of Georgia.
Cast: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox. Directed by John Boorman.
Categories:  Land Use  Poverty  Mystery/Suspense

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Field, The (1990)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: The field is a plot of land in rural Ireland, rented and tended by an old man. When the owner sells the land to an American developer, the old man decides to fight the change, regardless of the cost.
Cast: Richard Harris, John Hurt, Sean Bean, Brenda Fricker, Tom Berenger, Frances Tomelty. Directed by Jim Sheridan.
Categories:  Drama  Land Use

Law movies
Ixcanul (2015)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  91 min. 
Plot: A journey into the customs and beliefs of Mayans living on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Cast: Maria Mercedes Coroy, Maria Telon, Manuel Antun. Directed by Jayro Bustamante.
Categories:  Foreign  Documentary  Land Use

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Local Hero (1983)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  111 min. 
Plot: A representative from an American oil company finds himself set upon by local eccentrics when he is sent to Scotland to buy up an entire village.
Cast: Peter Riegert, Denis Lawson, Fulton Mackay, Burt Lancaster. Directed by Bill Forsyth.
Categories:  Comedy  Corporations  Land Use

Law movies
Terror in a Texas Town (1958)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  81 min. B&W
Plot: When a greedy oilman murders his father, a peace-loving sailor is forced to take on an entire frontier town.
Cast: Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly, Eugene Martin, Ned Young, Victor Millan. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis.
Categories:  Western  Land Use  Criminal Law

The Wolf Law Library welcomes your suggestions for additions to the Feature Film Collection! If there is a law-related movie you feel we might be missing, please submit your suggestion to the Circulation & Reserve Desk at lawcir@wm.edu.

You can view a list of all law library movies in the online catalog.