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American Playhouse Theatrical Films

Overview
Works: 91 works in 374 publications in 2 languages and 17,590 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Documentary films  Film adaptations  Biographical films  History  Independent films  Trials, litigation, etc  Nonfiction films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Action and adventure 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 )

21 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,643 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 1,479 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 )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 1,174 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 )

20 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 1,160 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 J Dash( Visual )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in English and held by 989 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 Edith Wharton( Visual )

12 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 950 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 )

15 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 881 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 836 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 601 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 Rene( 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 James Baldwin( Visual )

4 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and held by 519 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."
The thin blue line( Visual )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 453 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
Native son( Visual )

5 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and held by 446 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 )

7 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and held by 428 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
El norte = The north by Gregory Nava( Visual )

5 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in Spanish and English and held by 383 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 El Norte: the 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 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drama about a suburban housewife whose affluent environment suddenly turns against her
Safe( Visual )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 341 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 290 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 275 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 238 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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