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American Playhouse Theatrical Films

Overview
Works: 70 works in 265 publications in 2 languages and 16,961 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Documentary films  Romantic comedy films  Trials, litigation, etc  Nonfiction films  Television adaptations  Biographical films  Action and adventure films  Thrillers (Motion pictures) 
Roles: prn, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by American Playhouse Theatrical Films
Stand and Deliver by Edward James Olmos( Visual )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 2,127 WorldCat member 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
The Thin Blue Line by Errol Morris( Visual )

24 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and held by 1,933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

14 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 1,647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After their father is killed and their mother is taken away by soldiers, a brother and sister leave their native Guatemala and journey north to the "promised land" in the United States
My family = Mi familia by Gregory Nava( Visual )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A powerful, three-generation epic saga of the Sanchez family as told by the eldest son. From the very beginnings of his father's adventurous 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
Ethan Frome by John Madden( Visual )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of a man torn between his joyless marriage to one woman and his lustful desire for another
Brother's keeper by Joe Berlinger( Visual )

9 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1902, the Gullah Peazant family, descendants of slaves, live on the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina. The family is moving to the mainland and to the North. Their departure causes upheaval within the family
Fast, cheap & out of control( Visual )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

18 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

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

Drama concerning the AIDS crisis which focuses on a small group of friends from the time they first read about AIDS in the New York Times through the 1980's as they face the impact of the disease on themselves and their friends
--And the earth did not swallow him( Visual )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member 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
Native son( Visual )

3 editions published between 1986 and 1995 in English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fifteen-year-old Connie Wyatt (Laura Dern) may be too young to drive, but she's already driving the boys crazy. Her suspicious mother (Mary Kay Place) wants to keep her safely at home, but free-spirited Connie would rather while away the languid summer days hanging out with her friends and flirting with boys at the local burger stand. But when she flirts with an older, handsome and predatory stranger (Treat Williams), she isn't prepared for the frightening and traumatic consequences."--Publisher description
Cabeza de Vaca by Andres Serrano( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in Spanish and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

19 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noted as the debut of Matty Rich (he was 19 when he made the film), this is 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
Simple men by Hal Hartley( Visual )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member 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
 
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