The Paper Chase (1973)

the_paper_chase“Mr. Hart, here is a dime. Take it, call your mother, and tell her there is serious doubt about you ever becoming a lawyer. ” – Charles Kingsfield Jr.

Number of Times Seen – 2  (26 Jul 2001 and 27 Nov 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A first year Harvard Law School student must find a way to juggle his extremely difficult studies with a new relationship.

My Take on it – This movie shows us how demanding and difficult it can be for Law students studying to become the future defenders of the law.

The story is good, but is somewhat weak.

I actually found it quite amusing that I recognized many of the “young” students who went on to become recognizable actors.

Youngish Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, Graham Beckel, James Naughton, Edward Hermann, David Clennon and Blair Brown are all recognizable to those of us who are familiar with them and their work.

But none of their performances equal that of John Houseman who took the part by accident when the first choice dropped out.  Houseman was a movie/tv exec and an acting teacher who had never acted in a movie before.  His performance is amazing here and he went on to win a Best Supporting actor Oscar for it.

Truth is, Houseman makes this movie so much better than it really is.

Bottom Line – Interesting story about life in Law school that is completely overshadowed by the Oscar winning performance of John Houseman who was never an actor. The rest of the (now familiar) cast is fine, but none can hold a candle to Houseman. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy


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