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The Verdict
Paul Newman and Charlotte Rampling




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Sidney Lumet directs Paul Newman as an alcoholic lawyer whose once-promising legal career is on the skids and who gets and one last chance to prove himself in this tense courtroom drama. Frank Galvin (Newman) can't even scare up clients anymore until a colleague Mickey Morrissey (Jack Warden) helps him out by passing a routine malpractice case his way. Frank is just going through the motions until he meets the victim, a woman who has suffered complications during childbirth and is now reduced to a permanently comatose state. Rejecting the Catholic hospital's offer of a financial settlement, Frank decides to take the case to court, battling both for his client's rights and for his own dignity. Newman gives the finest performance of his career. James Mason is perfect as Edward J. Concannon the slimy lawyer for the defense. David Mamet provides the face-paced, honest, and suspenseful screenplay. Shot sparsely in gray tones in the cold climate of a Boston winter, the film was deservedly nominated for five Academy Awards.

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Overview

Sidney Lumet directs Paul Newman as an alcoholic lawyer whose once-promising legal career is on the skids and who gets and one last chance to prove himself in this tense courtroom drama. Frank Galvin (Newman) can't even scare up clients anymore until a colleague Mickey Morrissey (Jack Warden) helps him out by passing a routine malpractice case his way. Frank is just going through the motions until he meets the victim, a woman who has suffered complications during childbirth and is now reduced to a permanently comatose state. Rejecting the Catholic hospital's offer of a financial settlement, Frank decides to take the case to court, battling both for his client's rights and for his own dignity. Newman gives the finest performance of his career. James Mason is perfect as Edward J. Concannon the slimy lawyer for the defense. David Mamet provides the face-paced, honest, and suspenseful screenplay. Shot sparsely in gray tones in the cold climate of a Boston winter, the film was deservedly nominated for five Academy Awards.

Main Cast & Crew

Sidney Lumet - Director
Paul Newman
Charlotte Rampling
James Mason
Jack Warden
Milo O'Shea
Lindsay Crouse
Edward Binns
Julie Bovasso
Roxanne Hart
James Handy

 

Details

Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Run Time: 129
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543832096
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: June 2002

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Law/Lawyers
Suspense
Thriller
Substance Abuse
Recommended
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Essential Cinema

 

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Theatrical Release: December 8, 1982

Reviews:
"...There are many fine performances and sensitive moral issues contained in [THE VERDICT]..." - 11/24/1982 Variety


"...Newman delivers....A clever, suspenseful, entertaining movie..." - 12/08/1982 New York Times, p.C24


"...One of the most gripping courtroom dramas ever made..." - 06/14/2002 USA Today, p.9E


3 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] features a typically engaging performance from Newman..." - 03/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.125


4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he bulk of the heavy dramatic lifting...is in the play of emotions across Newman's craggy features. Few other stars have ever had the guts to sink to this whisky-soaked low." - 05/01/2007 Total Film, p.123


"One of Lumet's best films, this David Mamet-scripted courtroom drama combines the liberal humanism found in the director's earlier 12 ANGRY MEN with a barbed, satirical edge." - 07/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.87


"[The film] features the most impressive performance the acting giant ever game....The performance is all internal detonations and quiet determination." -- Grade: A - 05/03/2013 Entertainment Weekly

 

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