Video Review

First Monday in October (1981)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Movie Rated: R; With: Jill Clayburgh and Walter Matthau; 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 Sep 21, 1990 Published in issue #32 Sep 21, 1990 Order article reprints
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