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A first-year law student at Harvard Law School struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of his sternest professor.

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James T. Hart
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Susan Fields
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Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
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Franklin Ford III
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Kevin Brooks
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Thomas Craig Anderson
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Willis Bell
Robert Lydiard ...
O'Connor
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William Moss
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Toombs
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Asheley Brooks
Irma Hurley ...
Mrs. Weasal
Bill Moher ...
Philip
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Miss Farranti
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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
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Student (uncredited)
Peter Foldy ...
Student (uncredited)
Neil Lundy ...
Lecture Hall Student (uncredited)
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Law student (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)

Directed by

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James Bridges

Written by

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John Jay Osborn Jr. ... (novel)
 
James Bridges ... (screenplay)

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Philip L. Parslow ... associate producer
Rodrick Paul ... producer
Robert C. Thompson ... producer

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John Williams

Cinematography by

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Gordon Willis

Film Editing by

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Walter Thompson

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George Jenkins

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Gerry Holmes

Production Management

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Philip L. Parslow ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tony Lucibello ... second assistant director
Christopher Seitz ... assistant director

Art Department

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Ray Mercer Jr. ... property master (as Ray Mercer)
Hendrik Wynands ... construction coordinator (as Hendrik G. Wynands)
David Orin Charles ... assistant set decorator (uncredited)

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Larry Jost ... sound mixer
Donald O. Mitchell ... re-recording mixer

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Reginald H. Morris ... camera operator (as Reg Morris)

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Patricia Payne ... casting: Canada (uncredited)

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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)

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John Jay Osborn Jr. ... technical advisor
Michael Preece ... script supervisor
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Plot Summary

Serious, hard-working student James T. Hart faces the rigors of his first year at Harvard Law School. The pressure to succeed is tremendous and some of the students form study groups while also spending a great many hours studying. Hart's greatest challenge is contract law and his professor, Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. Using the Socratic method, Kingsfield challenges his students with questions demanding accuracy and creativity in their responses and often humiliating those who are unable to respond. As the school year progresses, Hart faces many challenges but befriends Susan Fields - unaware that she has a connection that affects their relationship. Finally, Hart accommodates himself to whatever might come his way, accepting a new set of priorities in his life. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines You may be looking at a future President, Supreme Court Justice, Secretary of State or a dropout. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Bright Young Men (United States)
  • Paper Chase (World-wide, English title)
  • La chasse aux diplômes (France)
  • Die Zeit der Prüfungen (Germany)
  • Vida de un estudiante (Spain)
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  • 113 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Actors James Mason, Gregory Peck, Melvyn Douglas, Sir John Gielgud, Paul Scofield and Edward G. Robinson, were considered and offered the role to play Professor Kingsfield by director James Bridges. In the end, John Houseman was cast . Although Houseman had appeared in a small but important role in Seven Days in May (1964), he had previously been known primarily as a producer of radio (The Mercury Theatre of the Air's The War of the Worlds (1938)), stage (Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre) and film (Julius Caesar (1953)). This movie was his first major film role and the part won him the 1973 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. See more »
Goofs The airplane Hart makes from the envelope and the one that he throws from the rocks are two different planes. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies (2006). See more »
Soundtracks PARTITA NO. 4 IN D+ See more »
Quotes Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.: Mr. Hart, here is a dime. Take it, call your mother, and tell her there is serious doubt about you ever becoming a lawyer.
James T. Hart: [pause, as he is leaving the room] You... are a son of a bitch, Kingfield!
Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.: Mr. Hart! That is the most intelligent thing you've said today. You may take your seat.
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