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First Monday in October (1981)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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Justice Benjamin Halperin
Richard McMurray ...
Justice Richard Carey
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Justice Ambrose Quincy
Edmund Stoiber ...
Committee Chairman
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Nebraska Attorney
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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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Comedy | Drama

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21 August 1981 (USA)  »

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...Kinek a bírónő  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The nick-name of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Daniel Snow (Walter Matthau) was "Dan". Snow was also nicknamed around the courts as being "The Great Dissenter". See more »

Goofs

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 This is an outdated standard for obscenity which was superseded by the so-called "Miller test" in 1973.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 »

Quotes

Justice Dan Snow: To you it's a mess, to me it's a wilderness of free association. Don't ever straighten up my desk Mason, I'd never be able to find anything. I've always been suspicious of neatness. If there is nothing on top of a man's desk, he probably shoved all the clutter in the drawers and if his drawers are empty, what the hell does he need a desk for?
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Hornpipe
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from "Water Music"
Music by George Frideric Handel
Arranged by Ian Fraser
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Excellent rapport between stars
28 May 1999 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Clayburgh did a fantastic job of balancing Matthau's usual strong performance. The two struck a rapport that I never expected, and they ran off with the movie. I gave it an 8 instead of a 10 mostly because the script and cast couldn't keep up with them. Also, they have some weak spots when they go for light-hearted comedy. For me, the real shining light of the entire show was the way the two managed to continue an understandable discussion of the hot issues in jurisprudence of that time -- at least fifteen minutes of viewing are justified by that historical perspective alone. In short, it's heart-warming, well-acted in the leads, and technically tighter than most viewers would realize.


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