Listing of Described Videos
- Blizzards, Snow Storms and Other Cold Weather Stories
- Classic American Reading List
- Fiction with a Musical Theme
- James Patterson Books
- Listing of Described Videos - May 2004 Update
- Listing of Described Videos - May 2006 Update
- Mysteries in Maine
- New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2008
- Nonfiction Titles that Read Almost Like Fiction!
- Recommended Reads: A Haunting We Will Go!
- Recommended Reads: A Trip to Alaska
- Recommended Reads: Abraham Lincoln
- Recommended Reads: Adams Family
- Recommended Reads: Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Recommended Reads: African American History Month
- Recommended Reads: Apples
- Recommended Reads: Art of the Memoir
- Recommended Reads: Athletes with Disabilities
- Recommended Reads: Benjamin Franklin
- Recommended Reads: Book Sense Award Winners
- Recommended Reads: Book of the 1930s
- Recommended Reads: Books Produced Locally
- Recommended Reads: Books That Have Been Made Into Movies
- Recommended Reads: Braille Literacy Month
- Recommended Reads: Conflict in the Middle East
- Recommended Reads: Cookbooks
- Recommended Reads: Dennis Lehane, Barabara Delinsky, and Hank Phillipi Ryan
- Recommended Reads: Diamonds
- Recommended Reads: Dogs
- Recommended Reads: Edgar Awards
- Recommended Reads: Environmentalism
- Recommended Reads: Fitness and Wellness for an Aging Population
- Recommended Reads: Food in Fiction
- Recommended Reads: Gardening - The Art of Growing Plants
- Recommended Reads: Good Stress, Bad Stress
- Recommended Reads: Harvest
- Recommended Reads: Historical Fiction
- Recommended Reads: Holiday Stories, Poetry, and More...
- Recommended Reads: Holidays
- Recommended Reads: Horses
- Recommended Reads: Immigrants as Portrayed in Fiction
- Recommended Reads: Independence Day
- Recommended Reads: International Authors
- Recommended Reads: Irish Fiction
- Recommended Reads: Local Studio Titles
- Recommended Reads: Locally Produced Books
- Recommended Reads: Looking for a new author? If you like ...
- Recommended Reads: MaryBethWise
- Recommended Reads: Massachusetts Literary Locations
- Recommended Reads: Massachusetts Mysteries
- Recommended Reads: Medical Thrillers
- Recommended Reads: Modern Fiction of India
- Recommended Reads: Musician Biographies
- Recommended Reads: Nature Writers
- Recommended Reads: New England Mysteries
- Recommended Reads: Not Your Everyday Poetry
- Recommended Reads: Notable Women Artists
- Recommended Reads: Paranormal Romance
- Recommended Reads: People with Disabilities in Fiction
- Recommended Reads: RITA Award Winners
- Recommended Reads: Red Sox
- Recommended Reads: Royalty
- Recommended Reads: Snacks
- Recommended Reads: Swimming and Swimmers
- Recommended Reads: Teen Books that Adults Can Enjoy
- Recommended Reads: The 100 Notable Books of 2008
- Recommended Reads: The Moon
- Recommended Reads: Titles on Birding
- Recommended Reads: Travel to China
- Recommended Reads: War of 1812
- Recommended Reads: Winter Tales
- Recommended Reads:Toward a Peaceful World
- The Fascination of Trains
- The Life of the Comedian
The descriptive video collection is divided into thirteen categories. Below please find the category links, followed by the video ratings key. For additional information, call the Library at 617-972-7240, 1-800-852-3133 or email Library@Perkins.org.
Descriptive Video Collection
1. ACTION & ADVENTURE
4. FAMILY & CHILDREN’S CLASSICS
5. HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARIES
6. HOLIDAY FAVORITES
8. MYSTERY & SUSPENSE
11. SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR
12. TELEVISION CLASSICS
MPAA = Motion Picture Association of America
G = MPAA rating for media suitable for general audiences.
PG = MPAA rating for media where parental guidance is suggested.
PG-13 = MPAA rating for media suitable for children 13 and above.
R = MPAA rating for media suitable for anyone 17 and above. NR = Not Rated.
THE AFRICAN QUEEN - 1951 NR 104 min
Filmed in the African jungle, this legendary World War I classic, which earned Humphrey Bogart a Best Actor Oscar, is an entertaining mix of romance, comedy and adventure. A gin-loving river trader (Bogart) rescues an abandoned missionary (Katherine Hepburn) on the war-torn African Queen. Their perilous escape turns into an outright battle against nature, the Germans and finally each other as the tempestuous pair realize they've fallen in love. Directed by John Huston.
ALGIERS - 1938 NR 95 min
Up in the Casbah, Pepe le Moko (Charles Boyer) reigns like a prince: elegant boulevardier one moment, and efficient gang leader the next. He has everything except his freedom, because in the modern city of Algiers below, Pepe le Moko is a wanted criminal with no place to hide. Confined to the Casbah, he dreams of returning to Paris. He meets an alluring woman (Hedy Lamarr) and decides to return with her to Paris. However, to reach the ship, he must cross the city; and the police are waiting.
APOLLO 13 - 1995 PG 140 min
The American public thought Apollo 13 was just another "routine" space flight - until these words pierced the immense void of space: "Houston, we have a problem." Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovel (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) fight a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile, at Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingly (Gary Sinise), flight director Gene Dranz (Ed Harris) and a heroic ground crew race against time - and the odds – to bring them home. Directed by Ron Howard.
THE ARROW - 1957 NR 94 min
In the late 1950s, as the Cold War got colder, a team of Canadian designers and engineers created a marvel: A supersonic jet fighter with the potential to shatter all existing speed and altitude records and make Canada a leader in the rapidly growing aviation industry. The team fights to keep the dream alive even as government-appointed "destroy and dispose" squads arrive to obliterate everything they've created. Based on a true story.
BEAT THE DEVIL- 1954 NR 91 min
Drawn by a half-baked scheme to corner the uranium market in British East Africa, a motley crew of con men and ne'er-do-wells assemble in a small resort town on the southern coast of Italy. The success of the scheme is threatened from the start by their mutual suspicions and their underhanded efforts to defraud, doublecross or do each other in. And only the winner will Beat the Devil. Relations deteriorate rapidly when transportation problems strand them in a hostile African country. Stars Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollabridgida, Robert Morley, Jennifer Jones and Peter Lorre. Directed by John Huston.
BLACKBEARD, THE PIRATE - 1944 NR 98 min
It's late in the 17th Century, and the Spanish Main is overrun with pirates. The King of England has commissioned Sir Henry Morgan (William Bendix), himself a former privateer, to clear the Caribbean of the rogues he once commanded. Morgan has high ambitions of his own, but his lust for gold and power is surpassed by one of the buccaneers, Blackbeard (Robert Newton).
BMX BANDITS - 1983 NR 92 min
When three Australian BMX bikers stumble on a cache of two-way radios, they decide to sell them. Little do they know that the radios are tuned to the police frequency and belong to a gang of bank robbers. While the kids and their customers inadvertently disrupt police radio traffic, two bumbling thieves scour the city, determined to recover their equipment. But neither the cops nor the robbers are any match for these resourceful teens. BMX Bandits is jam-packed with high jinks and audacious Aussie humor and features Nicole Kidman in her first major role.
CALL OF THE WILD - 1972 PG 106 min
In the midst of the Klondike gold rush, adventurer John Thornton (Charlton Heston) makes an acquaintance who will become his boon companion, a German Shepard named Buck. Irresistibly, a call of the wild takes them into the thick of an exciting, boisterous, and unpredictable era which is vividly recreated in this adaptation of Jack London's classic wilderness saga. Also stars Michelle Mercier, George Eastman and Maria Rohm. Directed by Ken Annakin.
CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER- 1994 PG-13 141 min
Harrison Ford returns as CIA agent Jack Ryan. When his mentor Admiral James Greer (James Earl Jones) becomes gravely ill, Ryan is appointed acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. His first assignment is to investigate the murder of one of the President's friends, a prominent U.S. businessman with secret ties to Colombian drug cartels. Unbeknownst to Ryan, the CIA has already dispatched a field operative (Willem Dafoe) to lead a para-military force against the Colombian drug lords. Directed by Phillip Noyce.
COLD SWEAT - 1971 PG 96 min
When a desperate band of cutthroats show up to collect a debt from his checkered past, the happy, laid-back life of fishing charter captain Joe Martin takes a swift turn toward disaster. To ensure his compliance, the gang, led by the worldly and ruthless Captain Ross, hold Joe’s lovely wife and their young daughter hostage. With his loved ones’ lives hanging in the balance, the mayhem escalates to a fiery conclusion. Starring Charles Bronson, Liv Ullmann, James Mason, Jill Ireland. Directed by Terence Young.
DANTE’S PEAK - 1997 PG-13 109 min
Without warning, day becomes night, air turns to fire, and solid ground melts beneath white-hot lava. From Director Roger Donaldson comes an adventure starring Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton. Welcome to the town of Dante's Peak, where a long-dormant volcano is about to erupt with devastating force.
DICK TRACY - 1990 PG 105 min
Warren Beatty directs and stars in this adaptation of Chester Gould's famous comic strip. Against a stylized backdrop of 1930s Chicago, detective hero Dick Tracy battles gangster Big Boy Caprice -- and temptation in the form of blonde bombshell Breathless Mahoney (Madonna).
THE FUGITIVE - 1993 PG-13 131 min
Harrison Ford stars as prison escapee Dr. Richard Kimble, in this film based on the TV series, The Fugitive. Kimble is a Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife, and he is determined to prove his innocence by leading his pursuers to the one-armed man who actually committed the crime. Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) is the U.S. Marshal on Kimble's trail. Also stars Sela Ward, Joe Pantoliano, Andreas Katsulas and Jeroen Krabbe. Directed by Andrew Davis.
GLADIATOR - 2000 R 155 min
Roman general refuses to transfer his loyalty to the new emperor, Commodus, and suffers the consequences, winding up as a gladiator in the Roman Colosseum. Starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nelson, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Djmon Hounsou and Richard Harris. Directed by Ridley Scott.
THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER - 1989 PG 135 min
Based on Tom Clancy's bestseller, The Hunt for Red October is filled with high-tech excitement and the tension of men who hold Doomsday in their hands. A new, technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Sean Connery). The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Alec Baldwin) has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it – because the entire Russian naval and air commands are also trying to find him. Also stars Scott Glenn, James Earl Jones, and Sam Neill. Directed by John McTiernan.
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE - 1989 PG-13 126 min
Harrison Ford stars as Indiana Jones and Sean Connery joins the fun as Indy's feisty dad. The Joneses set out to find the mystically-empowered Holy Grail and encounter many spectacular pursuits and narrow escapes. Also stars Alison Doody, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover, and River Phoenix. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL - 1952 NR 99 min
When Joe Rolph, a down-on-his-luck war vet, is framed in a million-dollar bank robbery, he swears to get even with the vicious criminals who pulled the daring heist. The trail leads him from the mean streets and back alleys of Kansas City to the steamy tropics of Mexico – and a series of deadly confrontations with the murderous gang members and their ruthless double-crossing leader. Stars John Payne, Lee Van Cleef, Neville Brand, Jack Elam and Preston Foster. Directed by Phil Karlson.
THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME - 1932 NR 63 min
When renowned, big game hunter Bob Rainsford is shipwrecked on a tropical island, he finds himself faced with a deadly challenge. The owner of the island, Count Zaroff, is also an avid hunter. Jaded with killing animals, he now amuses himself by tracking human prey. And Rainsford is to be his next quarry. Stars Joel McCrea, Leslie Banks, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Noble Johnson. Directed by Irving Pichel and Ernest B. Shoedsack.
NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH - 1940 NR 94 min
On the brink of World War II, a Nazi agent (Paul Heinreid) boldly kidnaps a scientist whose research is vital to the German war machine. A dashing young British intelligence officer (Rex Harrison) conceives a plan to snatch the scientist and his lovely daughter (Margaret Lockwood) from Hitler's clutches and escape with them on the night train to munich. Too soon the Nazi agent discovers the plan and the chase is on. Also stars Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne. Directed by Carol Reed.
ONE OF OUR AIRCRAFT IS MISSING - 1941 NR 103 min
The tide of World War II is turning, and British aircraft have begun to bomb Germany. On a daring raid over Stuttgart, bomber "B for Bertie" is hit by flak. Unable to nurse the plane home, the 6-man crew is obliged to bail out over occupied Holland. With half the country to cross and every step requiring a signed permit from the German military authorities, the crew's only hope of reaching home is the courage of the Dutch people. Stars Peter Ustinov, Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman and Hugh Williams. Directed by Michael Powell.
OVERLANDERS - 1946 NR 91 min
During World War II, with the Japanese threatening invasion, northern Australians must abandon their homes and flee to the safety of the south. The cattle ranchers of the outback are obliged to kill their herds or leave them to feed the invading army. But one man, knowing bullocks are worth more than bullets, does his part for the war effort and has a daring dream. Can a small but courageous team drive a huge herd of cattle south across 1500 miles of semi-desert? Starring Chips Rafferty, Daphne Campbell.
PATRIOT GAMES - 1992 R 117 min
Harrison Ford stars as Jack Ryan in this explosive thriller based on Tom Clancy's best-seller. His days as an intelligence agent behind him, Jack Ryan has traveled to London to vacation with his wife (Anne Archer) and child (Thora Birch). Meeting his family outside of Buckingham Palace, Ryan is caught in the middle of a terrorist attack on Lord Holmes (James Fox), a member of the Royal Family. Also stars Patrick Bergin and James Earl Jones. Directed by Phillip Noyce.
PIMPERNEL SMITH - 1941 NR 83 min
Updating his role from the 1934 film, Leslie Howard plays the part of a seemingly absent-minded Cambridge archaeology professor. As Europe edges toward World War II in the late 1930s, a daring escape artist with a whistled refrain as his trademark who secretly rescues intellectuals and humanitarian opponents from the clutches of the Nazis. Based on an original story by A.G. MacDonell and Wofgang Wilhelm. Also stars Mary Morris, Francis L. Sullivan, and David Tomlinson. Directed by Leslie Howard.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - 1981 PG 115 min
Harrison Ford stars as an archaeologist in the first Indiana Jones movie. He hates Nazis, and he'll stop at nothing to keep those “goose-stepping goons” from obtaining the mystical Ark of the Covenant. Also stars Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacy, John Rhys-Davis and Denholm Elliott. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
RANSOM - 1996 R 121 min
Mel Gibson stars as Tom Mullen, a wealthy executive, whose charmed life is suddenly shattered when his young son is abducted and held for ransom by a gang of ruthless criminals. That's when Mullen defies the experts and takes matters into his own hands, boldly turning the tables on the kidnappers in a last chance effort to rescue his son. Also stars Rene Russo, Gary Sinise, Delroy Lindo and Lili Taylor. Directed by Ron Howard.
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN - 1998 R 145 min
Seen through the eyes of a squad of American soldiers, the story begins with World War II's historic D-Day invasion, then moves beyond the beach as they embark on a dangerous mission. Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Also stars Tom Sizemore, Jeremy Davies, Edward Burns, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel and Matt Damon. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL - 1935 NR 98 min
As the Reign of Terror rages through France in the spring of 1792, the only hope for the aristocratic families waiting in the shadow of the guillotine is a mysterious and daring master of disguise who rescues as many of them as he can. Outraged, Robespierre orders his Prefect of Police to identify and destroy The Scarlet Pimpernel. A classic adaptation of Baroness d'Orczy's gripping tale of intrigue, betrayal, heroism and love. Stars Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon and Raymond Massey. Directed by Harold Young.
SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC - 1948 NR 112 min
After a failed attempt in 1908, British explorer R.R. Scott (John Mills) returns to Antarctica in 1911, determined this time to reach the South Pole. With dwindling supplies, failing strength and worsening weather, the expedition must complete the long, hazardous trek back to the base camp before the polar night begins. Also stars Derek Bond, Christopher Lee and Kenneth More. Directed by Charles Frend.
SNEAKERS - 1992 PG-13 125 min
Robert Redford stars as computer expert Martin Bishop, who heads a team of renegade hackers who are routinely hired to test security systems. But Bishop's past comes back to haunt him when government agents blackmail the "sneakers" into carrying out a covert operation: Tracking down an elusive black box. Bishop's team retrieves the box and makes a stunning discovery – the device can break into any computer in the world. Also stars Sidney Poitier, Dan Akroyd, River Phoenix, and David Strathaim. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson.
SPEED - 1994 R 115 min
Keanu Reeves stars as Jack Traven, an LAPD SWAT team specialist, who is sent to diffuse a bomb that a revenge-driven extortionist (Dennis Hopper) has planted on a bus. But until he does, Jack and passenger Sandra Bullock must keep the bus speeding through the streets of Los Angeles at more than 50 miles per hour, or the bomb will explode. Also stars Joe Morton and Jeff Daniels. Directed by Jan De Bont.
SPIDER MAN - 2002 PG-13 121 min
After being bitten by a radioactive spider on a school field trip, Peter Parker finds himself gaining spider-like qualities. Adopting the name “Spider Man,” Peter first uses his new skills to make money, but when the Green Goblin, another altered super-human, kills Peter’s uncle, he swears to use his “spider-skills” to fight evil. Along the way he has to juggle a new job as a local reporter, and a budding romance with a beautiful former classmate, MJ. Stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and Willem Dafoe. Directed by Sam Raimi.
SPITFIRE - 1942 NR 89 min
Early in World War II, Britain must somehow turn back the endless waves of Luftwaffe bombers and their devastating cargo, or surrender to the Blitz. Terribly outnumbered and stretched beyond anything, the RAF nonetheless has one advantage in this crucial battle for the skies: The Spitfire. During a lull in the battle, a wing commander (David Niven) tells his pilots the story of his best friend, R.J. Mitchell (Leslie Howard), the man who gave his life to developing the remarkable fighter plane on which their lives, and their country's survival now depend. Directed by Leslie Howard.
TOP GUN - 1986 PG 109 min
This movie takes a look at the danger and excitement that awaits every pilot at the Navy's prestigious fighter weapons school. Tom Cruise is Maverick Mitchell, a daring young flyer who's out to become the best of the best. And Kelly McGillis is the civilian instructor who teaches Maverick a few things you can't learn in a classroom. Also stars Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Tom Skerritt. Directed by Tony Scott.
TRAPPED - 1949 NR 79 min
When bogus twenty-dollar bills begin turning up from special counterfeit plates, Secret Service agents know just who to turn to and where to find him. T. Stewart (Lloyd Bridges) is serving a long term in a federal penitentiary. He accepts their offer of a release in return for leading them to the current owner. But Stewart has his own agenda and soon gives the agents the slip. Also stars John Hoyt and Barbara Payton. Directed by Richard Fleischer.
TREASURE OF THE YANKEE ZEPHYR – 1981 NR 98 min
In World War II, an USAF bomber loaded with gold bullion goes down in a remote area of New Zealand. Forty-odd years later, an eccentric old codger (Donald Pleasance) stumbles on the plane and its cargo. He quickly enlists his young partner (Ken Wahl) and his daughter (Leslie Ann Warren) to recover the treasure. But the mysterious Mr. Brown (George Peppard), and his well-outfitted gang of thugs, intend to relieve them of the treasure as soon as they lead them to it. The chase proves a merry one, full of high risk and hilarious high jinks. Directed by David Hemmings.
TRUE LIES - 1994 R 141 min
Arnold Schwarzenegger is special agent Harry Tasker, a top spy in the ultra-secret Omega Sector; although to his wife Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), he's just a computer salesman. When Harry's two lives unexpectedly collide, both he and Helen find themselves in the clutches of international terrorists, fighting to save not only their marriage, but their lives. Also stars Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Art Malik, and Tia Carrere. Directed by James Cameron.
VIRUS - 1980 PG 110 min
A military plane, whose cargo includes a deadly virus developed by the military, crashes. The virus spews from the wreckage, killing all humans except for a few scientists stationed in the Antarctic. The survivors now have a two-fold mission: Ensuring the survival of the human race, and saving the planet from a thermonuclear holocaust. Stars George Kennedy, Glenn Ford, Robert Vaughn, Chuck Connors, Olivia Hussey. Directed by Kinji Fukasaku.
A WALK IN THE SUN - 1945 NR 117 min
During the Allied invasion of Italy in World War II, an American infantry platoon is given a dangerous assignment to strike inland from the beach and secure a farmhouse as an advance command post. The mission seems doomed from the start when the lieutenant in charge is killed on the way in to the beach. As the platoon moves deeper into enemy-held country and their casualties mount, the assignment threatens to become a suicide mission. Then they discover the farmhouse is heavily defended. Stars Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, John Ireland and Lloyd Bridges. Directed by Lewis Milestone.
WE DIVE AT DAWN - 1943 NR 97 min
During World War II, the crew of the British submarine Sea Tiger have their leave cut short for a special mission: find and sink a brand new German battleship. The hunt takes them deeper and deeper into enemy waters. By the time they locate their target, their fuel is dangerously low. If they pursue the attack, they won't have enough to reach home. Stars John Mills, Eric Portman, Reginald Purdell. Directed by Anthony Asquith.
ZULU - 1964 NR 140 min
A British preacher (Jack Hawkins) learns that 1,200 British soldiers were annihilated by Zulu warriors in Botswana. He flees a Zulu encampment to warn a nearby garrison of British troops, commanded by Lt. John Chard (Stanley Baker) and Lt. Gonville Bromhead (Michael Caine) of an impending attack. Based on the Battle at Rorke's Drift that took place January 22, 1879. Directed by Cy Endfield. Back to Categories
THE ADDAMS FAMILY - 1992 PG-13 102 min
When long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) reappears after 25 years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Angelica Huston) plan a celebration. But Wednesday (Christina Ricci) barely has time to warm up her electric chair before Thing points out Fester's uncommonly "normal" behavior. Could this Fester be a fake, part of an evil scheme to raid the Addams fortune? Based on Charles Addams' beloved cartoons and following the success of the hit TV series, The Addams Family. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.
THE AMBASSADOR’S DAUGHTER - 1956 NR 103 min
To avoid potential problems, a U.S. Senator wants to make 1950s Paris off-limits to American servicemen posted in Europe. But the U.S. Ambassador is opposed to the idea. To settle the issue, they decide to test the true character of the American G.I. The lucky soldier gets a date with a lovely Dior fashion model. What he doesn’t know is that she’s also the ambassador’s daughter. Stars Olivia de Havilland, John Forsythe, Myrna Loy, Adolphe Menjou, Edward Arnold. Directed by Norman Krasna.
ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER - 1946 NR 102 min
The first thing Eddie Kagel does when he's released from the pen is get bumped off by a member of his gang. He is soon offered an opportunity to go back and avenge himself on his killer. Angel On My Shoulder is a humorous, heart-warming tale about the redemption of a gangster who gets a second chance at life and love.
BACK TO THE FUTURE - 1985 PG 116 min
Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the eighties accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered Delorean "time machine" invented by slightly mad scientist (Christopher Lloyd). During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be (Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson) meet and fall in love so he can get back to the future.
BLUE HAWAII – 1961 NR 101 min
Elvis Presley stars as Chad Gates, who returns home to Honolulu after a stint in the service. He shows little interest in working on his overbearing parents’ pineapple plantation, much to their dismay. Instead, Chad finds a job as a tour guide and thereby gives himself a chance to dance with, and sing to, a variety of Hawaii’s most beautiful women. Includes musical numbers such as “Blue Hawaii,” “Rock-A-Hula Baby,” “Hawaiian Wedding Song” and “Island of Love,” as well as the immortal “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Also stars Angela Lansbury, Joan Blackman, Nancy Walters, and Roland Winters. Directed by Norman Taurog.
BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY - 2001 R 94 min
In her mid-thirties, still single and still being set up on dates by her mom, Bridget decides she needs to make a change in her life. She falls for her boss who uses her and then dumps her. In the meantime, Bridget keeps running into the divorced guy her mom tried to set her up with, and he happens to be ex-friends with her boss. She uses her diary as a confessional and she begins to wonder if she will ever find true love. Starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, James Callis. Directed by Sharon Maguire.
FATHER OF THE BRIDE – 1991 PG 105 min
In this hilarious update of the much-loved Hollywood classic, Steve Martin is George Banks, the befuddled father who has a hard time letting go of his young daughter (Kimberly Williams) when she unexpectedly announces her plans to wed. Diane Keaton shines as George's patient, level-headed wife, while Martin Short lights up the screen as the off-the-wall wedding consultant. Directed by Charles Shyer.
FATHER'S LITTLE DIVIDEND - 1951 NR 82 min
With his daughter Kay happily married and her wedding paid for, Stanley Banks is looking forward to life; then he discovers Kay is expecting a baby. While the other three grandparents are ecstatic, Stanley is dismayed; and with reason, for the arrival of father's little dividend soon turns his life upside-down. Sequel to Father of the Bride. Stars Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Bennett. Directed by Vincente Minnelli.
THE FULL MONTY - 1997 R 95 min
Six unemployed men, inspired by a group of male strippers, decide they can make a fortune by putting on a striptease show of their own – but with one small difference. They intend to go the "full monty" and strip completely naked! In this hilarious comedy, these six friends discover the inner strength to bare it all in front of the world. This comedy features the music of Donna Summer, Gary Glitter, Sister Sledge and Tom Jones. Stars Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson and Mark Addy. Directed by Peter Cattaneo.
LIFE WITH FATHER - 1947 NR 119 min
In New York City at the turn of the century, Clare Day (William Powell) insists on running his household as efficiently as he runs his office down on Wall Street, to the frequent annoyance of his wife (Irene Dunne) and their four sons. When a visit from Cousin Cora (Zasu Pitts) and the lovely young Mary Skinner (Elizabeth Taylor) disrupts the family's routine, Life With Father takes a turn for hilarity. Directed by Michael Curtiz.
MEET THE PARENTS - 2001 PG-13 108 min
Male nurse, Greg Focker (Ben Stiller), is poised to propose to his girlfriend, Pam (Teri Polo), during a weekend stay at her parents' home. But he needs to ask her father first. Alas, the fur flies as Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), Pam's ex-CIA father, takes an immediate dislike to her less-than-truthful beau. Greg's quest for approval gets seriously sidetracked as “Murphy's Law” takes over, and a hilarious string of mishaps turns him into a master of disaster and total pariah in the eyes of the entire family. Also stars Blythe Danner, James Rebhorn, Jon Abrahams and Owen Wilson. Directed by Jay Roach.
MRS. DOUBTFIRE - 1993 PG-13 125 min
Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) is no ordinary father, so when he learns his ex-wife (Sally Field) needs a housekeeper, he applies for the job. With the perfect wig, a little makeup and a dress for all occasions, he becomes Mrs. Doubtfire, a devoted British nanny who is hired on the spot. Daniel creates a whole new life with his entire family. Also stars Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein and Robert Prosky. Directed by Chris Columbus.
MY FAVORITE BRUNETTE - 1947 NR 89 min
On death row, awaiting execution for a murder he didn't commit, wise-cracking baby photographer Ronnie Jackson (Bob Hope) tells reporters his story. Mistaken by sultry, dark-eyed Carlotta Montay (Dorothy Lamour) for the private detective in the office next to his, the bumbling Jackson agrees to help her find her missing uncle. But when her uncle's abductors prove to be a ruthless gang of criminals, the pair find themselves neck-deep in trouble – and laughs. Also stars Peter Lorre. Directed by Elliott Nugent.
MY MAN GODFREY - 1936 NR 93 min
When two spoiled, socialite sisters visit the city dump in search of a "forgotten man," Godfrey Parks (William Powell), down on his luck, accepts the role. Intrigued by his amused disdain for their high society crowd, the younger sister Irene (Carole Lombard) hires him as the family butler. With humor, humility and impeccable manners, he affects each member of the family and finds his own life renewed in the process. Also stars Jean Dixon, Jean Rogers, and Alice Brady. Directed by Gregory La Cava.
NOTHING SACRED - 1937 NR 74 MIN
When reporter Wallace Cook learns about Hazel Flagg, a young girl doomed to death from an incurable disease, he sees a circulation-boosting story. When Hazel learns she's not really dying, she sees Wallace and his paper as a way to escape her small-town life. Impressed by her courage, New York falls in love with her. And so does Wallace. Also stars Frederic March and Walter Connelly. Directed by William Wellman.
THE NUTTY PROFESSOR - 1996 PG-13 96 min
Eddie Murphy, playing no less than seven roles, gives the "performances" of his career in this Jekyll-and-Hyde comedy. Murphy stars as shy Dr. Sherman Klump, a brilliant, "calorically challenged" genetics professor. When beautiful Carla Purty (Jada Pinkett) joins the university faculty, Sherman grows desperate to whittle his 400-pound frame down to size and win her heart. So, Sherman tries his experimental fat-reducing serum. But both the experimental potion and his new suave persona “Buddy Love” prove to be uncontrollable. Also stars James Coburn and Dave Chappelle. Directed by Tom Shadyac.
PARENTHOOD - 1989 PG-13 124 min
The Buckmans are a modern-day family facing the age-old dilemma of trying to raise children the "right" way. At the center of the storm is Gil (Steve Martin), who manages to keep his unique sense of humor while attempting to maintain a successful career and be a loving husband and parent. As Gil and the rest of the Buckmans discover, being the "perfect" parent often means just letting children be themselves. Also stars Mary Steenburgen, Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce, Jason Robards and Dianne Wiest. Directed by Ron Howard.
SISTER ACT - 1994 PG 107 min
Whoopi Goldberg stars as a sassy lounge singer forced to hide out from the mob in the last place on earth anyone would look for her – in a quiet convent. There, her irreverent behavior attracts a flock of faithful followers, and before long she turns the nuns' tone-deaf choir into a soulful chorus of swinging, singing sisters. Also stars Maggie Smith and Harvey Keitel. Directed by Emile Ardolino.
SISTER ACT 2 - 1995 PG 107 min
This time Whoopi goes undercover as Sister Mary Clarence at a troubled inner-city school! Equipped with a melody-marching lesson plan, she brings the gift of laughter, the power of music and a touch of heavenly inspiration to the classroom – before the streetwise students discover who she really is! Also stars Kathy Najimy, James Coburn and Maggie Smith. Directed by Bill Duke.
THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY - 1998 R 119 min
Filled with laughs and sight gags, this "cheerfully crude and way over the line" romantic comedy is a "gut-busting blast." Still suffering from a high school crush on Mary, the nerdy Ted, tracks her down thirteen years later with the help of a sleazy private investigator who also falls for her. Both men discover that virtually every man who sets his eyes on Mary finds himself head over heels in love and determined to win her hand. Stars Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, Lee Evans and Chris Elliott. Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly.
THREE MEN AND A BABY - 1987 PG 102 min
Three handsome Manhattan bachelors find their dating and mating rituals irreparably damaged when an unexpected new roommate – complete with crib, pacifier and dirty diaper – shows up on their doorstep. This bouncing bundle of joy is anything but joyous until the trio's hilarious fathering instincts take over and she becomes "Daddy's Girl" to all three hunks. Stars Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson. Directed by Leonard Nimoy.
TWINS - 1989 PG 147 min
An ambitious genetic experiment takes the wrong turn when twins, who look nothing alike, are born and then separated. Years later, the unlikely siblings meet: Julius (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a highly educated but sheltered giant with a big heart, and Vincent (Danny DeVito), a pint-sized hustler with an insatiable lust for women and money. With girlfriends in tow and a hit-man on their tail, the new-found brothers set off on a wild, cross-country misadventure to find their mother but end up finding out more about themselves. Also stars Kelly Preston, Chloe Webb, and Bonnie Bartlett. Directed by Ivan Reitman.
WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP - 1992 R 115 min
Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) and Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) are an unlikely pair of basketball hustlers. They team up to con their way across the courts of Los Angeles, playing a game that's fast, dangerous, and funny. Also stars Rosie Perez. Directed by Ron Shelton.
THE WORLD OF HENRY ORIENT - 1964 NR 108 min
At a private school in Manhattan, two adolescent girls become best friends. Then with their hormones and imaginations running wild, they develop a crush on one Henry Orient (Peter Sellers), an eccentric, avant-garde concert pianist with a weakness for married women. When the girls start following him around, they turn the world of Henry Orient hilariously upside down while playing havoc with his love life. Also stars Angela Lansbury and Paula Prentiss. Directed by George Roy Hill. Back to Categories
AMISTAD - 1998 R 155 min
Based on a true story, the movie chronicles the journey of a group of Africans who overtake their captor's ship and attempt to return to their homeland. For these men and women, they are fighting for the basic right of all mankind ...freedom. Stars Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou and Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
ANNA KARENINA - 1948 NR 111 min
In the Russia of Tolstoy and the Tsars, high society is highly sophisticated. Romantic liaisons are winked at, provided they remain properly discreet. But when the beautiful wife of an important government official falls hopelessly in love with a handsome young cavalry officer, and he with her, discretion flies to the wind. To be with the man she loves, Anna Karenina risks everything: marriage, family, position and reputation. Stars Vivian Leigh and Ralph Richardson.
THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ - 1974 PG 120 min
Set in a Jewish ghetto in 1948 Montreal, Duddy Kravitz (Richard Dreyfuss) suffers years of self-abuse in an effort to become something of substance. Constantly reinforcing the low self-image created by his peers, Kravitz hopes for riches and fame, but his failed entrepreneurial efforts alienate him from those who can help. Based on the book by Mordecai Richler, published in 1959, the Jewish community was upset at what was perceived as negative depictions of Jewish people.
AS YOU LIKE IT - 1936 NR 96 min
In this fast-paced rollicking romp from the Bard of Avon, the fair Rosalind is forced to flee from her evil uncle, the Duke. Disguised as a youth, she escapes to the forest with her devoted cousin and Touchstone, the court clown. There she meets another fugitive, the handsome and charming Orlando. Complications multiply rapidly. But all, in the end, turns out as you like it.
BASIC INSTINCT - 1992 R 123 min
Michael Douglas stars as Nick Curran, a tough but vulnerable detective. Sharon Stone co-stars as Catherine Tramell, a cold, calculating, and beautiful novelist with an insatiable sexual appetite. Catherine becomes a prime suspect when her boyfriend is brutally murdered – a crime she had described in her latest novel. But would she be so obvious as to write about a crime she was going to commit? Or is she being set up by a jealous rival? Obsessed with cracking the case, Nick descends into San Francisco's underground where suspicions mount, bodies fall, and he finds within himself an instinct more basic than survival.
BEACHES - 1988 PG-13 123 min
They met on a beach when they were young, brassy C.C. Bloom (Bette Midler) and classy Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey). Through good times and bad, through broken marriages and budding careers, they still had each other; and together they would face their greatest challenge … as only best friends can. Directed by Penny Marshall.
A BEAUTIFUL MIND – 2001 PG-13 136 min
Based on the life and experiences of schizophrenic, MIT mathematician and genius, John Nash, this movie won Academy Awards for "Best Picture" and "Best Director" for Ron Howard. Russell Crowe is the enigmatic John Nash, while Jennifer Connelly won an Oscar for "Best Supporting Actress" as his long-suffering wife, Alicia. Beginning with Nash's early days as an MIT student, this film follows his fascinating life to its ultimate triumph – winning the Nobel Prize for Economics.
THE BELLS OF ST. MARY- 1945 NR 126 min
Father O'Malley (Bing Crosby) finds himself "up to his neck in nuns" when he's assigned to decide if St. Mary's parish school is worth the extensive renovations it requires. The nuns, led by Sister Benedict (Ingrid Bergman), believe the school must be saved; but the chairman of the town council (Henry Travers) insists it should be condemned.
THE BIG LIFT - 1950 NR 120 min
The story of an American flyboy who meets a gorgeous German woman and falls in love amid the massive post-World War II airlift to save Berlin. But some are not convinced that the couple's love affair is all it seems – especially an amiable German who works as a Russian spy. Stars Montgomery Clift and Paul Douglas. Directed by George Seaton.
BLOOD ON THE SUN - 1945 NR 94 min
Nick Condon (James Cagney) is an American newspaper editor working in Japan between World War I and World War II. While investigating the double murder of a fellow reporter and his wife, Condon discovers the insidious Tanaka Plan, which plainly states the Japanese aims of world domination. If he is to warn the world about the Japanese plot, he must stay alive and out of the hands of the secret police with the help of Iris (Sylvia Sidney), a beautiful Chinese-American spy. Directed by Frank Lloyd.
THE BOYS OF ST. VINCENT - 1994 NR 94 min
On the surface, everything seems fine at St. Vincent's. But under the surface, hidden by a conspiracy of silence, boys are suffering physical and sexual abuse from several of the Brothers. When the shameful secret reaches a St. Johns police detective (Brian Dooley), he vows to investigate and rescue The Boys of St. Vincent. But he underestimates how far the Catholic Church will go to smother the scandal. As wrenching as it is riveting, the fact-based drama pulls no punches in its treatment of a deeply troubling subject. Stars Henry Czerny as Peter Lavin, the superintendent of the orphanage.
THE BOYS OF ST. VINCENT 15 YEARS LATER - 1994 NR 94 min
For Peter Lavin, now a devoted husband and father of two small boys, life veers abruptly toward disaster when two detectives show up at his Montreal home with a warrant for his arrest. Charged with abusing young boys in his care as the former superintendent of a Catholic orphanage, he’s returned to St. Johns, Newfoundland to confront the boys of St. Vincent 15 years later. Stars Henry Czerny.
BREAKTHROUGH - 1979 PG 96 min
Late in World War II, with the Allies advancing on all fronts, a war-weary German sergeant (Richard Burton) passes a secret message to a US Army officer (Robert Mitchum): an offer of surrender from his general (Curt Jurgens), who is part of a plot to kill Hitler and end the war. When the plot fails, the sergeant faces an American tank assault aimed at achieving a breakthrough in the town defended by his unit.
BURNING RAGE - 1984 NR 97 min
Country singer Barbara Mandrell stars as Kate Bishop, a government geologist investigating a coal mine fire under the town of Vashti, Tennessee. There she finds romance with wildlife manager Tom Silver (Tom Wopat). Will Larsen (Eddy Albert) is the mining tycoon whose rage threatens to consume the town. Also stars Carol Kane and John Pleshette.
BYE BYE BLUES - 1990 PG 116 min
Humorous, touching and brimming with real life, Bye Bye Blues is a wonderful Canadian story. When her husband is captured early in the Second World War, Daisy Cooper is obliged to return home to small-town Alberta and earn a living for herself and her family. A talent for music leads her into a singing career and romance which challenge her deepest values. Stars Rebecca Jenkins, Luke Reilly, Stuart Margolin, Michael Ontkean, Wayne Robson Robyn Stevan and Kate Reid. Directed by Anne Wheeler.
CALLIE AND SON - 1981 NR 142 min
Callie Lord (Lindsay Wagner) marries a Dallas newspaper magnet (Dabney Coleman) who proves his love for her by finding a son she was obliged to give up for adoption. Callie loves the boy to distraction, but he grows to resent her influence. Later, to escape it, he marries a girl (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the wrong side of the tracks. When his wife's shady past threatens to destroy his political career, Callie steps in, determined to protect him at whatever cost. Directed by Waris Hussein.
THE CAPTIVE HEART - 1948 NR 98 min
Captured by the Germans early in World War II, British soldiers spend the war in a POW camp. As the weeks turn into months and then years, only letters and parcels from home allow them to endure the hardships and isolation. One of the prisoners (Michael Redgrave) has assumed the identity of a dead British officer to escape execution. When he receives a letter from the dead officer's wife (Rachel Kempson), he's obliged to write back. Directed by Basil Dearden.
CASABLANCA - 1943 PG 104 min
In the 45th film of his career, tough guy Humphrey Bogart at last becomes a romantic leading man (in a role originally intended for Ronald Reagan). Bogart and Ingrid Bergman portray former lovers briefly reunited in the chaos of war. Bogart is Rick, a world-weary nightclub owner who claims, "I stick my neck out for nobody." Bergman is Ilsa, fleeing the Nazis with Victor, her Resistance-hero husband. Also stars Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. Directed by Michael Curtiz.
CHAPLIN - 1992 PG-13 135 min
Chaplin (Robert Downey, Jr.) is a loving, grand-scale portrait of the “Little Tramp's” amazing life and times. His poverty-stricken childhood in England comes to life, along with his friendships with Mack Sennett (Dan Aykroyd) and Douglas Fairbanks (Kevin Kline), his many wives and scandalous affairs, and his subjection to the relentless pursuit of J. Edgar Hoover. Also stars Geraldine Chaplin, Devin Dunn, Anthony Hopkins, Milla Jovovich, Moira Kelly, Diane Lane, John Thaw, and James Woods. Directed by Sir Richard Attenborough.
CORA UNASHAMED - 2000 NR 95 min
Adapted from the short story by Langston Hughes, Cora Jenkins (Regina Taylor) is a domestic who works in Elizabeth Studevant's (Cherry Jones) household. Set in 1930s Iowa, the Jenkinses live in isolation as the community's only African-Americans. Their precarious existence is supported solely by Cora's earnings as housekeeper to the Studevants. When tragedy strikes Jessie (C.C.H. Pounder) as the result of a lapse in judgment by her mother, Cora's devotion to the girl empowers her to speak the truth to the town – regardless of the cost. Directed by Deborah M. Pratt.
CYRANO DE BERGERAC - 1950 NR 113 min
In one of love's great ironies, Cyrano (Jose Ferrer) is persuaded to help a fellow guardsman (William Prince) woo Roxanne (Mala Powers), the ravishing beauty he himself secretly adores but fears to approach. Will Roxanne realize the man whose words have won her heart is really Cyrano De Bergerac? Based on the classic story by Edmond Rostand. Directed by Michael Gordon.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY - 1989 PG 128 min
Robin Williams portrays passionate English professor John Keating, who inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming…"Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the Day. Make your lives extraordinary!" The charismatic teacher's emotionally charged challenge is met by his students with irrepressible enthusiasm, changing their lives forever. Directed by Peter Weir.
DINNER AT THE RITZ - 1937 NR 77 min
When Ranie's (Annabella) father is found dead after his bank fails and his reputation is ruined, she refuses to believe his death was a suicide. Selling everything to pay creditors, she is determined to find the men who arranged his death. Also stars Paul Lucas, David Niven and Romney Brent. Directed by Harold Schuster.
DIRTY DANCING - 1987 PG-13 105 min
Heart-throb Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and dancing sensation Cynthia Rhodes star in this electrifying and sensual film. A vivid love story, Dirty Dancing is set to pounding rhythms and dance. Directed by Emile Ardolino.
DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD - 2002 PG-13 116 min
Like mother, like daughter. Neither a hard-as-nails New York playwright nor her flaky Lousiana mother will take the necessary steps to mend their long-time rift. No, this is a job for the Sisterhood, sworn life-long friends who stage an outlandish “intervention” to bring daughter and mother back together again. Stars Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn and Ashley Judd. Directed by Callie Khouri.
DO THE RIGHT THING - 1989 R 120 min
This film combines humor and drama with memorable characters while tracing the events of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. On this summer day, lives will change forever. Stars Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Spike Lee, Bill Nunn, John Turturro and John Savage. Directed by Spike Lee.
DRIVING MISS DAISY - 1988 PG 88 min
They couldn't agree; they wouldn't give in; they thought they had nothing in common … but they built the friendship of a lifetime. Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd star in Driving Miss Daisy, the joyous comedy about a head-strong Southern lady and her ever-patient chauffeur, that won numerous Academy awards. Directed by Bruce Beresford.
THE ENGLISH PATIENT - 1996 R 162 min
In World War II England, a mysterious stranger (Ralph Fiennes) is rescued from a fiery plane crash and is cared for by American allies unaware of the dangerous secrets of his past. Also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, Colin Firth, Julian Wadham, and Jurgen Prochnow. Directed by Anthony Minghella.
ENTERTAINER - 1960 NR 100 min
In 1950s Brighton, England, Archie Rice (Laurence Olivier), comic, is drawing fewer laughs and applause for his song-and-dance routine. But Archie is positive he can turn the tide with one more big show, and he'll do anything to prove it. Also stars Albert Finney, Alan Bates, Joan Plowright and Roger Liversey. Directed by Tony Richardson.
ERIN BROCKOVICH - 2000 R 132 min
Julia Roberts stars as Erin Brockovich, a feisty young mother who fights for justice any way she can. Desperate for a job to support herself and her three children, she convinces attorney Ed Masry (Albert Finney) to hire her, and promptly stumbles upon a monumental case against a giant corporation. Directed by Steven Soderbergh.
FALLEN IDOL - 1948 NR 95 min
Starring Ralph Richardson as Baines, an embassy butler, this story is told from the point of view of Phillip (Bobby Henrey), the eight-year-old son of the ambassador. Baines has regaled Phillip with tales of youthful adventures, and Phillip's feeling for the servant has come to border on idol worship. Phillip learns that Baines is involved with Julie (Michele Morgan), a typist. As Mrs. Baines (Sonia Dresdel) grills Phillip about what he knows, the truth slips out. Phillip later hears a quarrel between husband and wife. Shortly thereafter, Mrs. Baines falls to her death from a window while spying on Julie. Directed by Carol Reed.
A FAREWELL TO ARMS - 1932 NR 80 min
In this World War I drama, a handsome young American ambulance corpsman (Gary Cooper) is badly injured. He falls passionately in love with a beautiful English nurse (Helen Hayes). Then he's recalled to the front, and life hangs in the balance for both of them as they struggle to keep their love alive. Based on Ernest Hemingway's famous novel, the film earned four Academy Awards. Also stars Adolphe Menjou. Directed by Frank Borzage.
FIELD OF DREAMS - 1989 PG 106 min
Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is inspired by a voice he can't ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe. Supported by his wife Annie (Amy Madigan), Ray begins the quest by turning his cornfield into a place where dreams can come true. Along the way he meets reclusive activist Terence Mann (James Earl Jones), the mysterious "Doc" Graham (Burt Lancaster) and even the legendary "Shoeless Joe" Jackson (Ray Liotta). Directed by Phil Alden Robinson.
FIRES IN THE MIRROR - 1996 NR 90 min
In Anna Deavere Smith's acclaimed one-woman play presenting a compelling view of urban racial and class conflict through the use of interwoven monologues, Ms. Smith assumes the personalities of nearly 30 characters – young, old, male, female, black, white – caught in the racial turmoil that erupted in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn, following the death of an African-American child and the stabbing of a 29-year-old Hasidic rabbinical student.
FORREST GUMP - 1994 PG-13 142 min
Tom Hanks gives an astonishing performance as Forrest in this acclaimed film from director Robert Zemeckis. Through three turbulent decades, Forrest rides a tide of events that whisks him from physical disability to football stardom, from Vietnam hero to shrimp tycoon, from White House honors to the arms of his true love. Also stars Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field.
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES - 1991 PG-13 130 min
A chance encounter in a nursing home between Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) and octogenarian Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy) leads to an unexpected friendship. Ninny tells Evelyn a story of two women who lived 50 years ago in the town of Whistle Stop: The fiercely independent Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson) and the gentle Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker). Idgie's courage in the face of adversity inspires Evelyn to take a look at her own life and make changes, often with humorous results.
THE FRONT PAGE - 1931 NR 103 min
Chicago reporter Hildy Johnson (Pat O'Brien) has decided to give up his career for the comfort and security of marriage to the girl he loves (Mary Brian). The cynics of the pressroom are betting he won't make it. So is his devious editor, Walter Burns (Adolphe Menjou). Hildy's determination is put to the test when he's plunged into the biggest scoop of his career – a "stop-the-presses" story that's sure to make The Front Page. Directed by Lewis Milestone.
THE GODFATHER - 1972 R 171 min
Director Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece features Oscar winner, Marlon Brando, as the patriarch of the Corleone family. The film paints a chilling portrait of a Sicilian family's rise and near fall from power in America, and the passage of rites from father to son. He masterfully balances the story between family life and the ugly business of crime in which they are engaged. Based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel. Also stars Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, and Diane Keaton.
GONE WITH THE WIND - 1939 G 235 min
David O. Selznick's production of Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize winner, Gone with the Wind, is a sweeping Civil War era romance which won ten Academy Awards. Its immortal characters Scarlett (Vivien Leigh), Rhett (Clark Gable), Ashley (Leslie Howard), Melanie (Olivia de Havilland), Mammy (Hattie McDaniel) and Prissy (Butterfly McQueen) all populate an epic story of enduring appeal across generations. Directed by Victor Fleming.
GOOD MORNING VIETNAM - 1987 R 121 min
Irreverent, non-conformist deejay, Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams), really shakes up 1965 Saigon. Imported by the Army for an early A.M. radio show, Cronauer blasts the formerly staid, sanitized airwaves with a constant barrage of rapid-fire humor and the hottest hits from back home. The G.I.s love him, but the brass is up in arms! Full of comic bombshells and studded with hot 60's hits, the film depicts Cronauer's Saigon adventures amid a world gone mad. Directed by Barry Levinson.
GOOD WILL HUNTING - 1997 R 126 min
The most brilliant mind at America's top university isn't a student; he's the kid who cleans the floors! Will Hunting (Matt Damon), a headstrong, working-class genius continues to fail the lessons of life. After one too many run-ins with the law, Will's last chance is a psychology professor (Robin Williams), who might be the only man who can reach him. Also stars Minnie Driver and Ben Affleck. Directed by Gus Van Sant.
INDISCRETION OF AN AMERICAN WIFE - 1953 NR 65 min
Sparks fly in Rome's Terminal Station when an adulterous housewife (Jennifer Jones) attempts to end an affair with a handsome young Italian (Montgomery Clift). Her suitor persists and while she awaits her train to Paris, she succumbs again to her lover's charms. The couple is caught in a lover's tryst in an empty rail car, and is arrested. She faces public shame and humiliation at trial, and the destruction of her marriage. Also stars Richard Beymer. Directed by Vittorio De Sica.
INSOMNIA - 2002 R 118 min
Crime never sleeps and neither does the veteran LAPD homicide detective invited to Nightmute, Alaska to head a murder investigation there. He finds the investigation disrupted by an ever-shining midnight sun that wreaks sleep-depriving havoc on his body clock. Stars Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. Directed by Christopher Nolan.
THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY - 1950 NR 80 min
When Jackie Robinson is signed in 1946 to play for Branch Rickey's Brooklyn Dodgers, the young sports phenomenon becomes the first African-American to break the color barrier in baseball. This true account explores the challenges he faced in proving himself and opening the door for others. Overcoming prejudice and bigotry from players as well as fans, he exemplifies grace under fire and becomes one of the legends of the game. Stars Jackie Robinson. Directed by Alfred E. Green.
THE JOE LOUIS STORY - 1953 NR 99 min
As a young man, Joseph Louis Barrow took violin lessons to please his mom who scrimped to pay for them. But one day a friend persuaded him to stop by the local boxing gym instead. His size, strength and speed impressed the trainer. And the legendary Brown Bomber was on his way to the Heavyweight Championship of the world. This film recounts the inspiring life of this shy, soft-spoken, gentle man who was a hero to so many people. It includes many of his major moments in the ring, from his epic battles with Max Schmeling to his devastating defeat by Rocky Marciano. Stars Coley Wallace, Paul Stewart, James Edwards and Ossie Davis. Directed by Robert Gordon.
THE JOY LUCK CLUB - 1993 R 139 min
Produced by filmmaker Oliver Stone, and based on the novel by Amy Tan, the film tells the uplifting story of four remarkable friends whose extraordinary lives are filled with joy and heartbreak. Their lifelong friendship reveals a mosaic of the startling events and conditions that have shaped their lives. Stars Rosalind Chao, Joan Chen, and France Nuyen. Directed by Wayne Wang.
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL- 1998 PG-13 118 min
Guido (Roberto Benigni) a charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor, has won the heart of the woman he loves and created a beautiful life for his young family. But then, that life is threatened by World War II. Guido must rely on those very same strengths to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate. Also stars Nicoletta Braschi. Directed by Roberto Benigni.
MEET JOHN DOE - 1941 NR 123 min
With the backing of her publisher, reporter Ann Mitchell builds a naive but willing drifter into a national hero: The champion of the common man. Together they discover the publisher has a secret political agenda for exploiting John Doe's enormous popularity. Unless they cooperate, he swears to crush them and the movement they've inspired. Stars Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward Arnold. Directed by Frank Capra.
THE MIRACLE WORKER - 1962 NR 107 min
In William Gibson's adaptation of his own award-winning play of the same name, Patty Duke (Helen Keller) and Anne Bancroft (Annie Sullivan) both won Oscars in 1962 for their roles. Blind and deaf since infancy, Helen is a constant ordeal for her parents, who cannot bring themselves to discipline her. They finally turn to Boston's Perkins School for the Blind, who sends Annie Sullivan to help. Annie tries to treat Helen as normally as possible, but soon finds herself battling Helen's cleverness, her stubborn nature, and her parents' overcompensating attentions. Also stars Victory Jory, Andrew Prine, Inga Swenson and Kathleen Comegys. Directed by Arthur Penn.
MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS- 1995 PG 143 min
Richard Dreyfuss stars as Glenn Holland, a passionate musician who dreams of composing one truly memorable piece of music. But reality intrudes when he reluctantly accepts a "day job" as a high school music teacher to support his family. In time, however, Mr. Holland realizes that his real passion is teaching, and his legacy is the generations of young people he inspires. Also stars Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas and Olympia Dukakis. Directed by Stephen Herek.
NICHOLAS NICKLEBY - 1947 NR 107 min
When his father dies leaving his family penniless, a young man strives to provide for his mother and sister while protecting them from the vile schemes of his evil uncle. His struggle takes him on a whirlwind adventure from a boy's school where beatings are the daily ration, to a theatrical troupe whose tragedies invariably turn comic. Starring Derek Bond, Stanley Holloway and Cedric Hardwicke. Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti.
NOBODY WAVED GOODBYE - 2000 NR 82 min
It's 1965, and Peter has just turned 18. He's a bright young fellow, but bored – with school, with his middle-class parents, with his whole, dull suburban life. So he moves out. He soon discovers there's more to being on his own than he had imagined. Within weeks his girlfriend is threatening to leave him, and his double-dealing boss is threatening to have him arrested. Directed by Don Owen.
OF HUMAN BONDAGE - 1934 NR 83 min
After failing as an artist in Paris, a lonely young man (Leslie Howard) returns to London and enrolls in medical school. Shy and self-conscious because of a clubfoot, he falls hopelessly in love with a fickle-hearted, promiscuous waitress (Bette Davis). Their relationship, despite her infidelities, prevents him from forming a lasting connection with anyone else and keeps him a victim of human bondage. Based on a novel by William Somerset Maugham. Also stars Kay Johnson, Frances Dee and Alan Hale. Directed by John Cromwell.
ON GOLDEN POND - 1981 PG 105 min
For Norman (Henry Fonda) and Ethel (Katharine Hepburn) Thayer, the summer on golden pond is filled with conflict and resolution. When their daughter Chelsea (Jane Fonda) arrives, the family is forced to renew the bonds of love and overcome the generational friction that has existed for years. Norman must find his way through his anger and fear of growing old, while Chelsea struggles to rebuild their relationship. Also stars Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman and William Lanteau. Directed by Mark Rydell.
OUR TOWN - 1940 NR 90 min
The 20th Century is drawing in on Grovers Corners, New Hampshire; but people, somehow will be pretty much as they've always been. George Gibbs (William Holden) and Emily Webb (Martha Scott) are the boy and girl next door who grow up together and fall in love. They join their families and neighbors for the weddings, births and funerals that mark life's turning points in this adaptation of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Also stars Frank Craven. Directed by Sam Wood.
PASSPORT TO PIMLICO - 1948 NR 84 min
One hot summer day in the late 1940s, life suddenly changes for the residents of London's Pimlico area when the local grocer discovers an ancient document that firmly establishes the area as part of Burgundy in France. The fun – and the trouble – begin when the residents realize they're no longer subject to British licensing laws or rationing. Also stars Margaret Rutherford, Stanley Holloway, and Herione Baddeley. Directed by Henry Cornelius.
PHENOMENON - 1996 PG 123 min
John Travolta stars in this uplifting story of an ordinary man transformed by extraordinary events. On the night of his 37th birthday, George Malley (Travolta) is knocked to the ground by a mysterious, blinding light and suddenly develops amazing mental abilities. With his newfound knowledge, George astounds everyone in town. But when his incredible powers cause even his oldest friends to turn away, George comes to realize that his wondrous experience has changed him and the lives of every one around him forever. Also stars Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker and Robert Duvall. Directed by Jon Turteltaub.
THE PIANO - 1993 R 121 min
In this critically acclaimed and award-winning film, erotic passions and vengeful jealousies are aroused when Ada, a young mute woman (Holly Hunter), is desired by two men – her husband by an arranged marriage (Sam Neill) and their darkly intense neighbor (Harvey Keitel). Violent emotions erupt, but only one man understands that Ada's heart can only be won through her beloved piano. Directed by Jane Campion.
PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY- 1947 NR 111 min
Handsome young Dorian Gray makes a fervent wish: that his newly painted portrait might age while he remains forever youthful and unblemished. Influenced by the cynical Lord Henry, he embraces a life of selfish sensuality. Then he discovers his wish has been granted. While the picture of Dorian Gray ages and reflects the true extent of his depravity, Dorian himself remains unchanged ... on the outside. Based on the classic story by Oscar Wilde. Stars Hurd Hatfield, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury and Peter Lawford. Directed by Albert Lewin.
PRIMARY COLORS - 1998 R 144 min
Jack Stanton (John Travolta) is an unknown Southern governor on a quest for the White House with his strong, savvy and equally ambitious wife, Susan (Emma Thompson). Running against all odds, the Stantons need all the help they can get from their colorful political team. Together, they take off on an ultimately history-making roller coaster ride to the top. Also stars Billy Bob Thorton, Adrian Lester, Maura Tierney, Paul Gullfolye, Larry Hagman and Kathy Bates. Directed by Mike Nichols.
PYGMALION - 1938 NR 94 min
Henry Higgins (Leslie Howard), bachelor and professor of phonetics, makes a bet that he can transform a Cockney flower girl (Wendy Hiller) into a lady and present her at a ball. Eccentric and domineering, the professor soon discovers that his "subject" has a mind of her own. Pygmalion earned an Oscar for its adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play (which was later turned into the hit musical My Fair Lady). Also stars Wilfred Lawson and Scott Sunderland. Directed by Leslie Howard.
RAIN - 1932 NR 93 min
In this remake of Somerset Maugham's story, "Miss Thompson," Joan Crawford stars as Sadie Thompson, a prostitute hoping to start a new life in Pago Pago. She falls in love with Sgt. Tim O'Hara (William Gargan). This puts her at odds with Rev. Alfred Davidson (Walter Huston), a religious reformer, who has already converted the natives to Christianity, and who intends to protect the purity of the soldiers. Davidson has O'Hara confined to quarters and threatens Sadie with deportation. Directed by Lewis Milestone.
THE SCENT OF A WOMAN - 1992 R 157 min
Hoping to earn extra money over the Thanksgiving weekend, Charlie Simms (Chris O'Donnell), a scholarship student at an exclusive prep school, agrees to look after blind, retired Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade (Al Pacino). But Charlie is in for a surprise when Slade takes off for a wild weekend in New York City that will change the lives of both men forever. Pacino won the Best Actor Oscar playing the bitter blind man whose self-destructive nature hides a deep concern for his young guardian. DV000251 SCHINDLER'S LIST - 1993 R 197 min The true story of Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womanizer, and war profiteer, who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. It tells of one man who made a difference, and the drama of those who survived. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film has won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director, and countless others. Stars Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, and Jonathan Sagalle.
THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO - 1952 NR 115 min
Injured while on safari in Africa, a world-weary novelist lies on a cot in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, brooding on his life and loves. Based on the tales of Ernest Hemingway, this drama is filled with adventure, hair-raising exploits and passionate affairs. Stars Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Susan Hayward. Directed by Henry King.
SOPHIE’S CHOICE - 1982 R 150 min
Meryl Streep received an Academy Award for her portrayal of Sophie Zawistowska in this drama set in 1947 post World War II Brooklyn. Kevin Kline plays her all-consuming lover, Nathan. The story revolves around Sophie's struggle as a Polish-Catholic immigrant in the U.S., who survived a Nazi concentration camp. The lovers' drama unfolds through the observations of a friend and would-be writer, Stingo (Peter MacNicol). As the trio grows closer, Stingo discovers the hidden truths that they each harbor. Directed by Alan J. Pakula.
STAND AND DELIVER - 1988 PG 103 min
In this moving, true saga of real-life heroes, the characters are determined to conquer a foe few people dare confront: The National Advanced Placement Calculus Exam. Edward James Olmos plays Jaime Escalante, a math teacher at East L.A.'s Garfield High who refuses to write off his inner city students as losers. Also stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Andy Garcia, and Rosana De Soto. Directed by Ramon Menendez.
A STAR IS BORN - 1937 NR 111 min
A farm girl from North Dakota (Janet Gaynor) has one dream: To become a movie star. With her grandma's help, she heads for L.A., where she soon learns she's just one of thousands with the same dream. Her perseverance and belief in herself pay off and, in time, a star is born. As her career takes off, her fairy-tale marriage to a fading movie star (Fredric March) begins to unravel. Also stars May Robson. Directed by William Wellman.
THE STARS LOOK DOWN - 1939 NR 104 min
Michael Redgrave stars as Davey Fenwick in this drama that explores the plight of Welsh mine workers during the 1930's. Intensely realistic in its treatment of the harshness and danger of the miner's lives, it remains a compelling example of borderline British class warfare. Davey initially believes that he will be able to wield his education as a weapon against the cruel and exploitive mine owners, but he is quickly sidetracked by marriage to Jenny Sunley (Margaret Lockwood). Forced by marriage into a job teaching school, Davey watches from the sidelines as tensions mount over the increasingly dangerous conditions for the miners. Based on the novel by A. J. Cronin. Directed by Carol Reed.
THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS – 1946 NR 79 min
Iverstown's lovely heiress (Barbara Stanwyck) lives with her weak-willed husband (Kirk Douglas) and a fatal shared childhood secret. Then a friend (Van Heflin) passes through town and changes their lives forever, igniting her passion, arousing his jealousy, and threatening to expose their secret. Directed by Lewis Milestone.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS - 1956 G 219 min
Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai with one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture, this film tells the story of the life of Moses (Charlton Heston), once favored in the Pharaoh's (Yul Brynner) household, who turned his back on a privileged life to lead his people to freedom. Also stars Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Debra Paget, John Derek, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, Vincent Price and John Carradine. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT - 1983 PG 132 min
This is the story of a mother and daughter, unforgettably played by Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger. From scenes of grand humor to deepest sentiment, their 30-year relationship evolves. Jack Nicolson turns in a great comic performance as MacLaine's neighbor, a boozy, womanizing former astronaut. Also stars Danny De Vito. Directed by James L. Brooks.
THE THIRD MAN - 1949 NR 101 min
Joseph Cotten stars as unemployed novelist Holly Martins. When he arrives in post-World War II Vienna on the promise of a job from his old friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles), he finds that Lime has recently died in a dubious car accident. Against the advice of British Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), who accuses Lime of criminal behavior, Martins decides to stay to investigate his friend's death. He's entranced by Lime's beautiful girlfriend, Anna Schmidt (Alida Valli), who, unlike the others, seems to have loved Harry. Calloway finally provides evidence of Harry's treachery, and Martins, despondent, is about to return home when everything changes in a moment. Directed by Carol Reed.
THREE CAME HOME - 1950 NR 106 min
Early in World War II, as the Japanese sweep unresisted through the South Pacific islands, civilians are rounded up and interred in remote camps. Separated from her husband, an American woman (Claudette Colbert) struggles to keep herself and her little boy alive. Based on an autobiographical novel by Agnes Newton Keith.
TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY - 1946 NR 136 min
This star-studded extravaganza celebrates the life of composer Jerome Kern, from his early struggles in Tin Pan Alley, through his smash hits on Broadway, to his crowning achievement, Show Boat, one of the best-loved musicals ever made. Stars Robert Walker, June Allyson, Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Lena Horne, Van Johnson, Tony Martin, Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra. Directed by Richard Whorf.
A TIME TO DIE - 1983 PG 89 min
Toward the end of World War II, Michael Rogan, an American intelligence officer, is captured by an elite S.S. squad desperate for information on Allied troop positions. When he refuses to cooperate, S.S. officers brutally slaughter his French wife and her entire village, then shoot him and leave him for dead. But Rogan survives. Years later, still haunted by his wife's murder, he vows to hunt down her killers, one-by-one. Stars Rex Harrison, Rod Taylor and Edward Albert, Jr. Directed by Matt Cimber.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - 1962 NR 131 min
Gregory Peck stars as the Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape in this film version of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him – except Peck, the town's most distinguished citizen. Also stars Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, John Megna, Ruth White, Paul Fix, Brock Peters, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy, and Collin Wilcox. Directed by Robert Mulligan.
VENGEANCE VALLEY - 1951 NR 82 min
Owen Daybright (Burt Lancaster), foreman of the Strobie ranch, has always protected his younger foster brother, the charming but self-centered Lee Strobie (Robert Walker). But when Lee's infidelity sours his marriage and puts Owen's life at risk, jealousy leads to betrayal and violent retribution. Also stars Joanne Dru, Hugh O'Brien and John Ireland. Directed by Richard Thorpe.
WAITING TO EXHALE - 1995 R 124 min
Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett star in this funny and touching film about four women who find strength through their rare and special friendship. Savannah, Bernadine, Robin and Gloria are all searching for “the real thing” – true love. Bernadine thought she had it, until her husband left her for another woman. Savannah and Robin are successful in business, but their love lives are empty. Divorcee Gloria is getting back in the game by flirting with her new, very eligible neighbor. Based on Terry McMillan's best selling novel of the same name. Original score by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. Also stars Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine. Directed by Forest Whitaker. Back to Categories
101 DALMATIANS - 1961 G 79 min Animated
Dalmatians Pongo and Perdita settle into their owners' flat to become proud parents of 15 precocious pups. It's one big happy dog family until the outrageous Cruela De Vil kidnaps the puppies, along with every other Dalmatian in town. It's up to Pongo and Perdita, using the magic of "the twilight bark," to unite the entire animal population in a thrilling mission to help the courageous pups outsmart their evil captor.
ALADDIN - 1992 G 90 min Animated
Set in the mythical city of Agraabah, the story follows a street-smart peasant, Aladdin, and his mischievous pet monkey, Abu. Aladdin falls in love with the free-spirited Princess Jasmin despite a law that says she can only wed a royal suitor. His luck changes with one rub of the lamp, releasing the wish-granting Genie who turns him into a Prince.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND - 1951 G 75 min Animated
In this animated version of Lewis Carroll's literary classic, the surprises begin when a daydreaming Alice encounters a White Rabbit who is running late. She chases him and falls into the magical world of Wonderland with its kaleidoscope of characters including Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Cheshire Cat, and the Mad Hatter and March Hare, who invite her to a memorable tea party. The crowning confrontation begins when Alice meets the Queen of Hearts and her enchanted desk of playing cards.
ANIMAL FARM - 1955 NR 75 min Animated
Ill-treated by a cruel master, the animals on Manor Farm rise up and revolt, expelling the farmer and turning the property into a communal utopia. But after the pigs assume control, the revolution sours and the other animals soon find themselves even worse off than before. An animated adaptation of George Orwell's famous fable about the dream of socialism.
ANNE OF AVONLEA - 1988 NR 224 min
Actress Megan Follows stars as Anne Shirley, the irrepressible high-spirited redhead, with a knack for trouble and misadventures. Colleen Dewhurst and Dame Wendy Hiller join in this sequel to Anne of Green Gables.
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES - 1985 NR 199 min
Prequel to Anne of Avonlea. Follows the adventures of a young orphan named Anne Shirley as she grows from an adolescent to a young woman. Stars Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth. Directed by Kevin Sullivan.
ANTZ - 1998 PG 83 min Animated
Z (Woody Allen), is a worker ant with big ideas whose chances of landing the beautiful Princess Bala (Sharon Stone) are slim. But when Z convinces his soldier ant buddy (Sylvester Stallone) to switch places with him, his life takes a wild turn. Z's adventures land him in a final confrontation with the ruthless General Mandible (Gene Hackman). Once the most insignificant of workers, Z may turn out to be the biggest hero of them all!
ARTHUR MAKES THE TEAM - 1998 G 30 min Animated
Arthur, the lovable aardvark created by Marc Brown is the star of this fabulous animated video series that includes two programs on one video. In ARTHUR MAKES THE TEAM – It's baseball season, as Arthur and the gang all sign up to play. Coach Frensky's challenge is to work with a team where everyone wants to pitch, and no one knows the meaning of the word "teamwork". MEEK FOR A WEEK – Muffy bets Francine that she can't be nice to everyone for a whole week. Francine has to keep the bet a secret. The trouble is, the gang begins to worry that Francine isn't herself.
ARTHUR WRITES A STORY - 1997 G 30 min Animated
Struggling with a school writing assignment, Arthur decides that all he needs is a little imagination to make his life sound more interesting than it really is. But he crosses the line when the story of how he got his puppy starts to involve invisible elephants and trips to outer space. LOCKED IN THE LIBRARY -- If only Arthur hadn't called Francine a marshmallow! Now they are locked inside the Library together, and they have to make up or face the long, scary night alone.
ARTHUR’S BABY – 1997 G 30 min Animated
Arthur is not sure he's ready for a new baby in the house. As the months fly by, Arthur imagines how his life is about to change, and it isn't a pretty picture. When the baby finally does arrive, it seems as if she doesn't like Arthur very much either – or does she? D.W.'S BABY – Living with a baby is no picnic. No one ever told D.W. that babies cry all the time, throw up on your clothes and get all the attention. Just how long will Baby Kate be around, anyway?
ARTHUR’S CHICKEN POX – 1998 G 30 min Animated
The circus is in town, and the whole family is excited. Dad gets the tickets, Mom gets film for the camera, and Arthur gets chicken pox! D.W. is jealous of all the attention he is getting. Will Arthur recover in time for the circus? ARTHUR AND THE TRUE FRANCINE – Despite their differences, Muffy and Francine are absolute best friends. It seems nothing can come between them until Muffy cheats on a math test and lets Francine take the blame.
ARTHUR’S EYES – 1997 G 30 min Animated
For some reason, Arthur isn't doing very well in school anymore. Maybe he just needs glasses. The problem is, he doesn't want to be seen wearing them. Don't look now, but it appears as if Arthur's started a trend! FRANCINE'S BAD HAIR DAY – It's school picture day, and Muffy has been working magic on her best friend. Is that really Francine in a dress? Or is it some curly-haired look-alike?
ARTHUR’S FIRST SLEEPOVER – 1997 G 30 min Animated
When D.W. finds out she's not part of the sleepover, she gets angry and decides to have some fun of her own with the help of some friendly aliens. But who will have the last laugh – Arthur and his friends, D.W., or the "aliens"? ARTHUR'S LOST DOG – Arthur is the only one who believes in the superior intelligence of his dog. Pal. But even Arthur doesn't understand when Pal runs away. Is Pal unhappy at home-or does his disappearance have something to do with Baby Kate's hysterics?
ARTHUR’S LOST LIBRARY BOOK – 1997 G 30 min Animated
Arthur was the first to take out the new Scare-Your-Pants-Off book from the library. A week later, he can't seem to figure out where he put it. Something's weird. It couldn't have just walked off! Or could it? D.W.'S IMAGINARY FRIEND – Someone only D.W. can see has moved in with the Reads. Her name is Nadine, and she follows D.W. everywhere. But when D.W. insists on bringing Nadine to the amusement park, Arthur flips out. Must he be embarrassed by D.W. in front of all of his friends?
ARTHUR’S NEW PUPPY – 1998 G 30 min Animated
Arthur's new puppy, Pal, is exactly what he wanted. He's cute, and he follows Arthur everywhere. But training Pal is a lot harder than he thought. Can he teach Pal to behave, or will he have to say good-bye to him forever? BUSTER'S DINO DILEMMA– Buster and Arthur are excited about the class fossil-hunting field trip. On his own, Buster discovers a very interesting bone. Is it the remains of a dinosaur or someone's leftover dinner?
ARTHUR’S PET BUSINESS – 1997 G 30 min Animated
How can Arthur prove to his parents that he's ready to take care of a puppy of his own? "Get a job!" suggests D.W. Within two days, Arthur's pet business has its first client. Meet Jaws – a.k.a. "Perky." Can Arthur really care for a canine that comes with her own pet food recipes and a long list of pet peeves? D.W. THE COPYCAT – D.W. is going through yet another personality change. This time she wants to be just like Arthur. She walks like him, she talks like him, and she follows him wherever he goes. How can Arthur persuade D.W. that the world is only big enough for one Arthur?
ARTHUR’S TEACHER TROUBLE – 1997 G 30 min Animated
It's the first day of third grade, and Arthur's biggest fear has come true. His new teacher is the dreaded Mr. Ratburn – a man who is rumored to eat nails for breakfast, to turn into a vampire at night, and to give homework everyday! ARTHUR'S SPELLING TROUBLE – It's time for the annual all-school Spell-a-thon. Arthur, Prunella, and The Brain have been chosen to compete. If that doesn't spell trouble, what does?
ARTHUR’S TOOTH - 1998 G 30 min Animated
Everyone in the class has lost a tooth except Arthur. When he finally has a loose tooth, he tries everything to get it out, but it won't budge. And to make things worse, Francine just won't quit teasing him about it! Will Arthur have to go through life with a mouthful of baby teeth? SICK AS A DOG – Arthur's dog, Pal, is sick and has to spend the night at the vet's. Arthur is sure it's D.W.'s fault. Or could it be the hot dogs and the Halloween candy Arthur's been feeding him?
BABE - 1995 G 92 min
Fly, the sheepdog; Ferdinand, the quacky duck; Maa, the elderly ewe; and a trio of singing mice all join together on Hoggett's farm, to raise the orphaned piglet, Babe. Cared for by Fly, he soon thinks he, too, is a dog. Farmer Hoggett senses something special in Babe and, though everyone thinks he's crazy, enters him in the National Sheepdog Championships.
BAMBI - 1942 G 69 min Animated
Newborn Bambi emerges from the forest on wobbly legs, much to the delight of his new friends, Thumper, the playful rabbit, and Flower, the bashful yet lovable skunk. Learning lessons with every adventure, Bambi experiences love, loss, growth and renewal along the way.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - 1989 G 84 min Animated
This classic fairy tale opens with the spell of an enchantress that turns a cruel prince into a hideous beast. His pride compels him to remain in his bewitched castle. To break the spell, the Beast must win Belle's love.
BEETHOVEN - 1991 PG 87 min
Beethoven grows into 185 pounds of romping, drooling, disaster-prone St. Bernard! Unfortunately, even after proving his canine credentials to mom (Bonnie Hunt) and the kids, he gets nowhere with dad, George (Charles Grodin). When a veterinarian (Dean Jones) makes Beethoven the target of an evil experiment, George must save the furry family member.
BIG - 1988 PG 104 min
At a carnival, Josh Baskin (Tom Hanks) wishes he were big – only to wake up the next morning and discover he is! With the help of his friend Billy (Jared Rushton), Josh lands a job at a toy company. The awestruck, naive Josh is irresistible to a beautiful ladder-climbing colleague (Elizabeth Perkins). The more he experiences being an adult, the more Josh longs for the simple joys of childhood. Directed by Penny Marshall.
CASPER - 1995 PG 101 min Animated
"Ghost therapist" Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman), and his daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci), arrive at drafty, old Whipstaff Manor. Its greedy owner, Cardigan Crittendon (Cathy Moriarty), has hired Dr. Harvey to exorcise the house's apparitions: A friendly but lonely young ghost named Casper, who's just looking for a friend, along with his outrageous uncles Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso (The Ghostly Trio). If the plan works, she and Dibs (Eric Idle), her “partner-in-slime,” can get their hands on the manor's fabled treasure. Meanwhile, Casper has found a kindred spirit in Kat, but the Ghostly Trio will not tolerate "fleshies" in their house. Directed by Brad Silberling.
CINDERELLA - 1949 G 76 min Animated
This fairy tale becomes pure Disney magic as beautiful Cinderella shares her dreams of romance and a better life. When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Ball, the delightful Fairy Godmother appears. With a wave of her wondrous wand, she transforms a simple pumpkin into a magical coach and Cinderella's rags into a gorgeous gown. At the ball, Cinderella falls in love with Prince Charming but must flee before the stroke of midnight breaks the spell!
DUMBO - 1961 G 63 min Animated
This poignant Classic is about Dumbo, a baby elephant born with oversized ears. Snubbed and ridiculed by all the other circus folks, he is befriended by a mouse named Timothy. With luck, determination and an amazing amount of courage, Dumbo learns to soar as the high-flying star of the circus.
D.W. RIDES AGAIN - 1998 G 30 min Animated
D.W. wants to ride in the bike-a-thon more than anything. But first she must get rid of those training wheels. With Arthur's help, D.W. embarks on a crash course to learn the rules of the Road. ARTHUR'S COUSIN CATASTROPHE – Arthur's parents are hosting the annual family reunion. Dad plans hours of fun, while Arthur tries very hard to avoid his pain-in-the-neck cousin, Mo. When a major thunderstorm arrives, the dreaded get-together is transformed into a reunion to remember.
D.W. THE PICKY EATER – 1998 G 30 min Animated
It's wrong to call D.W. a picky eater… just plain wrong. The only things she won't eat are vegetables, fish, fruit, and meat. So it's not her fault when she has a tantrum in a restaurant – someone tried to slip her some spinach! Is this the end of D.W.'s nights on the town? Will she miss Grandma Thora's birthday bash? BUSTER AND THE DAREDEVILS – Arthur and Buster meet two really cool kids and, naturally, are dazzled by them. Toby and Slink agree to teach Buster some skateboard tricks, but there's one small catch – he has to do whatever they dare him to. How far will Buster go to be cool?
D.W.’S BLANKIE - 1998 G 30 min Animated
D.W.'s security blanket is missing, so Arthur and D.W. look all over town for it. If they can't find it, D.W. will have to do the impossible – spend the night without her blankie! THE PERFECT BROTHER – Having a friend like Brain spend the weekend sounded like a great idea! But Arthur finds it hard being around someone who's almost perfect, or at least seems to be.
FRED ROGERS' HEROES (Who’s Helping America's Children) - 1994 NR 60 min
Especially for adults, this program provides viewers with an upbeat, inspiring message of empowerment and hope in a world where violence and alienation have led to deepening discouragement. The dynamic stories of these four people are convincing evidence that each of us can make positive and enduring changes within our communities.
HOME ALONE - 1990 PG 103 min
A young boy wakes up to find that his Christmas wish has come true – his large family has disappeared. Taking full advantage of his freedom, he learns some lessons about independence and responsibility. Defending the home against two bungling burglars, he learns how nice it is to have a family! Stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, and Catherine O'Hara. Directed by Chris Columbus and Julio Macat.
HOMEWARD BOUND - 1993 G 84 min
Chance, a playful, sometimes troublesome American bulldog, has recently been adopted by a happy family where he makes friends with the family's chummy pets. Together, Sassy, the Himalayan cat, Shadow, the retriever and Chance live contentedly. But one day the domesticated trio find themselves home alone when their young owners Peter, Hope and Jamie take a short out-of-town trip with Mom and her new hubby. Thinking they've been left behind, the animals make a harrowing journey across the Sierra Nevadas in hopes of being reunited with their long-gone family. Stars: Robert Hayes and Kim Griest. Directed by Duwayne Dunham.
HONEY, I BLEW UP THE KID - 1992 PG 89 min
In this hilarious sequel to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, wacky inventor Wayne Szalisnki (Rick Moranis) accidentally zaps his 2-1/2 year old son with a particle beam, causing the child to grow whenever coming in contact with electricity. Soon topping 112 feet, the overgrown baby is attracted to the bright, shiny lights of Las Vegas, and nothing stands in his way! Now the chase is on. Stars Marcia Strassman, Lloyd Bridges, and Robert Oliveri. Directed by Randal Kleiser.
HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS - 1989 PG 101 min
Rick Moranis stars as a preoccupied inventor who just can't seem to get his electro-magnetic shrinking machine to work. Then, when he accidentally shrinks his kids down to 1/4 inch tall and tosses them out in the trash, the real adventure begins. Now the kids face incredible dangers as they try to make their way home through the jungle of their own backyard. Hurricane sprinklers, dive-bombing bees, a runaway lawn mower and much, much more! Directed by Joe Johnston.
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK- 1952 NR 78 min
When a professional babysitter Jack is engaged, with his greedy manager Dink, to look after a troublesome child, he gets a lot more than he bargained for. While reading a book of fairy tales, he dozes off and dreams himself into the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Stars Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Buddy Baer, William Farnum, Dorothy Ford. Directed by Jean Yarbrough.
THE JUNGLE BOOK - 1967 G 78 min Animated
This song-filled celebration of friendship, fun and adventure set in a lush and colorful world was inspired by Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. The adventure begins when Mowgli, a little boy raised by wolves, is urged by his friend Bagheera, a wise old panther, to seek safety in the man village. Feeling at home in the jungle, Mowgli resists and runs off. He meets a new friend with a happy-go-lucky philosophy of life – Baloo the bear, a lovable "jungle bum." Together, the three buddies find the journey back to civilization anything but civilized!
LADY AND THE TRAMP - 1955 G 76 min Animated
Lady is a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel, and Tramp is a roguish mutt from across the tracks. When Aunt Sarah moves in with her devious felines, Si and Am, to baby-sit, the very protective Lady soon finds herself being fitted for the unthinkable – a muzzle! In her bid for freedom, she meets and is charmed by Tramp, dog-about-town. Together with friends Jock, Trusty and Peg, they share thrilling adventures as Lady learns what it means to be footloose and leash-free.
THE LAND BEFORE TIME - 1989 G 69 min Animated
Suddenly all alone in a turbulent world, a young brontosaurus named Littlefoot sets off in search of the legendary Great Valley, a land of lush vegetation where dinosaurs can thrive and live in peace. Along the way, he meets four other young dinosaurs, each one a different species. During their amazing journey, they encounter incredible adventures, overwhelming obstacles and unforgettable lessons about life and sticking together. Presented by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and directed by Don Bluth.
THE LAST WINTER - 1989 PG 104 min
Life, for 10-year-old Will Jamieson, is perfect. He loves living on the family farm, he loves his cousin Kate, and most of all he loves Grampa Jack. When his father lands a job in the city, the family is delighted; but Will is dismayed and refuses to go. Then, in the winter a raging blizzard and a strange adventure with his grampa help the boy accept that all things change and nothing lasts forever. Stars Gerard Parkes, David Ferry, Wanda Cannon, and Marsha Moreau. Directed by Aaron Kim Johnston.
LIAR LIAR - 1997 PG-13 87 min
The truth shall set you free – or get you into a heap of trouble! Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is a fast-talking attorney and habitual liar. When his son Max (Justin Cooper) blows out the candles on his fifth birthday cake, he has just one wish – that his dad will stop lying for 24 hours. When Max's wish miraculously comes true, Fletcher discovers that his biggest asset, his mouth, has suddenly become his biggest liability! Also stars Maura Tierney, Jennifer Tilly, Swoosie Kurtz, Amanda Donohoe and Cary Elwes. Directed by Tom Shadyac.
LILO & STITCH - 2002 PG 85 min
Disney Pictures’ animated comedy, Lilo and Stitch, tells a tale of a young girl’s close encounter with the galaxy’s most wanted extraterrestrial. The result of an illegal experiment in genetic mutation, Experiment #626, is so hostile that it’s been locked up by its inventors. It escapes to Earth where Lilo, a young Hawaiian girl, mistakes it for a strange dog, adopts it, and renames it Stitch. Starring Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Zoe Caldwell, Kevin Michael Richardson, Daveigh Chase. Directed by Chris Sanders, Dean DeBloise, Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders.
THE LION KING - 1994 G 88 min Animated
Set amid the majestic beauty of the Serengeti, Disney's epic saga tells of the love between a proud lion ruler, Mufasa, and his son Simba, a native and curious cub who "just can't wait to be king." Out from the shadows prowl Simba's envious uncle, Scar, and his hyena henchmen. Their scheming for the throne leads to tragedy and Simba's exile from the kingdom he should rightfully rule. But can Rafiki, a wise mystic baboon, help Simba reclaim his true destiny in the "circle of life?"
LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY - 1936 NR 103 min
For 9-year-old Cedric Errol (Freddie Bartholomew), life changes forever when he learns he's the heir to an earldom. Traveling to England, he's installed in a castle with his grandfather, the Earl of Dorincourt (C. Aubrey Smith). Ceddie's trust, good nature, and loyalty soon melt the old man's heart. Then another boy appears, oafish and ill-mannered, but claiming to be the true and rightful heir. A family classic from Hollywood's golden era. Also stars Mickey Rooney. Directed by John Cromwell.
THE LITTLE MERMAID - 1989 G 83 min Animated
Ariel, the fun-loving mermaid, is enchanted with all things human. Disregarding her father's order to stay away from the world above the sea, she swims to the surface and, in a raging storm, rescues the prince of her dreams. Determined to be human, she strikes a bargain with the devious seawitch, Ursula, and trades her fins and beautiful voice for legs. With her best friend, the adorable Flounder, and her reluctant chaperone Sebastian, the Caribbean crab, at her side, Ariel must win the prince's love and save her father's kingdom – all in a heart-pounding race against time!
THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH - 1968 G 83 min Animated
Based on the whimsical tales by A. A. Milne, Disney adapted the Winnie the Pooh stories and wove them into an entertaining film including "The Honey Tree," "The Blustery Day" and "Winnie The Pooh and Tigger Too." The heartwarming scene in which Christopher Robin says good-bye to Pooh is the climax of these stories. So journey through the 100 Acre Wood with that huggable bear for a time-filled with adventures, thoughtful spots and honey pots!
MARY POPPINS - 1964 G 139 min
Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) flies out of the sky and into the lives of two children. With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the nanny makes every day an adventure. With its blend of live action, animation, fantasy and songs, the only word for Mary Poppins is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Also stars David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Arthur Treacher, Reginald Owen and Ed Wynn. Directed by Robert Stevenson.
THE MIGHTY DUCKS - 1992 PG 104 min
Trial lawyer Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) is slapped with a community service assignment to coach a ragtag hockey team, who can't skate, can't score and can't win. Reluctantly, he takes on the assignment and soon realizes there are more important things than winning. Armed with this new attitude, feathers fly as Bombay and The Ducks battle along to the toughest games of their lives! Directed by Stephen Herek.
MULAN - 1998 G 150 min Animated
Mulan is a young girl who doesn't quite fit into her tradition-bound society. When the invading Hun army comes charging over China's Great Wall, Mulan's aging father is ordered into battle. To spare him from harm, Mulan disguises herself as a soldier and secretly takes his place in the Imperial army, training with a ragtag troop, led by the courageous Captain Shang. Only by staying true to herself will she bring victory to her country and honor to her family. Directed by Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft.
OLD YELLER - 1957 G 84 min
This heartfelt story of a poor 1860's Texas family and the wonderful dog who befriends them remains one of the most beloved of all Disney classics. At first, young Travis Coates wants nothing to do with the lop-eared stray. But Old Yeller quickly proves himself a loyal friend, protecting the family farm and saving Travis' life. The boy and his dog soon become inseparable pals, sharing joyous experiences and learning valuable lessons about growing up. Stars Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, and Chuck Connors. Directed by Robert Stevenson.
POCAHONTAS - 1995 G 81 min Animated
Pocahontas is the free-spirited young daughter of Chief Powhatan, who wonders what adventures await her. In sails the gold-loving Governor Ratcliffe, with his pampered pug, Percy, and a shipful of English settlers led by their courageous Captain John Smith. Joined by her playful pals, Meeko, a mischievous raccoon, and feisty hummingbird, Flit, Pocahontas relies on the lively wisdom of Grandmother Willow. A chance meeting with Captain Smith leads to a friendship that will change history, as the Native Americans and English settlers learn to live side by side.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - 1993 PG 103 min
When the cast is removed from his severely broken arm, clumsy 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is shocked to find his arm has become a 100 mile per hour thunderbolt. His throw from the bleachers directly to home plate alerts the last place Chicago Cubs and before you can shout "play ball" he is signed as their new ace pitcher. With a few pointers from an aging star pitcher (Gary Busey), young Henry actually manages to pull off the impossible. Directed by Daniel Stern.
SCOOBY-DOO - 2002 PG 86 min
Scooby-Doo and the Mystery, Inc. gang take their animated antics to the big screen as a live-action movie. Two years after a clash of egos forced Mystery, Inc. to close its doors, Scooby-Doo and his crime-solving cohorts are individually summoned to Spooky Island to investigate a series of paranormal incidents at the ultra-hip spring break spot “Spooky Island.” Stars Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Directed by Raja Gosnell.
SHREK – 2002 PG 100 min Animated
This comic-romantic tale follows a reclusive, but loveable ogre (Mike Myers) and a chatterbox donkey (Eddie Murphy) as they go on a quest to rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from a tyrannical midget lord. The voices of John Lithgow and Vincent Cassel also are featured.
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS - 1937 G 84 min Animated
This fairy tale springs to life as the lovely Snow White finds romance with a charming young Prince. When Snow White's vain and wicked stepmother, the Queen, consults her “magic mirror,” her worst fear is confirmed – that Snow White's beauty surpasses even her own! Snow White is forced to flee into the forest, where she befriends seven lovable dwarfs: Dopey, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Bashful, Happy and Doc. But the Queen's evil spell can only be broken by Love's First Kiss.
SOUL FOOD - 1997 R 114 min
Sunday dinner at Mother Joe's (Irma P. Hall) is a mouth-watering, 40 year tradition. Seen through the eyes of her grandson Ahmad (Brandon Hammond), love and laughs are always on the menu, despite the usual family rivalries. But when serious bickering starts to tear the family apart, the good times suddenly stop. Now it's up to Ahmad to get everyone back together and teach them the true meaning of soul food. Stars Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Jeffrey D. Sams, and Gina Ravera. Directed by George Tillman, Jr.
SPY KIDS - 2002 PG 88 min
This popular family/action film follows the hilarious adventures of two young spies (by Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara) as they try to save their secret agent parents from danger. The fact that neither the parents nor the kids realize that the others are in the "family business" only adds to the fun! Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino star as their parents, along with Alan Cumming, Tony Shalhoub, Teri Hatcher and Cheech Marin. Directed by Robert Rodriquez.
TARZAN - 1999 G 88 min Animated
The legend of Tarzan is told in breathtaking fashion, from the loss of his parents in Africa to his adoption by a gorilla mother, Kala, to his rescue of Jane and the revelation that he is a human. Tarzan must decide where he belongs in life, while falling in love and saving his gorilla family from outsiders. Directed by Chris Buck and Kevin Lima.
TOY STORY - 1995 G 81 min Animated
Six-year-old Andy's favorite toy, Woody (Tom Hanks), a take-charge, pull-string cowboy, was confident in his role as room leader. But after Andy's birthday party, newcomer Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), a flashy space ranger sporting laser action and pop-out wings, crash-lands into Woody's world. Buzz instantly wins the admiration of Andy's other toys, igniting a rivalry that lands the duo inside the home of Sid, the toy-torturing boy next door. To escape Sid, Woody and Buzz must work together and realize they've got the perfect friend in each other! Directed by John Lasseter.
TOY STORY 2- 1998 G 92 min
Starring the original cast, headed by Tom Hanks (Woody) and Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear). Joining them is a roundup of heartwarming new characters, including Jessie the cowgirl, Bullseye the horse and Stinky Pete Prospector. Andy is away at summer camp; Woody is toynapped by Al, a greedy collector. Before you go "to infinity and beyond," Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Rex and Slinky Dog go into action in a thrilling and hilarious rescue mission that will have everyone cheering! Directed by John Lasseter.
THE WIZARD OF OZ - 1939 G 149 min
From generation to generation, he Wizard of Oz brings kids, grown-ups, families, and friends together. The dazzling land of Oz, a world of enchanted forests, dancing scarecrows and singing lions, wraps us in its magic with one great song-filled adventure after another. Based on L. Frank Baum's treasured book series, The Wizard of Oz was judged the best family film of all time by the American Film Institute. Stars Dorothy (Judy Garland), Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), Tin Man (Jack Haley) and Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr). Directed by Victor Fleming. Back to Categories
AFRICANS IN AMERICA: Vol 1 - The Terrible Transformation - 1998 G 90 min
This episode examines the origins of one of the largest forced human migrations in history. After the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia in 1619, the British colonies lay the groundwork for a system of racial slavery to generate profits to ensure the colonies' growth and survival. Angela Bassett narrates the series.
AFRICANS IN AMERICA: Vol 2 - Revolution - 1998 G 90 min
While the American colonies challenge Britain for independence, American slavery is challenged from within as men and women fight to define what America will be. When the War of Independence is won, black people, both enslaved and free, seize on the language of freedom even while the new nation's Constitution codifies slavery and oppression as a national way of life. Angela Bassett narrates the series.
AFRICANS IN AMERICA: Vol 3 - Brotherly Love - 1998 G 90 min
In Philadelphia, during the first 50 years of the new nation, freedmen and fugitive slaves push the country to live up to the promises made in its Constitution. But with the invention of the cotton gin, slavery expands into America's western frontier, and a revolution in Haiti inspires slave rebellions throughout the southern United States. Angela Bassett narrates the series.
AFRICANS IN AMERICA: Vol 4 - Judgement Day - 1998 G 90 min
As the nation expands westward, slavery becomes the most divisive issue in American life. Abolitionists struggle to bring the institution down, and the nation is tested as never before. When tensions over slavery erupt into violence, Americans are forced to consider how long the country can continue as a democracy built on the profits of bondage. Angela Bassett narrates the series.
ALONE ON THE ICE: The Story of Admiral Richard Byrd - 1998 NR 60 min
In June 1934, as temperatures dropped to 70 degrees below zero, Richard Byrd lay alone in a tiny hut near the South Pole, close to death, experiencing winter in the interior of Antarctica. Byrd became an international hero after he claimed to have made the first flight over the North Pole. But some have questioned whether he had really made it. Drawing on archival footage, this is the remarkable story of America's most famous, and controversial polar explorer.
AMELIA EARHART (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1993 NR 60 min
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, and the first to cross the North American continent alone. Her exploits as an aviator, her beauty and intelligence, her independence and charm made her a national heroine. In 1937, while attempting to circle the earth along the equator on an east west flight, her plane disappeared without a trace, transforming the "First Lady of the Air" into an American legend.
AMERICA AND THE HOLOCAUST: Deceit and Indifference (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1993 NR 90 min
Beginning with the tragic events of Kristallnacht in 1938 and extending through the liberation of the death camps in 1945, this film explores the difficult story of America's response to the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators. When a coalition led by Robert Morganthau and Will Rogers, Jr. forced the President to act, the War Refugee Board was finally created in 1944. While it was able to save 200,000 lives, it was too little, too late for many Jewish refugees.
AMERICA 1900 (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1998 G 75 min
It was the dawn of "the American century," yet the 19th century's final year, 1900, would prove to be a dramatic turning point. Troops are sent to fight overseas for the first time, racial tensions threaten to explode, and the pace of technological change propels everyone into an unknown future.
THE AMERICAN - 1998 NR 90 min
Christopher Newman is a wealthy American who comes to 1860's Paris and meets and falls in love with a beautiful but troubled young widow. He is intrigued, but is thwarted at every attempt to meet her by her protective family. Through friendship with her brother and help from the family servant, Christopher is eventually granted a few visits to their home. The Bellegardes, disapprove of him and he has underestimated the hold that the Bellegardes have over their daughter.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 72 DAYS (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1997 NR 60 min
By the time Nellie Bly embarked on the trip that would make her famous, she had already made a name for herself as one of Joseph Pulitzer's top reporters, writing the stories that captured the imagination of readers. But none of her adventures prepared her for the most demanding stunt of all – an around the world trip.
B-29 FROZEN IN TIME (NOVA - PBS) - 1996 NR 60 min
A World War II bomber rests on the Arctic tundra where it was abandoned when it crash landed in 1947. This plane has long been a legend; and now, facing incredible hardship, a team of adventurers struggle to bring the aircraft back to life.
BASEBALL (Our Game) Vol 1 - 1994 NR 64 min In 1840's New York City, people need a diversion from the hectic pace at which they work and live. They find it in a game of questionable origins. On June 19, 1846, at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey, a team of well-dressed gentlemen, the Knickerbockers, play the first game of baseball. By 1856, the game is already being called "the national pastime."
BASEBALL (Something Like War) Vol 2- 1994 NR 105 min
In 1894, a sportswriter named Byron Bancroft (Ban) Johnson takes over a struggling minor league, the Western League, and turns it into a financial success. In 1900, he changes its name to the American League and begins talking about challenging the big city monopoly held by the National League. In 1903, the first World Series is played between the American League Boston Pilgrims and the National League Pittsburgh Pirates.
BASEBALL (The Faith of 50 Million People) Vol 3- 1994 NR 119 min
A steady stream of immigrants lands on the shores of our nation, and they want instantly to become Americans. Baseball faces the meanest, angriest player ever to step onto a field and a scandal that almost destroys the game.
BASEBALL (A National Heirloom) Vol 4 - 1994 NR 115 min
The 1920's begin with baseball trying to recover from the scandal of the 1919 World Series. Baseball finds its own hero in George Herman "Babe" Ruth, one of the best pitchers in baseball. But he loves to hit even more. In 1919, he hits 29 homers for the Red Sox, more than any player has ever hit in a single season.
BASEBALL (Shadow Ball) Vol 5 - 1994 NR 124 min
Throughout America and even on the baseball diamonds in New York's Central Park, America struggles to make it through the Depression; and baseball provides a diversion. But the heroes do not come only from the Major Leagues. The Negro Leagues take baseball to towns previously ignored. To delight the fans, they throw and hit an invisible ball so convincingly, spectators can't believe it's not real in a game called Shadow Ball.
BASEBALL (The National Pastime) Vol 6 - 1994 NR 149 min
In Major League ballparks, the time has come for African-Americans to play baseball as well. Finally, baseball begins to be what it has always claimed to be: The national pastime. However, Jackie Robinson's debut is still years away. Meanwhile, Ted Williams becomes the last man to hit 400; and the once-lowly Brooklyn Dodgers win their first pennant.
BASEBALL (The Capital of Baseball) Vol 7 - 1994 NR 133 min
Year after year, the Yankees are on top of the American League. Year after year, the Giants and Dodgers fight for the National League crown. Starting in 1949, there is a New York team in the World Series for 10 straight years. And in six of those years, both teams are from New York.
BASEBALL (A Whole New Ball Game) Vol 8 - 1994 NR 115 min
The 60's is a turbulent decade for baseball. It starts with Bill Mazeroski bringing down the mighty Yankees with one dramatic home run, the first ever to end a World Series. Then, in 1961, Roger Maris pursues Babe Ruth's "untouchable" record. In 1962, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants are replaced by the New York Mets, who compile the worst single season record of the century.
BASEBALL (The Modern Era) Vol 9 - 1994 NR 146 min
Baseball was facing many new changes – free agency, multi-million dollar salaries, and designated hitters. Yet, the game is not much different than what our grandfathers saw.
THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1994 NR 90 min
This battle was the biggest and bloodiest of the war. The Allies were unprepared for the 30 German divisions that roared across the front on December 16, 1944. The German Offensive opened a bulge some 50 miles into the Allied lines, forcing the biggest mass surrender of American soldiers since Bataan. More than 80,000 Americans were killed, maimed or captured in the battle.
BATTLE OVER CITIZEN KANE (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1996 NR 120 min
William Randolph Hearst, the powerful newspaper magnate, was portrayed in Citizen Kane, an Orson Welles film. Hearst’s reaction upon learning about the film was to work to destroy Welles and suppress the film. Pressured by Hearst, major movie chains refused to carry Citizen Kane and Welles' greatest masterpiece virtually disappeared for almost 25 years. Never again would Orson Welles gain control of a major Hollywood production.
BIG DREAM, SMALL SCREEN: The Story Behind the Television (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1997 NR 60 min
In 1921, a 14-year-old boy plowing a potato field in Idaho had a vision that the furrows in the ground were the lines on a television screen. His developments in the field of broadcasting would lead to a bitter, consuming patent battle – a David vs. Goliath fight with a corporate giant that ultimately ruined his life. Big Dream tells the little known story of Philo T. Farnsworth, an inventive genius who developed and exhibited his design for the television well in advance of his chief competitor. Liev Schreiber narrates.
CHICAGO 1968 (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1995 NR 60 min
On the eve of the 1968 Democratic Convention, Chicago was a city under siege, both inside and outside the convention hall. The disorderly events were captured by television cameras. As the convention degenerated into chaos, many people believed they were watching the end of the American political process as they'd known it.
CIVIL WAR (1861 The Cause) Vol 1 - 1990 NR 99 min Features Frederick Douglas, South Carolina's John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln, whose election in 1860 drove six Southern states to secede. The Nation witnesses the inauguration of two rival presidents in 1861 and the opening shots at Fort Sumter.
CIVIL WAR (1862 A Very Bloody Affair) Vol 2–1990 NR 65 min
It is eight months after Bull Run, and General George McClellan slowly leads his huge Army of the Potomac toward Richmond. When he encounters only a tiny Confederate force, he doesn't fight; he halts and digs in and even Lincoln cannot budge him. To the West, however, a different sort of general, Ulysses S. Grant, meets the South's Albert S. Johnston in a battle called Shiloh, a Hebrew word meaning "place of peace". For two days 100,000 men fight. At the end, the Union holds the field, and 23,000 soldiers have fallen: the same number of soldiers who lost their lives at Waterloo.
CIVIL WAR (1862 Forever Free) Vol 3 - 1990 NR 75 min
The Union giant appears helpless. McClellan abandons his attempt to capture Richmond, and the talk is that the North may lose the war. But Lincoln grimly pursues his course; and slowly, the character of the conflict is changing. What started as a struggle to preserve the Union is now becoming a crusade against slavery. In July, the president decides to declare all Southern black people free forever. But now Lee invades Maryland; and at Antietam Creek, Union forces stop him. In the bloodiest day of the war, 23,000 men fall on both sides. At the end, Lee retreats and Lincoln issues his Emancipation Proclamation.
CIVIL WAR (1863 Simply Murder) Vol 4 - 1990 NR 62 min
In the third year of the war, men are dying of disease at the rate of two for every one slain in combat. Robert E.Lee, devastates a more numerous Union Army at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Virginia; but the price of these victories is costly. At Vicksburg, Ulysses S. Grant and his troops lay siege to the rebel stronghold, slowly throttling the South's lifeline. Lee prepares to invade Maryland and Pennsylvania, thereby setting the stage for the war's greatest battle.
CIVIL WAR (1863 The Universe of Battle) Vol 5 - 1990 NR 95 min
Summer, 1863 – Lee drives north again with 73,000 men. He meets 90,000 Federals at Gettysburg. For three of the most crucial days of the war, the two armies are locked in battle with losses of 51,000 men. When the firing dies, Lee is in retreat, never again to threaten the North. In the West, Grant seizes Vicksburg, and the Rebels are defeated in Tennessee. Scarcely noticed is Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg, and the address in which in 2 minutes and 269 words, he defines the Union and the War.
CIVIL WAR (1864 Valley of the Shadow of Death) Vol 6 - 1990 NR 70 min
For three years, Lee has met, measured, and defeated Union generals. Lincoln elevates U.S. Grant to commander of all Union Armies and brings him east to face Lee. In a month-long series of battles, Grant's Army loses an appalling 50,000 men. But Grant drives his superior forces toward Richmond until Lee halts him at Petersburg, and Sherman is making his way to Atlanta. But, Sherman, too, is halted within sight of his goal.
CIVIL WAR (1864 Most Hallowed Ground) Vol 7 – 1990 NR 72 min
In 1864, Washington is panicked when Jubal Early boldly attacks the city. To the south, the Confederate cavalry slashes at Sherman's supply lines, slowing his approach to Atlanta. At Petersburg, Grant's siege drags on with no end in sight. Public opinion turns strongly against Lincoln and the war. Even Lincoln believes his reelection unlikely, but dramatic eleventh hour Union victories changed the odds.
CIVIL WAR (1865 War is All Hell) - Vol 8 - 1990 NR 70 min
The Confederacy is crumbling. Sherman and his army burn Atlanta and march eastward through Georgia into the Carolinas, wreaking devastation. At Petersburg, Grant's 125,000 Federals press in on Lee's 35,000 ragged Confederates. Within a month, Grant breaks through these defenses at Petersburg and advances on Richmond. Confederate forces then torch and abandon Richmond. With Jefferson Davis vowing to fight on, Lee flees westward. At Appomattox Court House, outnumbered five-to-one, he is finally surrounded by Union Forces. At last the supreme hour has arrived: Robert E. Lee surrenders what is left of his army to Grant. The Union terms are generous; reunification of the nation has begun.
CIVIL WAR (1865 The Better Angels of Our Nature) Vol 9 - 1990 NR 70 min
At Lee's surrender, the South is in ruin and despair. Unable to accept that the war is over, the actor John Wilkes Booth steals into a Washington theater and shoots Lincoln. The nation's grief knows no bounds.
CONEY ISLAND (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1991 NR 60 min
The birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster, Coney Island and its three extraordinary amusement parks – Steeplechase, Luna Park and Dreamland – were true Americana. This absorbing documentary chronicles the greatest amusement empire the world has ever seen from its emergence in the mid-1800s through its demise after World War II. Directed by Ric Burns.
D-DAY 1994 (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) – 1994 NR 60 min
Chronicles the invasion of Europe at Normandy on June 6, 1945, by the Allied forces. "D-Day" is told through the voices of people who participated in the planning and execution of the invasion, and in the battle for the Normandy beaches. Their stories are woven together with archival footage, much of which has never before been seen. Produced by Charles Guggenheim.
THE DONNER PARTY (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1992 NR 90 min
Chronicles the harrowing tale of the ill-fated group that set out for California in the spring of 1846 and ended in disaster in the snows of the Sierra Nevada mountains the following winter. Weeks behind schedule and desperately short of food, the Donner Party didn't reach the mountains of California until late October – where they were stopped by the first blizzard of what would prove to be the worst winter in the history of the Sierra Nevadas. The five months the Donner Party spent trapped on the eastern side of the mountains culminated in death and cannibalism for half the party. Produced by Ric Burns and Lisa Ades.
THE DUEL (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) – 2000 NR 60 min
The most famous duel in American history was fought between two leading citizens of the country. Alexander Hamilton rose to become a framer of the U.S. Constitution and the architect of America's political economy. Aaron Burr served with distinction in the Revolutionary War and was nearly elected the nation's third president. In 1804, they met in a duel that changed the course of American history. Hosted by David McCullough.
EDISON: The Wizard of Light (THE INVENTORS SPECIALS) - 1998 NR 130 min
In 1893, Thomas Edison was determined to do for the eye what the phonograph did for the ear. His prototype, the "kinescope,” was subsequently jostled by Jack, a 12-year-old who crashes into the lab while fleeing a truant officer. Edison recognizes something of himself in the boy and instead covers for Jack, who becomes his assistant as they create the first motion pictures. Starring Kenneth Welsh, Michael Suchanek, Jesse Collins, David Storch, and Susannah Hoffman. Directed by David Devine.
EDISON'S MIRACLE OF LIGHT (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1995 NR 60 min
In 1878, Edison announced his plan to produce an electric light for consumer use. After a bulb that would burn for 40 hours was developed, Edison set up his first power plant in lower Manhattan to deliver his product to the masses. But Edison made several errors that were quickly exploited by his competitors. Produced by Matthew Collins.
EISENHOWER (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE) - 1993 NR 150 min
Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the allied forces, emerged from World War II as a beloved figure. As president, he balanced the budget and settled the conflict in Korea all in his first term. But in his second term, Eisenhower's image became tarnished. This portrait offers a reassessment of Eisenhower's legacy. Produced by Austin Hoyt and Adriana Bosch.
FDR: The Center of the World (1882-1921) (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) Part 1 - 1994 NR 60 min
This program explores Roosevelt’s family background and education. It follows FDR from his very first run for political office as New York State Senator through his years in Washington as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, as he pursue one goal: The presidency. Also chronicled is FDR’s courtship of Eleanor Roosevelt and their troubled marriage, including his love affair with Eleanor’s social secretary, Lucy Mercer. Narrated by David McCullough.
FDR: Fear Itself (1921-1933) (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) Part 2 - 1994 NR 60 min
This program begins with Roosevelt’s paralysis from polio at age 39 and follows his relentless struggle to rehabilitate his body and teach himself to appear to walk. A portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt emerges during these years of keeping her husband’s name before the public through her involvement in reform causes. By 1933 a remarkable series of events has revived FDR’s moribund nomination as President of the United States. Narrated by David McCullough.
FDR: The Grandest Job in the World (1933-1940 (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) Part 3 - 1994 NR 75 min
The central irony of FDR’s presidency was that a man of privilege came to be identified with measures that made him a hero to a vast and varied coalition of ordinary Americans, and a villain to members of his own social class. This video explores this paradox, moving inside the Oval Office to show FDR’s response to the massive problems posed by the Great Depression, and then out to the heartland to document how his programs and personal style – ebullent, risk-taking and surprisingly cunning – restored hope to Americans who had lost hope.
FDR: The Juggler (1940-1945) (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) Part 4 - 1994 NR 75 min
The Juggler is devoted to the wartime years, charting the calculated and even devious path by which the American President maneuvered support for England before leading his country through the greatest war in history. The Juggler traces FDR’s growing personal ties to Churchill and his relationship with Stalin, while looking at Eleanor’s attempt to convince FDR to maintain the principles of the New Deal despite the pressures of war. Elected to a fourth term, FDR struggled to maintain his buoyant persona, willfully making his seriously failing health. Despite his evident ill health, when the President died on April 12, 1945, Americans reacted with shock to the news of the death of the man who had become both friend and father figure.
FLY GIRLS THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1999 NR 60 min
At the height of World War II, more than a thousand women left their homes and jobs to become the first female pilots to fly for the U.S. military. Eager to prove themselves, they faced danger and discrimination, and 38 gave their lives for their country. Drawing on archival footage, Fly Girls tells the story of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). These women logged more than 60 million miles, ferrying planes, test piloting experimental aircraft, and training men to fly. Hosted by David McCullough.
GEORGE WALLACE: Settin’ the Woods on Fire (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 2000 NR 180 min
PART 1 - In 1958, Wallace runs for governor and loses by a landslide. He then becomes a segregationist and wins the 1962 gubernatorial election. Wallace's opposition to the civil rights movement was a pivotal force in passing both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. PART 2 - In 1970, Wallace re-gains the governor's office. In a complete turnaround, he announces he has always been a moderate and no longer believes in segregation, and he begins his campaign for the 1972 presidential election. On May 15, a long day of appearances ended at a rally in Laurel, MD, where Wallace is shot. He recuperates from his injuries and fades from national view. Hosted by David McCullough.
GEORGE WASHINGTON THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T BE KING (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) 1992 NR 60 min
He was bumbling, yet ambitious; he volunteered to serve his country, but insisted on being reimbursed for expenses. He was the most famous general of the Revolution, but a dismal tactician. George Washington has been sculpted, painted, emulated and deified for more than 200 years. This film gives us an unconventional look at the man who insisted that America be a democracy. Produced by David Sutherland.
GERONIMO AND THE APACHE RESISTANCE (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) 1989 NR 60 min
Geronimo is often said to have had magical powers. With his band of 37 followers, they defied federal authority for more than 25 years. Features dramatic scenery, memoirs, letters, photographs and other original documents in a portrayal of the life of the people of the southwest in the 19th century.
GOLD FEVER (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1997 NR 60 min
In July 1897, reporters from around the world await the arrival in Seattle of a steamship. Word was out that prospectors had struck it rich and were returning home with sacks of gold. Their stories made headlines and started an epidemic of gold fever. Features tales from prospectors who traveled to the Klondike in search of easy wealth but instead came upon conmen, thieves and avalanches. Historian David McCullough provides an introduction, and actor Harris Yulin narrates.
HAWAII'S LAST QUEEN (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1997 NR 60 min
On January 16, 1893, armed U.S. Marines came ashore in Honolulu, capital of the independent Kingdom of Hawaii. As the Royal Hawaiian band played a concert for the visitors, troops marched through the streets heading for the palace. Queen Lili'uokalani observed as the troops took up their positions. The following day Lili'uokalani surrendered at gunpoint, yielding her throne to the United States. A provisional government led by wealthy white sugar growers assumed control of Hawaii and petitioned the US for annexation. Anna Deavere Smith narrates.
HOOVER DAM (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1997 G 60 min
Rising more than 700 feet above the Colorado River, Hoover Dam was built during The Depression, drawing men desperate for work to the Nevada desert. Archival materials help tell the story of workers re-routing the Colorado River, blasting tunnels through canyon walls, and pouring gigantic buckets of concrete 24 hours a day for two years. More than 100 workers died during construction. Narrated by Peter Coyote.
HOUDINI (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 2000 NR 60 min
Raised in poverty, Houdini began his career playing second-rate venues. When he made dramatic escapes a part of his act, his ascension began. Ultimately, he could not escape his own mortality and a freak accident brought his life to a sudden end. Drawing on film footage, viewers are taken backstage to meet the man who made his living in an intimate dance with death. Hosted by David McCullough.
THE HUNT FOR PANCHO VILLA (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1993 NR 60 min
In 1916, Pancho Villa led a column of Mexican guerrillas across the border into New Mexico, leaving 17 Americans and 67 Mexicans dead. Villa's raid was calculated to provoke the U.S. to intervene in the Mexican Revolution. When outraged Americans demanded action, President Wilson called on General John "Black Jack" Pershing to hunt down Villa. Produced by Hector Galan.
THE HURRICANE OF '38 (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1993 NR 60 min
In September 1938, a storm developed off the African coast and began to cross the Atlantic. The National Weather Bureau predicted it would blow itself out at Cape Hatteras, just as such storms usually did. However, this storm ripped into the New England coast with a fury that set off seismographs in Alaska. The so-called "Florida cyclone" killed 600 people, destroyed 8,000 homes, and wrecked 6,000 boats. Produced by Thomas Lennon and Michael Epstein.
IN THE WHITE MAN'S IMAGE (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1991 NR 60 min
In 1875, Captain Richard Pratt escorted 72 Indian warriors suspected of murdering white settlers to Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida. Once there, Pratt began teaching the Indians to read and write English, putting them in uniforms and drilling them like soldiers. Native Americans who attended the school help tell the story of a humanist experiment gone bad, and its consequences for a generation of Indians. Produced by Christine Lesiak and Matthew Jones.
JOE DIMAGGIO: The Hero’s Life (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 2000 NR 90 min
Raised in a poor Italian fishing community, Joe DiMaggio joined the New York Yankees in 1936 and quickly rose to become the star of baseball's golden age. But Joe was always obsessed with being perfect and over time became bitter and cynical about his celebrity. After his tumultuous marriage to Marilyn Monroe, he turned to cashing in on his fame. Hosted by David McCullough and narrated by Richard Ben Cramer.
JOHN BROWN'S HOLY WAR (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 2000 NR 90 min
In the 1850s, John Brown and his guerrilla group embarked on a righteous crusade against slavery that was based on religious faith, yet carried out with shocking violence. His execution at Harper's Ferry sparked a chain of events that led to the Civil War. Hosted by David McCullough. Narrated by Joe Morton.
JOHNSTOWN FLOOD (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1991 NR 60 min
In 1879, an exclusive retreat was created on a lake site above Johnstown, Pennsylvania, close to an earthen dam. But the dam proved to be fatally flawed and on May 31, 1889, water broke the dam without warning and Johnstown was swept away in a wave over 30 feet high, killing over 2000 people. This program highlights Johnstown before the flood, the lives of those who worked in the valley and those vacationing in the mountains. Produced by Charles Guggenheim.
THE KENNEDYS (Part 1) (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1992 NR 120 min
If there were royalty in America, some have said their names would be Kennedy. Born in Boston, Joseph built his family into a political force. This series traces the lives of Joe and Rose and their nine children, focusing on Joseph, Jr.; John; Robert; and Edward. It charts the course of the Kennedys' political dynasty, marked by both achievement and tragedy. Produced by Marilyn Mellowes, Phillip Whitehead and David Espar.
LOST IN THE GRAND CANYON (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1999 NR 60 min
In 1869, John Wesley Powell launched a 1000-mile expedition through the uncharted canyons of the Green and Colorado Rivers. Ten men in four boats left Green River, Wyoming on May 24th. Ninety-nine days later, six men emerged from the Grand Canyon, half-starved, battered, and exhausted. They had survived one of the most daring journeys in American history. In the deep, rock-walled canyons, Powell and his men witnessed indescribable beauty, battled terrifying rapids and suffered harrowing deprivation. Narrated by Joe Morton.
THE MAKING OF BASEBALL - 1994 NR 50 min
No other game can capture the excitement or the emotion that has stirred America's heart for more than a century. Baseball is more than a game, it is our way of life: The heroes, the underdogs the green grass and snappy uniforms. Only Ken Burns, the creator of The Civil War, could take viewers behind the scenes to weave together the story of baseball.
MALCOLM X: Make it Plain - 1994 NR 150 min
If any man expressed the hope and insistence of black people for human dignity, it was Malcolm X, the fiery, eloquent spokesman for Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam. He preached a militant gospel of self-defense and nationalism that shocked most whites, disturbed many blacks, and attracted the attention of the FBI. Malcolm broke from the nation and took the name El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. Produced and directed by Orlando Bagwell.
MELTDOWN AT THREE MILE ISLAND (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1999 NR 60 min
On March 28, 1979, a reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear power facility near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, began to overheat. The lives of half a million people soon hung in the balance, as human error and mechanical failure combined to create the worst nuclear accident in American history. More than 100,000 panicked citizens fled their homes while politicians and the press searched for answers. Narrator Liev Schreiber.
MIDNIGHT RAMBLE (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE) - 1994 NR 60 min
Recounts the little-known story of a remarkable independent film industry outside of Hollywood that produced close to 500 movies for African-American audiences between 1910 and 1940. These "race movies" were often shown at segregated screenings, many of them after hours. They were called "midnight rambles," and they provided black movie-goers with images that didn't demean them, but, rather, depicted them as real people. Using recently discovered films and interviews with black actors and critics who worked in the race movie business, Midnight Ramble explores the rise and decline of a unique film industry.
MR. SEARS' CATALOGUE (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1989 NR 60 min
Issued in the late 1800's and weighing nearly four pounds, the Sears Roebuck catalogue gave its readers a sense of urban life and a vision of middle class splendors. This remarkable marketing tool changed the Sears company from a tiny concern selling overstocked watches into the world's largest merchandising corporation. The catalogue contributed to the development of the American consumer.
MURDER OF THE CENTURY (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1995 NR 60 min
Murder of the Century outlines the shooting death of architect Standford White by Harry Thaw, the final act in a long struggle over Thaw's wife, Evelyn Nesbitt. The program examines the opulent world of New York society in the early 1900s, conflicts over morality between the upper and middle classes, and the rise of "yellow" journalism.
NEW YORK UNDERGROUND (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1997 NR 60 min
In March 1888, a ferocious blizzard brought New York City to a halt. Mountains of snow 20 feet high filled the streets, horse-drawn streetcars and buses lay abandoned; the entire city was paralyzed. The snow left no doubt that New York needed an underground rail system. This is the story of how the longest, most sophisticated electric subway in the world was built. Its construction, begun in 1900, would change the city forever. Narrated by Len Cariou.
NIXON'S CHINA GAME (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) – 2000 NR 60 min
In February 1972, Richard Nixon began an historic visit to China, the first political contact between the two nations since the Communist takeover in 1949. Drawing on archival footage, viewers are taken behind the scenes of one of the boldest diplomatic maneuvers in history. Nixon's delicate balancing act opened China to the world, altering superpower relations forever. Narrated by David Ogden Stier and Hosted by David McCullough.
ORPHAN TRAINS (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1995 NR 60 min
In the mid-1800s, 10,000 homeless children prowled the streets of New York City. In 1853, Charles Loring Brace organized a rescue effort to remove them from their deplorable surroundings and send them by train to Christian homes in the country. Between 1854 and 1929, his Children's Aid Society sent more than 150,000 children to farming communities to begin new lives with foster families.
RACE FOR THE SUPER BOMB (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1999 NR 60 min
In August 1945, atomic bombs destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, marking the end of World War II. As the Cold War was beginning, scientists from the U.S. and the Soviet Union began a frantic race to create an even more devastating weapon – the hydrogen bomb, known as "the Super." Featuring newly discovered archival sources from Russia and civil defense films, this is the story of a world at the brink of destruction. Narrated by David Ogden Stiers.
RESCUE AT SEA (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1999 NR 60 min
On January 23, 1909, two ships collided in the frigid, fog-shrouded waters near Nantucket Island. Suddenly, more than 1500 lives depended on a new invention, wireless telegraphy. A 26-year-old wireless operator named Jack Binns hurriedly began sending out distress signals and prayed someone would hear him. Narrated by David McCullough.
THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD: Andrew Carnegie (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1997 NR 120 min
Follows Andrew Carnegie's life from his impoverished origins in Dunfermline, Scotland, through his meteoric business career. He was a philanthropist of unusual fervor giving away $350 million with the same creativity and energy that had led to its accumulation. Famous as a benefactor of libraries, he funded nearly 3,000 around the world. Narrated by David Ogden Stiers.
THE ROCKEFELLERS (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 2000 NR 261 min
PART 1 – Few families in America have been as powerful as the Rockefellers, and no family has been as rich. For more than a century, they exerted an unparalleled influence over nearly every aspect of American life, from business and government to art and education. John D. Rockefeller, Sr. grew up with a devout mother and “scoundrel” father. PART II – Follows the third generation of Rockefellers, “the Brothers.” From childhood, Nelson emerged as the leader, overtaking his older brother, John III, as “dynastic heir.” In an effort to redeem the family name, John, Jr. created numerous philanthropies. Hosted by David McCullough.
SECRETS OF A MASTER BUILDER: The Story of James B. Eads (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) – 2000 NR 60 min
At his death in 1887, James Eads was easily the most famous engineer in the world. He'd built gunboats that helped the Union win the Civil War, designed a stunning bridge for St. Louis – the first in the world to be built of steel – and devised an ingenious scheme that kept the frequently silted-up Mississippi River open to ocean-going traffic, a feat that turned New Orleans into the nation's second largest port. Skillfully interweaving letters, newspaper articles, and drawings, this film paints a portrait of a bold thinker, both courageous and arrogant, who constantly battled formidable adversaries to realize his ambitions. Narrated by David McCullough.
SPY IN THE SKY (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1996 NR 60 min
In the spring of 1960, a CIA spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. Overnight, the U-2 became the most famous aircraft in the world; and Francis Gary Powers, who miraculously survived the crash, achieved instant notoriety that would haunt him for the rest of his life. Behind the scenes of this dramatic incident is the incredible tale of a team of engineers and courageous pilots who raced against the clock to design, perfect, and deploy the U-2.
STORY OF LUCY: Episode One (IN SEARCH OF HUMAN ORIGINS - PBS) - 1994 NR 60 min
In 1974, Johanson unearthed Lucy, at almost 3 million years of age, our oldest human ancestor. Lucy's tiny three-and-a-half-foot-tall skeleton set the world of paleoanthropology on its ear by showing that walking upright, not a larger brain, was the key factor that separated us from the ape. In this episode, Johanson recounts his discovery and the important information it continues to generate. Presented by Don Johanson.
THE TELEPHONE (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1997 NR 60 min
Thomas Edison called it an invention that "annihilated time and space and brought the human family closer in touch." This is the story of an invention that forever changed the way the world interacts. From the earliest, most primitive instruments to the first coast-to-coast call, 11 million phones later, the country is wired for communication. Narrated by Morley Safer.
VIETNAM: Roots of a War and The First Vietnam War (1945-1954) - 1996 NR 120 min
Despite cordial relations between American intelligence officers and communist leader, Ho Chi Minh, in the closing months of World War II, French and British hostility to the Vietnamese revolution set the stage for a new war. The French expected to defeat the Vietminh guerrillas easily, but after eight years of fighting and $2.5 billion in U.S. aid, the French lost a crucial battle at Dien Bien Phu – and with it, their Asian empire.
VIETNAM: America’s Mandarin (1954-1963) and LBJ Goes to War - 1996 NR 120 min
To stop the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, America replaced France in South Vietnam – supporting autocratic President Ngo Dinh Diem until his own generals turned against him in a coup that brought political chaos to Saigon. With Ho Chi Minh determined to reunite Vietnam, Lyndon B. Johnson determined to prevent it, with South Vietnam on the verge of collapse, the stage was set for escalation of the undeclared Vietnam War.
VIETNAM: America Takes Charge (1965-1967) and America’s Enemy - 1996 NR 120 min
In two years, the Johnson Administration's troop build-up dispatched 1.5 million Americans to Vietnam to fight a war they found baffling, tedious, exciting, deadly and unforgettable. The perspectives of Vietcong guerrillas and sympathizers, North Vietnamese leaders and rank and file soldiers, and American POW's held in Hanoi are also given.,/P>
VIETNAM: Tet 1968 and Vietnamizing the War (1968-1973) - 1996 NR 120 min
The massive Tet offensive at the lunar new year decimated the Vietcong and failed to topple the Saigon government but led to the beginning of America's withdrawal from Vietnam. Richard Nixon's program of troop pull-outs and stepped-up bombing and arms shipments to Saigon changed the war and left GIs wondering which of them would be the last to die in Vietnam.
VIETNAM: Cambodia and Laos and Peace is at Hand (1968-1973) - 1996 NR 120 min American involvement in these two countries began in 1961, when President John Kennedy sent in teams of U.S. Special Forces to aid guerrillas against the Laotian communists and their North Vietnamese allies, and continued through the resultant 1975 communist Khmer Rouge victory in Cambodia. When the Khmer Rouge defeated the American-backed government of Lon Nol in 1975, an estimated two million peasant refugees faced terror and eventual slaughter. While American and Vietnamese soldiers continued to clash in battle, diplomats in Paris argued about making peace. After more than four years, they reached an accord that proved to be a preface to further bloodshed.
VIETNAM: Homefront USA and The End of the Tunnel (1973-1975) - 1996 NR 120 min
Through troubled years of controversy and violence, U.S. casualties mounted, victory remained elusive and American opinion moved from general approval to dissatisfaction with the Vietnam War. South Vietnamese leaders believed that America would never let them go down to defeat – a belief that died as North Vietnamese tanks smashed into Saigon on April 30, 1975, and the long war ended with South Vietnam's surrender.
VIETNAM: Legacies - 1996 NR 120 min
Now, Vietnam is in the Soviet orbit, poorer than ever, and at war on two fronts. America's legacy from the war included more than 500,000 refugees, 2.5 million Vietnam veterans and some questions that won't go away. Vietnam was the war that changed a generation and continues to color American thinking on many military and foreign policy issues.
THE WIZARD OF PHOTOGRAPHY: The Story of George Eastman (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 2000 NR 60 min
In the summer of 1888, ads appeared for the new Kodak camera. Its inventor, George Eastman, gambled on a revolutionary idea that anyone could take photographs. Instead of the heavy cameras used by professionals, the Kodak was small and simple. All amateur photographers had to do was point the camera and push the button. Dramatizes the life of Eastman, who was often driven, demanding and even paranoid. He fought relentlessly to create and then dominate the consumer camera industry, teetering on the verge of bankruptcy before the inventions of celluloid film and the Brownie camera. Hosted by David McCullough. Narrated by Judith Light.
WRIGHT STUFF (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1996 R 60 min
On August 8, 1908, Wilbur Wright flew a short, routine flight at a race track outside Paris that firmly established he and his brother, Orville, as the leaders of manned flight. In 1903, the Wrights had solved one of the most baffling mysteries of science, but kept their invention secret, awaiting patents on various components. This story is about two ordinary men who, working alone, reshaped the twentieth century. Back to Categories
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS - 1965 NR 25 min
"'Tis the season to be jolly," but Charlie Brown, feeling that the Christmas message is lost amid all the seasonal glitter, has the blues. Psychiatrist Lucy suggests a cure: Get involved with the Christmas play! When he sets out to find a Christmas tree to serve as a stage prop, he unknowingly takes a step toward discovering the holiday's true meaning.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL - 1984 PG 100 min
George C. Scott (Ebenezer Scrooge) stars in this critically acclaimed version of Charles Dickens' holiday classic. For Scrooge, a miser whose sole pursuit of financial success has left him a bitter and lonely old man, Christmas elicits nothing more than "Bah, humbug!" But a Christmas Eve visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future ultimately teaches him to open his heart to the spirit of Christmas and to the joys of friends and family. Directed by Clive Donner.
DR. SEUSS’ “HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS” - 2000 PG 105 min
Why is the Grinch such a grouch? No one seems to know, until little Cindy Lou Who takes matters into her own hands and turns both Whoville and the Grinch’s world upside down, inside out…And funny side up in her search for the true meaning of Christmas. Starring Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, and Molly Shannon. Directed by Ron Howard.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET - 1947 G 96 min
The Christmas buying season has started, and Macy's Department Store has a new Santa...he's a jolly old fellow with whiskers and a smile who also happens to be named Kris Kringle. Some people start to believe he really is Santa Claus, like six-year-old Susan (Natalie Wood); but her mother (Maureen O'Hara), a Macy's executive, doesn't believe in the fantasy at all. Yet Mr. Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) insists he's the real thing. So much so that he's put on trial, and it's up to a young lawyer (John Payne) to clear the name of Santa, once and for all. Directed by George Seaton.
THE SANTA CLAUSE - 1995 PG 97 min
Rooftop clatter leads to merry adventure after Santa falls down on the job, and Scott Calvin's son, Charlie, convinces dad to try on the red suit. Eight reindeer pilot the pair to the North Pole, where they soon discover that by donning the famous suit, dad must now accept all of Santa's duties! Over the next year, a surprised, not-so-jolly Scott grows a Santa-sized tummy and beard, causing friends, family and business associates to wonder if he's lost his marbles. Charlie, however, thinks his dad is perfectly suited for his new job! Stars Tim Allen, Wendy Crewson and Peter Boyle. Directed by John Pasquin.
SCROOGE - 1951 NR 83 min
On the eve of Christmas, one of the nastiest men in all of London is visited, one after the other, by four ghosts who oblige him to recognize the error of his ways in the past, present and future. Stars Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns and Brian Desmond Hurst.
WHITE CHRISTMAS - 1954 NR 120 min
White Christmas is a treasury of Irving Berlin classics, among them "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Sisters," "Blue Skies" and the beloved holiday favorite, "White Christmas." Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter, they join forces with a sister act, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen, and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Back to Categories
HELLO DOLLY - 1969 G 146 min
Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) arranges things...like furniture and daffodils and people's lives. The plot concerns Dolly, a young widow and professional matchmaker, who sets her sights, and whatever else she can muster, on conquering tight fisted Yonkers merchant, Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau). Also stars Michael Crawford. Directed by Gene Kelly.
THE KING AND I - 1956 G 133 min
An Englishwoman, Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr), comes to Siam as schoolteacher to the royal court in the 1860s. She finds herself at odds with the stubborn monarch (Yul Brynner), but soon they begin to accept one another. Winner of five Academy Awards, The King and I features Rodgers and Hammerstein's award-winning songs including "Getting to Know You," "Hello, Young Lovers" and "Shall We Dance?". Also stars Rita Moreno, Martin Benson, Terry Saunders, and Rex Thompson. Directed by Walter Lang.
THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN - 1957 NR 89 min
When the town is infested with rats, the Mayor of Hamelin (Claude Rains) and his councilors turn to a mysterious minstrel (Van Johnson), who promises, for a fee, to rid the town of the pests by enchanting them with his music and then leading them away. In desperation, the Mayor and his councilors agree. But after the Piper performs his service, they refuse to pay him. So the piper decides to teach them a lesson. Inspired by Robert Browning's famous poem. Directed by Bretaigne Windust.
ROYAL WEDDING - 1951 NR 93 min
Devoted to their theatrical career the Bowens have little interest in marriage. Tom prefers the solitary life while his sister, Ellen, flits from one relationship to another. But when their agent books their hit show into London during a royal wedding, Tom and Ellen get caught up in the excitement and find some serious romance of their own. Stars Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford and Keenan Wynn. Directed by Stanley Donen.
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - 1951 G 103 min
Set in Hollywood during the transition to "talkies," Matinee idol, Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), has a voice that's so nasal she can't disguise it. Her leading man, Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) has a brilliant idea – find a young new talent (Debbie Reynolds) as a dub. The result is a big hit. But can the voice behind the star remain a secret? Not after Lockwood falls for his behind-the-scenes leading lady. Also stars Donald O'Connor, Millard Mitchell and Cyd Charisse. Directed by Gene Kelly.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC - 1965 G 180 min
In this true, inspirational story based on the lives of the Trapp Family Singers, Maria (Julie Andrews), a spirited, young Austrian woman is studying to take her religious vows. Suspecting that Maria’s true calling may lie outside the convent, the Mother Superior arranges for her to become governess to the children of Baron Von Trapp. Bringing warmth and music to the strict household, Maria soon wins over the children, and finally the Baron as well. Rogers and Hammerstein's musical favorites include "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss," and many more. Also stars Christopher Plummer, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood and Eleanor Parker. Directed by Robert Wise. Back to Categories
THE 39 STEPS - 1935 NR 83 min
Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) is a Canadian rancher on vacation in London who sees a vaudeville act at the Palladium in which Mr. Memory (Wylie Watson) draws on his photographic memory to answer questions posed by the audience. When a shot rings out in the theater, a frightened young woman approaches Hannay and asks for his help. The woman claims that foreign spies who plan to smuggle valuable military secrets out of the country are after her. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
BEVERLY HILLS COP - 1984 R 105 min
Eddie Murphy's hilarious portrayal of Detective Axle Foley has propelled Beverly Hills Cop into the ranks of the top ten biggest box office hits in history. Foley's a brash, street smart Detroit detective who follows the trail of a friend's murderer to the posh surroundings of Beverly Hills. And before Axle gets his man, he gets up to his neck in an international network of smugglers and drug peddlers. Directed by Martin Brest.
BOSCOME VALLEY MYSTERY (Casebook of Sherlock Holmes) - 1991 NR 52 min
Based on a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dr. Watson's fishing holiday is interrupted when a farmer is murdered; and the suspect is his own son, after it is revealed that he quarreled with his father right before his death. Starring Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke.
BRUCE PARTINGTON PLANS (The Return of Sherlock Holmes) - 1984 NR 50 min
Dramatized from the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett) is the eccentric investigator with a quick mind. Who is the young man found murdered and savagely beaten on a railway line leading from the underground? Why does he have plans for a secret submarine in his pocket? Is he a hero or a traitor? Holmes and Watson follow a trail through fog-shrouded London to find the truth and a murderer.
CALL IT MURDER- 1934 NR 73 min
Edward Weldon is the foreman of a jury which finds a middle-aged wife guilty of murdering her husband for financial gain. Because of her answer to a question posed by Weldon, the woman is sentenced to die. Meanwhile, his innocent young daughter has fallen madly in love with an up-and-coming young hoodlum (Humphrey Bogart). Also stars Sidney Fox and Henry Hull. Directed by Chester Erskine.
CAST A DARK SHADOW - 1957 NR 77 min
When charming, young Edward "Teddy" Bare (Dirk Bogarde) finds his wealthy middle-aged wife consulting with her lawyer, he figures she intends to cut him out of her will. So he quickly arranges her "accidental" death – a bit too quickly. It turns out she was planning to leave him everything instead of a big house he can't afford to live in. He soon succeeds in snaring another wealthy widow. But his new bride (Margaret Lockwood) proves to be more of a match than he bargained for. Cast A Dark Shadow is an engaging and suspenseful thriller with excellent performances and a plateful of surprises. Also stars Kay Walsh and Mona Washbourne. Directed by Lewis Gilbert.
CHARADE - 1963 NR 113 min
Cary Grant is the mystery man intent on helping Audrey Hepburn find the fortune hidden by her recently murdered husband if she can survive the lethal competition from her husband's ex-partners. This romantic thriller is set in Paris, and also stars Walter Matthau, James Coburn and George Kennedy. Directed by Stanley Donen.
THE CREEPING MAN (Casebook of Sherlock Holmes) - 1991 NR 50 min
Holmes (Jeremy Brett) and Watson (Edward Hardwicke) are back in another mysterious tale. A dark, hunched silhouette at her bedroom window and the howling of the family's pet dog have terrified the daughter of an eminent professor. Holmes advises Miss Presbury to keep her door locked as he continues his investigations.
DEVIL'S FOOT (Sherlock Holmes) - 1984 NR 50 min
Dr. Watson (Edward Hardwicke) insists that Holmes (Jeremy Brett) take a holiday in a Cornish cottage, but there is no rest for the detective. How did a young woman die with no apparent injuries? And how did her two brothers turn into raving imbeciles overnight?
D.O.A. - 1949 NR 84 min
When Frank Bigelow (Edmund O'Brien) takes a vacation in San Francisco, a night on the town leaves him feeling more than a little queasy. He soon finds out that someone has given him a deadly poison. Also stars Luther Adler, Pamela Britton and Beverly Garland. Directed by Rudolph Mate.
DRESSED TO KILL - 1948 NR 73 min
Sherlock Holmes' interest is piqued by the seemingly trivial theft of a music box purchased for a few pounds at an auction. When murder ensues, he discovers the box holds the key to a plot which could bankrupt Great Britain. In their efforts to thwart the plot, Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Watson (Nigel Bruce) find themselves pitted against a ruthless gang led by a beautiful but deadly villainness. Based on a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
FATAL ATTRACTION - 1987 R 120 min
In this terrifying love triangle, a man (Michael Douglas) endangers himself and his wife (Ann Archer) by becoming involved with a vengeful "other woman," (Glenn Close) who nearly destroys their lives.
HE WALKED BY NIGHT - 1948 NR 79 min
Interrupted by an off-duty policeman during a break-in, a cool resourceful criminal shoots the cop and sets off a manhunt across metropolitan Los Angeles. When the police start to close in on him, he guns down a detective to escape arrest, and the hunt intensifies. Stars Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Whit Bissell and Jack Webb. Directed by Alfred Werker.
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES - 1984 NR 120 min
Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in strange circumstances. And when Sir Henry Baskerville arrives from America, he finds a death threat waiting for him at his hotel. Is a demonic force responsible? An escaped killer roams the moors...A woman cries...A dog howls through the night...And Sherlock Holmes is called in to investigate. Stars Jeremy Brett.
THE ILLUSTRIOUS CLIENT (Sherlock Holmes) - 1991 NR 50 min
Holmes (Jeremy Brett) risks his life when he becomes involved with a murdering Austrian baron and the young wealthy girl who wants to marry him. Can Holmes withstand the evil forces at the baron's command?
JAMAICA INN - 1939 NR 93 min
This film is set in England in the early 1800s, when the arm of the law is neither long nor strong. The remote coast of Cornwall, where storm-driven ships are lured to their death by the false beacons of wreckers who murder the crew, steal the cargo, and retire to their lair, Jamaica Inn is one of the most dangerous spots. Then one night, into their midst, destiny leads a lovely young woman seeking refuge. Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, this tale of mystery, intrigue and romantic adventure was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Stars Charles Laughton, Robert Newton, Leslie Bank and Maureen O'Hara.
THE KENNEL MURDER CASE - 1933 NR 98 min
William Powell brings detective Philo Vance--the dashing and witty protagonist of a series of popular mystery novels by S.S. Van Dine--to full and vibrant life. Vance senses foul play at a Long Island kennel club, where two brothers with membership in the club have been killed. Vance partners with zealous Sergeant Ernest Health (Eugene Pallette) to solve the mystery. Vance manages to indulge his love for canines while trying to deduce who the killer is before he or she strikes again. Also stars Mary Astor and Jack La Rue. Directed by Michael Curitz.
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL - 1997 R 156 min
L.A. Confidential is "tough, gorgeous and vastly entertaining." Based on the novel by James Ellroy, three cops, a call girl, a mysterious millionaire, a tabloid journalist and the Chief of Detectives, all fuel a plot filled with mystery, ambition, romance and humor. Stars Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Strathairn and Kim Basinger. Directed by Curtis Hanson.
THE LADY VANISHES - 1938 NR 94 min
Just before World War II, a group of travelers are stranded overnight at a small European resort. Soon after they resume their train journey, one of their number, a seemingly harmless English governess, goes missing. When young Iris tries to find the lady, no one will admit to having seen her. Iris begins to suspect a conspiracy. Stars Michael Redgrave. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
THE MAN ON THE EIFFEL TOWER - 1949 NR 85 min
When a woman and her maid are mysteriously murdered in a St. Cloud mansion, Inspector Maigret (Charles Laughton) is assigned the case. He soon finds himself matching wits with a brilliant but unstable loner (Franchot Tone) while trying to save an innocent dupe (Burgess Meredith) from the guillotine. An elaborate trap exposes the culprit and leads Maigret to a dizzying confrontation with the man on the Eiffel Tower. Based on a novel by Georges Simenon. Directed by Burgess Meredith.
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH - 1934 NR 74 min
Bob Lawrence is vacationing when an acquaintance's death leads him to discover a clue to an assassination plot. His daughter is then taken hostage to prevent him from speaking to the police. He uses the clue to find his daughter, only to fall into the hands of her abductors. Stars Leslie Banks, Edna Best and Peter Lorre. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
POIROT: The Dream - 1991 NR 53 min
Benedict Farley, a tyrannical pork-pie magnate, has asked for Poirot's advice about some disturbing dreams; but when Poirot attempts to look into the matter, Farley abruptly dismisses him. It soon becomes clear that there is more to these dreams than anyone could have imagined. Stars David Suchet.
POIROT: Problem at Sea - 1991 NR 53 min
Poirot and his friend, Captain Hastings, are enjoying a cruise to the Egyptian port of Alexandria when a prominent fellow passenger is murdered. Suspects abound, but each has an alibi. Stars David Suchet.
THE PROBLEM OF THOR BRIDGE (Casebook of Sherlock Holmes) - 1991 NR 52 min
An American gold magnate defends his family's governess after she was accused of murdering his wife. After asking for Holmes' help in the matter, he then makes an untimely exit. Holmes is perplexed about the disappearance until Dr. Watson suggests a visit to the governess, being held in jail. Stars Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke.
PSYCHO - 1960 R 109 min
Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), whose house and motel are not the most restful place to spend an evening, and no one knows that better than Janet Leigh, who is victimized in the now-notorious "shower scene." Also stars Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, John Gave and John McIntire. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
THE ROCK - 1996 R 136 min
San Francisco is taken hostage when a vengeful General (Ed Harris) threatens to launch missiles loaded with deadly poison gas. Only an FBI chemical weapons expert (Nicholas Cage) and a convict (Sean Connery) have the skills to defuse the lethal situation. Also stars Michael Beihn, and William Forsythe. Directed by Michael Bay.
SCREAM - 1996 R 111 min
After a series of mysterious deaths, a peaceful community becomes a place where no one is safe, and everyone is suspect. Then, friends rally to unlock the town's secrets and get caught up in a mix of thrills, chills and surprises. Stars David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Matthew Liliar, Rose McGowman, Skeet Ulrich and Drew Barrymore. Directed by Wes Craven.
SECRET AGENT - 1936 NR 84 min
During World War I, three unlikely candidates must uncover and eliminate a dangerous German agent before he uncovers and eliminates them: A novelist turned Army officer (John Gielgud), a beautiful adventure seeker (Madeleine Caroll), and a hitman (Peter Lorre). Based on a story by Somerset Maugham. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON - 1940 NR 69 min
In the 1940's, Holmes and Watson help the Allies rescue the inventor of a bomb from the Nazis. They get no rest from their arch rival Dr. Moriarty (Lionel Atwill). Based on The Dancing Men by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Stars Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.
SHOSCOMBE OLD PLACE (Casebook of Sherlock Holmes) - 1991 NR 50 min
A brother and sister quarrel, and a creditor disappears, leaving Holmes to put together a puzzle that becomes more complicated when a human bone is found in a furnace. Stars Jeremy Brett.
THE SIGN OF FOUR (The Return of Sherlock Holmes) - 1984 NR 120 min
Why after the mysterious disappearance of her father does Miss Morstan start receiving a rare pearl each year? Who is her mysterious benefactor? Holmes and Watson pursue Indian treasure and a murderer whose trademark is "the sign of four." Stars Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke.
SILVER BLAZE (The Return of Sherlock Holmes) - 1984 NR 50 min
Who has abducted Silver Blaze, a highly prized racehorse, on the eve of a big race? Did Silver Blaze's trainer die mysteriously? Is someone trying to ruin the racehorse's manager? Sherlock Holmes and Watson, with the aid of a dog and some sheep, find a solution. Stars Jeremy Brett.
TEN TO MIDNIGHT – 2000 R 100 min
Deranged serial killer, William Stacy, enjoys finding new and gruesome ways of slaying young nurses. But he goes one step too far when he targets the daughter of a grizzled cop, Leo Kessler (Charles Bronson). Desperate to catch Stacy, Kessler plants false evidence on him but is kicked off the force as a result. Undaunted, Kessler turns vigilante and goes after Stacy himself. And he’s willing to do whatever it takes, including breaking the law, to stop Stacy from killing again. Stars Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens, Wilford Brimley, Geoffrey Lewis. Directed by J. Lee Thompson.
THEATER OF BLOOD - 1973 R 105 min
An actor (Vincent Price), unhinged by a season of bad reviews, decides to take revenge on his critics. Using Shakespeare's goriest murder scenes as inspiration, and aided by his daughter (Diana Rigg), he embarks on a carefully planned campaign of grisly executions. His aim is to eliminate every member of the Critics Circle who failed to appreciate his genius. Also stars Robert Morley. Directed by Douglas Hickox.
THEY MADE ME A CRIMINAL - 1939 NR 92 min
Wanted for a murder he didn't commit, prizefighter Johnny Bradfield flees to avoid arrest. Weeks later, down and out, he's taken in by Grandma Rafferty and young Peggy, who run a fresh-air farm for delinquent boys. After a shaky start, Johnny becomes a role model for the boys and falls in love with Peggy. Then, to win some much-needed money for the farm, he takes a risk, not knowing a detective has picked up his trail. Stars John Garfield, Claude Rains and Ann Sheridan. Directed by Busby Berkeley.
TOPPER RETURNS - 1941 NR 88 min
Cosmo Topper (Roland Young) is a timid banker who can see ghosts. When a beautiful young woman (Joan Blondell) is murdered by mistake, her bubbly, champagne-guzzling spirit persuades Topper to help her solve the crime and prevent the killer from striking again. In a mysterious mansion honeycombed with secret passages and trap doors, they cope with sinister servants, bumbling policemen, a villain, and Cosmo's jealous wife (Billie Burke).
URGE TO KILL - 1981 NR 96 min
When high school football star Bo Reinecker pleads insanity and escapes conviction for the murder of his cheerleader girlfriend, the whole town is scandalized. Two years later, obsessed with establishing the truth, Bo returns home. He finds almost everyone against him, especially the girl's father (Karl Malden). He also finds a reluctant ally in the girl's younger sister Wynn (Holly Hunter), but her outraged father becomes more intent on making Bo pay for his crime. Also stars Paul Sorvino, Shirley Knight and William Devane. Directed by Mike Robe.
WISTERIA LODGE (The Return of Sherlock Holmes) - 1984 NR 50 min
What is the secret of Wisteria Lodge? Holmes and Watson enter into one of the most baffling and intriguing cases of their career when a foreign tyrant, an English governess, and an unorthodox police inspector lead them on a wild goose chase, which starts with murder. Stars Jeremy Brett.
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION - 1957 NR 116 min
When Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is accused of murdering a wealthy widow, he engages London's best barrister (Charles Laughton) to defend him. His defense depends entirely on his wife (Marlene Dietrich). But will she testify for him or against him? Directed by Billy Wilder. Back to Categories
ALADDIN AND HIS MAGIC LAMP - 2000 NR 62 min
In this rendering of the Scheherazade fable from the Arabian Nights, handsome Aladdin meets the spoiled and beautiful Princess Boudoir, and it's love at first sight for both of them. But the Sultan of Baghdad has other plans for his eligible daughter than marrying a mere commoner. Enter a mysterious magician who promises to smooth the way of true love if Aladdin will retrieve an old lamp for him.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - 1961 NR 114 min
Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is a deliciously eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. George Peppard plays her next-door neighbor, a writer, who is "sponsored" by a wealthy Patricia Neal. Features Henry Mancini's Oscar winning score and the Oscar winning Mancini-Johnny Mercer song "Moon River." Based on Truman Capote's best-selling novella. Also stars Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam and Mickey Rooney. Directed by Blake Edwards.
BROADCAST NEWS - 1987 R 132 min
Three workaholics are set loose in a network TV newsroom where their professional and personal lives become intertwined. Tom (William Hurt) is the modern anchorman, smooth, handsome and a bit stupid. Jane (Holly Hunter) is his driven, brilliant producer, determined to turn Tom into a real newsman. And Aaron (Albert Brooks) is a seasoned, totally uncharismatic reporter who can't stand Tom's instant success on-camera or with Jane.
GHOST - 1990 PG-13 127 min
Patrick Swayze plays a ghost who teams with a psychic (Whoopi Goldberg) to uncover the truth behind his murder and to rescue his sweetheart (Demi Moore) from a similar fate. Directed by Jerry Zucker.
GOOD NEWS - 1947 NR 93 min
When a beautiful scheming gold-digger transfers to Tait College, guys scramble for her attention, especially the cocky football hero (Peter Lawford). He enlists a brainy librarian (June Allyson) to help him impress the new arrival at all costs. Also stars Patricia Marshall and Ray MacDonald. Directed by Charles Walters.
HIS GIRL FRIDAY - 1940 NR 92 min
Cary Grant, editor of a big city newspaper, has been recently divorced by his star reporter, Rosalind Russell. When she breezes by with her naive but steadfast fiancée, Ralph Bellamy, he realizes he can't let her go. A fast-breaking story at the criminal court gives him the chance to prove there's nothing he won't do in order to keep his girl. Directed by Howard Hawks.
HOPE FLOATS - 1998 PG-13 114 min
Birdee Pruitt (Sandra Bullock) has a life most people would envy. But when her cheating husband reveals his infidelity to her on a national TV talk show, her perfect life comes crashing down. Devastated, Birdee and her young daughter head home to the small town she had left behind. Birdee slowly gains the strength to open her heart and find hope again. Also stars Harry Connick, Jr., Mae Whitman and Gena Rowlands. Directed by Forest Whitaker.
L.A. STORY - 1991 PG-13 98 min
Steve Martin is Harris Telemacher, a television weatherman, who thinks his life is perfect, except for an erratic relationship with a style-conscious girlfriend (Marilu Henner). Then one day, an electronic freeway sign changes his life, when its advice leads him into a brief romance with a young and beautiful blond (Sarah Jessica Parker) and, ultimately, to true love with the woman of his dreams (Victoria Tennant). Directed by Mick Jackson.
THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS - 1954 NR 117 min
Elizabeth Taylor is at her most ravishing as the younger sister who falls in love with sister Donna Reed's man in this post-World War II drama based upon an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Babylon Revisited. Also stars Walter Pigeon, Eva Gabor and Roger Moore. Directed by Richard Brook.
MADE FOR EACH OTHER - 1939 NR 92 min
On a brief trip to Boston, a young attorney meets the girl of his dreams and marries her. They soon discover the course of true love can be far from smooth. As they struggle with interfering in-laws, mounting bills, career setbacks, and finally a crisis that threatens the life of their infant son, they can't help wondering if they really are made for each other. Stars James Stewart and Carole Lombard. Directed by John Cromwell.
PENNY SERENADE - 1941 NR 117 min
Julie (Irene Dunne) decides to leave her husband (Cary Grant). But before leaving, she listens to their record collection. Each tune brings back memories of their life together, from their first meeting to a shared tragedy. Also stars Edgar Buchanan and Beaulah Bondi. Directed by George Stevens.
POWER, PASSION AND MURDER - 1987 PG 87 min
In 1940's Hollywood, movie mogul A.D. Nathan (Darren McGavin) is the man who can make dreams come true. To celebrate, he books a restaurant table for several hopefuls, all of whom are looking for their big break. Meanwhile, a chance encounter leads Natica Jackson (Michelle Pfeiffer) to risk her career in an illicit romance. Also stars Stella Stevens. Directed by Paul Bogart.
PREACHER'S WIFE - 1998 PG 124 min
Denzel Washington plays an angel named Dudley who's sent to help a young minister (Courtney B. Vance) and his beautiful wife (Whitney Houston) revive their marriage. Dudley accidentally falls in love with the preacher's wife! Also stars Gregory Hines, Jenifer Lewis and Loretta Devine. Directed by Penny Marshall.
PRETTY WOMAN - 1990 R 119 min
When successful corporate mogul Edward Lewis (Richard Gere), meets independent and carefree Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) their two lives are worlds apart. But Vivian's energetic spirit challenges Edward's no-nonsense, business-minded approach to life, sparking an immediate attraction. He teaches her about the finer things in life, and she teaches him that love could be the best investment he ever made. Directed by Garry Marshall.
ROMAN HOLIDAY - 1953 G 118 min
Audrey Hepburn stars as a modern-day princess rebelling against her royal obligations and escapes to explore Rome on her own. She meets Gregory Peck, an American newspaperman, who, seeking an exclusive story, pretends ignorance of her true identity. But his plan falters as they fall in love. Also stars Eddie Albert. Directed by William Wyler.
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE - 1998 R 122 min
When Will Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer's block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) starts the words flowing like never before. There are just two things he'll have to learn about his new love: Not only is she promised to marry someone else, she's successfully impersonating a man in order to play the lead in Will's latest production. Also stars Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck and Judi Dench. Directed by John Madden.
SWING HIGH, SWING LOW - 1937 NR 97 min
An accidental meeting at the Panama Canal throws Maggie (Carole Lombard) together with Skid (Fred MacMurray) on a tuneful roller coaster ride. He plays a red hot trumpet, she can carry a torch song, and soon everyone in Panama City wants to hear them swing. Then Skid gets an invitation to the big time. Promising to send for Maggie, he leaves for New York. But fame and fortune prove a heady cocktail. Can Maggie save him from himself? Also stars Dorothy Lamour. Directed by Mitchell Leisen.
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING - 1995 PG 103 min
Sandra Bullock is Lucy, a subway employee who's in love with a handsome stranger (Peter Gallagher) she's only seen from afar. When she saves his life after he's mugged, his offbeat family mistakes her for his fiancée. Soon, the mix-ups escalate as Lucy fabricates a life between herself and Peter. But, when Lucy falls for his brother (Bill Pullman), the situation really gets uproarious - as she's forced to make a choice. Also stars Peter Boyle, Glynis Johns and Jack Warden. Directed by Jon Turteltaub.
YOU'VE GOT MAIL - 1999 PG-13 120 min
Superstore book chain magnate Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and children's bookshop owner Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) are anonymous e-mail cyberpals who fall in love, unaware that they are competitive business rivals. Also stars Jean Stapleton, Dave Chappelle, Steve Zahn, Dabney Coleman and Greg Kinnear. Directed by Nora Ephron.Back to Categories
AFFAIRS OF THE HEART (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS - PBS) - 1990 NR 60 min
Alan Alda narrates this informative documentary. Viewers are taken into the operating room to witness amazing advances in the repair and replacement of the hard-working heart.
ANAMALAI: India’s Elephant Mountain (LIVING EDENS - PBS) - 2000 NR 60 min
In Southern India, there is a mountain range called Anamalai, which means Elephant Mountain. Herds roam free and unmolested in the lush tropical forests and high grasslands. Other animals that share this mountain sanctuary are also featured. Narrated by Anne Bancroft.
BRAIN POWER (TRIUMPH OF LIFE - PBS) - 2000 NR 60 min The growing study of animal intelligence – from the use of tools by chimps to the ability of many species to communicate among themselves – casts a new light on the role of the mind in evolution. Narrated by Liev Schreiber.
CREATIVE REVOLUTION (IN SEARCH OF HUMAN ORIGINS - NOVA - PBS) Episode 3 - 1994 NR 60 min
Fifty thousand generations ago, a dramatic change swept through the hunter-gatherers then living in Africa. They began to paint, carve, talk, travel and trade. What accounts for this sudden transformation? Presented by Don Johanson.
EINSTEIN: Light to the Power of 2 (THE INVENTORS SPECIALS) - 1998 NR 130 min
In 1853, Albert Einstein was as famous a media figure as he was a scholar and physicist at Princeton. A highly unlikely meeting of minds occurs when the academic helps young Lannie, a twelve year old African-American girl whose poor grades in school are due to her teacher's prejudice. Starring Paul Soles, Lataye Studwood and Chris McKinney. Directed by David Devine.
ETERNAL ARMS RACE (TRIUMPH OF LIFE - NATURE - PBS) - 2000 NR 60 min
Since the dawn of life, an evolutionary arms race has imbued predator and prey with increasingly sophisticated weaponry. Bats have evolved sonar, and moths have devised a way to jam it; squid create smoke screens, and the race escalates from eon to eon. Narrated by Liev Schreiber.
FOUR BILLION YEAR WAR (TRIUMPH OF LIFE - NATURE - PBS) - 2000 NR 60 min
In a battle for survival that lasts 4 billion years, the odds against any one species are incredibly long. Still, life on the planet is overwhelmingly rich and diverse. This program examines the process of evolution and the gene as the basic force behind it. Narrated by Liev Schreiber.
GALILEO: On the Shoulder of Giants (THE INVENTORS SPECIALS) - 1998 NR 130 min
In the 17th century, astronomer, Galileo (Michael Moriarty), is close to uncovering the mysteries of the universe. But his efforts are thwarted by lack of money, a lazy brother and jealous rivals. Directed by David Devine.
HEARING: Mystery of the Senses (NOVA - PBS) - 1995 NR 60 min
Explores how hearing is used by different cultures. It also explores what it is like to hear again after decades of deafness, as it follows Michelle Smithdas of the Helen Keller National Center for Deafblind Youth and Adults, as she undergoes a cochlear implant to restore hearing.
HURRICANE! (NOVA - PBS) - 1989 NR 60 min
Join a research scientist on a data-gathering flight made into the eye of Hurricane Gilbert in September 1988. Through film footage of the storm's center, watch scientists carefully fly into the storm to measure its intensity and probable path.
KAMCHATKA: Siberia’s Forbidden Wilderness (THE LIVING EDENS - PBS) - 1999 NR 60 min
On the far eastern border of Siberia lies an isolated and mountainous peninsula where volcanoes, geysers and bubbling hot springs create the smoke, steam and fire that prevail in this icy, remote place. This land is home to the densest population of grizzly bears in the world, the biggest brown bears in Eurasia, while northern fur seals and sea lions dot the coastline. Narrated by Linda Hunt.
KILLER QUAKE! (NOVA - PBS) - 1994 NR 60 min
Metropolitan Los Angeles is sitting on ground zero. Slicing under the high-rises of downtown is a network of potentially deadly faults which could trigger a devastating natural disaster. On January 17, 1994 a previously unknown fault convulsed beneath Northridge. It was the most destructive earthquake in modern L.A. history. Viewers travel from urban trench sites to the top of the Santa Susanna Mountains, in search of clues to where nature will strike next.
LEONARDO: A Dream of Flight (THE INVENTORS SPECIALS) - 1998 NR 130 min
In the year 1504, eleven-year-old Roberto befriends an unusual artist in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci. Already a highly regarded artist, Leonardo's keen mind and insatiable curiosity lead him to ponder nature's secrets. Roberto encourages Leonardo to pursue his dreams and study winged creatures. Starring Brent Carver, David Felton, and Cedric Smith. Directed by Allan King.
LIFE'S LITTLE QUESTIONS II (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS - PBS) - 1990 NR 60 min
Why can't you tickle yourself? Is laughter uniquely human? What's so tough about the common cold? These little questions just might have some big answers. Narrated by Alan Alda
LIFE'S REALLY BIG QUESTIONS (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS - PBS) - 1990 NR 60 min
How did life arise on earth? What separates humans from apes? Will machines one day invent themselves? Narrated by Alan Alda.
LIGHTNING (NOVA - PBS) - 1995 NR 60 min
Lightning accompanies some of the most violent weather in the world. The program visits with some of lightning's tragic victims. Lightning's fleeting rivers of electricity strike Earth 6,000 times a minute, wipe out power to entire cities, hit 1,000 people annually, and account on average for more deaths than hurricanes and tornadoes put together.
MARIE CURIE: More Than Meets the Eye (THE INVENTORS SPECIALS - PBS) - 1998 NR 130 min
During World War I, Martine and Elaine Boudreau, decide to aid in the war effort by catching spies. A woman's strange finger-tapping and suspicious comings and goings make her a prime suspect. The woman is Nobel prize winning scientist Marie Curie. Starring Kate Trotter, Natalie Vansier, Colleen Rennison, and Dawn Greenhalgh. Directed by Richard Mozer.
MATING GAME (TRIUMPH OF LIFE - PBS) - 2000 NR 60 min
Sex is the key to the immortality of genes, and a wide variety of approaches are investigated for the cause of reproduction. Some very ingenious, complex and dramatic methods of ensuring the continuation of a species are tested. Narrated by Liev Schreiber.
THE MIRACLE OF LIFE (NOVA - PBS) - 1986 NR 60 min
Birth is the culmination of one of nature's most complex, mysterious, and seemingly miraculous processes. Observe the egg as it is released by the ovary and follow the sperm from its early development through its perilous journey toward the egg. After fertilization, follow the development of a single new cell into an embryo, then a fetus, until finally, a baby is born.
NEWTON: A Tale of Two Isaacs (THE INVENTORS SPECIALS - PBS) - 1998 NR 130 min
In 1963, Isaac Newton's theories on celestial movement and gravity shocked the Royal Academy. Newton and his scribe, Humphrey, work to change how the universe is perceived. Humphrey finds that even the greatest of men must overcome personal hardship to achieve success. Starring Karl Pruner, Tyrone Savage, and Kris Lemche. Directed by Don McBrearty.
NGORONGORO: Africa’s Cradle of Life (THE LIVING EDENS - PBS) - 2000 NR 60 min
Ngorongoro Crater is one of the wonders of the world. Its towering rim encloses grasslands, wetlands, lakes, swamps and forests and provides homes for a concentration of creatures, both great and small. Several creatures emerge whose efforts to survive in this living eden are noted. Narrated by Christina Pickles.
RACHEL CARSON'S SILENT SPRING (THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - PBS) - 1992 NR 60 min
By the time she published Silent Spring in 1963, Rachel Carson had suffered a bout with cancer and the admonishment of friends who tried to convince her that a book on the chemical poisoning of the environment was too depressing. Carson had been a biologist for the government's Fish and Wildlife Department when she first took note of the unregulated use of pesticides and herbicides in farming. Her message that the environment as an interrelated organic system struck a nerve.
SEASON XI: Changing Your Mind (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS - PBS) - 1990 NR 60 min
Researchers demonstrate how malleable the brain and memories are, how it is possible to grow one's own brain, what happens when one dreams, and new understandings of the human mind. Narrated by Alan Alda.
SMELL: Mystery of the Senses (NOVA - PBS) - 1995 NR 60 min
Travel to France to meet master "nose" (as perfume designers are known) Sophia Grojsman, who is mixing a new scent from hundreds of bottles in her lab. What makes a successful scent?
SUPERPEOPLE (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS - PBS) - 1990 NR 60 min
Introduces viewers to deep water divers who can hold their breath for over 5 minutes, people with extraordinary memories, new tests to predict altitude sickness, and the effects of weightlessness on the human body. Narrated by Alan Alda.
SURVIVING IN AFRICA (IN SEARCH OF HUMAN ORIGINS - PBS) Episode Two - 1994 NR 60 min
Scientists set out to dispel the view that early man's larger brain and reliance on technology are by-products of the ability to hunt. It takes cunning and intelligence to find a meal without becoming a meal themselves. Presented by Don Johanson.
SURVIVORS (TRIUMPH OF LIFE - PBS) - 2000 NR 60 min
Approximately 65 million years ago, a comet's collision with the Earth ended the Age of the Dinosaur. With extinction comes new life, as survivors evolve to seize the territory left vacant by the vanquished.
TASTE: Mystery of the Senses (NOVA - PBS) - 1995 NR 60 min
Travel around the world to explore the variety of taste sensations that humans have concocted: Lobsters prepared at a two-star restaurant, the elaborate traditional meal shared with departed loved ones during the Day of the Dead in Mexico, and street food dished up at one of the hungriest intersections in Manhattan. Each of these meals is a blend of just four tastes – sweet, sour, salty and bitter.
THIS OLD PYRAMID (NOVA - PBS) - 1992 NR 90 min
A noted Egyptologist and a professional stonemason join forces in the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza to put clever and sometimes bizarre pyramid construction theories to the test.
TOUCH: Mystery of the Senses (NOVA - PBS) - 1995 NR 60 min
Touch looks at our most sensual sense - the one that, arguably, gives the greatest and most profound pleasure. Massage is one of the most intense forms of touch, and it highlights the beneficial effects of the tactile sense. Touch is also an inexhaustible medium of communication – from the molding of artistic forms by potters and sculptors to the fleeting social touches of casual acquaintances, to the prolonged caresses of intimate couples.
VISION: Mystery of the Senses (NOVA - PBS) - 1995 NR 60 min
Vision explores our most magical sense and the elusive truths that both art and science reveal about sight. Images are a prodigious medium of communication.
WINNING TEAMS (TRIUMPH OF LIFE - PBS) - 2000 NR 60 min
The struggle to survive has spawned a remarkable array of symbiotic relationships, bringing together unlikely species as allies. Viewers glimpse the virtues and rewards of teamwork as a path to survival. Narrated by Liev Schreiber. Back to Categories
ALIEN - 1979 R 116 min
Alien is the first movie of one of the most popular sagas in science fiction history and introduces Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, the iron-willed woman destined to battle the galaxy's ultimate creature. The terror begins when the crew of a spaceship discovers a life form that is perfectly evolved to annihilate mankind. One by one, each crew member is slain until only Ripley is left, leading to an explosive conclusion that sets the stage for its stunning sequel, Aliens. Also stars Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton. Directed by Ridley Scott.
COCOON - 1985 PG-13 117 min
A group of elders has been relegated to an old age home in Florida where they are to live out their remaining days until the arrival of the Antereans, who have returned to Earth to complete a mission. Stars Don Ameche, Hume Cronyn, Jack Gilford, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy and Gwen Verdon. Directed by Ron Howard.
DRACULA - 1931 NR 75 min
The Castle of Count Dracula strikes fear in the hearts of Transylvanian villagers. After a real estate agent succumbs to the will of Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), the two head to London where the vampire hopes to stroll among respectable society by day and search for potential victims by night. Also stars David Manners, Helen Chandler, and Dwight Frye. Directed by Tod Browing.
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL - 1982 PG 115 min
Follows the story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott. While E.T. learns about life on Earth, Elliott learns that friendship knows no earthly bounds. Stars Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE – 2001 - PG 152 min
Based on J. K. Rowlings' best-selling novel, this fantasy follows the adventures of young Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), who is rescued from his neglectful aunt and uncle and proves his worth while attending the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Also stars Richard Harris, Maggie Smith and John Cleese. Directed by Chris Columbus.
THE HOBBIT - 1977 G 76 min Animated
The quiet, comfortable life of Bilbo Baggins, hobbit and homebody, takes a turn for high adventure when Gandalf, the wizard, enlists him to help a group of dwarfs recover a vast hoard of treasure from Smaug the dragon. Through their encounters with trolls, goblins and unfriendly elves, Bilbo discovers he has more common sense and courage than he thought. Based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. Stars the voices of: John Huston, Orson Bean, Hans Conreid, Ottto Preminger and Richard Boone. Directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr.
INDEPENDENCE DAY - 1996 PG-13 145 min
Mysterious and powerful aliens launch an all out invasion against the human race. The spectacle begins when massive spaceships appear in Earth's skies. Wonder soon turns to terror as the ships blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet. The world's only hope lies with a determined band of survivors, united for one last strike against the invaders. Stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell and Judd Hirsh. Directed by Roland Emmerich.
JURASSIC PARK - 1993 PG-13 127 min
On a remote island, a wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring live dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. Before opening the attraction to the public, he invites a top paleontologist, a paleobotanist, a mathematician/theorist, and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park and help calm anxious investors. However, their visit is anything but tranquil as the park's security system breaks down, the prehistoric creatures break out, and the excitement builds to surprising results. Stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
JURASSIC PARK III – 2001 PG-13 93 min
The dinosaur dodging continues for Sam Neill, who returns as Dr. Alan Grant. Parents Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda (Teá Leoni) Kirby, convince him to help them search for their son on the remote island of Isla Sorna, where unexpected inhabitants include a population of very fierce dinosaurs. Also stars Alessandro Nivola and Michelle Jeter. Directed by Joe Johnston.
THE MATRIX - 1997 R 136 min
Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne lead the fight to free humankind in The Matrix, the cyberthriller written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers, the ultimate in cyber-escapism. Also stars Carrie Ann Moss, Hugo Weaving and Joe Pantolano.
SIXTH SENSE - 1999 PG-13 107 min
Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), a child psychologist, meets Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a frightened, confused eight-year-old. Dr. Crowe is completely unprepared to face the truth of what haunts Cole. The discovery of Cole's incredible sixth sense has unforgettable consequences. Also stars Olivia Williams and Toni Collette. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
STAR TREK V: Final Frontier - 1989 PG 107 min
It's Stardate 8454.130 and vacationing Captain Kirk faces two challenges: climbing Yosemite's El Captain and teaching campfire songs to Spock. But vacations are cut short when a renegade Vulcan hijacks the Enterprise and pilots it on a journey to uncover the universe's innermost secrets. Stars William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei. Directed by William Shatner.
STAR TREK: The Motion Picture - 1980 G 132 min
When an unidentified alien destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) returns to the newly transformed Enterprise to take command. The crew mobilizes to stop the alien intruder. Also stars Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, and Nichelle Nichols.
STAR TREK VI: The Undiscovered Country - 1991 PG 113 min
After years at war, the Federation and the Klingon empire prepare for a peace summit. But the prospect of intergalactic glasnost with sworn enemies is an alarming one to Captain Kirk (William Shatner). When the Klingon ship is attacked and the Enterprise is held accountable, the forces of war are unleashed again. Also stars Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, and Christopher Plumber. Directed by Nicholas Meyer.
STAR TREK IV: The Voyage Home - 1986 PG 119 min
It's the 23rd century, and a mysterious alien power is threatening Earth by evaporating the oceans and destroying the atmosphere. In a frantic attempt to save mankind, Kirk and his crew must time travel to 1986 San Francisco where they find a world of punk, pizza and exact-change buses. Stars William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy (director), DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols and Catherine Hicks.
STAR TREK II: The Wrath of Khan - 1982 PG 113 min
It is the 23rd century, and the Federation Starship Enterprise is on routine training maneuvers. Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) seems resigned to the fact that this inspection may well be the last space mission of his career. But Khan is back. Aided by his exiled band of genetic supermen, Khan (Ricardo Montalban), brilliant renegade of 20th century Earth, now schemes to set a most deadly trap for his old enemy Kirk. Stars Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols and Kirstie Alley. Directed by Nicholas Meyer.
STAR WARS - 1977 PG 124 min
Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and dashing Captain Han Solo (Harrison Ford) team together with the lovable robot R2-D2 and C-3PO, to rescue the beautiful princess and restore justice in the Empire. Also stars Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness. Directed by George Lukas.
TERMINATOR 2 - 1991 R 139 min
The Terminator's (Arnold Schwarzenegger) mission is to protect John Connor, the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. His opponent is the T-1000, the most lethal machine ever created. Co-written, produced and directed by James Cameron. Stars Linda Hamilton.
TOTAL RECALL - 1990 R 113 min
In the year 2084 A.D., Arnold Schwarzenegger smashes his way through a horrifyingly real fantasy world, complete with a gorgeous but deadly wife (Sharon Stone), and into the nightmarish reality of a Martian mining colony ruled by a terrorizing dictator (Ronny Cox), who can alter reality to suit his whims. Also stars Rachel Ticton and Michael Ironside. Directed by Paul Verhoven.
X FILES - 2001 PG-13 122 min
Thirty-seven thousand years ago, a deadly secret was buried in a cave in Texas. Now the secret has been unleashed, and its discovery may mean the end of all humanity. When a terrorist bomb destroys a building in Dallas, FBI Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy surpassing anything they've ever encountered. With the dubious assistance of a paranoid doctor (Martin Landau), Mulder and Scully risk their careers and their lives to hunt down a deadly virus which may be extraterrestrial in origin and could destroy all life on earth. Also stars Blythe Danner and Armin Muller-Stahl. Directed by Rob Bowman.
X-MEN - 2000 PG-13 104 min
Born into a world filled with prejudice are children who possess extraordinary and dangerous powers – the result of unique genetic mutations. Cyclops unleashes bolts of energy from his eyes, Storm can manipulate the weather at will, Rogue absorbs the life force of anyone she touches. Under the tutelage of Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), they learn to harness their powers for the good of mankind. Also stars Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Franke Janssen, James Marsden, Ray Park and Anna Paquin. Directed by Bryan Singer. Back to Categories
THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW: The Guitar Player – 1990 NR 26 min Episode 3
Andy tries to get a local guitar player a job with a band. Written by Jack Elinson and Charles Stewart. Directed by Don Weis. Stars: Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor; Ronny Howard as Opie Taylor; Don Knotts as Barney Fife; Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee Taylor; Jonathan Hole as Orville Monroe; Connie Van as waitress; Dub Taylor as Talbot, the postman; Henry Slate as Bobby Fleet; James Best as Jim Lindsey.
THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW: The Manhunt – 1990 NR 26 min Episode 2
An entire regiment of state police come to Mayberry on a manhunt. Written by Jack Elinson and Charles Stewart. Directed by Don Weis. Stars: Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor, Ronny Howard as Opie Taylor, Don Knotts as Barney Fife, Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee Taylor, Cheerio Meredith as Emma Brand, Ken Lynch as Captain Barker, Mike Steen as Officer Morgan, Lillian Culver as Mrs. Fife, Norman Leavitt as Cal, Frank Gerstle as Dirkson.
THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW: The New Housekeeper – 1990 NR 26 min Episode 1
The Taylor’s housekeeper leaves and is replaced by Aunt Bee. Written by Jack Elinson and Charles Stewart. Directed by Sheldon Leonard. Stars: Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor, Ronny Howard as Opie Taylor, Don Knotts as Barney Fife, Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee Taylor, Cheerio Meredith as Emma Brand, Frank Ferguson as Wilbur Pines, Mary Treen as Rose.
THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW: Opie’s Charity – 1992 NR 26 min Episode 5
Andy tries to get Opie to give more generously to a local charity. Written by Arthur Stander. Directed by Don Weis. Stars: Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor, Ronny Howard as Opie Taylor, Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee Taylor, Stuart Erwin as Tom Silby, Lurene Tuttle as Annabelle Silby.
THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW: Runaway Kid – 1990 NR 22 min Episode 4
Opie invites a runaway boy to stay at the Taylor house. Written by Arthur Stander. Directed by Don Weis. Stars: Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor, Ronny Howard as Opie Taylor, Don Knotts as Barney Fife, Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee Taylor, Pat Rosson as George, Pat Losby as Tommy, Dennis Holmes as Steve.
FRANKLIN – 2001 NR 22 min Animated
Two episodes of Nickelodeon’s “Franklin the Turtle”. In the first one entitled “Franklin and the Thunderstorm,” all his wildlife friends help Franklin get over his fear of storms. In “Franklin’s Maple Syrup,” he and his friends learn how to tap trees to collect maple syrup.
GOMER PYLE: Captain Ironpants – 1990 NR 26 min In a television episode entitled “Captain Ironpants,” Gomer gets a lesson in how to treat an officer from a female captain. Stars Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton.
GOMER PYLE: Gomer Learns a Bully – 1990 NR 26 min
A trouble-maker recruit disrupts the platoon’s harmony. Sergeant Carter and other buddies of Pyle attempt to straighten him out, but it appears that only Gomer can do it. Stars Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton.
GOMER PYLE: Gomer Returns a Week’s Pay – 1990 NR 26 min
Sergeant Carter plays on Gomer’s guilt about not working hard enough to earn his pay. When Gomer tries to pay the Army back for that time, his good intentions backfire. Stars Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton.
GOMER PYLE: Guest in the Barracks – 1990 NR 26 min
To the consternation and dismay of Sgt. Carter (Frank Sutton), Pvt. Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) breaks regulations and sneaks a recruit’s girlfriend in to visit him in the barracks.
THE HUMAN BODY – 2000 NR 25 min Juvenile
Bones are defined, diagrammed, and described. Skin is magnified and analyzed as an active organ, and balance is tested against gravity and space flight. Questions about the content follow the program. From Discovery Channel’s Cable in the Classroom Series: Assignment Discovery.
AN INSIDE LOOK: Broken Bones – 2000 – NR 25 min AND AN INSIDE LOOK: Heart Attack – 2001 NR 15 min Juvenile
Two episodes of the Assignment Discovery Series, accompanied by several questions about the content of the episodes. The characters are British with an American narrator. Both describe what happens when accidents occur, in clear animation and understandable language.
AN INSIDE LOOK: The Flu – 2000 NR 25 min Juvenile Animated
Through creative animation, flu germs move throughout the body after a woman is sneezed on in an elevator. As symptoms develop, they are followed, step-by-step, as they develop and spread. Questions about the content follow the program. From Discovery Channel’s Cable in the Classroom Series: Assignment Discovery.
KIPPER: The Rescue; The Rainbow Puddle; The Picnic – 1999 NR 30 min Animated
Three episodes of Kipper the dog include adventures at the beach in The Rescue, in which they make a sand boat and get caught by the tide on a rock. The Rainbow Puddle finds them following a rainbow and playing in the puddles, and coming across a magic frog. In The Picnic, they are interrupted by black ants, ducks and stinging bees. A Nick Jr. Production, The Nickelodeon Network. Shown on the Nick Jr. television program.
KNOW FRAUD: Don’t Be a Victim – 1999 NR 24 min
This program was developed with the cooperation of the United States Postal Inspection Service and features material drawn from their investigations and enforcement actions including interviews with victims, US postal inspectors and former con artists. Shows examples of common telemarketing and mail frauds. Explains how scams work and how con artists identify potential victims.
LITTLE BEAR: Emily’s Birthday; The Great Race; Circus for Tutu – 2001 NR 30 min Animated
Three ten minute episodes of the Nick, Jr. series, Little Bear. Characters consist of a little girl, a teddy bear, a duck, a monkey, a moose, a dog and others. Their adventures include celebrating the little girl’s birthday, racing with and against each other, and putting on their own circus.
LITTLE BEAR: Where Lucy Went; Monster Pudding; Under the Covers – 2001 NR 24 min Animated
Three episodes of Nick Jr. Channel’s production of the series, Little Bear. Adventures turn from searching for a lost doll, to making pudding from scratch, to trying to get a good night’s sleep in spite of bed bugs. Episodes include “Where Lucy Went,” “Monster Pudding,” and “Under the Covers.” A Nickelodeon production.
LITTLE BILL – 2000 NR 25 min Animated Two episodes of the Nick Jr. Channel’s Little Bill, created by Bill Cosby. “The Meanest Thing to Say” shows how playground games can turn negative when a new boy in school tries to get them to say mean things. “The Lavatory Story” shows us around their school when Little Bill and the new boy get lost trying to find the bathroom.
MATLOCK: The Angel – 1990 NR 50 min
Matlock is frustrated by the lack of concern shown by his client, a free-spirited rock star, about the murder charges she faces following the death of her manager.
MATLOCK: The Heiress – 1990 NR 48 min
Ben Matlock investigates a murder allegedly committed by a young wealthy woman who has spent several years in and out of a mental institution. Stars Andy Griffith, Brian Benben, Jill Carroll, Mason Adams, and Alan Oppenheimer.
MATLOCK: The Seduction - 1990 NR 45 min
Matlock defends an aging quarterback (John Beck) accused of murdering his lover, the franchise owner (Lenore Kasdorf), who was about to cut him from the team.
MATLOCK: The Stripper – 1990 NR 50 min
Ben Matlock (Andy Griffith), along with Charlene Matlock (Linda Purl) and Tyler Hudson (Kene Holliday), team up to solve another murder. At the strip joint where she works, Carla Evans (Kerrie Keane) is confronted by her ex-husband, who demands custody of their young son. When the ex-husband is murdered, Carla becomes the prime suspect, along with the current wife and two unusual friends from the strip joint.
THE NEW WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU SEE A BLIND PERSON – 2000 NR 16 min
Through the entertaining experiences of Mark Johnson, a computer programmer who is blind, and Dave Simon, a computer salesman who is not, this video demonstrates simple ways to provide assistance, if needed, to someone who is blind or visually impaired.
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS: Branching Out – 2001 NR 51 min Juvenile
A lively presentation of how plants of all types germinate, spread, and flourish. From scattering their seeds through the air to depending on animals and birds to digest and distribute them, David Attenborough travels throughout the world to demonstrate the processes. Includes discussion questions for Discovery Channel’s Cable in the Classroom Series, Assignment Discovery. A production of Turner Original Productions and the BBC.
TWILIGHT ZONE: Dust – 2001 NR 25 min
An episode of the series depicting an old western town. An Hispanic cowboy is charged with the murder of a child he ran over with a horse-drawn carriage. His hanging appears certain until they meet a slick salesman with “magic” dust.
TWILIGHT ZONE: A Game of Pool – 2001 NR 23 min
An episode of the popular television series focusing on the nature of competition in a pool hall. The need to be the best is shown to carry a burden or responsibility that few expect. Stars Jack Klugman and Jonathan Winters.
A WALK IN YOUR SHOES – 2001 NR 25 min
An episode of the TV show, Noggin.com. Four girls describe their experiences with trading completely different lifestyles. A New York City resident switches with a farm girl from Oklahoma, and a suburban Pennsylvania teenager trades with a circus performer. They each participate in new activities, enjoy broadening their horizons, and end up appreciating their own lives. Back to Categories
AMERICAN EMPIRE - 1942 NR 82 min
In 1870, along the Louisiana-Texas border, two ambitious riverboat owners seize an opportunity to become cattlemen. But a rustler (Leo Carillo) has ambitions of his own.
ANGEL AND THE BADMAN - 1947 NR 101 min
Wounded and on the run from a gang he's just double-crossed, Quirt Evans (John Wayne) is taken in by a Quaker family. Their daughter (Gail Russell) soon falls in love with him, and he can't help loving her back. When she begs him to put away his six-gun and marry her, he agrees. As they prepare to settle down, the gang leader (Bruce Cabot) turns up, bent on vengeance.
BAD MAN'S RIVER - 1972 PG 92 min
Roy King (Lee Van Cleef) is a bank robber and loveable rogue, who meddles in Mexican politics and is pursued by banditos. Along for the ride are double agent, James Mason, and Gina Lollabrigida as lovely Alicia, a seductress with a secret. The prize? A million in cash. Directed by Gene Martin.
BIG BEAR - 1998 NR 93 min
In 1875, the Cree Indians find themselves at odds with the Canadian government. Officials are laying down new rules, pressuring Big Bear and the other chiefs to give up their hunting grounds and accept life on a reserve. Big Bear works to unite the Cree people. Stars Gordon Tootoosis, Tantoo Cardinal and Lorne Cardinal. Directed by Gil Cardinal.
THE BIG TREES - 1952 NR 89 min
In the early 1900s, lumber baron, James Fallon (Kirk Douglas), schemes to turn California's giant redwoods into his personal fortune. A group of Quakers, led by Sister Alicia (Eve Miller), are determined to save the trees. After Fallon’s troubles with claim jumpers, he forms an alliance with the Quakers. Directed by Felix Feist.
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID - 1969 PG 111 min
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid find themselves being pursued by authorities after a string of robberies. Escaping to Bolivia with schoolteacher, Etta Place, they hope to turn their luck around. Stars Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, and Henry Jones. Directed by George Roy Hill and Conrad Hall.
THE DEADLY COMPANIONS - 1961 NR 93 min
Revenge is the name of the game when a former Union soldier (Brian Keith) tracks a Rebel deserter (Chill Wills) across the American southwest. He catches up with the deserter in a frontier saloon, but before he can exact his revenge, he must undertake a journey with a strong-willed woman (Maureen O'Hara).
DRYLANDERS NR 72 min
The Greers head west in 1907 from Eastern Canada to build a future as homesteaders. After years of good fortune, Elizabeth (Frances Hyland), Dan (James Douglas) and sons Colin (Will Fruete) and Russell (Don Francks) are put to the tests of a 10-year drought, and the Great Depression. Directed by Donald Haldane.
EL DORADO - 1967 NR 126 min
Robert Mitchum plays the sheriff who fights greedy cattlemen and empire builders as he tries to tame the West. John Wayne is Mitchum's old-friend-turned-gun-fighter who comes to town to work to help Mitchum rid the town of its unsavory characters. Also stars James Caan, Charlene Holt, Paul Fix, Arthur Hunnicutt and Michelle Carey. Directed by Howard Hawks.
J.A. MARTIN, PHOTOGRAPHER - 1976 NR 102 min
After fifteen years and five children, Rose Aimee feels her marriage to J.A. Martin has lost its luster. She decides to accompany her husband on his yearly business trip. Along the way they encounter pleasure and pain, tears and laughter. Directed by Jean Beaudin.
KANSAS PACIFIC - 1953 NR 72 min
With the Civil War looming, the North is hurrying to complete a railroad across Kansas to connect its eastern cities with the western frontier. But Southern sympathizers, desperate to keep Northern influence and troops out of the territory, are doing all they can to cripple construction. As their efforts escalate, an Army engineer is assigned to complete the vital Kansas Pacific rail link. Stars Sterling Hayden, Eve Miller and Reed Hadley. Directed by Ray Nazarro.
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS - 1936 NR 91 min
During the Seven Years' War, an American scout, Hawkeye, and his two Mohican companions, Uncas and Chingachgook, agree to help the British against the French and their allies. When the British fort they were defending is overrun by Hurans avid for scalps, Hawkeye and the Mohicans risk their lives in a daring attempt to rescue the daughters of the British commander. Based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper. Stars Randolph Scott and Bruce Cabot. Directed by George Seitz.
LAST STAND AT LITTLE BIG HORN - 1992 NR 60 min
“Custer's Last Stand” has been one of the most frequently depicted moments in American history and one of the least understood. The golden-haired general and his doomed 7th Cavalry have been wiped out by Indians in more than 40 films. Yet the battle that left no white survivors also left two very different accounts: One white; one Native American. Using archival materials, a Native American novelist and a white filmmaker partner to examine this moment in history. Native American writer Scott Momaday narrates. Produced by Paul Stekler.
RAGE AT DAWN - 1957 NR 89 min
The Brothers Ren – Frank, John, Clint and Bill – robbed banks and ruled their small town until a pair of undercover investigators infiltrated their ranks. They roamed Indiana and stole money, always returning home where they controlled law enforcement. Then, the investigators came to town posing as railroad bandits, ingratiating themselves into the Reno gang, and soon destroying it from within. Stars Randolph Scott, Forrest Tucker, J. Carrol Nash and Edgar Buchanan. Directed by Tim Whelan.
SHANE - 1953 NR 117 min
Life for the Starretts is good but precarious when a fair-haired stranger seeks refuge at their Wyoming homestead. Quiet and reserved, he has an easy smile and time for 8-year-old Joey, who soon comes to idolize him. When he helps the settlers in their struggle against the ruthless cattle rancher intent on driving them from the valley, the rancher hires a black-hatted, black-hearted gunfighter. Stars Alan Ladd, Van Heflin, Jean Arthur, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance. Directed by George Stevens.
THE SUNDOWNERS - 1960 NR 79 min
In the Australian outback during the 1920s, the Carmody family wanders from place to place, following work or a whim, living out of their wagon, battling the elements and fates in a land that can be as harsh as it is beautiful. Battling each other as well, mother and son long for a permanent home; and dad refuses to be tied down and wants only to go on just as they are. Starring Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov, Glynnis Johns, and Chips Rafferty. Directed by Fred Zinnerman.
TRUE GRIT - 1969 G 128 min
John Wayne stars as the drunken, uncouth, one-eyed U.S. marshal, Rooster Cogburn, who is hired by a young girl (Kim Darby) to kill the man who murdered her father and stole the family nest egg; and she insists on accompanying him on his quest. Cogburn isn't happy about this, nor with the Texas Ranger (Glen Campbell) who tags along to cash in on the reward. Also stars Jeremy Slate, Robert Duval and Strother Martin. Directed by Henry Hathaway.
TULSA - 1949 NR 90 min
When her cattleman father is killed in an accident at an oil well which is polluting their stream, young Cherokee Lansing (Susan Hayward) takes on the Oklahoma oil establishment. Teaming up with an environmentally-minded geologist (Robert Preston) she sets out to prove that oil and cattle can co-exist. Directed by Stuart Heisler.
THE UNFORGIVEN - 1992 R 131 min
The moral is the concern with gunplay. Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman play retired, down-on-their-luck outlaws who pick up their guns one last time to collect a bounty offered by the vengeful prostitutes of the remote Wyoming town of Big Whiskey. Richard Harris is an ill-fated interloper, a colorful killer-for-hire called English Bob. Also stars Gene Hackman. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Back to Categories