- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 3, 2003
- Originally Released: 1973
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Dolby Digital Mono - French
- Dolby Digital Mono - Spanish
- Dolby Digital Stereo - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Robert C. Thompson - Producer
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Bonus Trailer - THE VERDICT
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1973 -
Best Supporting Actor: John Houseman
Description by OLDIES.com:
Timothy Bottoms stars in this powerful, moving story of a first-year Harvard Law School student who comes to terms with his dreams in America's most competitive school.
Serious and hard-working, Hart (Bottoms) finds he must survive much more than the pressures, all-night cramming and insecurities he expected. He becomes the fearful adversary of Kingsfield, the school's most imperious, witheringly sarcastic yet brilliant professor (John Houseman in an Oscar winning performance). Terrorizing some, inspiring others, the professor easily separates the men from the boys by the time the term is over. Hart's personal relationship with Knightsfield grows more complex when he discovers the girl he's fallen in love with is the professor's daughter (Lindsay Wagner).
Edward Herrmann and James Naughton are fellow students in James Bridges' acclaimed film based on the novel by John Jay Osborn, Jr.
Hart (Timothy Bottoms) is a Harvard Law School freshman whose problems are intensified when he falls in love with the daughter (Lindsay Wagner) of a tyrannical professor, played to the hilt by John Houseman. Based on the novel by John Jay Osborn Jr., THE PAPER CHASE follows the progression of a group of freshman struggling to stay afloat in a world of high pressure and immense competition, where top grades seem to be the difference between life and death. Hart is a slightly naive but bright midwesterner who must prove himself in the arena of Professor Kingsfield's (Houseman) brilliant but cruel classroom. Hart becomes obsessed with excelling in Kingsfield's class, pushing himself to the brink until he meets Susan (Wagner) and falls in love with her only to discover that she is Kingsfield's daughter. As Hart becomes more involved with Susan, he begins to question whether he really wants to become part of the system Harvard's preparing him for. The film is a dazzlingly authentic and moving depiction of the trials and tribulations of law school, brought to life by the breathtaking performance of legendary actor John Houseman in an Oscar-winning performance. Directed enthusiastically by James Bridges, THE PAPER CHASE is one of the greatest renderings of education ever captured on film.
The first year of law school is hell...especially for students doomed to the class of Professor Kingsfield, a cantankerous and highly sarcastic instructor at Harvard Law. But things can be even worse, as a first-year student discovers when he gets involved with Kingsfield's daughter.
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- The success of the movie led to a well-respected television series that again starred John Houseman as Professor Kingsfield.