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American Playhouse Theatrical Films

Works: 73 works in 272 publications in 2 languages and 17,044 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Documentary films  Romantic comedy films  Trials, litigation, etc  Nonfiction films  Television adaptations  Biographical films  Action and adventure films  Thrillers (Motion pictures) 
Roles: prn, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by American Playhouse Theatrical Films
Stand and Deliver by Edward James Olmos( Visual )

10 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 2,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Teacher Jaime Escalante inspires his East L.A. barrio students to pass the National Advanced Placement Calculus Exam. Based on a true story
The Thin Blue Line by Errol Morris( Visual )

26 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and held by 1,943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1976, Randall Adams was wrongly sentenced to death for the murder of a Dallas policeman. Errol Morris' documentary exposed the truth of the case and is credited with overturning Adams' conviction
My family = Mi familia by Gregory Nava( Visual )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 1,214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the three-generation saga of the Sanchez family as told by the eldest son. From the beginnings of his father's journey from Mexico to California in the 1920s, to his brother Chucho's tragic rebellion of the 1950s, to the stark realities of modern day, the struggle to live the American dream is sometimes darkened but never diminished for Paco Sanchez and his family
El norte = The North( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in Spanish and held by 1,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The journal of Diego Rodriguez Silva: Nava's 1972 award-winning thirty-minute student film, based on the life of Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, depicting the life of a fictional poet caught in the Spanish Civil War and jailed, but then set free on the condition he leaves his country and never returns
Ethan Frome by John Madden( Visual )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 1,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethan Frome is a lonely, 19th-century New England farmer who faithfully cares for his bitter, invalid wife. When his wife's young cousin joins their household, he must deal with his unexpected feelings
Daughters of the dust by Alva Rogers( Visual )

10 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1902, the Gullah Peazant family, descendants of slaves, live on the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina. The family is moving to the mainland and to the North. Their departure causes upheaval within the family
Brother's keeper by Joe Berlinger( Visual )

10 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Brother's Keeper tells the story of the "Ward Boys," four eccentric brothers who shared the same dilapidated two-room shack for over 60 years. Living in isolation, without heat or running water, these elderly bachelors had virtually no contact with the outside world--until one was found dead in the bed he shared with his brother. By day's end, Delbert Ward "confessed" to suffocating his ailing brother as an act of mercy, but Munnsville believed Delbert had been framed. Was Delbert, an uneducated hermit with a low IQ, an innocent victim of police abuse? Was it a mercy killing--or was there another motive?"
Fast, cheap & out of control( Visual )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acclaimed filmmaker Errol Morris paints a fascinating portrait of four obsessed eccentrics. Morris weaves interviews with a wild animal trainer, a topiary gardener, a robot designer and an expert on the naked mole rat together with old movies, cartoons and stock footage for a compelling, kaleidoscopic look at the very thin line which separates madness from genius
Safe by Todd Haynes( Visual )

18 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carol White is an L.A. housewife in the late 1980s who comes down with a debilitating illness. After the doctors she sees can give her no clear diagnosis, she comes to believe that she has frighteningly extreme environmental allergies. A prescient commentary on self-help culture, as a metaphor for the AIDS crisis, as a drama about class and social estrangement, and as a horror film about what cannot be seen
Longtime companion by Norman René( Visual )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drama concerning the AIDS crisis which focuses on a small group of friends from the time they first read about AIDS in the New York Times through the 1980's as they face the impact of the disease on themselves and their friends
El norte = The north by Gregory Nava( Visual )

13 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After their father is killed and their mother is taken away by soldiers, a brother and sister leave their native Guatemala and journey north to the "promised land" in the United States
--And the earth did not swallow him( Visual )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of a Mexican American migrant laborer family in the 1950's as seen through the eyes of a son
Native son( Visual )

3 editions published between 1986 and 1995 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bigger Thomas picked up a very drunk Mary Dalton from a night on the town. He had to quietly carry her up the stairs at the house, so as not to wake Mrs. Dalton. But Mrs. Dalton called out to Mary, and in order to keep from being discovered, he covered Mary's face with a pillow - silencing her forever. Terrified, Bigger hid the body, which led to a feverish manhunt, and a trial which shook not only the Dalton family but the whole city of Chicago as well, exposing the fears and prejudice of the 1940s
Smooth Talk by Joyce Chopra( Visual )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Growing up in small-town America, high school sophomore Connie Wyatt is anxious to escape the boredom of family farm life. Connie will find herself in dangerous waters when a flirtatious day out at the mall leads to a meeting with the mysterious and charismatic Arnold Friend
Go tell it on the mountain by James Baldwin( Visual )

2 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A story of violence and desire, of tenderness and compassion, so gripping and moving, which lays bare the trials and sufferings, the yearings and aspirations of three generations of an African American family. The journey of a family from the rural South to "big city" Herlem, seeking both salvation and understanding and of a young boy struggling to earn the approval of a self-righteous and often unloving stepfather
Cabeza de Vaca by Nicolás Echevarria( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in Spanish and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1528 a Spanish expedition founders off the coast of Florida. 600 lives are lost. One survivor, Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, roams across the American continent searching for his Spanish comrades. Instead he discovers the Iguase, an ancient Indian tribe. Over the next eight years, Cabeza de Vaca learns their mystical culture, becoming a healer--and a leader. But soon this New World collides with the Old World as Spanish conquistadors seek to enslave the Indians, and Cabeza de Vaca must confront his own people and his past
A raisin in the sun by Lorraine Hansberry( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A $10,000 insurance benefit creates conflicting dreams within a Chicago ghetto family. Son, Walter Lee wants to start his own business while his mom wishes to spend her days in a little house of her own. Their love a bond, their warmhearted humor a breath of fresh air, their tenative hold on dignity - their lifeline. A family caught between the reality of their surroundings and a chance at a piece of the American dream
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare( Visual )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Shakespeare's tale of love and enchantment set against a backdrop of mistaken identities and bawdy good fun
Eat a bowl of tea by Wayne Wang( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In New York's Chinatown of the late 1940's, young Ben Loy, fresh out of the service, has his whole life spread out before him - including a job, an apartment and a marriage arranged by his father
Straight out of Brooklyn( Visual )

3 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a young man desperate to get out of the Brooklyn housing projects where he, his family and friends live. He feels trapped there, surrounded by drugs and danger, so he and his friends commit a robbery to obtain the money to move
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Native son
English (149)

Spanish (19)

Fast, cheap & out of controlNative sonMuch Ado About NothingStraight out of Brooklyn