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American Playhouse Theatrical Films

Works: 73 works in 231 publications in 2 languages and 16,381 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Trials, litigation, etc  Biography  Fiction  History  Television adaptations  Domestic fiction  Film and video adaptations  Historical drama 
Roles: prn, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Publications about American Playhouse Theatrical Films
Publications by American Playhouse Theatrical Films
Most widely held works by American Playhouse Theatrical Films
Stand and deliver by Edward James Olmos( visu )
6 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 2,042 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( visu )
14 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 1,564 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( visu )
5 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 1,206 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 by Gregory Nava( visu )
6 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in Spanish and English and held by 1,116 libraries worldwide
Mayan Indian peasants are tired of being thought of as nothing more than manual laborers. They organize an effort to improve their lot in life, but are discovered by the Guatemalan army. After the army destroys their village and family, Enrique and Rosa, a teenage brother and sister, who barely escaped the massacre, decide they must flee to United States. After receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant on strategies for traveling, they make their way by truck, bus and other means to Los Angeles, where they try to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton( visu )
7 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 1,077 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
Brother's keeper by Joe Berlinger( visu )
9 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 935 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?"--Container
Daughters of the dust by Alva Rogers( visu )
9 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 880 libraries worldwide
Story of a large African-American family as they prepare to move North from the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia at the dawn of the 20th century
Fast, cheap & out of control by Errol Morris( visu )
10 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 801 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
Longtime companion by Norman René( visu )
8 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 609 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
Native son ( visu )
4 editions published between 1986 and 1995 in English and held by 586 libraries worldwide
Bigger Thomas, the black chauffeur for the wealthy Dalton family, is accused of the murder of the Daltons' daughter Mary. The search for Mary's missing body and Thomas' trial shake the family and the city of Chicago, exposing the fears and prejudices of the late 1940's
--And the earth did not swallow him ( visu )
7 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 549 libraries worldwide
A haunting and powerful film about a young Mexican-American boy's coming of age amid the poverty and adversity he and his family face as migrant farm workers in the 1950's
El norte The north by Gregory Nava( visu )
5 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in Spanish and English and held by 482 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
Cabeza de Vaca by Nicolás Echevarria( visu )
4 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in Spanish and held by 415 libraries worldwide
In 1528 a Spanish expedition founders off the coast of Florida. 600 lives are lost. One survivor, Alvar Nunez 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
Safe by Todd Haynes( visu )
13 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 380 libraries worldwide
Drama about a suburban housewife in northern California whose affluent environment turns against her, causing environmentally-induced disease
Smooth talk by Joyce Chopra( visu )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 369 libraries worldwide
Connie is a 15-year-old girl with two things on her mind, boys and how she looks, and she meets a man during the summer
Go tell it on the mountain by James Baldwin( visu )
2 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 352 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
A raisin in the sun by Lorraine Hansberry( visu )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 284 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
Waiting for the moon ( visu )
3 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in English and held by 259 libraries worldwide
An engrossing and fascinating exploration of the complex relationship of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas
Simple men by Hal Hartley( visu )
7 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 242 libraries worldwide
Two brothers go after their father, a former all-star shortstop and mad-bomber anarchist, when he breaks out of jail. Out of money and short of ideas, they both discover some truths about themselves
Much ado about nothing by William Shakespeare( visu )
13 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 231 libraries worldwide
William Shakespeare's tale of love and enchantment set against a backdrop of mistaken identities and bawdy good fun
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