The Age of Innocence
"A ravishing romance about three wealthy New Yorkers caught in a tragic love triangle, the ironically-titled story chronicles the grandeur and hypocrisy of high society in the 1870's."
Sreenwriters: Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese
Author: Edith Wharton
The Joy Luck Club
"Follows the story of four lifelong friends, whose lives are filled with joy and heartbreak, and shows how their experiences have affected the hopes and dreams they hold for each of their children."
Screenwriters: Amy Tan & Ron Bass
Author: Amy Tan
The Remains of the Day
"The story of blind devotion and repressed love between a fanatically proper butler and a high-spirited, strong-minded young housekeeper employed by a British lord who is unwittingly a Nazi dupe."
Screenwriter: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Schindler's List WINNER
"The story of a Catholic war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who risked his life and went bankrupt in order to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps. He employed Jews in his crockery factory manufacturing goods for the German army. At the same time he tries to stay solvent with the help of a Jewish accountant and negotiates business with a vicious Nazi commandant who enjoys shooting Jews as target practice from the balcony of his villa that overlooks the prison camp he commands."
Screenwriter: Steve Zaillian
Author: Thomas Keneally
Searching for Bobby Fischer
"This heart-warming film is based on the true story of a young boy who is a chess prodigy and his father, who attempts to walk the fine line between encouraging his son's talent, and preserving the love they have for each other."
Screenwriter: Steve Zaillian
Author: Fred Waitzkin
"The story follows the life of low I.Q. Forrest Gump and his meeting with the love of his life Jenny. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950's through the 1970's including a meeting with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, fighting in Vietnam, etc. The problem is, he doesn't realize the significance of his actions. Forrest comes to embody a generation."
Screenwriter: Eric Roth
Author: Winston Groom
"Story about the March family of four daughters and a strong mother who, because her husband is away serving in the Army during the Civil War, must raise her 'little women' on her own. The daughters include: spirited Jo who longs for a career as a writer; beautiful and conservative older sister Meg; fragile Beth; and the romantic Amy. Through the years, as they become women, the sisters share their most cherished and painful moments of self-discovery as their mother's pride and strength guide them through questions of independence, romance and virtue."
Screenwriter: Robin Swicord
Author: Louisa May Alcott
"In this affectionate story of small town life in upstate New York, Sully, a fitfully employed 60-year-old construction worker, is a cheerful curmudgeon who has made a lifetime of bad decisions. He unexpectedly has a chance to make right some of them when his estranged son and grandson drop back into his life."
Screenwriter: Robert Benton
Author: Richard Russo
"Fame and fortune become a hotbed of scandal when a Washington investigator uncovers corruption beneath the TV's hottest quiz show's glittering facade. The scandal implicates both the wildly popular champion and the disgruntled ex-champ."
Screenwriter: Paul Attanasio
Author: Richard Goodwin
The Shawshank Redemption WINNER
"Two convicts, one white and one black, never give up the dream of freedom, and together they turn hope and friendship into an uplifting bond no prison can ever take away."
Screenwriter: Frank Darabont
Author: Stephen King
"A true story. Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert fight a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile, at Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingly, flight director Gene Kranz and a heroic ground crew race against time, and the odds, to bring them home."
Sreenwriters: William Broyles & Al Reinert
Authors: Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger
"The life of Dora Carrington, the Victorian Era painter whose passionate life created one of England's greatest scandals. Unable to possess the one man she loves, Lytton Strachey, Carrington embarks on a long string of loveless sexual encounters."
Screenwriter: Christopher Hampton
Author: Michael Holroyd
Devil in a Blue Dress
"...a sizzling noir drenched thriller set against the backdrop of 1940's Los Angeles."
Screenwriter: Carl Franklin
Author: Walter Mosley
Get Shorty (DVD on order)
"Loanshark Chili Palmer has done his time as a gangster, so when 'business' takes him to Los Angeles to collect a debt from down and out filmmaker Harry Zimm, he talks tough and then pitches Harry a script idea. Everything would be smooth for this cool new producer, if it were't for the drug smugglers and gangsters who won't leave him alone."
Screenwriter: Scott Frank
Author: Elmore Leonard
Sense and Sensibility WINNER
"Tells of the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor and passionate Marianne, whose chances at marriage seem doomed by their family's sudden loss of fortune."
Screenwriter: Emma Thompson
Author: Jane Austin
Cold Comfort Farm
"Recently orphaned, Flora ignores the sage advise of Mrs. Smiley and moves to the country to live on a decrepit farm with her eccentric relatives, where she finds ample material for the novel she wishes to write."
Sreenwriter: Malcom Bradbury
Author: Stella Gibbons
Dead Man Walking
"Matthew Poncelet is the convicted killer of two teenage lovers, preparing to end his life on death row. In response to a letter, Sister Helen Prejean visits Matthew and finds herself face-to-face with a killer who still pleads his innocence. When the date is set for his execution death by lethal injection, Poncelet asks Sister Helen to be his spiritual advisor and she agrees, little knowing the outrage that will follow her decision."
Screenwriter: Tim Robbins
Author: Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.L.
"Emma Woodhouse is a young woman who, having engineered the marriage of her companion, turns her attention toward making a match for the local vicar and her new protegée, Harriet Smith. Her one voice of reason and restraint is Mr. Knightley, who has known her since she was a child and who watches her behaviour with wry amusement and sometimes with real anger. Emma presides over the small provincial world of Highbury with enthusiasm, but she will find it is all too easy to confuse good intentions with self-gratification."
Screenwriter: Douglas McGrath
Author: Jane Austin
The English Patient WINNER
"During World War II, a mysterious stranger is rescued from a fiery plane crash. The American allies care for him and the dangerous secrets from his past come to light."
Screenwriter: Anthony Minghella
Author: Michael Ondaatje
The Portrait of a Lady
"Isabel Archer is a young woman of daring independence and equally fierce desires. But her head-strong innocence is no match for the manipulations of her duplicitous friend Madame Merle and the devious Gilbert Osmond."
Screenwriter: Laura Jones
Author: Henry James
"This true story follows FBI agent Joe Pistone as he infiltrates the mafia of New York."
Screenwriters: Paul Attanassio
Author: Anne Tyler
L.A. Confidential WINNER
"Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slaying of the patrons at an all-night diner in this lush tribute to tough film noir crime films."
Screenwriters: Brian Hegeland & Curtis Hanson
Author: James Ellroy
"Rudy is a young lawyer fresh out of college who takes the case of his life. He is the only hope of an elderly couple whose insurance company will not pay for an operation that could save their son's life. Rudy takes on this client in his first case after the head of his law office has to hide because he's wanted by the feds. He must overcome many obstacles inside and outside the courtroom as he attempts to find out what it means to be a lawyer and how far you have to go before you become a sell-out."
Screenwriter: Francis Ford Coppola
Author: John Grisham
The Sweet Hereafter
"Following a tragic schoolbus accident, high-profile lawyer Mitchell Stephens descends upon a small town. With promises of retribution and a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of the grieving community, Stephens begins his investigation into the details of the crash. But beneath the town's calm, he uncovers a tangled web of lies, deceit and forbidden desires that mirrors his own troubled personal life..."
Screenwriters: Atom Egoyan
Author: Russell Banks
The Wings of the Dove
"A young society woman's love for a common journalist presents her with an impossible decision: leave him or marry and face a life of poverty. Events take an unexpected twist when she befriends a lonely young heiress whose own tragic secret offers an irresistible but dangerous solution."
Screenwriters: Hossein Amini
Author: Henry James