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The Secret of Roan Inish (1994) John Sayles, Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Mick Lally, Drama, Family, Fantasy

The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie – a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle shaped like a boat; someone in the family believes the boy is being raised by the seals. Then Fiona catches sight of a naked little boy on the abandoned Isle of Roan Inish and takes an active role in uncovering The Secret of Roan Inish. Written by John Oswalt. Modified by Nancy Janelle.
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Silver City (2004) John Sayles, Chris Cooper, Thora Birch, Maria Bello, Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Silver City (John Sayles, 2004)
Set against the backdrop of a mythic “New West,” a satire that follows grammatically-challenged, “user-friendly” candidate Dicky Pilager, scapegrace scion of Colorado’s venerable Senator Jud Pilager, during his gubernatorial campaign. When Pilager finds that he’s reeled in a corpse during the taping of an environmental political ad, his ferocious campaign manager, Chuck Raven, hires former idealistic journalist turned rumpled private detective Danny O’Brien to investigate potential links between the corpse and the Pilager family’s enemies. Danny’s investigation pulls him deeper and deeper into a complex web of influence and corruption, involving high stakes lobbyists, media conglomerates, environmental plunderers, and undocumented migrant workers.
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Eight Men Out (1988) John Sayles, John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Drama, History, Sport

Eight Men Out (1988)
The great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 is the saddest team to ever win a pennant. The team is bitter at their penny pincher owner, Charles Comiskey, and at their own teammates. Gamblers take advantage of this opportunity to offer some players money to throw the series. (Most of the players didn’t get as much as promised.) But Buck Weaver and the great Shoeless Joe Jackson turn back at the last minute and try to play their best. The Sox actually almost come back from a 3-1 deficit. Two years later, the truth breaks out and the Sox are sued on multiple counts. They are found innocent by the jury but baseball commissioner Landis has other plans. The eight players are suspended for life, and Buck Weaver, for the rest of his life, tries to clear his name.
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Lianna (1983) John Sayles, Linda Griffiths, Jane Hallaren, Jon DeVries

Lianna (1983)
Lianna and her husband Dick have been married for a few years but the marriage isn’t a happy one, since Dick treats her with arrogance. One day Lianna falls in love – with Ruth, a teacher. The people who know them act different: her husband with feelings of sexual betrayal, her children with curiosity and Lianna’s friends with ambivalence.
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City of Hope (1991) John Sayles, Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Bianco, Stephen Mendillo

City of Hope (1991)
City of Hope is a portrait of a typical middle-sized American city of the present day. The crux of the story is an old apartment block which stands in the way of a major commercial development. Joe Rinaldi is the building contractor who owns the buildings, and is being pressured to torch them to permit the development to occur. His estranged son, Nick, soon becomes a pawn in the power politics of the city. Corrupt Mayor Baci and policeman O’Brien are determined to push the development, while idealistic city councilman Wynn soon finds himself torn between what he knows is right and what his black constituents want.
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