The Verdict

The Verdict

Director: Sidney Lumet Cast: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden
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The Verdict

In Sidney Lumet's powerful courtroom drama The Verdict, Paul Newman stars as Frank Galvin, an alcoholic Boston lawyer who tries to redeem his personal and professional reputation by winning a difficult medical malpractice case. Frank, down on his luck, is presented with the case of his life when he is approached by the family of a woman who has been left in a coma following an operation in a large Catholic hospital. Helped by his assistant Mickey (Jack Warden), he agrees to take the case, hoping for a fast settlement. When he visits the victim in the hospital, he becomes emotionally involved, turns down a sizable settlement offer made by the hospital, and decides to bring the case to trial despite the formidable opposition of the Church and its lawyer, Newman (James Mason). He is also assisted by his new girlfriend, Laura (Charlotte Rampling), a woman who turns out to have an unusual past. Oscar-nominated for "Best Picture" and "Best Director" (Lumet) as well as for "Best Adapted Screenplay" (David Mamet from a novel by Barry Reed), The Verdict is an outstanding, if not very legally accurate, courtroom drama; Frank's decision to try the case without telling the family of the victim of the settlement offer would probably lead to his real-life disbarment. Paul Newman and James Mason give fine, Oscar-nominated performances, and Charlotte Rampling is quite good as the deceitful Laura, who never seems to turn down a drink.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2002
UPC: 0024543042174
Original Release: 1982
Rating: R
Source: 20th Century Fox
Sales rank: 14,269

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Sidney Lumet and Paul Newman; Featurette; Theatrical trailer; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 1.85:1); Audio: English stereo, English mono, French mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Frank Galvin
Charlotte Rampling Laura Fischer
Jack Warden Mickey Morrissey
James Mason Ed Concannon
Milo O'Shea Judge Hoyle
Edward Binns Bishop Brophy
Julie Bovasso Maureen Rooney
Lindsay Crouse Kaitlin Costello Price
Roxanne Hart Sally Doneghy
Wesley Addy Dr. Towler
Kent Broadhurst Joseph Alito
Colin Stinton Billy
Joy Todd Actor
Maggie Task Irish Nurse
Herb Peterson Sheridan Patrons
James Handy Dick Doneghy
Joe Seneca Dr. Thompson
Lewis J. Stadlen Dr. Gruber
Burtt Harris Jimmy the Bartender
Evelyn Moore Dr. Gruber's Nurse
Juanita Fleming Dr. Gruber's Maid
Ralph Douglas Clerk
John Blood Funeral Director
Edward Mason Widow's Son
Leib Lensky Wheelchair Patient
H. Clay Dear Courthouse Lawyer
Tony La Fortezza Sheraton Bartender
Marvin Beck Sheraton Bar Patron
Bruce Willis Courtroom observer (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
David Brown Producer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Production Designer
Peter C. Frank Editor
Burtt Harris Asst. Director,Producer
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
John Kasarda Art Director
David Mamet Screenwriter
Johnny Mandel Score Composer
Edward Pisoni Production Designer
Richard D. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. A Hearse Chaser
3. A Barfly
4. A Client
5. Dr. Gruber
6. The Archdiocese
7. Advice
8. The Opposition
9. Laura
10. The Judge
11. The Jury
12. Things Go Bad
13. Witnesses
14. Frank Loses Hope
15. The Trial
16. A Meeting
17. The Admitting Nurse
18. A Spy
19. Back in Court
20. Cross-Examination
21. Summation
22. End Titles

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The Verdict 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mike-s More than 1 year ago
This is the ONE......Newman should have won the Best Actor Oscar for this film, not 'The Color of Money". Granted when you are given the role of a down and out lawyer, who drinks to excess it makes it very easy to pull off a great performance, Newman does this and MORE.I think if you watch this and also ..."Money", I think you will agree that this is one of his best performances. Jack Warden and James Mason are more than adaquate as Newman's friend and advisary.