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Law Library Movies: Poverty

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Law movies
Angela's Ashes (2000)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  145 min. 
Plot: The experiences of Frankie and his family during pre-war Limerick.
Cast: Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Peter Halpin. Directed by Alan Parker.
Categories:  Drama  Biography  Poverty

Law movies
Boyz N the Hood (1991)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  112 min. 
Plot: A group of childhood friends growing up in a Los Angeles ghetto and the divergent paths they take to have a better life in the future.
Cast: Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne. Directed by John Singleton.
Categories:  Family  Poverty

Law movies
City of God (2002)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  130 min. 
Plot: Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. In Portuguese with English subtitles.
Cast: Matheus Nachtergaele, Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Johnathan Haagensen, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Daniel Zettel, Seu Jorge. Directed by Fernando Meirelles.
Categories:  Foreign  Drama  Poverty

Law movies
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

Law movies
Grapes of Wrath, The (1940)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  128 min. 
Plot: Dispossessed farmers migrate to California to escape the dustbowl of Oklahoma during the Great Depression.
Cast: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin. Directed by John Ford.
Categories:  Poverty  Discrimination  Drama

Law movies
In America (2002)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  105 min. 
Plot: An impoverished Irish family searches for a better life amidst the dangers of New York City's Hell's Kitchen.
Cast: Samantha Morton, Paddy Constantine, Djimon Hounsou. Directed by Jim Sheridan.
Categories:  Immigration  Poverty  Family

Law movies
Italian, The (2005)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  99 min. 
Plot: An abandoned 5-year-old boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family. In Russian, subtitled in English.
Cast: Kolya Spiridonov, Maria Kuznetsova, Nikolai Reutov, Yuri Itskov. Directed by Andrei Kravchuk.
Categories:  Children  International  Poverty

Law movies
Killer of Sheep (1977)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 81 min. B&W
Plot: A slaughterhouse employee finds solace in simple beauties of life to prevent his work from leaving him numb.
Cast: Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore. Directed by Charles Burnett.
Categories:  Drama  Family  Poverty

Law movies
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  101 min. 
Plot: A young Colombian girl enters the ruthless world of drug trafficking to escape her country for the United States. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Cast: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yenny Paola Vega, Jhon Alexander Toro. Directed by Joshua Marston.
Categories:  Immigration  Poverty  Foreign

Law movies
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 113 min. 
Plot: A na�ve male prostitute and his streetwise friend struggle to survive in New York City.
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Brenda Vaccaro, John McGiver. Directed by John Schlesinger.
Categories:  Drama  Health  Poverty

Law movies
Milagro Beanfield War, The (1988)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  118 min. 
Plot: A man plans to build a major new resort in Milagro, which will displace the local farmers. When a farmer illegally diverts water to irrigate his bean field, he receives local support in opposition to water use laws that favor the rich.
Cast: Ruben Blades, Richard Bradford, Sonia Braga, Julie Carmen. Directed by Robert Redford.
Categories:  Comedy  SciFi/Fantasy  Poverty

Law movies
Painted Veil, The (2006)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  125 min. 
Plot: A young couple who got married for the wrong reasons, head to a small village in China to combat a cholera outbreak and possibly save their marriage.
Cast: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Toby Jones, Diana Rigg. Directed by John Curran.
Categories:  Health  Marital Relations  Poverty

Law movies
Pursuit of Happyness, The (2006)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  117 min. 
Plot: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.
Cast: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith. Directed by Gabriele Muccino.
Categories:  Family  Biography  Poverty

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.