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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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Ronald Neame

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Jerome Lawrence (play), Jerome Lawrence (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Dan Snow
Jill Clayburgh ... Ruth Loomis
Barnard Hughes ... Chief Justice James Jefferson Crawford
Jan Sterling ... Christine Snow
James Stephens ... Mason Woods
Joshua Bryant ... Bill Russell
Wiley Harker Wiley Harker ... Justice Harold Webb
F.J. O'Neil F.J. O'Neil ... Justice Waldo Thompson
Charles Lampkin Charles Lampkin ... Justice Josiah Clewes
Lew Palter ... Justice Benjamin Halperin
Richard McMurray Richard McMurray ... Justice Richard Carey
Herb Vigran ... Justice Ambrose Quincy
Edmund Stoiber Edmund Stoiber ... Committee Chairman
Noble Willingham ... 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 each other 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...Kinek a bírónő See more »

Filming Locations:

June Lake, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, actress Jane Fonda turned down the lead role played by Jill Clayburgh because of the part's conservative nature and preferred to do On Golden Pond (1981) instead with her father Henry Fonda. On Golden Pond earned Jane Fonda an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Ironically, Henry Fonda originated Walter Matthau's role, as Associate Justice Dan Snow, in the original 1978 Broadway theatrical production. 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 »

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Justice Dan Snow: You're not bothering me, you're interrupting me, but you're not bothering me.
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Harmless and Lighthearted Intellectual Comedy/Drama
21 July 2015 | by romanorum1See all my reviews

President Ronald Reagan's appointment of Sandra Day O'Connor as the first woman Supreme Court Justice in the USA in 1981 may have inspired this movie even though the original play was several years earlier.

Jill Clayburgh stars as the unattached, conservative, and sprightly Ruth Loomis from California who remains undaunted as the new Justice. Co-star Walter Matthau (Dan Snow) is the cantankerous, veteran liberal Justice with whom she repartees on various legal issues. Obviously there are long dialog scenes. Snow is an advocate of free speech and expression. "I'll defend everybody's right to speak and every man's right to be wrong!" he exclaims. Snow also rails, "There are only eight of us left against all of her." There is one odd exchange delivered by Justice Loomis during her confirmation: "The F.B.I. is wrong in reporting to you that I have no children. Ideas are my children, and I have hundreds of them." Yikes! But, exhibiting good chemistry, both stars are at the top of their game. Clayburgh and Matthau are both quick-witted and likable.

The movie was shot on location in the District of Columbia and also in California. As the plot is rather thin, the acting carries the movie. It is not bad, but it is also no classic.


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