“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?” – Judge Dan Snow
Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Aug 2013)
Brief Synopsis – Following the death of one of the US Supreme Court justices, the President chooses a woman to replace him which causes much uneasiness on the bench.
My Take on it – I liked this movie, but not necessarily due to it’s plot.
This movie was in production when Pres. Ronald Reagan chose to appoint Sandra Day O’Connor to the bench which caused itto be fast-tracked in order to hit the theaters before the appointment would take place.
Walther Matthau and Jill Clayburgh are fun together but the age difference didn’t help. I enjoyed their banter and especially liked the way they worked together (and at the same time against one another) in order to hash out opinions for their cases.
Matthau has previously been in numerous serious roles where his character had a sense of humor that was shown even in the direst of times. The character he plays here is no exception to that fact and it suited him well. His character of Zachary Garber in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) was funnier, but who wouldn’t expect a cop to be funnier than a Supreme Court Justice?
This movie was based on a Broadway play (that didn’t last too long actually) and the two leads were played by Jane Alexander and Henry Fonda.
Was a decent movie, but seems very dated watching it now.
Bottom Line – It has some funny lines, but is clearly dated and was probably seen in a better light when it came out.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy