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American Playhouse Theatrical Films

Overview
Works: 69 works in 283 publications in 2 languages and 16,987 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Romantic comedy films  Comedy films  Trials, litigation, etc  Television adaptations  Romance films  Biographical films 
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 )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 2,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jaime Escalante, a math teacher at an inner-city East Los Angeles high school, motivates his students to strive to succeed in the classroom and in life
The Thin Blue Line by Errol Morris( Visual )

28 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and held by 1,943 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 )

16 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 1,655 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 Patricia A Scherer( Visual )

8 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
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton( Visual )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethan Frome is a lonely, 19th-century New England farmer who faithfully cares for his bitter, invalid wife. When his wife's young cousin joins their household, he must deal with his unexpected feelings
Daughters of the dust by Julie Dash( Visual )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A simple 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 905 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 ( Visual )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acclaimed filmmaker Errol Morris weaves fascinating interviews with wild animal trainer Dave Hoover, topiary gardener George Mendonça, robot designer Rodney Brooks, and an expert on the naked mole rat, Ray Mendez, together with old movies, cartoons and stock footage. Morris's inspired juxtapositions show how each specialist studies nature in his own way. Their discussions range from the evolution and nature of consciousness to similarities between the animal and insect kingdoms and prognostications for the future of robotics
Safe by Todd Haynes( Visual )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 723 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
--And the earth did not swallow him( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of a Mexican American family in the 1950s as seen through the eyes of a son
Longtime companion by Norman René( Visual )

10 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 586 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
Native son( Visual )

4 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member 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
Smooth Talk by Joyce Chopra( Visual )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Growing up in small-town America, high school sophomore Connie Wyatt is anxious to escape the boredom of family farm life. Connie will find herself in dangerous waters when a flirtatious day out at the mall leads to a meeting with the mysterious and charismatic Arnold Friend
Go tell it on the mountain by Blind Boys of Alabama( Visual )

3 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and held by 346 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
Cabeza de Vaca by Nicolás Echevarria( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in Spanish and held by 345 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 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
Waiting for the moon( Visual )

3 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An engrossing and fascinating exploration of the complex relationship of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas
Eat a bowl of tea by Wayne Wang( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 234 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 housing projects where he, his family and friends live. He feels trapped there, surrounded by drugs and danger, so he and his friends commit a robbery to obtain the money to move
 
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