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The Verdict -- A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.

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Director:
Writers:
Barry Reed (based upon the novel by)
David Mamet (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 December 1982 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the Best Courtroom Dramas of Cinema History See more (141 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Newman ... Frank Galvin

Charlotte Rampling ... Laura Fischer

Jack Warden ... Mickey Morrissey

James Mason ... Ed Concannon

Milo O'Shea ... Judge Hoyle

Lindsay Crouse ... Kaitlin Costello

Edward Binns ... Bishop Brophy
Julie Bovasso ... Maureen Rooney

Roxanne Hart ... Sally Doneghy

James Handy ... Kevin Doneghy

Wesley Addy ... Dr. Towler

Joe Seneca ... Dr. Thompson
Lewis J. Stadlen ... Dr. Gruber (as Lewis Stadlen)
Kent Broadhurst ... Joseph Alito

Colin Stinton ... Billy
Burtt Harris ... Jimmy - the Bartender
Scott Rhyne ... Young Priest
Susan Benenson ... Deborah Ann Kaye
Evelyn Moore ... Dr. Gruber's Nurse
Juanita Fleming ... Dr. Gruber's Maid
Jack Collard ... Bailiff
Ralph Douglas ... Clerk
Gregor Roy ... Jury Foreman
John Blood ... Funeral Director
Dick McGoldrick ... Manager of 2nd Funeral Parlor
Edward Mason ... Widow's Son
Patty O'Brien ... Irish Nurse #1
Maggie Task ... Irish Nurse #2
Joseph Bergmann ... Friedman
Herbert Rubens ... Abrams
J.P. Foley ... John - Cigar Stand
Leib Lensky ... Wheelchair Patient
H. Clay Dear ... Courthouse Lawyer (as Clay Dear)
J.J. Clark ... Courthouse Guard
Gregory Doucette ... Sheraton Bar Waiter (as Greg Doucette)
Tony La Fortezza ... Sheraton Bartender (as Tony LaFortezza)
Marvin Beck ... Sheraton Bar Patron
Herb Peterson ... Sheraton Bar Patron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tobin Bell ... Courtroom Observer (uncredited)

Kevin Fennessy ... Funeral Mourner (uncredited)

Willow Hale ... (uncredited)
Jon Hopwood ... Courtroom Observer (uncredited)
Cullen O. Johnson ... Bailiff (uncredited)

Bruce Willis ... Courtroom Observer (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
 
Writing credits
Barry Reed (based upon the novel by)

David Mamet (screenplay)

Jay Presson Allen  uncredited

Produced by
David Brown .... producer
Burtt Harris .... executive producer
Richard D. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny Mandel 
 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Bartkowiak (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter C. Frank  (as Peter Frank)
 
Production Design by
Edward Pisoni 
 
Art Direction by
John Kasarda 
 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Sr.  (as George DeTitta)
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Joe Cranzano .... makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... unit production manager
Jennifer Ogden .... unit manager (as Jennifer M. Ogden)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burtt Harris .... first assistant director
Ken Ornstein .... dga trainee
Robert E. Warren .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. .... prop master (as Joseph Caracciolo Jr.)
Edward Garzero .... scenic artist
John McDonnell .... props
Carlos Quiles .... construction foreman (as Carlos Quiles Sr.)
William Sohmer .... scenic artist
Dave Weinman .... set dresser (as David Weinman)
Joe Williams Sr. .... construction grip
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Mark Bachman .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Polly Wood-Holland .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Louis Cerborino .... sound editor (as Lou Cerborino)
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer
Frank Graziadei .... boom man
James Sabat .... sound mixer
Louis Sabat .... boom man
Maurice Schell .... sound editor
Harry Peck Bolles .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Mark Rathaus .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Goldman .... stillman
Gary Muller .... assistant cameraman
Hank Muller .... assistant cameraman
Robert Paone .... second assistant cameraman (as Bob Paone)
Ed Quinn .... dolly grip (as Eddie Quinn)
William H. Steiner .... camera operator (as William Steiner)
Dusty Wallace .... gaffer
Robert Ward .... key grip (as Bobby Ward)
Billy Kerwick .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William Loger .... wardrobe (as Bill Loger)
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
David Gelfand .... apprentice editor
Andrew Mondshein .... assistant editor (as Andrew Mondschein)
 
Music Department
Joel Moss .... music engineer
Miles Goodman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Angela Morley .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James Fanning .... transportation captain
Michael Avallon .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sally Brim .... production assistant
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Alexandra Decker .... locations
Eileen Eichenstein .... production office coordinator
Lilith Jacobs .... assistant: Mr. Lumet
Ellen Levene .... unit publicist
Kathleen McGill .... production auditor: Production Services, Ltd.
Chris Stoia .... locations
Todd Winters .... production assistant
 
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Runtime:
129 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
After the verdict was announced in the film, director Sidney Lumet filmed two versions of the ending. In one version, the final shots we see are of Newman's character walking away from the courtroom in a series of long shots, never seeing what happens after he leaves the courthouse. In the version that was used, we see a sequence after he leaves the courthouse.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Early in the film, Frank two-finger-types a note on a manual typewriter to tape on the door of his office suite. When we see the note, however, we can see that the typed letters are perfectly uniform in darkness and thickness, indicating that the note was actually typed on an electric typewriter.See more »
Quotes:
[the church has offered a check for $210,000 to settle the case]
Frank Galvin:How did you settle on the amount?
Bishop Brophy:We thought it was just.
Frank Galvin:You thought it was just?
Bishop Brophy:Yes.
Frank Galvin:Because it struck me, um, how neatly 'three' went into this figure: 210,000. That means I would keep seventy.
Bishop Brophy:That was our insurance company's recommendation.
Frank Galvin:Yes, that would be.
Bishop Brophy:Nothing we can do can make that woman well.
Frank Galvin:And no one will know the truth.
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best Courtroom Dramas of Cinema History, 7 March 2012
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Boston, the former successful lawyer Frank Galvin (Paul Newman) is presently a divorced and decadent alcoholic ambulance chaser, searching funerals in the obituary to get new clients.

His friend and former professor Mickey Morrissey (Jack Warden) brings one client to Frank, Deborah Ann Kaye (Susan Benenson), who reports that her sister lost her baby in the delivery and had brain damage in the St. Catherine Labouré Hospital due to the medical malpractice.

Frank meets Dr. Gruber (Lewis Stadlen), who tells that the woman received wrong anesthetic and drown in her own vomit due to negligence of Dr. Marx and the anesthetist Dr. Towler (Wesley Addy). Further, he offers to witness in court and Frank sees the chance of going to trial against the Archdiocese of Boston and win the case.

Frank goes to the hospital to take pictures of Deborah's sister and he is affected by the vegetative state of the woman. Out of the blue, Bishop Brophy (Edward Binns) summons Frank and offers an endowment of US$ 210,000.00 to drop the case. However Frank sees the chance to bring justice to the family; save his career and earn respect and he does not accept the small fortune.

Frank calls Mickey to help him in the investigation, but he finds difficulties, since his unethical opponent Ed Concannon (James Mason) anticipates his actions and Dr. Gruber mysteriously travels to the Caribbean to spend a week on vacation and Judge Hoyle (Milo O'Shea) tries to force him to accept the settling. Meanwhile Frank meets the gorgeous Laura Fischer (Charlotte Rampling) in a bar and they have a love affair. But when Mickey seeks cigarette in her purse, he makes a discovery that will hurt Frank.

"The Verdict" is one of the best courtroom dramas of cinema history with one of the best performances of Paul Newman. Directed by Sidney Lumet, "The Verdict" is also the third work of the talented David Mamet that wrote the great screenplay with an unusual (open) end for an American movie.

I saw this film in the 80's in the movie theater; than on VHS and today I have just seen on DVD and I realize that after almost thirty years, this film has not aged. The magnificent cast has top-notch performances and I love Charlotte Rampling in this film, who is also very elegant and beautiful. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "O Veredicto" ("The Verdict")

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