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First Monday in October In First Monday in October, Walter Matthau plays a crusty liberal Supreme Court justice (modeled on William O. Douglas) and Jill...First Monday in OctoberPT98MR In First Monday in October, Walter Matthau plays a crusty liberal Supreme Court justice (modeled on William O. Douglas) and Jill...1990-09-21Paramount Pictures
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First Monday in October

Starring: Jill Clayburgh, Walter Matthau; Director: Ronald Neame; Author: Jerome Lawrence; Runtime (in minutes): 98; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Paramount Pictures

In First Monday in October, Walter Matthau plays a crusty liberal Supreme Court justice (modeled on William O. Douglas) and Jill Clayburgh the Court’s first woman appointee, a combative conservative. This novel plot twist was rendered unnovel shortly after the movie’s release, with Sandra Day O’Connor’s appointment to the Court. The discursive, well-meaning film is notable for its rare and informative look inside the Supreme Court and the genial good humor with which it approaches one sensitive subject matter — First Amendment rights in obscenity cases. B-

Originally posted September 21 1990 — 12:00 AM EDT

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