Cinema: Rushes: Aug. 31, 1981


One can only hope that Sandra O'Connor does not see this movie before her confirmation hearings. If she does, she may decide to withdraw her name from consideration as the first female appointee to the Supreme Court. One could scarcely blame her, so dismal does this fantasy—based on a hit play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee—make life on the big bench seem. Jill Clayburgh plays the perky, conservative new lady in chambers; Walter Matthau is the bearish liberal Justice with whom she has a tastefully tentative comedy-romance that...

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