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The 1973 Film of the Book by John Jay Osborn, adapted and directed by James Bridges. A first-year student at Harvard Law School, James Hart (Timothy Bottoms) struggles to balance his course load and a covert romance with the daughter (Lindsay Wagner) of his most rigorous professor (John Houseman).

There was also a TV series from 1978-79 (CBS) and 1983-86 (Showtime). Houseman reprised his role, while Hart was played by James Stephens.

The Paper Chase features examples of: Edit

  • Blessed with Suck: Kevin has a photographic memory, which is absolutely useless for analyzing matters of law.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: "You... are a son of a bitch, Kingsfield!"
  • Fanservice: Two group shower scenes, one solo shower scene, and a handful of scenes featuring a Speedo-clad Hart at the pool or beach.
  • Ho Yay: Ford's "Wanna get drunk?" invitation to Hart may be ambiguous, but the latent acrimony between Bell and O'Connor reeks of a failed affair.
  • Improbably High IQ: Ford casually tries to impress Hart by citing his IQ of 190. He fails, because Hart's genius undergrad roommate couldn't pass the LSAT.
  • John Williams: Composed the original music.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Hart idolizes Professor Kingsfield, who doesn't even admit to recognizing him at the end of the school year.

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