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3 Women (1977)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: A shy, reclusive girl starts work at a solarium and becomes emotionally attached to her fellow worker whom she appears to swap personalities with after an accident.
Cast: Sissy Spacek, Shelley Duvall, Janice Rule. Directed by Robert Altman.
Categories:  Women  Medical

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Aura, The (2005)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  138 min. 
Plot: An epileptic taxidermist dreams of committing the perfect crime and gets his chance on his first hunting trip. In Spanish, subtitled in English.
Cast: Ricardo Darin, Dolores Fonzi, Pablo Cedrón. Directed by Fabian Bielinsky.
Categories:  Medical  Criminal Law  Drama

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Awake (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  84 min. 
Plot: While undergoing open heart surgery, a man's failed anesthetic leaves him completely alert, and paralyzed.
Cast: Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Lena Olin, Arliss Howard, Terrence Howard. Directed by Joby Harold.
Categories:  Medical  Drama  Domestic Relations

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Away From Her (2006)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: An Ontario couple, married for over 40 years, are forced to face the fact that the wife's forgetfulness is actually Alzheimer's disease.
Cast: Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Olympia Dukakis, Kristen Thomson, Michael Murphy, Wendy Crewson. Directed by Sarah Polley.
Categories:  Elder  Medical  Mental Health

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Baghdad ER (2006)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  64 min. 
Plot: The U.S. Army's premier medical facility in Iraq puts a human face on the war's cold casualty statistics.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill.
Categories:  Documentary  War  Medical

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Barbara (2012)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital. German with English subtitles
Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke, Claudia Geisler, Deniz Petzold, Susanna Bormann, Kristen Block, Rosa Enskat, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Peer-Uwe Teska, Elisabeth Lehmann, Mark Waschke, Peter Benedict, Thomas Neumann. Directed by Christian Petzold.
Categories:  Foreign  Medical  Romance

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Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Chris Bell.
Categories:  Documentary  Sports  Medical

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Blindness (2008)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  121 min. 
Plot: Afflicted with a mysterious blindness, a group of those infected must band together to survive a government-imposed quarantine.
Cast: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Yusuke Iseya, Yoshino Kimura, Don McKellar, Maury Chaykin, Mitchell Nye, Danny Glover, Gael García Bernal. Directed by Fernando Meirelles.
Categories:  Disability  Medical  Human Rights

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Children of Men (2006)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: In a dystopian near-future, the human race has lost the ability to reproduce.
Cast: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
Categories:  Medical  Government  Human Rights

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Choke (2008)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  92 min. 
Plot: A colonial reenactor by day and con-man by night pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death.
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Houston, Kelly MacDonald, Brad William Henke, Jonah Bobo. Directed by Clark Gregg.
Categories:  Fraud  Medical  Comedy

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Cider House Rules, The (1999)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained by the resident doctor, decides to leave to experience the world.
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd, Michael Caine. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
Categories:  Drama  Ethics  Medical

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Coma (1978)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital.
Cast: Genevieve Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley, Rip Torn, Richard Widmark. Directed by Michael Crichton.
Categories:  Drama  Medical  Mystery/Suspense

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Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The (2008)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  165 min. 
Plot: A man is born in his eighties and proceeds to age backwards.
Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jason Fleming, Elias Koteas, Tilda Swinton. Directed by David Fincher.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Drama  Medical

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D.O.A. (1950)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  84 min. B&W
Plot: An accountant goes to San Francisco for a week to relax and ends up with more than just a hangover.
Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Beverly Darland. Directed by Rudolph Maté.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Medical  Drama

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D.O.A. (1988)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: A man has 24 hours to figure out who poisoned him.
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Daniel Stern. Directed by Rocky Morton & Annabel Jankel.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Medical

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Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: A young American soldier in the First World War lies in a hospital bed, a quadruple amputee who has lost the ability to see, speak, or hear.
Cast: Timothy Bottoms, Jason Robards, Kathy Fields, Donald Sutherland, Marsha Hunt, Diane Varsi. Directed by Dalton Trumbo.
Categories:  War  Medical  Drama

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Day at the Races, A (1937)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  109 min. B&W
Plot: A vet posing as a doctor, a race horse owner and his friends struggle to help keep a sanitarium open with the help of a misfit racehorse.
Cast: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Allan Jones, Maureen O'Sullivan. Directed by Sam Wood.
Categories:  Comedy  Medical

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Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  112 min. 
Plot: The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body and uses his left eye to blink out his memoir.
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze. Directed by Julian Schnabel.
Categories:  Medical  Biography  Drama

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Elephant Man, The (1980)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  124 min. 
Plot: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak.
Cast: John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft. Directed by David Lynch.
Categories:  Biography  Drama  Medical

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Event, The (2003)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: A district attorney is investigating a series of unexplained deaths that have occured among the gay community in New York's fashionable Chelsea district.
Cast: Brent Carver, Olympie Dukakis, Jane Leeves, Don Mckellar, Sarah Polley, Parker Posey. Directed by Thom Fitzgerald.
Categories:  Sexuality  Medical  Drama

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Face/Off (1997)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  138 min. 
Plot: A revolutionary medical technique allows an undercover agent to take the physical appearance of a major criminal and infiltrate his organization.
Cast: John Travolta, Nicholas Cage, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, Alessandro Nivola. Directed by John Woo.
Categories:  Law Enforcement  Medical  Drama

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Fountain, The (2006)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  96 min. 
Plot: Through time and space, one man embarks on a bold, thousand-year odyssey to defeat death.
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn. Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
Categories:  Romance  SciFi/Fantasy  Medical

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Frankenstein (1931)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  71 min. B&W
Plot: An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.
Cast: Colin Clive, Mae Clark, John Boles, Boris Karloff, Edward Von Sloan. Directed by James Whale.
Categories:  Horror  Medical

Law movies
Free Solo (2018)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  100 min. 
Plot: Alex Honnold vies to become the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's El Capitan, without ropes or safety gear.
Cast: Dierdre Wolownick, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold, Sanni McCandless. Directed by Jimmy Chin, and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.
Categories:  Documentary  Environmental  Medical

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Garden State (2004)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  102 min. 
Plot: A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.
Cast: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm, Method Man. Directed by Zach Braff.
Categories:  Family  Medical  Comedy

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Godsend (2004)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: **1/2
Format:  DVD  102 min. 
Plot: Devastated by the death of their eight-year-old, two parents accept an offer from a fertility expert to resurrect their boy through a secret and illegal cloning procedure.
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romjin-Stamos, Robert De Niro, Cameron Bright. Directed by Mark Bomback.
Categories:  Medical  Ethics  Horror

Law movies
I Am Legend (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  100 min. 
Plot: Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles to find a cure.
Cast: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Dash Mihok. Directed by Francis Lawrence.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Medical  Health

Law movies
I Walked With a Zombie/The Body Snatcher (1943)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  146 min. B&W
Plot: Canadian nurse travels to the West Indies to care for a mental paralysis victim/A fight to the death over exhumed cadavers.
Cast: James Ellions, Frances Dee, Tom Conway, Boris Karloff, Edith Atwater, Russell Wade. Directed by Jacques Tourneur/Robert Wise.
Categories:  Horror  Mental Health  Medical

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers  (1955)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  80 min. B&W
Plot: A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.
Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan. Directed by Don Siegel.
Categories:  Horror  Medical  Government

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Jacket, The (2005)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  103 min. 
Plot: A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.
Cast: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brad Renfro. Directed by John Maybury.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Medical  Evidence

Law movies
Kinsey (2004)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 118 min. 
Plot: The life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.
Cast: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Dylan Baker. Directed by Bill Condon.
Categories:  Biography  Medical  Drama

Law movies
Last Seduction, The (1994)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: A woman convinces her husband to sell illegal drugs and then runs off with the money.
Cast: Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, J.T. Walsh, Bull Nunn. Directed by John Dahl.
Categories:  Ethics  Medical  Drama

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Looker (1981)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  93 min. 
Plot: A plastic surgeon gets suspicious when models he has operated on begin to die in mysterious ways.
Cast: Albert Finney, James Corburn, Susan Dey, Leigh Taylor-Young. Directed by Michael Crichton.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Medical  Ethics

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M*A*S*H (1970)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  116 min. 
Plot: The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.
Cast: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Jo Ann Pflug, Rene Auberjonois. Directed by Robert Altman.
Categories:  Medical  War  Comedy

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Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 132 min. 
Plot: A determined young woman wins over a hardened trainer in order to establish herself as a boxer.
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
Categories:  Sports  Medical  Women

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Mission Impossible 2 (2000)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 123 min. 
Plot: A secret agent is sent to Sydney to find and destroy a genetically modified disease.
Cast: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson. Directed by John Woo.
Categories:  Action  National Security  Medical

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My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  109 min. 
Plot: A child looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who have been relying on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter alive.
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin. Directed by Nick Cassavetes.
Categories:  Drama  Family  Medical

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  134 min. 
Plot: A man sent to a mental hospital finds the head nurse a lot more dangerous than the other patients. Won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher. Directed by Milos Forman.
Categories:  Drama  Medical

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Outbreak (1995)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  128 min. 
Plot: Extreme measures are taken to contain an epidemic of a deadly airborne virus.
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Patrick Demsey, Donald Sutherland, Kevin Spacey. Directed by Wolfgang Peterson.
Categories:  Medical  SciFi/Fantasy  Drama

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Paprika (2006)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: A machine that allows therapists to record dreams is stolen and it must be recovered before it falls into the wrong hands.
Cast: Megumi Hayashibara, Toru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Tôru Furuya. Directed by Satoshi Kon.
Categories:  Animation  Privacy  Medical

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Patch Adams (1998)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  115 min. 
Plot: A medical student's unorthodox methods, including warmth and laughter, cast him against many of the doctors and deans of the university.
Cast: Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Peter Coyote. Directed by Tom Shadyac.
Categories:  Medical  Ethics  Comedy

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Regarding Henry (1991)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: A sleazy lawyer is shot in the head and falls into a coma. After he awakens, he must learn his life all over again.
Cast: Harrison Ford, Annette Bening, Bill Nunn, Donald Moffat, Nancy Marchland, Elizabeth Wilson. Directed by Mike Nichols.
Categories:  Ethics  Drama  Medical

Law movies
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: After a worldwide epidemic, a biotech company launches an organ-financing program, complete with a repossession clause.
Cast: Alexa Vega, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Ogre, Terrance Zdunich, Bill Moseley, Paul Sorvino. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman.
Categories:  Musical  Medical  Property

Law movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: A scientist attempting to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease accidentally creates a super-intelligent ape.
Cast: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Tyler Labine. Directed by Rupert Wyatt.
Categories:  Medical  Ethics  SciFi/Fantasy

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Savages (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  114 min. 
Plot: A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
Cast: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco. Directed by Tamara Jenkins.
Categories:  Elder  Comedy  Medical

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Sea Inside, The (2004)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: The story of Ramon Sampedro, who fought a 30 year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die. In Spanish, with English subtitles.
Cast: Javier Bardem, Belen Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Mabel Rivera, Celso Bugallo, Clara Segura. Directed by Alejandro Amenábar.
Categories:  Medical  Human Rights  Foreign

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Sessions, The (2012)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: A man in an iron lung contacts a professional sex surrogate.
Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Adam Arkin, Rhea Perlman. Directed by Ben Lewin.
Categories:  Disability  Sexuality  Medical

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Skin I Live In, The (2011)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  117 min. 
Plot: A brilliant plastic surgeon creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig is a woman who holds the key to his obsession. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Cast: Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet, Marisa Paredes, Antonio Banderas, Roberto Alamo. Directed by Pedro Almodovar.
Categories:  Foreign  Medical  Ethics

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Something the Lord Made (2004)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  110 min. 
Plot: Two men defied the rules in 1940s Baltimore and started a medical revolution that saved the lives of thousands of infants.
Cast: Alan Rickman, Mos Def, Kyra Sedgewick, Gabrielle Union, Charles Dutton, Mary Staurt Masterson. Directed by Joseph Sargent.
Categories:  Medical  Racism  Discrimination

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Vera Drake (2004)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: Unbeknownst to her family, a devoted wife and mother in 1950's England secretly helps women terminate unwanted pregnancies.
Cast: Imelda Staunton, Phil Davis, Peter Wight, Daniel Mays, Alex Kelly, Adrain Scarborough. Directed by Mike Leigh.
Categories:  Women  Medical  Drama

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Verdict (1982)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  128 min. 
Plot: An alcoholic lawyer stumbles upon one last chance to redeem himself by taking on a controversial case that no one is supposed to win.
Cast: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O'Shea. Directed by Sidney Lumet.
Categories:  Medical  Ethics  Drama

Law movies
Where Danger Lives/Tension (1950)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  171 min. B&W
Plot: A young doctor falls in love with a disturbed young woman, is involved in her husband's death, and flees with her to the Mexican border/A pharmacist creates an alter ego under which he plans to murder his wife's lover.
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Faith Domergue, Claude Rains, Richard Basehart, Anthony Totter, Cyd Charisse, Barry Sullivan. Directed by John Farrow and John Berry.
Categories:  Marital Relations  Medical  Criminal Law

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You Don't Know Jack (2010)
Rated:  TV-14  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  134 min. 
Plot: The story of Jack Kevorkian, a man whose passionate belief is that people have the right to die.
Cast: Al Pacino, Brenda Vaccaro, Danny Huston, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman . Directed by Barry Levinson.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Medical

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