American Playhouse Theatrical Films
Most widely held works by American Playhouse Theatrical Films
Stand and deliver ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,458 libraries worldwide
Story of Jaime Escalante, a math teacher at East Los Angeles' Garfield High School, who pushes and inspires 18 inner-city Hispanic students who were struggling with math to become math whizzes.
The thin blue line ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 1,032 libraries worldwide
In 1976, Randall Adams was wrongly sentenced to death for the murder of a Dallas policeman. Errol Morris' documentary exposed the truth of the case and is credited with overturning Adams' conviction.
My family Mi familia ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 1,026 libraries worldwide
Presents the three-generation saga of the Sanchez family as told by the eldest son. From the beginnings of his father's journey from Mexico to California in the 1920s, to his brother Chucho's tragic rebellion of the 1950s, to the stark realities of modern day, the struggle to live the American dream is sometimes darkened but never diminished for Paco Sanchez and his family.
Ethan Frome ( Visual )
6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 993 libraries worldwide
Story of a man torn between his joyless marriage to one woman and his lustful desire for another.
El norte The north ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in Spanish and held by 977 libraries worldwide
El norte: Enrique and Rosa are brother and sister Mayan Indian peasants, living in the mountains of Guatemala. When the village attempts to organize for better treatment, Enrique and Rosa are forced to flee as the Guatemalan army is sent in to punish the townspeople. Receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant, they make their way to Los Angeles, hoping to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants.
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 817 libraries worldwide
Video adaptation of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera stage production directed by Trevor Nunn. The Gershwins' classic musical drama portrays the lives of the occupants of Catfish Row. Includes synopsis in English, French, German and Italian.
Brother's keeper ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 803 libraries worldwide
"Brother's Keeper tells the story of the "Ward Boys," four eccentric brothers who shared the same dilapidated two-room shack for over 60 years. Living in isolation, without heat or running water, these elderly bachelors had virtually no contact with the outside world--until one was found dead in the bed he shared with his brother. By day's end, Delbert Ward "confessed" to suffocating his ailing brother as an act of mercy, but Munnsville believed Delbert had been framed. Was Delbert, an uneducated hermit with a low IQ, an innocent victim of police abuse? Was it a mercy killing--or was there another motive?"--Container.
Fast, cheap & out of control ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 713 libraries worldwide
Acclaimed filmmaker Errol Morris paints a fascinating portrait of four obsessed eccentrics. Morris weaves interviews with a wild animal trainer, a topiary gardener, a robot designer and an expert on the naked mole rat together with old movies, cartoons and stock footage for a compelling, kaleidoscopic look at the very thin line which separates madness from genius.
Native son ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1986 and 1995 in English and held by 658 libraries worldwide
Bigger Thomas, the black chauffeur for the wealthy Dalton family, is accused of the murder of the Daltons' daughter Mary. The search for Mary's missing body and Thomas' trial shake the family and the city of Chicago, exposing the fears and prejudices of the late 1940's.
Longtime companion ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 577 libraries worldwide
Drama concerning the AIDS crisis which focuses on a small group of friends from the time they first read about AIDS in the New York Times through the 1980's as they face the impact of the disease on themselves and their friends.
Cabeza de Vaca ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in Spanish and held by 501 libraries worldwide
In 1528 a Spanish expedition founders off the coast of Florida. 600 lives are lost. One survivor, Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, roams across the American continent searching for his Spanish comrades. Instead he discovers the Iguase, an ancient Indian tribe. Over the next eight years, Cabeza de Vaca learns their mystical culture, becoming a healer--and a leader. But soon this New World collides with the Old World as Spanish conquistadors seek to enslave the Indians, and Cabeza de Vaca must confront his own people and his past.
and the earth did not swallow him ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 461 libraries worldwide
A young Mexican-American boy's coming of age amid the poverty and adversity he and his family face as migrant farm workers in the 1950s.
The thin blue line ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 460 libraries worldwide
A documentary about the conviction and imprisonment of Randall Adams for the killing of a Dallas policeman. Presents an investigation and reconstruction of the murder and examines questions that arise about Adams' guilt versus David Harris' guilt.
Safe ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 339 libraries worldwide
Drama about a suburban housewife in northern California whose affluent environment turns against her, causing environmentally-induced disease.
Stand and deliver ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and Spanish and held by 328 libraries worldwide
Story of Jaime Escalante, a math teacher at East Los Angeles' Garfield High School, who refuses to write off his inner-city students as losers. Escalante pushes and inspires 18 students who were struggling with math to become math whizzes.
Smooth talk ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 313 libraries worldwide
Connie is a 15-year-old girl with two things on her mind, boys and how she looks, and she meets a man during the summer.
A raisin in the sun ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 282 libraries worldwide
A $10,000 insurance benefit creates conflicting dreams within a Chicago ghetto family. Son, Walter Lee wants to start his own business while his mom wishes to spend her days in a little house of her own. Their love a bond, their warmhearted humor a breath of fresh air, their tenative hold on dignity - their lifeline. A family caught between the reality of their surroundings and a chance at a piece of the American dream.
Waiting for the moon ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in English and held by 252 libraries worldwide
An engrossing and fascinating exploration of the complex relationship of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas during a three-month period in 1936.
Simple men ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 224 libraries worldwide
Two brothers go after their father, a former all-star shortstop and mad-bomber anarchist, when he breaks out of jail, and discover on their trek through deepest, darkest Long Island that sometimes even the oddest things really are just what they seem.
Straight out of Brooklyn ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in English and held by 212 libraries worldwide
The story of a young man desperate to get out of the Brooklyn projects where he, his family and his friends live. He feels trapped there, surrounded by drugs and danger, so he and his friends pull a robbery to obtain the funds to take them out of Brooklyn forever.
Action and adventure films Adams, Randall Dale African Americans AIDS (Disease) Biographical films Biographical films Brothers and sisters California California--Los Angeles Confession (Law) Documentary films Documentary films Drama Eccentrics and eccentricities Emigration and immigration Escalante, Jaime Feature films Feature films Fiction films Film adaptations Film adaptations Films for the hearing impaired Films--for the hearing impaired Guatemala Harris, David,--1960- High school teachers Hispanic American high school students Historical films Illegal aliens Illinois--Chicago Intergenerational relations Mathematics teachers Mexican American families Murder Musical films New York (State) New York (State)--Madison County Operas Police murders Race relations Social history Teenagers Texas--Dallas Thrillers (Motion pictures) Trials, litigation, etc. Trials (Murder) United States Video recordings--for the hearing impaired Ward, Delbert Ward, William J