Paul’s Case

DVD Release: May 3, 2005
Paul’s Case


Lost in a world of fantasy, young working-class Paul dreams of escaping his dreary existence in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh. As fate would have it, Paul gets his chance by stealing some money and running off to glamorous New York City. Once there, Paul experiences everything he ever dreamed of, from a luxurious hotel suite to his first taste of champagne. However, when reality finally comes crashing down around him, Paul realizes the desperate course he must now take.

In a powerful and intense performance, Eric Roberts plays the title role in author Willa Cather’s “Paul’s Case.” As the tortured and tragic young man, Roberts brings to life this classic American story of a sensitive soul pitted against an uncaring and materialistic society.

Dove Review

This is a charming short story about a young man who daydreams of living the good life. When he is expelled from school, his father arranges for him to go to work. He steals $2,000 from his employer and uses it to take the train to New York City. Once in the big city, he indulges in all the things he has fantasized about: fine clothes, a suite at the Waldorf, going to the theater and dining out.

This is an interesting classic tale set in the early 1900s. It has a little mystery to it, but also reveals the tight societal structures of the times. We award this classic tale with the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12+

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: Jeez-1; D-1.
Violence: Father grabs his son; young man steals money from employer; young man has gun in suitcase.
Drugs: Smoking a pipe; smoking cigars; drinking champagne.
Nudity: Mild cleavage.
Other: Daydreaming about someone you are not.


Company: Monterey Media
Writer: Willa Cather
Director: Lamont Johnson
Producer: Robert Geller
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 52 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe