After decades of treating the Supremes with kid’s gloves in movies and TV, maybe it’s time to get down and get dirty with these super villains.
When you think about it, Hollywood hasn’t made many movies about the Supreme Court. In fact, there’s only one I remember who actually walked into the judge’s room and turned the Supremes into living, breathing characters. That would be “First Monday in October,” a welcoming 1981 comedy in which Walter Matthau plays a fiery liberal judge who confronts a younger, conservative newcomer played by Jill Clayburgh.
One of the big plot twists in the film is that a president has the audacity to put a woman on the bench—like that could happen — but the joke turns out to be with the filmmakers. Just one month after the premiere of the image, Ronald Reagan went ahead and made Sandra Day O’Connor the first real female chief justice.
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