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Hart is a confused first year law student at Harvard. He is trying to survive the year under his strictest professer, the legendary Kingsfield. With the help of some of his classmates in his study group, Hart becomes one of the smartest students in his class. His reputation with Kingsfield is diminished, however, when he finds out the girl he has been seeing is Kingfields daughter. Will Hart perform to the best of his ability with Kingsfield watching his every move?
This review is from: The Paper Chase [VHS] (VHS Tape) The product came in excellent condition, exactly as described in the Amazon posting. The only problem was I had ordered the wrong product -and I was to blame. Once I explained my oversight, the seller was very gracious about it and worked with me to rectify the problem. Because the process was so immediate and painless, I would definitely consider purchasing from this seller again.
This review is from: The Paper Chase (DVD) Belive it or not, my Contracts professor loves this movie. I on the other hand, do not. The movie was pretty slow and I don't really believe it accurately portrays the current law school experience. I could make for a good movie to scare potential law students and it may make for a good movie for someone who doesn't believe law school acutally was, and sometimes still it, like this. I felt the movie was really slugish, it just wasn't entertaining.
I don't know whether this film was an accurate representation of law school, though it certainly did manage to portray the overwhelming air of superiority that emanates from all the lawyers I've ever met. Perhaps "Arrogance 1101 - 4101" is a series of courses embedded in a typical law school curriculum. There's definitely no reason to doubt that, based upon the behavior of all the lawyers with whom I have come into contact.Law school aside, the movie was weak in its presentation of the Hart-Susan relationship. It was sublimely accurate during the episode in the park, when Hart told Susan that she was failing to provide him "sustenance." He reclined on a blanket and closed his eyes, and she abruptly, silently departed the scene. He awoke hours later, bewildered that she was nowhere around. Every reasonable viewer thought, "Good for her, that's exactly what this arrogant little flake deserves." Then, however, upon encountering Hart at a party in her professor-father's home, she immediately accepts him back into her life, and they pick up right where they'd left off. A real-life woman with her experience (she was divorced, having been married to a law student for two years) would not have wasted another moment of thought on a little worm like Hart. But then again, they had to have some romance in the plot, thus Susan kept coming back to him.
This review is from: The Paper Chase (DVD) One of the more thought provoking and stimulating movies of the seventies, year one Harvard Law. This film didn't become a blockbuster because it was too intellectual.Viewers could not digest all the brain food from this really good film. Great acting good story and John Houseman...
warning- possible spoilers.......... Professor Kingsfield is theworld's leading scholar of contract law and the toughest, most fearedteacher in the Harvard Law School of the late 1960s. Enter thebrilliant but naive James Hart, law student from Minnesota and would-beKingsfield fan. Professor Kingsfield uses a variation of the Socraticmethod- the case study approach. Students teach themselves the contentof the law, but Kingsfield uses "socratic" questioning to develop thestudents' analytical skills. Kingsfield is emotionally abusive in hisapproach, but such "tough love" is necessary to prepare these neophytesand ingÃ©nues to face a real judge in a real courtroom. Hart alsosuffers from time management problems due to his on-again, off-againrelationship with a very special married woman. See the movie. It is aclassic. (note- my college history prof, much nicer than Kingsfield,used to socratic method to great effect. But one needs a great teacherand interested students who will actually read and think.)
This review is from: The Paper Chase (Amazon Instant Video) John Houseman was given an Academy Award for his portrayal of Professor Kingsfield in the movie version of Paper Chase and he certainly deserved it. I think he was even better in the television version of Paper Chase. Almost every graduate student in every college in the land has had a Professor that reminds them of Professor Kingsfield. No true-false or multiple choice for professors like Kingsfield. These professors will rip a student to shreds no matter what position the student takes on a question. When the professor gets the student to agree with his position, he will take the student's original position.A professor at the University of Illinois was my "Kingfield." He had individual one hour interviews with each student in the class at the end of the semester. His last question to me was "Will you enroll in any more of my classes in the future", I replied that his class was outstanding and that I had learned more in that one class than all my other classes combined BUT I said I didn't know if my 23 year old heart could take it.
This picture holds up after 40 YEARS!!! I watched it with my daughter and she loved it as well. Is the old TV show based on this film available on DVD?
If you've spent even a day at law school, you'll find this moviefascinating. (I know there's at least one Contracts professor out therewho is the polar opposite of Kingsfield, though.) However, I think thismovie betrays its early 1970s roots by going a little too overboard oncertain things, particularly Hart's relationship with the LindsayWagner character, and I particularly found the ending goofy, a littletoo "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" for me. However, words can't expresshow deserving John Houseman was of his Oscar for this performance (Ididn't see much of the TV series), and all the commercial gigs that hisperformance in this movie later spawned.
I shall recite the facts of the case, forthwith. An idealistic firstyear law student from the Midwest, named Hart (Timothy Bottoms), alongwith several other students find themselves unprepared for the academicrigors of Harvard Law School. Their insecurities bump up against thehigh standards of the renowned and intimidating Professor Kingsfield(John Houseman) who teaches a class in contract law. Further, Harthappens to become romantically involved with a woman named Susan(Lindsay Wagner) who initially fails to tell Hart that she isKingsfield's daughter. Complications ensue."The Paper Chase" is a rather slow moving drama laced with occasionalhumor. The dispassionate story is simple and straightforward, ifperhaps slightly contrived. It lacks emotional intensity, especially bytoday's standards. But that's somewhat to be expected for a settingthat is so cloistered and cerebral. Characters are stereotypical, butstill interesting.And the "heart" of the story is the discourse between student andprofessor, especially as Hart relates, or fails to relate, to thedemanding Kingsfield, a man who never smiles. Kingsfield has aone-track mind. He lives, breathes, and sleeps contract law. He expectshis students to do the same. Always impersonal, he's like anintellectual robot. And half the fun of the film is listening to JohnHouseman's monologues, as he "fills the room with (Kingsfield's)intelligence".The film's color cinematography is fine; camera "takes" are very long.The film's visuals do look dated. Guys have long hair. And students use... typewriters -- yikes! Background music is intermittent and mostlyclassical. Overall acting is fine. Both Timothy Bottoms and LindsayWagner give credible performances. And, of course, John Houseman isterrific. I can't imagine anyone else in that role.Low-key, and nostalgic in its view of education, "The Paper Chase" is agood film to watch for its high technical quality, for its theme of theindividual trying to measure up to society's expectations, and ofcourse for the wonderful performance of John Houseman.
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I concur with the AFI. One of the 100 most inspiring movies of all times (specially if you are a lawyer or a law student).
Story of Bottoms and cohorts trying to make it through first year ofHarvard Law. Of anything I ever saw this is the one movie that made mewant to go to law school. It's one of those treasured movies I feellike I lived; I actually used to set my watch, sit back and smilebefore my exams just like my boy Timothy. Bottoms perfectly capturesthe feel of a smart, hip and modest kid from the sticks trying to hangtough in the pressure cooker. Houseman was a behind-the-scenes movieguy who became an overnight sensation with his portrayal of thebrilliant, caustic Professor Kingsfield. Wagner is hauntingly beautifulas Bottom's elusive love interest. I don't know how someone firstviewing this film today would look at it, but it still has a classic,timeless quality for me and I highly recommend it.
We previewed this movie in my Judicial Process course at the University of Louisville. While we only were able to watch about 3 minutes of the movie, it peaked my interest to where I ordered it via Kindle. It is an interesting movie, but I don't like the ending at all. However, my professor who did go to lawyer school says the movie brings back fond memories for her.
When you first enter law school, you hear the inside jokes surrounding this movie. Your friends joke about how your Contracts professor (or any professor) is imitating Kingsfield. You wonder why anyone would be so asinine to hide a book in a law library. You scoff and worry about the advice not to date anyone in your section, your law school, or your immediate vicinity period. If anyone told me that this movie would answer some of those questions and worries so poignantly, and do it in a way that would prove entertaining -- even to those wise/foolish enough to avoid pursuing a J.D. -- I would not have believed it. This movie has everything and then some for a curious 1L or for anyone wanting a more sobering film about law school that's not Legally Blonde I/II. Watching The Paper Chase is a rite of passage for any J.D. candidate in the United States.
This review is from: The Paper Chase (DVD) Saw this film some time ago...and needed it for my film collection. As a part of my personal program of "going to the source', attended a meet the director and actor in person. And did ask him a question or three!!!
The year was 1973. The top ten films of that year were sure fire Oscarcontenders and some were one of the highest grossing pictures of thatyear. The Best Pictures of 1973 were "American Graffiti","The Sting","The Exorcist","Save The Tiger","Cries and Whispers","Paper Moon","Cinderella Liberty","The Way We Were","Papillon","Serpico","The LastDetail","A Touch Of Class",not to mention the several movies thatshattered the box office receipts that were the best of the genre,theaction flick/marital arts adventure smash hit "Enter The Dragon",andthe Southern crime drama "Walking Tall",and the musical "Jesus ChristSuperstar". The movie that took home the statues that year was "TheSting",which won seven Oscars including The Best Picture of thatyear,1973.And the one movie that defined a generation,even some who have neverseen it,it is still one breathtaking piece of cinematic work,and even30 years after its release,it still has that impact,and that motionpicture,"The Paper Chase" still holds that stance to this day. This wasa film that had some great performances,literate screenwriting,sensitive direction and handsome production. This was a tale ofa young law school student from Minnesota,in his first year of Law atHarvard,is confused by his professional calling versus his innerevolution as a human being,may seemed a bit timeless yet dated,butinstead goes into the vortex of his experiences as a student as he goesthrough the motions here,which gets the audience a series of sidewaysthough entertaining of the thespian declamations. James Bridges directshis own adaptation of the novel by Jay Osborn. Jr. But the performanceshere are sensational,with Timothy Bottoms,who is excellent as thepuzzled law student,Lindsay Wagner as the girl who plays not only hislove interest,but is the daughter of a tyrannical college professor.But the one who steals the show is John Houseman,who won the Oscar forBest Supporting Actor in 1973 gives a outstanding performance as ahard-nosed but urbane law professor. A man who looms over students likea quietly arrogant Goliath. The three players here constitute thepervading plot triangle that gives the picture its intensity-Housemanas the classroom dictator,Bottoms the uncertain supplicant,andWagner,who plays Houseman's daughter. This is a film that in someplaces,particularly on college campuses in shown as a midnight moviefor student and it is available on video for those who really want toknow what the experiences of being a law student is really like. A mustsee. It is to note,that Houseman later replayed his role of the collegeprofessor in a much-respected and Emmy nominated television seriesbased on "The Paper Chase",which ran for six years on television.
As hard as it is to believe, this film makes studying exciting. The PaperChase shows the difficulty of a first year law student. The endlessstudyingsessions are followed by frustrating classroom encounters. The point ofthisfilm is that to succeed one must not sellout their ideals. People arechanged by their experiences in this film. To win, one must placeperspective on the pursuit of academic goals. Are good grades worthsacrificing love and friendship? Is flunking out truly the end of theworld?At the end of the film Hart has come to realize that he has been justchasing after a paper diploma.
1L at Minnesota here and, yes, law school can really be like thissometimes. (Absent having the Bionic Woman randomly throw herself atyou, that is...it's not real fertile ground for single guys like me,but what the hell...). I've had very Kingsfield-like professors. I haveone of them right now. I also understand Mr. Hart's absolute joy atfinally giving a really good answer to one of Kingsfield's questionsand being recognized for it by his classmates. THAT happens all thetime. Someone will knock a question in con law or property or somethingclean out of the park, and the rest of us will thank that person.I also appreciate the unfortunate Mr. Bell. Obsession with property lawhappens to the best of us...at least half of my section is fixated onworking through this stuff and not letting down our lovely professor.Of course, we don't need 600-page outlines like Bell's because she's,more or less, distilled everything you ever need to know about realproperty into eight pages, but approaches might differ. Don't get mestarted on the Rule Against Perpetuities...If you're thinking of going to law school or know anyone who's in lawschool, you ought to watch this movie to get some understanding of whatit's really like. (I know the Mr. Hart feeling first hand...day one ofcivil procedure began: "Mr. Coates, what was the travel of the case inGoldberg v. Kelly?") Just don't take the romantic scenes too seriously,except for the one at the end where (SPOILER ALERT!) Hart redeemshimself as a human being, and pay close attention to the classroomscenes with John Houseman. Also, the case law is mostly correct, and Iappreciate that kind of attention to detail.
My ex dragged me to this flick--my tastes at the time ran to James Bond, Eastwood, sci fi--"guy stuff". I had seen John Houseman in a number of TV guest roles and he was always typecast in "arisocratic bad guy" roles, the looming intimidating Brit or brahmin. The northeastern equivalent of the way Logan Ramsey always played Southern big shots who called you "boy" in that menacing tone. Timothy Bottoms had always struck me as the "spare Ryan O'Neal" and Lindsay Wagner wasn't yet the Bionic Woman. So I wasn't expecting much. Especially since neither I nor my ex were lawyer buffs.Bottoms stars as James Hart, a Harvard Law student who is getting into the phase where law school starts to really get tough. Where certain professors take on the aspects of deities. Wagner plays Hart's girlfriend, as well as (unbeknownst to Hart until he's getting serious about her) the daughter of his most feared professor Charles Kingsfield, played by this film's real star John Houseman. He's one of those classroom tyrants who verbally and coldly dissects students the way a Biology prof would do a frog. For example (no way am I going to drop a full-fledged "spoiler" in here), watch for the scene where Kingsfield nails Hart's classmate (and Kingsfield wannabe" of his study group), the oafish know-it-all Bell, who disagrees with the fairness of an inheritance law called "The Dead Man Statute". I guarantee you will fall out laughing the way the rest of the class did at Kingsfield's punch line. Houseman steals the whole show in the film in general, so much that a two-season TV series was spun off from this film, with Houseman billed as the lead. And of course we all remember his investment firm ads--for the company that made money the old=fashioned way--by EARNING it.
AS I said Chase this Paper down, it is worth it if you love great films!This small film won actor/producer John Houseman his best supporting Oscar for his playing the character of Professor Kingsfield. I start off with that fact because you can see this fact while the film unfolds before you. This movie is John Houseman tout de force all the way. Kingsfield plays a teacher's teacher..he runs the students thru their paces. Timothy Bottoms plays Hart, a young law student who is dazed by all the excitement of his first year. He meets Susan ( who isa played by a very young, prew-Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner) who Hart finds out is Kingsfield's daughter. It is an amazing character study of the first year of law school and those who teach them. Note this film also has the talents of James Naughton and Edward Herrmann in their early tv/film careers. Worth every second of film. It barely date himself, and it was released in 1973Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD