By Terry Catchpole
Updated September 21, 1990 at 04:00 AM EDT
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First Monday in October

type
  • Movie

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-

First Monday in October

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 98 minutes
director
  • Ronald Neame

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