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The Paper Chase (16-Oct-1973)

Director: James Bridges

Writer: James Bridges

From novel: The Paper Chase by John Jay Osborn, Jr.

Music by: John Williams

Producers: Robert C. Thompson; Rodrick Paul

Keywords: Drama, Harvard

Freshman law student James Hart is unprepared for Harvard Law School, in particular for Prof. Kingsfield's demanding class in contract law. He falls in love with the beautiful Susan, not realizing that she is Kingston's daughter. Somewhat dated but still a first-rate drama. John Houseman won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor; the film received additional nominations for Best Adaptation and Best Sound.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Graham Beckel
22-Dec-1949   Steve Sullivan on Cafe Americain
Timothy Bottoms
30-Aug-1951   That's My Bush!
Blair Brown
23-Apr-1946   The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
David Clennon
10-May-1943   Joshua Nankin on The Agency
Edward Herrmann
21-Jul-1943   Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls
John Houseman
22-Sep-1902 31-Oct-1988 The Paper Chase
James Naughton
6-Dec-1945   The Paper Chase
Lindsay Wagner
22-Jun-1949   The Bionic Woman


Timothy Bottoms   ...   Hart
Lindsay Wagner   ...   Susan
Graham Beckel   ...   Ford
James Naughton   ...   Kevin
Craig Richard Nelson   ...   Bell
Edward Herrmann   ...   Anderson
Robert Lydiard   ...   O'Connor
Regina Baff   ...   Asheley
Lenny Baker   ...   Moss
David Clennon   ...   Toombs
Irma Hurley   ...   Mrs. Weasal
John Houseman   ...   Kingsfield
Bill Moher   ...   Philip
Blair Brown   ...   Miss Farranti
Richard Whelan   ...   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


Review by anonymous (posted on 8-May-2006)

The film does a good job describing life as a student at Harvard in the early '70's. Most notable is the absence of female students. While a few are seen, not one of them says a word. The class is large...60 or 70 students, but the professor never calls on any of them. Of course they can always volunteer to say something. College is still that way...If you raise your hand and ask some penetrating questions, your grade will relect it. It was as if the female students knew their place. John Hausmen is outstanding...he always is. No other living actor could have done any better. I give it 3 stars. I'd see it again. Paul K.

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