Review the information about Now Showing and answering the Reflect questions below by going to Course Documents > Now Showing > Now
Use the One-page response format for your Now Showing essay. Guidance for writing a One-page response can be found in Course
Documents. You will integrate both questions in your response. The idea is to demonstrate an understanding of the major political
theme/themes in the film and relate these to what we are studying that particular week. This is another outlet to assist students to
critically review and evaluate the material in our topic of study.
Submit your One-page response for the Now Showing assignment by going to Course Documents > Now Showing > and selecting the
assignment titled Movie Number 1 or Movie Number 2 if you have already submitted one Now Showing essay.
This assignment is worth 60 points toward your final course grade. I will grade your essay using the Now Showing Grading Criteria found
in the Course Documents button in the Blackboard menu.
A Civil Action
A Civil Action movie poster
A successful Boston attorney with a small firm of personal injury lawyers brings a class action suit against major corporations
contaminating the water supply of the city. The other side has deep pockets that threaten the professional and financial survival of
the firm, and the outcome of the case means everything. Trying to win at all costs, the partners of the firm go into deep debt. The
long trial eventually forces them to accept a settlement, but it barely covers the overwhelming expenses in trying the case. The
partners are broke, the law firm breaks up, and lives are in shambles.
In bringing civil actions, plaintiffs are asking courts to determine the worth of a human life. What formula do we use for such a
What went wrong in this film version of a real case? Who was at fault?
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