The Paper Chase

The Paper Chase
The Paper Chase
  • PG
  • 1h 51m
  • 1973
Fresh85%
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Expecting only the basic pressures of attending Harvard Law School, a serious, hard-working student (Timothy Bottoms) finds himself the fearful adversary of the school's most imperious, sarcastic professor (John Houseman). Their relationship grows even more complex when the boy discovers that the girl he's in love with is the professor's daughter (Lindsay Wagner).
© 1973 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

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Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

The Paper Chase has some great performances, literate screenwriting, sensitive direction and hands...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Rotten

A muddled and slick 'youth' film.

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Vincent Canby
Rotten

By the end it has melted into a blob of clichs.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Love of learning is tops in classic law school tale.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Paper Chase is a 1973 college drama that shows its age. While the content is relatively mild -- some discussions between couples in bed, a bit of swearing and drinking -- the story won't be of interest to most kids. Teens might be able to identify with academic pressures, plus the messages that knowledge is its own reward and one must work hard to achieve a difficult goal are all positives for this age group.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 5, 1973
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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