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First Monday in October (1981)

R  |   |  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
James Stephens ...
Mason Woods
Joshua Bryant ...
Bill Russell
Wiley Harker ...
Justice Harold Webb
F.J. O'Neil ...
Justice Waldo Thompson
Charles Lampkin ...
Justice Josiah Clewes
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 ...
Hostile Senator
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Storyline

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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Actor James Stephens playing Mason Woods was cast in a part similar to his role in the TV series The Paper Chase (1978). Stephens, who plays law clerk Mason Woods to Supreme Court Justice Dan Snow (Walter Matthau), had played a law student on the television show The Paper Chase (1978) during the 1978-1979 television season. Although his character has a different name in this motion picture, the producers undoubtedly wanted to create a sense of verisimilitude and continuity by casting Stephens as a law clerk here, as though he had graduated from law school and moved on to this position. 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 This is an outdated standard for obscenity which was superseded by the so-called "Miller test" in 1973.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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Ruth Loomis: [the Justices posing for a group photograph] Should we smile a little?
Justice Dan Snow: Good God, no. Who'd trust a happy Justice?
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This is how it should be....!
24 November 2001 | by (Midwest) – See all my reviews

You have to hand it to Walter Matthau, the older he gets, the more feisty his characters become!!

This is a sorely underappreciated minor gem with two brilliant performances from Matthau and Clayburgh. Their chemistry is wonderful. All in all the film is clever, funny, original, and down right fun!!!

If you happen to find this film at your local video store, check it out...its well worth discovering!


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