October Sky

HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM, WEST VIRGINIA, 1957 Four high school students set out to build rockets after being inspired by watching the Soviet-launched sputnik cross the night sky.  While their first launches are failures, they experiment with new fuels and rocket designs. After they complete several successful launches, the local paper runs a story about them. However, …

The King’s Speech

BUCKINGHAM PALACE, DAY King George VI, who has a speech impediment and who has been working with Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist, is about to give his first major broadcast announcing Great Britain’s entry into World War II. Transcript from The King’s Speech MR WOOD Good luck, Your Majesty. BERTIE, KING GEORGE VI Mr. …

A Beautiful Mind

John Nash was a professor of mathematics at MIT and Princeton Universities and suffered from delusional paranoid schizophrenia.  The movie begins in Nash's days as a graduate student at Princeton University. Nash watches the burden his condition brings on wife Alicia and friends. In this scene, Nash proposes to his future wife. Transcript from A Beautiful …

Dead Poets Society

John Keating, an English teacher at a prestigious U.S. private high school, has just told his students to tear out several pages of dead prose that introduce a poetry textbook. Included in the pages that were ripped are words such as: "To fully understand poetry, we must first be fluent...with its metre, rhyme and figures of …

Mr. Holland’s Opus

Gertrude Lang is a high school student who wants to play the clarinet, but no matter how much she practices, she can't make any progress.  She squeaks.  She honks.  Her music teacher has tried to help her, but with very little success.  She also feels pressure because everyone in her family is successful:  both her …

A Very Long Engagement (Un long dimanche de fiançailles)

Based on a novel. To escape further military service during World War I, five French soldiers are convicted of self-mutilation. They are condemned to face near certain death in the no man's land between the French and German trenches. It seems all were killed, but Mathilde, the fiancée of one soldier, refuses to give up …