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Drama
The 39 Steps
DVX 259
One of Hitchcock´s early triumphs, the original film version of this mystery classic stars Robert Donat as the innocent pursued by both police and enemy spies while trying to learn the secret of "the 39 steps." With Madeleine Carroll.
Algiers
DVX 260
Mysterious adventure abounds as a spoiled aristocratic girl (Hedy Lamarr) falls under the romantic spell of an infamous Pepe Le Moko, the Casbah´s most notorious figure, played by Charles Boyer.
Anna Karenina
DVX 261
The lovely Vivien Leigh is magnetic in this 1948 lavish production of the Tolstoy classic, and Ralph Richardson is equally fine as the stodgy husband whose neglect drives her away.
 
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz                                            
DVX 446
 
Set in 1948 Montreal in a Jewish ghetto, Richard Dreyfuss gives an excellent performance as the title character who suffers through years of self-abuse in an effort to become something of substance. Rated PG
 
Basic Instinct
DVX 39
A chilling murder mystery starring Michael Douglas as the detective obsessed with solving the case that involves a beautiful and mysterious novelist played by actress Sharon Stone.
Rated R
Beaches
DVX 40
Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey share a friendship that survives good times and bad, preparing them to face their greatest challenge.
Rated PG

Beneath the 12-Mile Reef                                                           
DVX 377
 
Competition for the sponge trade off the coast of Florida heats up between two rival factions, and a young couple find their love and courage tested to the limit. Stars Robert Wagner, Gilbert Roland, Richard Boone, Peter Graves and Terry Moore
 
The Boy in the Plastic Bubble
DVX 317
 
Born with a defective immune system, a boy grows up quarantined from the outside world. Then he falls in love and must take a chance that might end his life. With Glynnis O´Connor and Robert Reed.
 
Breakthrough
DVX 382
 
Near the end of WWII, a war-weary German sergeant (Richard Burton) is caught between an American tank assault and his own commanding officer, a fanatic who insists on fighting to the last man.  With Rod Steiger, Robert Mitchum and Kurt Jurgens.
 
Brokeback Mountain                                                                       
DVX 436
 
Two young men meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. Rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some violence.

 
Callie & Son
DVX 426
 
Callie Lord (Lindsay Wagner) marries a Dallas newspaper magnate (Dabney Coleman) who proves his love for her by finding the son she was obliged to give up for adoption.  A gripping drama also starring Michelle Pfeiffer.  No Rating.
 
Casablanca
DVX 164


1943 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman portray former lovers reunited in Morocco during the chaos of World War II, in this classic.
 
Chaplin
DVX 42
 
Robert Downey, Jr. stars as Charlie Chaplin in this grand scale portrait of the Little Tramp´s amazing life and times.
Rated PG-13
Child in the Night
DVX 299
A child is witness to his father´s murder. From that moment a psychologist and a police officer join to try to achieve the boy´s testimony. But that will not be easy.

Cinderella Man
DVX 415
 
This movie dramatizes the legendary Depression-era comeback of impoverished boxer Jim Braddock. Ron Howard directs Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger in this movie drama.  Rated PG-13

The Color Purple
DVX 344
 
Based on the book by Alice Walker, this movie stars Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey as African-American girls growing up in the early 1900s.
Rated PG
Dead Poets Society
DVX 43
Robin Williams portrays a passionate English professor who inspires his students to live life to the fullest.
Rated PG
Dirty Dancing
DVX 208
Heart-throb Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, and dancing sensation Cynthia Rhodes star in this electrifying and sensual film.
Rated PG-13
Do the Right Thing
DVX 191
Spike Lee´s film set in a predominantly black Brooklyn neighborhood, details 24 hours in the lives of the people associated with a local landmark called Sal´s Famous Pizzeria. Stars Danny Aiello.
Rated R
The English Patient
DVX 168
During World War II, American allies care for a mysterious stranger rescued from a fiery plane crash. As the mystery of his identity is revealed, an incredible tale of passion, intrigue, and adventure unfold. Winner of nine academy awards, including Best Picture of 1997.
Rated R
The Entertainer
DVX 185
Laurence Olivier created one of his most memorable roles as Archie Rice, an egotistical third-rate music hall performer who browbeats his family until his world collapses around him. Also stars Alan Bates, Albert Finney and Joan Plowright.
A Farewell to Arms
DVX 265
Hollywood legend David O. Selznick´s final film as producer was this lush 1957 retelling of Hemingway´s story of love and loss during World War I. Jennifer Jones plays the British nurse who falls for wounded American ambulance driver Rock Hudson.
Fatal Attraction
DVX 44
Glenn Close is the vengeful "other woman" whose obsessive love for Michael Douglas leads to terror.
Rated R
Field of Dreams
DVX 45
Kevin Costner portrays an Iowa farmer who is inspired by a voice he cannot ignore, to pursue a dream he can hardly believe.
Rated PG
 
Finding Neverland                                                            
DVX  411
 
Stars Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie and Dustin Hoffman. Set in London in 1904, the film follows J. M. Barrie’s creative journey to bring Peter Pan to life. Rated PG
 
Forrest Gump
DVX 46
 
Experience events spanning three decades through the eyes of an innocent at-large in an America That is losing its innocence.
Rated PG-13
 
Girl with a Pearl Earring
DVX 385
 
Delft, Holland, 1665.  Griet (Scarlett Johansson) becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth).  The young girl's beauty and intuitive understanding of art lead the master painter to make her the subject of his most famous portrait.  This riveting film earned 3 Oscars and 2 Golden Globe nominations.
The Godfather
DVX 47
This epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando as Sicilian Don Corleone who rises to underworld power in America.
Rated R
Good Will Hunting
DVX 203
Critically acclaimed movie about a young genius who meets his match in a professor who understands his emotional struggles. Starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams.
Rated R
 
In His Father’s Shoes                                                                    
DVX 447
When a teenage boy’s father falls ill, the son consoles himself by trying on a pair of shoes given to his father by a fortune teller. The magical shoes transport him back in time, where the boy discovers an indelible bond with his father. Louis Gossett Jr. stars. Rated PG
 
Insomnia
DVX 302
Set in a small Alaskan town with an ever-shining midnight sun, this psychological thriller stars Al Pacino and Hilary Swank as detectives trying to crack a murder, while Robin Williams gives a creepy performance as the chief suspect.
Rated R
 
The Jackie Robinson Story
DVX 328
 
Jackie Robinson plays himself in this 1950 movie about the first black American to break the color barrier in big league baseball.
 
Jane Eyre
DVX 387
 
After years of ill treatment in an orphanage, Jane Eyre (Susannah York) becomes a governess in the home of Edward Rochester (George C. Scott).  Despite the rigid social order that separates them, they fall in love.  But a dark secret threatens to destroy their happiness in this superb adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic.
The Joy Luck Club
DVX 48
The story of four remarkable Asian women whose lifelong friendship reveals the startling events that have shaped their lives and the hopes and dreams they hold for their children.
Rated R
 
The Last Samurai
DVX 366
 
Action-drama takes place while Japan is undergoing a tumultuous transition to a more westernized society in 1876-1877.  Stars Tom Cruise.  Rated R.
 
The Lou Gehrig Story
DVX 392
 
At the height of a record-breaking career with the New York Yankees, legendary first-baseman Lou Gehrig learns that his days are numbered by a fatal nerve disease.  Wendell Corey and Jean Hagen star in this moving dramatization of the final chapters in a remarkable Hall of Fame career.
 
The Man With the Golden Arm
DVX 101
 
Directed by Otto Preminger; starring Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker and Kim Novak. Magnificent dramatic performance by Sinatra, playing the professional gambling house card dealer who needs treatment for his drug addiction. Interesting love triangle, and memorable Elmer Bernstein jazz score.
 
Message to My Daughter
DVX 396
 
A troubled teenager, disenchanted with her life, receives an unexpected present from her father:  a set of tape recordings made for when she was still a baby by her dying mother.  Bonnie Bedelia, Martin Sheen and Kitty Winn star in this unusual and touching drama.
 
Million Dollar Baby                                                           
DVX  405
 
Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman star in this drama about a boxing trainer and the girl he begrudgingly agrees to train. Along the way they discover that they share a common spirit that transcends the pain and loss of their pasts. Rated PG-13
 
Mystic River
DVX 369
 
Involved drama about the senseless loss of a child and the revenge in finding the killer.  Stars Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon.  Rated R. 
 
Nancy Drew…Reporter                                                                  
DVX 397
 
With her delightful blend of quick thinking and exuberant charm, Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) enlists her young neighbor Ted in finding the vital clue in a murder investigation. Squealing car chases, a comical boxing match, a musical number and two young pranksters contribute to this well crafted crime thriller.
 
On Golden Pond
DVX 49
 
Featuring Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda as the Thayer Family, who are forced to renew the bonds of love and overcome years of generational friction.
Rated PG
 
Our Town
DVX 399
 
William Holden stars in this superb adaptation of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play about the life and times of a small New England town.
 
The Passion of the Christ
DVX 367
 
Mel Gibson's box-office hit about the final 12 hours in the life of Christ.  Stars Jim Caviezel as Jesus.  Rated R.
 
Penny Serenade
DVX 336
 
A young couple about to separate remember their life together in this moving drama about the heartache and joy of love and marriage. Starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.
 
Phenomenon
DVX 174
John Travolta stars in this thought-provoking story of an ordinary man who acquires extraordinary abilities that force him to change his life. Also starring Robert Duvall.
Rated PG
The Piano
DVX 165
A haunting story set in nineteenth-century New Zealand, that shows the tragedy and triumph erotic passion can bring to one´s life. Starring Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, and Anna Paquin.
Rated R
The Picture of Dorian Gray
DVX 273
The sensational adaptation of Oscar Wilde´s brilliant tale about a man who has an unholy fountain of youth--but his portrait reveals his true nature. George Sanders and Angela Lansbury star.
Primary Colors
DVX 251
Follows a fictional--but very Clintonesque--Southern governor (John Travolta) on his rocky road to the White House. Also starring Emma Thompson, and Carolynn Bates.
Rated R
 
Ray                                                                                         
DVX  409
 
Ray is the musical biographical drama of American legend Ray Charles. Stars Jamie Foxx and Regina King. Rated PG-13
 
Scent of a Woman
DVX 50
 
In order to earn extra money, a prep school student agrees to accompany a blind, retired lieutenant, played by Al Pacino, on a weekend excursion to New York City that will change both of their lives forever.
Rated R
Schindler´s List
DVX 51
The true story of an enigmatic man´s act of courage that saved the lives of 1,100 Jews during one of the darkest chapters in human history, the Holocaust.
Rated R
 
Seabiscuit
DVX 357
 
Seabiscuit tells the true story of an ungainly racehorse that captured the nation´s heart during the Depression.  Tobey Maguire stars as hard-luck jockey Red Pollard.  Also starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper.  Rated PG-13
Soul Food
DVX 252
Focuses on a contentious, African-American family that gathers each Sunday night for soul food. Starring Vanessa Williams, Vivica Fox, Nia Long and Irma P. Hall.
Rated R
Stand and Deliver
DVX 211
Acclaimed crowd pleaser is the dynamic saga of real-life heroes determined to conquer a foe few people dare confront: the National Advanced Placement Calculus Exam. Stars Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips.
Rated PG
A Star is Born
DVX 276
The 1937 classic about the early days of the Hollywood star system. Fredric March stars as a down-and-out actor who marries movie hopeful Janet Gaynor, then makes her into Tinseltown´s biggest star. Look for Lana Turner in her first film role.
The Ten Commandments
DVX 41
This great epic tells the story of Moses, the Pharaoh´s favorite, who turned his back on a privileged life to lead his people to freedom. Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner head an all-star cast.
Rated G
Terms of Endearment
DVX 52
Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger are unforgettable as a mother and daughter locked in a turbulent relationship over thirty years.
Rated PG
Tim
DVX 102
Directed by Michael Pate, and starring Piper Laurie and Mel Gibson. Lush well-meaning chronicle of the relationship between an older woman and a younger, retarded man. Movie is based on the Colleen McCullough novel.
Titanic
DVX 214
Heart-wrenching story of the ill-fated ship and its tragic journey. Winner of 11 Academy Awards, starring Leonard DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Rated PG-13
To Kill a Mockingbird
DVX 178
Academy-Award winner Gregory Peck stars in this story about a single father who is a lawyer confronting racism in a small, Alabama town in the 1930s.
Waiting to Exhale
DVX 53
This funny and touching film portrays four extraordinary African-American women whose bond of friendship carries them through life´s challenges as they search for the real thing: true love. Stars Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, and Wesley Snipes.
Rated R