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First Monday in October (1981)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  21 August 1981 (USA)
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For the first time in history a woman is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where she becomes a friendly rival to a liberal associate.

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Dan Snow
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Ruth Loomis
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Chief Justice James Jefferson Crawford
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Christine Snow
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Mason Woods
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Bill Russell
Wiley Harker ...
Justice Harold Webb
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Justice Waldo Thompson
Charles Lampkin ...
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Lew Palter ...
Justice Benjamin Halperin
Richard McMurray ...
Justice Richard Carey
Herb Vigran ...
Justice Ambrose Quincy
Edmund Stoiber ...
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Nebraska Attorney
Richard McKenzie ...
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Ruth Loomis becomes the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. A staunch conservative, she immediately runs into conflict with Dan Snow, the high court's resident liberal. Although, they never agree on the issues before the Court, they develop a respect and affection for one another after several comedic encounters. Written by Dave Gan <longbow@bigfoot.com>

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In the Supreme Court, there are only eight of them against all of her.

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Jill Clayburgh was pregnant before principal photography and there was concern whether the bump could be hidden well enough under her justice robes. See more »

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Justice Loomis views a pornographic film to decide it it has "redeeming social or artistic importance". This is an outdated standard for obscenity which was superseded by the so-called "Miller test" in 1973. See more »

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Justice Dan Snow: She wants me to disqualify myself because I won't go down there and sit through that pile of crap?
Chief Justice Crawford: Uh, well, uh...
Justice Dan Snow: So its crap. What if it is crap? That's not the point. Crap's got the right to be crap.
Chief Justice Crawford: Drop the legal language, Dan.
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Walter Matthau in top form here.
23 January 2007 | by (Central City, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

This film is probably not many people's first choice for a subject to be covered, but when writers Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee wrote it they proved once again why they were one of America's top Play Writing teams: The choice of cast for this production, set against the hallowed halls of justice and in and around Washington, could not have been better. Matthau, at the very top of his game plays a William O Douglas like curmudgeonly liberal justice Daniel Snow, who has a low opinion of a certain woman circuit court judge Ruth Loomis, played by Jill Clayburgh. When a justice of the Supreme Court, Stanley Morehead dies the President names Judge Loomis to replace him. And with that the social conservative Loomis and Liberal Snow line up to do battle, with a surprising twist in this intellectual comedy. This film is rated R for some language and certain scenes not appropriate for children.


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