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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

Writers:

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jill Clayburgh was pregnant before principal photography and there was concern whether the bump could be hidden well enough under her justice robes. 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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Night Drive
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I can't believe there are people who don't like this film.
4 September 2003 | by Rabbi1941See 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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