First Monday in October (1981)


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The election of Sandra Day O'Connor to the Supreme Court rendered the premise of First Monday in October anachronistic before the picture was even released; ignoring this, however, the film is supremely entertaining (no pun intended). Jill Clayburgh stars as Ruth Loomis, the first lady justice ever appointed to the Court. She's a conservative, while her principal foe on the bench, Dan Snow (Walter Matthau), is an old-line liberal. The film glides along on a predictable Tracy-Hepburn course until … More

Rating: R
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 6, 2004
Paramount Home Video


as Dan Snow

as Ruth Loomis

as Chief Justice Crawfo...

as Christine Snow

as Mason Woods

as Bill Russell

as Justice Harold Webb

as Justice Waldo Thomps...

as Justice Josiah Clewe...

as Justice Benjamin Hal...

as Justice Richard Care...

as Justice Ambrose Quin...

as Committee Chairman

as Nebraska Attorney

as Hostile Senator

as Court Marshal

as Storekeeper

as Ms. Radabaugh

as Southern Senator

as Court Marshal

as Custodian

as Custodian

as Plaintiff's Attorney

as Waitress

as Photographer

as TV Commentator

as Senator

as Senator

as Attorney

as Court Guard

as Assistant Manager

as Clergyman

as Firing Party Command...

as Ambulance Attendant

as Head Nurse

as News Producer

as Chief Ranger

as Cab Driver

as Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for First Monday in October

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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New York Times
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Chicago Reader
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First Day in October puts up front the precise comic timing of Walter Matthau as an outspoken liberal justice of the Supreme Court.

Full Review… | January 31, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

July 2, 2005

Audience Reviews for First Monday in October

An uneven story and pairing of two great actors slows the pace of what is at times a funny film about the judicial system. Fans of Walter Matthau and Jill Clayburgh will be more enthralled than others. Still, funny one liners and comedic debates between the two stars will make this a fun film to watch!!!!!!!

Amazing dialog. Hysterical and thought provoking film about learning to respect your idealogical adversaries. (T)

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