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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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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
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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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21 August 1981 (USA)  »

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...Kinek a bírónő  »

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Trivia

The character played by Walter Matthau is based on real-life Justice William O. Douglas, who was appointed to the Supreme Court at the age of 40. Douglas was one of the great liberals in High Court history who believed so nearly absolutely in the First Amendment protections of free speech that he did not attend screenings of pornographic films (a plot device in the movie) as he believed that the movies or any form of expression could not be censored under the U.S. Constitution. Thus, he did not need to see the film as he was going to automatically vote against censoring it. 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

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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Connections

Referenced in Roseanne: The Last Thursday in November (1995) See more »

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Washington Post March
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Music by John Philip Sousa
Arranged by Ian Fraser
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I can't believe there are people who don't like this film.
4 September 2003 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This film is classic Mathau. The plot is a little thin, and not the most thought provoking, but it's the portrayal in the key roles that make this film great. Mathau is very believable as Justice Dan Snow. The scene with his wife and the wallpaper has got to be familiar to intellectual men everywhere. His one liners in this movie are some of my favorites...

C.J. - "Are you going to get that?"

D.S. - "The telephone has no constitutional right to be answered. Leave it alone, it'll go away."

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R.L. - "The Dr. says you might have had a heart attack..."

D.S. - "My heart wouldn't dare attack me!"

Over all a really well done film.


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