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American Playhouse Theatrical Films

Overview
Works: 89 works in 360 publications in 2 languages and 17,612 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Documentary films  Biographical films  History  Romantic comedy films  Trials, litigation, etc  Nonfiction films  Independent 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 )

16 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,652 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
The Thin Blue Line by Errol Morris( Visual )

23 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and held by 1,485 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 1,175 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
El norte = The North by Gregory Nava( Visual )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 1,166 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
Daughters of the dust by Julie Dash( Visual )

16 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in English and held by 991 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 954 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( Visual )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 896 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?"--container
Fast, cheap & out of control by Errol Morris( Visual )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 767 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
--And the earth did not swallow him( Visual )

9 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 607 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 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of gay friends support each other through the AIDS crisis of the 1980s as the initially mysterious disease begins to spread
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 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deals with the African American experience during the 1930s as a family moves from the rural south to New York's Harlem
Native son( Visual )

5 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and held by 456 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 )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 448 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
El norte = The north by Gregory Nava( Visual )

5 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in Spanish and English and held by 392 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
Safe by Todd Haynes( Visual )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A suburban housewife discovers that she has become dangerously allergic to her affluent surroundings, changing her life forever
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
Much Ado About Nothing by Kenneth Branagh( Visual )

20 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Shakespeare's tale of love and enchantment set against a backdrop of mistaken identities and bawdy good fun
Cabeza de Vaca by Nicolás Echevarria( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in Spanish and held by 295 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
A raisin in the sun( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 276 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
 
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