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John Jay Osborn Jr. (novel)
James Bridges (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 October 1973 (USA) See more »
You may be looking at a future President, Supreme Court Justice, Secretary of State or a dropout. See more »
A first-year law student at Harvard Law School struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of his sternest professor. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Timothy Bottoms ... James T. Hart

Lindsay Wagner ... Susan Fields

John Houseman ... Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.

Graham Beckel ... Franklin Ford III

James Naughton ... Kevin Brooks

Edward Herrmann ... Thomas Craig Anderson

Craig Richard Nelson ... Willis Bell
Robert Lydiard ... O'Connor

Lenny Baker ... William Moss

David Clennon ... Toombs
Regina Baff ... Asheley Brooks
Irma Hurley ... Mrs. Weasal
Bill Moher ... Philip

Blair Brown ... Miss Farranti

Richard Whelan ... Pruit
Alan Kwinter ... Sanders
Nicholas Olah ... Knight
David B. Johns ... Fisher
Tony Silverthorne ... Hotel Manager
John Bethune ... Hotel Clerk
Jan Campbell ... 1st Hotel Maid
Dora Dainton ... 2nd Hotel Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Daniel ... Student (uncredited)
Peter Foldy ... Student (uncredited)
Neil Lundy ... Lecture Hall Student (uncredited)

Steve Meek ... Law student (uncredited)
Ronald Mlodzik ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
James Bridges 
Writing credits
John Jay Osborn Jr. (novel)

James Bridges (screenplay)

Produced by
Philip L. Parslow .... associate producer
Rodrick Paul .... producer
Robert C. Thompson .... producer
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis 
Film Editing by
Walter Thompson 
Production Design by
George Jenkins 
Set Decoration by
Gerry Holmes 
Production Management
Philip L. Parslow .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Lucibello .... second assistant director
Christopher Seitz .... assistant director
Art Department
Ray Mercer Jr. .... property master (as Ray Mercer)
Hendrik Wynands .... construction coordinator (as Hendrik G. Wynands)
David Orin Charles .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Larry Jost .... sound mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Reginald H. Morris .... camera operator (as Reg Morris)
Casting Department
Patricia Payne .... casting: Canada (uncredited)
Music Department
Dennis Budimir .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician (uncredited)
Victor Feldman .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Dominick Fera .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Richard Hazard .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Carol Kaye .... musician: fender bass (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Michael Lang .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Lincoln Mayorga .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
John Williams .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
John Jay Osborn Jr. .... technical advisor
Michael Preece .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Paper Chase" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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113 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

John Houseman not only portrayed Professor Kingsfield again in the TV spin-off series "The Paper Chase" (1978) but also in an episode of _The Associates_ entitled "Eliot's Revenge" [See: "The Associates: Eliot's Revenge (#1.7)" (1980)].See more »
Continuity: When Jim falls on the ice, his position relative to the end of the sidewalk changes.See more »
[first lines]
Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.:Mr. Hart, would you recite for us the facts of Hawkins versus McGee?
[looks up]
Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.:I do have you name right? You are "Mr. Hart"?
James T. Hart:[mumbles] Yes, my name's Hart.
Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.:You're not speaking loud enough, Mr. Hart. Will you speak up?
James T. Hart:Yes, my name's Hart.
Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.:Mr. Hart, you're still not speaking loud enough. Will you stand? Speak louder, Mr. Hart! Fill the room with your intelligence!
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The craziness of the first-year law student..., 20 January 2007
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Timothy Bottoms battles through his first year at Harvard Law School, attempting to stay one step ahead of his no-nonsense professor, but inadvertently falling for the instructor's comely daughter (Lindsay Wagner, pre-"Bionic Woman"). Director/screenwriter James Bridges adapted the script from John Jay Osborn, Jr.'s book, and does a pretty good job realizing the many pressures of academia. Bridges was the perfect director to work in 1970s cinema, and, with Gordon Willis' cinematography, he brings a gritty yet unshowy style to the movie that looks good without ever seeming pretentious. On the other hand, there's nothing very colorful about lectures or study groups no matter how polished the handling. Certainly worth-seeing for the acting alone, with John Houseman giving an Oscar-winning supporting performance (he was later tapped to star in the television spin-off). **1/2 from ****

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