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In [[Performer~P100370~Sidney Lumet~sidneylumet]]'s powerful courtroom drama The Verdict, [[Performer~P104390~Paul Newman~paulnewman]] 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 ([[Performer~P74681~Jack Warden~jackwarden]]), 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 ([[Performer~P227844~James Mason~jamesmason]]). He is also assisted by his new girlfriend, Laura ([[Performer~P58664~Charlotte Rampling~charlotterampling]]), 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" ([[Performer~P100953~David Mamet~davidmamet]] 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. [[Performer~P104390~Paul Newman~paulnewman]] and [[Performer~P227844~James Mason~jamesmason]] give fine, Oscar-nominated performances, and [[Performer~P58664~Charlotte Rampling~charlotterampling]] is quite good as the deceitful Laura, who never seems to turn down a drink. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

  • Release date:December 8, 1982

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Murray Schisgal Best Screenplay 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Brown Best Picture 1982 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association James Mason Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Mason Best Supporting Actor 1982 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Paul Newman Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Newman Best Actor 1982 Nominee
National Board of Review Sidney Lumet Best Director 1982 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sidney Lumet Best Director 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sidney Lumet Best Director 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard D. Zanuck Best Picture 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Mamet Best Adapted Screenplay 1982 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Sidney Lumet
Director
Burtt Harris
Producer
Richard D. Zanuck
Producer
David Brown
Producer
David Mamet
Screenwriter
Andrzej Bartkowiak
Cinematographer
Johnny Mandel
Composer (Music Score)
Peter C. Frank
Editor
Joseph M. Caracciolo, Jr.
Production Designer
Edward Pisoni
Production Designer
John Kasarda
Art Director
Burtt Harris
First Assistant Director
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