The Paper Chase
First screened in July 2014
Director: James Bridges. Cast: Timothy Bottoms, John Houseman, Lindsay Wagner, Graham Beckel, James Naughton, Craig Richard Nelson, Edward Herrmann, Bob Lydiard, Regina Baff, Lenny Baker, Blair Brown, David Clennon, Richard Whelan, David B. Johns. Screenplay: James Bridges (based on the novel by John Jay Osborn, Jr.).

Twitter Capsule: Accepts odd view that stern professor constitutes existential crisis. Amazingly empty. Gordon Willis can't save it.

VOR:   It spawned a TV series, won an Oscar for John Houseman, and showcased the era's most important American cinematographer, and still I don't see much risk, originality, or nutritional value here.

Photo © 1973 20th Century Fox

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: D

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Supporting Actor: John Houseman
Best Adapted Screenplay: James Bridges
Best Sound: Donald O. Mitchell & Larry Jost

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Supporting Actor: John Houseman

Other Awards:
National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actor (Houseman)

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