Descriptive Video Tape Catalog
(Updated May 2012)
Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants
Galileo the man emerges in this "living history" production of his adult life. He is at once brilliant, sarcastic, and defiant of the old rules of the universe. In teaching the spoiled Prince of the de Medici family, he soon finds the need to share his feelings about the magic and mysteries of physics and astronomy. Rated G. 1997. DV 394.
Gangs of New York
Set in the strife-torn Five Points neighborhood of 1860s Manhattan, this historical saga follows an Irish-American who, in order to gain revenge for the murder of his father, works his way into the confidence of an anti-immigrant gang leader. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz. Nominated for ten Academy Awards. Contains graphic violence, strong language, nudity, and sexual situations. Rated R. 2002. DV 504.
George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods On Fire: The American Experience
Considered both a racist demagogue and an admirable politician, George Wallace was one man who could reflect and provoke tension on the streets of American cities and towns. Four times the governor of Alabama and a presidential candidate, this documentary covers his life from his early Alabama roots to his quest for forgiveness after a crippling assassination attempt. Not Rated. DV 246.
George Washington: The Man Who Wouldn't Be King: The American Experience
This program explores the complex and extraordinary man, including his Revolutionary War years, his relationships with his slaves and fellow founding fathers and his unshakable commitment to democracy even when his troops rebelled, threatening to undermine the republic. Closed Captioned. Not Rated. DV 43.
Geronimo and the Apache Resistance
Tells the dramatic tale of a legendary medicine man, his people and their lifelong struggle to maintain ancestral lands. Closed Captioned. Not Rated. DV 44.
A mix of fantasy, thriller, and romance. When Sam Wheat learns in his ghostly state that he was the victim of a botched hit, he tries to warn his grieving girlfriend that she's in danger too. A storefront medium turns out to be the only one who can convey his messages to her. Contains violence and sexual situations. Closed Captioned. Rated PG-13. 1990. DV 45.
Ginger in the Morning
Driving home to Santa Fe a few days after Christmas, Joe, middle-aged, divorced, and lonely, gives a ride to Ginger, a flower child. Joe cannot believe his luck when Ginger agrees to spend New Year’s Eve with him. Their budding romance is derailed by the arrival of Joe’s best friend and Charlie’s acid tongued ex-wife. Rated PG. 1973. DV 373.
Girl with a Pearl Earring
This drama, based on the best-selling novel by Tracy Chevalier, stars Scarlett Johansson as Griet, a young woman who takes a job as a maid for 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. After catching the attention of the reclusive artist, Griet quickly becomes his muse and the subject of his latest work, much to the dismay of Vermeer's controlling, mistrustful wife. Contains strong language, sexual situations, and nudity. Rated PG-13. 2003. DV 531.
Impressive tale from the days of the Roman Empire, with Russell Crowe as a dedicated soldier who refuses to transfer his loyalty to the new emperor, Commodus and suffers the consequences, winding up a gladiator in the Roman Colosseum. Contains graphic violence. Rated R. 2000. DV 270.
The Glory Boys
An Israeli nuclear scientist on an international speaking tour is the target of an odd pair of assassins: a novice but fanatical PLO terrorist and a young but experienced IRA professional. His only protectors are two Israeli security agents and a maverick spy catcher engaged by the British Secret Service. Rated PG. 1984. DV 395.
Go for Broke!
This is one of the only films to focus on the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. It shows the courage of the Japanese-Americans who fought against the Germans during World War II while their families were still imprisoned in the United States. Starring Van Johnson. Not Rated. 1951. DV 396.
Gods and Monsters
In 1950s Hollywood, aging film director James Whale the man who made "Frankenstein" and other classic horror films, now leads a quiet life in the company of his housekeeper. But things change when the gay director befriends a young gardener who knows nothing of his past. One of the most critically acclaimed films of 1998 and Winner of the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Stars Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, and Lynn Redgrave. Contains violence, strong language, and sexual situations. Rated R. 1998. DV 532.
This sagebrush stunner casts Lee Van Cleef in a dual role: a courageous priest, shot down defending his village from a marauding gang, and his gun slinging twin brother, who's out to prove that vengeance is his! Also starring Jack Palance, Richard Boone, and Leif Garrett. Rated R. 1977. DV 397.
Gold Fever: The American Experience
The 1890s in America were desperate times. A depression brought about bank and business failures and forced millions of men and women from their jobs. Witness the treacherous pilgrimage of 100,000 desperate people to the frozen tundra between Canada and Alaska, each in search of his or her own piece of the American Dream. Closed Captioned. Not Rated. DV 183.
Gomer Pyle/ Andy Griffith
Includes one half-hour episode of Gomer Pyle, "Gomer Learns a Bully", and one half-hour episode of The Andy Griffith Show, "Run Away Kid". Not Rated. DV 209.
Good Morning, Vietnam
Robin Williams plays a fast-talking, funny disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio during the Vietnam War whose barrage of irreverent humor scores with GIs but flops with the top brass. Contains strong language. Rated R. 1987. DV 184.
A spirited collegiate musical set in the roaring 20s, full of campus hi-jinx, football heroes and great tunes. Stars June Allyson, Peter Lawford, and Mel Torme. Not Rated. 1947. DV 300.
Good Will Hunting
Critically acclaimed movie about a young genius that meets his match in a professor who understands his emotional struggles. Starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams. Contains strong language and sexual situations. Rated R. 1997. DV 231.
Goya: Awakened in a Dream
Fed up with life at the royal palace, court artist Francisco de Goya retires to a rustic villa to paint for himself. He soon becomes friends with Rosarita, the housekeeper’s young daughter who dreams of becoming an artist. After she helps him overcome a stroke, he gives her the courage to pursue her dreams. Not Rated. 1999. DV 453.
The Great Adventure
During the Gold Rush, two spunky kids are befriended by a courageous German shepherd named Buck as they struggle through a cruel Yukon winter to reach Dawson City. Jack Palance and Joan Collins star in this sequel to The Call of the Wild. Not Rated. DV 398.
The Green Promise
In the 1940s, a widowed farmer and his four children move to a new county, hoping to make a fresh start. They soon meet the local agricultural agent, who is full of sound advice about farming methods. Threatened by the young man’s new ideas and by his romantic interest in his oldest daughter, Tom dismisses the agent and his advice, putting the farm and relationships with his children at risk. Stars Walter Brennan and Natalie Wood. Not Rated. 1949. DV 454.
Jim Carrey brings Dr. Seuss’ beloved tale to life in this wondrous, wacky, entertaining adventure. Why is the Grinch such a grouch? No one seems to know until Cindy Lou Who takes matters into her own hands and turns both Whoville and the Grinch’s world upside down in her search for the true meaning of Christmas. Rated PG. 2000. DV 272.
When her husband the marshal is gunned down, and no man in town is willing to take the job, Rose Hood agrees to pin on his badge and fill in until his replacement arrives. To the surprise of the good, and the bad, folks of Oracle, Texas, she turns out to be a tougher lawman than her husband, even when she has to face the gunslinger who has been hired to kill her. Stars Beverly Garland and John Ireland. Not Rated. 1988. DV 455.
When photographer Harrison Lloyd is reported dead during the strife in Yugoslavia, his wife impulsively rushes to the war zone and, with a colleague, tries to find him despite the increasingly horrific violence she encounters. Stars Andie MacDowell and Adrien Brody. Contains violence and strong language. Rated R. 2000. DV 556.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Family and Children
The boy wizard is up to his old tricks in this adaptation of the second J.K. Rowling book. Despite warnings from an impish "house elf," Harry returns to Hogwarts School, where strange voices emanate from the walls and students are being mysteriously turned to stone. Rated PG. 2002. DV 503.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Family and Children
Harry's fourth summer and the following year at Hogwarts are marked by the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament, in which student representatives from three different wizarding schools compete in a series of increasingly challenging contests. However, Voldemort's Death Eaters are gaining strength and even creating the Dark Mark giving evidence that the Dark Lord is ready to rise again. Contains violence. Rated PG-13. 2005. DV 572.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Family and Children
Harry and the gang are back and face a new and daunting challenge while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban prison and for reasons unknown he is after Harry. Rated PG. 2004. DV 524.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Family and Children
Harry Potter learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two wizards and possesses magical powers. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. He learns the high-flying sport of Quidditch and plays a thrilling game with living chess pieces on his way to face a dark wizard bent on destroying him. Based on the book by J.K. Rowling. Rated PG. 2001. DV 423.
Hawaii's Last Queen: The American Experience
Anna Deavere Smith relates the story of Liliuokalani, who, before capitalism swept over her land, ruled an island nation in the late 1800s. Experience the personality of this amazing woman who was as at home in the White House as in her Hawaiian Empire. Closed Captioned. Not Rated. DV 185.
He Walked by Night
Interrupted by an off duty policeman during a break-in, a cool resourceful criminal shoots the cop and sets off a manhunt across metropolitan Los Angeles. When the police start to close in on him, he guns down a detective to escape arrest and the hunt intensifies. Stars Richard Basehart and Jack Webb. Not Rated. 1948. DV 456.
This musical stars Barbra Streisand as Dolly Levi, a young widow and professional matchmaker who sets out to conquer tight-fisted Yonkers merchant Horace Vandergelder, played by Walter Matthau. Rated G. 1969. DV 255.
John Stone and three pals parachute into the South American jungle, sneak into the compound of a cocaine czar, crack his safe, steal all his money, and escape into the jungle. Now all they have to do is get back home with their lives and the loot. Contains graphic violence and strong language. Rated R. 1981. DV 457.
His Girl Friday
Cary Grant, the managing editor of a big-city newspaper, and Rosalind Russell, his star reporter, strike sparks in this fast paced romantic remake of The Front Page. Not Rated. 1940. DV 301.
Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, this delightful movie joins Bilbo Baggins in his adventure to Middle Earth and the creatures who live there. Voices by Orson Bean and John Huston. Not Rated. 1978. DV 302.
Macauley Culkin stars as an eight-year-old who is accidentally left at home during a family Christmas vacation. As his mother struggles to return home, he busies himself rigging booby-traps for two bumbling burglars. Closed Captioned. Rated PG. 1990. DV 48.
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Family and Children
An old dog, a young dog, and a cat are forced to learn to rely on each other when the family relocates across country and they are left behind. They set out on an almost impossible trek over mountainous terrain to rejoin them. This Disney live action film features the voices of Don Ameche, Michael J. Fox, and Sally Field. Closed Captioned. Rated G. 1993. DV 49.
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
Family and Children
Rick Moranis stars as the wacky inventor who accidentally causes his 2 ½-year-old son to grow to 112-feet tall in this Disney film. Sequel to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Closed Captioned. Rated PG. 1992. DV 50.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Family and Children
Rick Moranis stars as a preoccupied inventor who accidentally shrinks his kids down to 1/4-inch tall in this Disney film. Closed Captioned. Rated PG. 1989. DV 51.
Hoover Dam: The American Experience
Rising 726 feet above the Colorado River, the Hoover Dam created a reliable source of water for the fertile Imperial Valley, while generating desperately needed electricity for its growing population. You'll witness the feats of engineering genius that created a "wonder of the modern world." Closed Captioned. Not Rated. DV 186.
Sandra Bullock stars in this humorous and touching story about a young woman who, after her husband cheats on her, learns to follow her heart and find herself again. Contains strong language. Rated PG-13. 1998. DV 232.
House on Haunted Hill
An eccentric millionaire and his wife invite five imperfect strangers to spend a night with them in a large, old, decidedly creepy mansion. Their reward is $10,000 each. All they have to do to earn it is survive until morning. Before this dark and stormy night is over, they will be subjected to a chilling succession of ghosts, ghouls, mayhem and murder. Not Rated. 1958. DV 458.
The Hunt for Pancho Villa
This film blends together thousands of picture postcards of "treacherous banditos” and "mustachioed revolutionaries" along with extraordinary archival footage and interviews with survivors to create a picture of the violent life on the border in the years before World War I. Closed Captioned. Not Rated. DV 52.
The Hunt for Red October
Sean Connery and Alex Baldwin star in this techno-thriller about a pre-Glasnost Soviet nuclear submarine defecting to the United States. Closed Captioned. Rated PG. 1990. DV 53.
As tropical storm Hilda churns across the Gulf of Mexico, gathering strength and heading for the coast of Mississippi, personnel of the United States Air Force, Navy, National Guard and the National Storm Warning Service in Miami join forces to protect local citizens. But some citizens are beyond their reach, and others refuse to heed their warning in this docudrama about the category 4 storm that took 39 lives and caused half a billion dollars’ damage in 1964. Not Rated. 1974. DV 459.
The Hurricane of '38
Without sophisticated forecasting tools, the East Coast was taken by surprise as this storm ripped into the New England coast with a fury that set off seismographs in Alaska. This program follows the lives of the ordinary people who were caught up in this incredible natural disaster. Closed Captioned. Not Rated. DV 54.
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