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American Playhouse Theatrical Films

Works: 73 works in 271 publications in 2 languages and 17,055 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Documentary films  Romantic comedy films  Trials, litigation, etc  Nonfiction films  Television adaptations  Action and adventure films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Made-for-TV movies 
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 )

10 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 2,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top algebra and calculus students. Based on a true story
The Thin Blue Line by Errol Morris( Visual )

25 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and held by 1,939 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 )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 1,214 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( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in Spanish and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The journal of Diego Rodriguez Silva: Nava's 1972 award-winning thirty-minute student film, based on the life of Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, depicting the life of a fictional poet caught in the Spanish Civil War and jailed, but then set free on the condition he leaves his country and never returns
Ethan Frome by John Madden( Visual )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of a man torn between his joyless marriage to one woman and his lustful desire for another
Daughters of the dust by Julie Dash( Visual )

10 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of a large African-American family as they prepare to move North from the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia at the beginning of the 20th century. The film brings to life the changing, values, conflicts and struggles of a family leaving home
Brother's keeper by Joe Berlinger( Visual )

10 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 916 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( Visual )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 790 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 717 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 )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 583 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 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of a Mexican American family in the 1950s as seen through the eyes of a son
El norte = The north by Gregory Nava( Visual )

13 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 562 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
Native son( Visual )

3 editions published between 1986 and 1995 in English and held by 507 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 400 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 350 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 349 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 285 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 )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 279 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 mischief: a romantic trap for the sharp-tongued Beatrice and the man she loves to hate, Benedick. Their 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 (111 min.)
Eat a bowl of tea by Wayne Wang( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 238 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 227 WorldCat member 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
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Fast, cheap & out of controlNative sonMuch Ado About NothingStraight out of Brooklyn