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88 Minutes (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: While moonlighting as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI, a college professor receives a death threat telling him that he has only 88 minutes to live.
Cast: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Leelee Sobieski, Amy Brenneman. Directed by Jon Avnet.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Sentencing  Criminal Law

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Adam's Apples (2005)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  94 min. 
Plot: A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest. In Danish with English subtitles.
Cast: Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Paprika Steen. Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen.
Categories:  Religion  Sentencing  Drama

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Badlands (1973)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  94 min. 
Plot: An impressionable teen girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend go on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.
Cast: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates. Directed by Terrence Malick.
Categories:  Drama  Criminal Law  Sentencing

Law movies
Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
Rated:  R  Stars: **** 1/2
Format:  DVD  90 min. 
Plot: In a futuristic Britain, a violent juvenile joins his gang in nightly joyrides, rapes and murders.
Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Adrienne Corri. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Categories:  Government  Sentencing  Ethics

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Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Rated:  NR  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  132 min. 
Plot: A man sentenced to a Southern chain gang for a petty crime defies his sadistic wardens and earns the respect of his fellow inmates.
Cast: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Dennis Hopper, Harry Dean Stanton. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg.
Categories:  Action  Sentencing  Drama

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Dead Man Walking (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  122 min. 
Plot: A convicted killer is sentenced to death and when th date is set for his execution, he asks a nun to be his spiritual advisor.
Cast: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky. Directed by Tim Robbins.
Categories:  Sentencing  Death Penalty  Evidence

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Disturbia (2007)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  104 min. 
Plot: A teen living under house arrest becomes convinced his neighbor is a serial killer.
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, David Morse, Sarah Roemer, Carrie-Anne Moss. Directed by D.J. Caruso.
Categories:  Sentencing  Mental Health  Drama

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Executioner's Song, The (1982)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  135 min. 
Plot: Based on a true story, an unstable ex-con committed two cruel and senseless murders that resulted in his execution by firing squad.
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Rosanna Arquette, Christine Lahti, Eli Wallach. Directed by Lawrence Schiller.
Categories:  Biography  Sentencing  Death Penalty

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Exonerated, The (2005)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: After being sentenced to death row, six people tell their stories of being exonerated of the crimes that put them behind bars.
Cast: Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover, Delroy Lindo, Aidan Quinn, Susan Sarandon, David Brown. Directed by Bob Balaban.
Categories:  Biography  Sentencing  Drama

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Flash Gordon (1980)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  112 min. 
Plot: A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyrant, Ming the Merciless, to save Earth.
Cast: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Ornella Muti. Directed by Mike Hodges.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Action  Sentencing

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Green Mile, The (1999)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  188 min. 
Plot: The story about the lives of guards on death row leading up to the execution of a wrongly accused man who has the power of faith healing.
Cast: Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter, Graham Greene, Doug Hutchinson, Sam Rockwell. Directed by Frank Darabont.
Categories:  Drama  Law Enforcement  Sentencing

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Guilty Except for Insanity (2013)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  51 min. 
Plot: A psychology professor returns to the Oregon State Hospital, the location of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and recounts the stories of real patients who live in this famous hospital for the criminally insane.
Cast: Participants portray themselves. Directed by Jan Haaken.
Categories:  Documentary  Mental Health  Sentencing

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I've Loved You So Long (2008)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars:
Format:  DVD  117 min. 
Plot: A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison. In French, with English subtitles.
Cast: Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grevill, Frederic Pierrot. Directed by Philippe Claudel.
Categories:  Women  Sentencing  Drama

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In Cold Blood (1967)
Rated:  R  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  134 min. B&W
Plot: Two ex-convicts break into a Kansas farmer's home, and try to avoid being caught.
Cast: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Jeff Corey. Directed by Richard Brooks.
Categories:  Documentary  Evidence  Sentencing

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Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant, The (2007)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  184 min. 
Plot: A young woman is transported to an Australian penal colony in 1788.
Cast: Romola Garai, Jack Davenport, Alex O'Loughlin, Sam Neill. Directed by Peter Andrikidis.
Categories:  Sentencing  Women  Television

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Innocent Man, An (1989)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: To cover up their own mistake, two crooked cops frame an innocent man as a drug dealer.
Cast: Tom Sellek, F. Murray Abraham. Directed by Peter Yates.
Categories:  Sentencing  Criminal Law

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Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 119 min. 
Plot: A homosexual and a political prisoner are cell mates in a South American prison.
Cast: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga. Directed by Hector Abenco.
Categories:  Sentencing  Sexuality  SciFi/Fantasy

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Little Children (2006)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  137 min. 
Plot: The lives of seemingly perfect families in suburbia begin to unravel.
Cast: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Noah Emmerich, Phyllis Sommerville. Directed by Todd Field.
Categories:  Family  Children  Sentencing

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Midnight Express (1978)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****1/2
Format:  DVD  120 min. 
Plot: A man is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey and sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.
Cast: Brad Davis, Randy Quaid, John Hurt, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins. Directed by Alan Parker.
Categories:  International  Sentencing  Drama

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Monster (2003)
Rated:  NR  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  109 min. 
Plot: Biopic of female serial killer Aileen Wuornos, executed for killing seven men in the state of Florida during the 1980s.
Cast: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley, Scott Wilson. Directed by Patty Jenkins.
Categories:  Women  Biography  Sentencing

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Murder in the First (1995)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  123 min. 
Plot: Young lawyer in the public defender's office is given his first assignment: defending an Alcatraz prisoner who murdered a fellow inmate.
Cast: Christian Slater, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Embeth Davidtz, Brad Dourif, William H. Macy, R. Lee Ermey. Directed by Mark Rocco.
Categories:  Sentencing  Advocacy  Criminal Law

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Natural Born Killers (1994)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  119 min. 
Plot: Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr, Tommy Lee Jones. Directed by Oliver Stone.
Categories:  Criminal Law  Law Enforcement  Sentencing

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Orange Is the New Black: Season 1 (2013)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (4 disc set) 12 hour, 10 min. 
Plot: The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime.
Cast: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning. Directed by Jenji Kohan.
Categories:  Drama  Witness  Sentencing

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Oslo, August 31st (2011)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: A recovering drug addict takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo. in Norwegian with English subtitles.
Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava, Øystein Røger, Tone Beate Mostraum, Kjærsti Odden Skjeldal, Johanne Kjellevik Ledang, Petter Width Kristiansen, Renate Reinsve, Anders Borchgrevink. Directed by Joachim Trier.
Categories:  Foreign  Sentencing

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Papillon (1973)
Rated:  PG  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  151 min. 
Plot: Based on the bestselling autobiography by Henri Charriere, a persistant convict plots his escape from French colonial prison in South America.
Cast: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon, Anthony Zerbe. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner.
Categories:  International  Sentencing  Human Rights

Law movies
Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  98 min. 
Plot: The life and times of Albert Pierrepoint - Britain's most prolific hangman.
Cast: Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Eddie Marsan, Christopher Fulford. Directed by Adrian Shergold.
Categories:  Death Penalty  Biography  Sentencing

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Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
Rated:  R  Stars: *****
Format:  DVD  142 min. 
Plot: Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, Mark Rolston, James Whitmore. Directed by Frank Darabont.
Categories:  Drama  Fraud  Sentencing

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Sleepers (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  147 min. 
Plot: Ten years after being abused by authorities, four men have a chance for revenge.
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Patric, Brad Pitt. Directed by Barry Levinson.
Categories:  Juvenile  Sentencing

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Sling Blade (1996)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 148 min. 
Plot: A simple man, hospitalized for 25 years after committing a horrific crime, finally returns home.
Cast: Billy Bob Thorton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter, Lucas Black, Natalie Canerday, Robert Duvall. Directed by Billy Bob Thorton.
Categories:  Drama  Sentencing  Mental Health

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Stir Crazy (1980)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  108 min. 
Plot: Framed for a bank robbery, two innocent greenhorns have a difficult time adjusting to life in a Western prison.
Cast: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, George Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams. Directed by Sidney Poitier.
Categories:  Comedy  Sentencing  Evidence

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Take the Money and Run (1969)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  85 min. 
Plot: A failed musician is incarcerated for bank robbery.
Cast: Woody Allen, Janet Margolin, Marcel Hillaire, Jacquelyn Hyde. Directed by Woody Allen.
Categories:  Comedy  Jurisprudence  Sentencing

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Veer-Zaara (2004)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD (2 disc set) 192 min. 
Plot: An Indian Air Force pilot languishes in prison without speaking, 22 years after rescuing a stranded Pakistani girl. In Hindi with English subtitles.
Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee, Manoj Bajpai, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini. Directed by Yash Chopra.
Categories:  Sentencing  Foreign

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