Terry Catchpole
September 21, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

First Monday in October

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
98 minutes
performer
Jill Clayburgh, Walter Matthau
director
Ronald Neame
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Jerome Lawrence

We gave it a B-

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-

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