The Paper Chase (1973)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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A first-year law student at Harvard Law School struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of his sternest professor.




  • Timothy Bottoms and Graham Beckel in The Paper Chase (1973)
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  • Timothy Bottoms and Lindsay Wagner in The Paper Chase (1973)
  • Timothy Bottoms and Graham Beckel in The Paper Chase (1973)
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16 September 1999 | Tequila-18
| How much are you willing to sacrifice?
As hard as it is to believe, this film makes studying exciting. The Paper Chase shows the difficulty of a first year law student. The endless studying sessions are followed by frustrating classroom encounters. The point of this film is that to succeed one must not sellout their ideals. People are changed by their experiences in this film. To win, one must place perspective on the pursuit of academic goals. Are good grades worth sacrificing love and friendship? Is flunking out truly the end of the world? At the end of the film Hart has come to realize that he has been just chasing after a paper diploma.

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