The Paper Chase (1973)
Average Rating: 7.3/10
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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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This filmization of John Jay Osborn Jr.'s novel Paper Chase ended up one of the surprise hits of the 1973-74 movie season. Timothy Bottoms stars as the Minnesotan Hart, a brilliant but naive first-year student at the Harvard Law School. Like most of his fellow aspiring attorneys, Hart is in fearful awe of his demanding, ego-deflating instructor, Professor Kingsfield (John Houseman). He is not so much intimidated by Kingsfield, however, as to resist falling in love with the professor's pretty
Jan 1, 1973 Wide
Jun 3, 2003
20th Century Fox
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The Paper Chase has some great performances, literate screenwriting, sensitive direction and handsome production.
Houseman is able to project subtleties of character even while appearing stiff and unrelenting; it's a performance of Academy Award quality, and resulted in an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Solid (if dated) college-years drama.
Frightening drama of life in law school. Houseman is terrific.
John Houseman takes center stage with his near-perfect depiction of an imposing law school professor.
It's intelligent, entertaining and ultimately uplifting, but never really gets to the heart of the class struggle (academic and social) that's taking place.
Audience Reviews for The Paper Chase
- Kingsfield: Nobody inhibits you from expressing yourself.
- Kingsfield: You come in here with a skull full of mush... and you leave thinking like a lawyer.
- Kingsfield: You teach yourselves the law... but I train your mind.
- Kingsfield: Through this method of questioning, answering... questioning, answering... we seek to develop in you the ability to analyze... that vast complex of facts that constitute... the relationships of members within a given society.
- Hart: It was the genius who told me about Kingsfield. First guy to tell me all about Kingsfield. He read an article about him in Life or Time. Something about a book he wrote. It was called Contracts in Our Daily Lives.
- Hart: Maybe I better start studying then.
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