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American Playhouse Theatrical Films

Works: 81 works in 350 publications in 2 languages and 17,668 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Documentary films  Biographical films  History  Romantic comedy films  Trials, litigation, etc  Nonfiction films  Independent films  Television adaptations 
Roles: prn, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by American Playhouse Theatrical Films
Stand and deliver by Edward James Olmos( Visual )

15 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 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
El norte = The North by Gregory Nava( Visual )

25 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 1,650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mayan Indian peasants are tired of being thought of as nothing more than manual laborers. They organize an effort to improve their lot in life, but are discovered by the Guatemalan army. After the army destroys their village and family, Enrique and Rosa, a teenage brother and sister, who barely escaped the massacre, decide they must flee to United States. After receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant on strategies for traveling, they make their way by truck, bus and other means to Los Angeles, where they try to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants
The Thin Blue Line by Errol Morris( Visual )

25 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and held by 1,504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

10 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

17 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in English and held by 1,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of a large African-American family as they prepare to move North from the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia at the dawn of the 20th century
Ethan Frome by John Madden( Visual )

11 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 963 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 )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the real-life murder mystery of whether Delbert Ward, an uneducated hermit with a low IQ murdered his brother as a "mercy killing," or was the victim of police abuse
Fast, cheap & out of control by Errol Morris( Visual )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 765 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"--Container
--And the earth did not swallow him( Visual )

9 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 619 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
Longtime companion by Norman René( Visual )

12 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 569 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
Go tell it on the mountain by Five Blind Boys of Alabama( Visual )

4 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To be Black in America. To seek both salvation and understanding in the journey of a family from the rural South to 'big city' Harlem. To be a young boy struggling to earn the approval of a self-righteous and often unloving stepfather."
Native son( Visual )

5 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and held by 462 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
The thin blue line( Visual )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the roadside murder of a Dallas police officer, and the subsequent arrest and conviction of drifter Randall Adams, who was given a death sentence despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence
Smooth Talk by Joyce Chopra( Visual )

6 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and held by 423 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
Safe by Todd Haynes( Visual )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drama about a suburban housewife whose affluent environment turns against her, causing environmentally-induced disease
Safe( Visual )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 336 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
Cabeza de Vaca by Nicolás Echevarria( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in Spanish and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1528 a Spanish expedition founders off the coast of Florida. 600 lives are lost. One survivor, Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, roams across the American continent searching for his Spanish comrades. Instead he discovers the Iguase, an ancient Indian tribe. Over the next eight years, Cabeza de Vaca learns their mystical culture, becoming a healer--and a leader. But soon this New World collides with the Old World as Spanish conquistadors seek to enslave the Indians, and Cabeza de Vaca must confront his own people and his past
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare( Visual )

20 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With his wedding a week away, Claudio can't wait to marry the beautiful young Hero. To distract him, his best friend Don Pedro devises a mischief: a romantic trap for arrogant confirmed bachelor Benedick, and the sharp-tongued Beatrice, his favorite verbal jousting partner. For Beatrice, the man she loves to hate may well be the perfect foil for her in their "merry war" of the sexes. The amusement is almost spoiled by the jealous scheming of Don John, but love and laughter prevail when the local constable unwittingly exposes the plot--and all the trouble proves to be "much ado about nothing."
A raisin in the sun by Lorraine Hansberry( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based in a Chicago ghetto in the mid-1950's, A Raisin in the Sun is the story of the Younger family. The just-widowed mother, her son and his wife, and the sister live together and cope with bigotry and hatred, as well as the strains of everyday living
Eat a bowl of tea by Wayne Wang( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This engaging comedy-drama examines a post-WWII American phenomenon where, after years of strict immigration laws and forced separation of spouses, Chinese immigrants were finally able to bring their mates to the U.S
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