Descriptive Video Tape Catalog
(Updated May 2012)
The Quiet Man
Hoping to find his roots, Sean Thornton returns to his ancestral home in Ireland. He soon falls in love with Mary Kate. But her brother opposes the match, and Sean is finally forced to fight for her hand and her heart. Stars John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. This classic film won an Oscar for director John Ford. Not Rated. 1952. DV 479.
Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
Carson was viciously attacked in 1963 when she published Silent Spring, a book on the chemical poisoning of the environment. Silent Spring sparked a revolution in government environmental policy and became instrumental in creating a new ecological consciousness. Closed Captioned. Not Rated. DV 83.
Rage at Dawn
This is a true story of the Reno Brothers, the first train robbers in American history. Undercover detective James Barlow, played by Randolph Scott, stages an early morning fake train robbery hoping to snare the gang once and for all. Not Rated. 1955. DV 328.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones, the bullwhip-cracking archaeologist who will stop at nothing to keep the Nazis from obtaining the mystical Ark of the Covenant. Closed Captioned. Rated PG. 1981. DV 84.
On the remote island of Pago Pago, a spirited and worldly Sadie Thompson, played by Joan Crawford, attracts the attention of a puritanical missionary hell-bent on her reform or her destruction. Not Rated. 1932. DV 329.
Rainbow Valley and Beneath the Arizona Skies
A young John Wayne stars in two of his early westerns. In the first, he's hired by the town of Rainbow Valley to oversee construction of a road over the mountains. With Lucile Browne, George 'Gabby' Hayes and Leroy Mason. In the second, he protects his young Indian ward, Nina, from a gang of outlaws who covet the oil royalties the little girl has inherited. Not Rated. 1934 and 1935. DV 578.
In this action-thriller, Mel Gibson stars as Tom Mullen, a wealthy executive whose charmed life is suddenly shattered when his young son is abducted and held for ransom by a gang of ruthless criminals. Also starring Rene Russo. Contains violence and strong language. Rated R. 1996. DV 146.
Ransom of Red Chief
O. Henry's classic short story comes to life in this family tale about a pair of bumbling would-be crooks whose plan to abduct the precocious son of a wealthy banker and hold him for ransom backfires when the boy turns out to be craftier than they imagined. Stars Christopher Lloyd, Michael Jeter, and Haley Joel Osment. Not Rated. 1996. DV 584.
Jamie Foxx's Academy Award-winning title role performance and the timeless tunes of Ray Charles drive this biodrama of the signer/songwriter/piano great. Overcoming family tragedy and blindness due to glaucoma at the age of seven, Charles blended gospel, rhythm and blues and other genres to create his unique brand of soul music, but drug abuse and womanizing threatened to derail his career and his life. Contains strong language and sexual situations. Rated PG-13. 2004. DV 543.
A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die
In 1862, as the Civil War heats up, the Santa Fe Territory becomes the scene of a bitter blood bath when Fort Holman is infiltrated by a band of marauders who have been plucked from the gallows for the job. Stars James Coburn and Telly Savalas. Not Rated. 1973. DV 480.
Rescue at Sea: The American Experience
Discover a fascinating but little-known event in American history. On January 23, 1909, two ships collided in dense fog off Nantucket Island, putting 1,500 lives in the hands of a new technology and its 26-year-old operator. Using a wireless telegraph, the courageous young Jack Binns transmitted desperate distress calls, even as his cabin filled with water. Close Captioned. Not Rated. DV 198.
Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie
David Ogden Stiers narrates this stirring adventure of a poor immigrant boy who climbed his way to the top while amassing the largest fortune in the world. Experience this entrepreneur's contradictory life: the power monger who crushed the competition and exploited his workers, and the compassionate beneficiary who gave away $350 million and donated over 3,000 libraries to communities in the span of ten years. Closed Captioned. Not Rated. DV 199.
Ride to Glory
After U.S. Cavalry Captain Victor Caleb finds his village destroyed and his wife skinned alive by marauding Apaches, he sets out on a solitary two-year quest for vengeance, tracking down and slaughtering scores of Apaches. But when their chief declares war on the whites, Caleb is persuaded to return for one final battle. Stars John Huston, Lee Van Cleef, Richard Crenna, Ricardo Montalban, Slim Pickens, Chuck Connors and Robert Lansing. Not Rated. 1971. DV 579.
Rookie of the Year
Family and Children
The ultimate fantasy for a Little Leaguer comes true when 12-year-old Henry and his thunderbolt pitching arm signs on with the Chicago Cubs. Closed Captioned. Rated PG. 1993. DV 86.
Fred Astaire and Jane Powell star in this lavishly produced musical as a dynamic brother-and-sister act. They each find a romance of their own when their show is booked into London during a royal wedding. Starring Peter Lawford and Keenan Wynn. Not Rated. 1951. DV 330.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Christmas is canceled until a shunned reindeer with a glowing nose guides Santa's sleigh through a fierce blizzard on Christmas Eve. Closed Captioned. Rated G. 1964. DV 87.
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