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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 daughter Lindsay ...
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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 daughter Lindsay Wagner. An eminent theatrical and film producer, John Houseman won an Oscar for his first important film role no, it wasn't his first film role ever; he'd played an unbilled cameo in 1964's Seven Days in May, launching Houseman on a latter-day acting career wherein he spent most of his time playing variations of Kingsfield. Houseman also recreated the role for a Paper Chase TV series, which first ran on CBS, then on public television, then on the Showtime pay cable service.
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The Paper Chase was a high point in the careers of many of its promising stars, including Lindsay Wagner and James Naughton. For lead Timothy Bottoms, the film was a well-chosen follow-up to his breakthrough, 1971's The Last Picture Show; his subsequent parts never tapped his talents as these two films did. Writer-director James Bridges would achieve other successes, including The China Syndrome and Urban Cowboy, but none of his other films had such a wonderful balance of comedy and drama. The Paper Chase shows some concern for the generational conflicts of the post-Easy Rider Hollywood era, but the kids here are more interested in traditional values: going to school, fitting in, succeeding. John Houseman won an Academy Award for his first significant acting role, as the film's intimidating Professor Kingsfield.
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  • Release Date: 5/19/1993
  • UPC: 086162104633
  • Original Release: 1973
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Timothy Bottoms Hart
Lindsay Wagner Susan
John Houseman Kingsfield
Graham Beckel Ford
Edward Herrmann Anderson
James Naughton Kevin
Craig Richard Nelson Bell
Bob Lydiard O'Connor
Regina Batt Asheley
Blair Brown Miss Farranti
Jan Campbell 1st Hotel Maid
Dora Dainton 2nd Hotel Maid
Regina Baff Asheley
David Clennon Toombs
Lenny Baker Moss
Technical Credits
James Bridges Director, Screenwriter
Marion Dougherty Casting
Gerry Holmes Set Decoration/Design
George Jenkins Art Director
Larry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Larson Producer
Donald O. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Philip L. Parslow Associate Producer
Roderick Paul Producer
Christopher Seitz Asst. Director
Robert C. Thompson Producer
Walter Thompson Editor
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Gordon Willis Cinematographer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Paper Chase

    I saw this movie years ago when I still had aspirations of becoming an attorney. It was based on the book of the same name, and it was very good. Tim Bottoms hit all the right notes in his character. John Houseman was acerbic and brilliant as the professor. Lindsay Wagner gave a good performance as the professor's daughter. Much as the book did, the movie tells how grueling it is to go to Law School and how many students decide against pursuing their goals as a result. It is stil a good movie after all these years and more poignant to me now that time has gone by. Our dreams of youth fall to the wayside in the realities of life and the movie shows that clearly. One wonders what ever happened to the characters and if they were happy with their decisions years later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Brings back memories of Law School and great for would-be attorneys. My mind is mush, and I need a quarter to call my mother.

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