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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:
8 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 »
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one of the best legal dramas ever See more (141 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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 (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
A number of high-profile actors were all considered for or wanted parts in this movie by virtue of the strength of the lead central role. These included Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Roy Scheider, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Robert Redford and William Holden. In the end the part was cast with Paul Newman.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Concannon states that the trial is due to start on February 19th. The year is presumably 1982, as that is the year written on Concannon's check to Laura. February 19, 1982 was a Friday. However, when Judge Hoyle is speaking to Concannon and Galvin before the trial, he states the trial will begin "next Thursday." (This error may be deliberate.)See more »
Quotes:
[Judge Hoyle is speaking with Concannon and Galvin about the case]
Judge Hoyle:Frank, what would you and your client take - right now, this very minute - to walk out of here, let this damn thing drop?
Frank Galvin:My client can't walk, your honor.
Judge Hoyle:I know full well she can't, Frank. You see the padre on your way out; he'll punch your ticket... you follow me?
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65 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
one of the best legal dramas ever, 20 June 2002
Author: Ajtlawyer from Richland, WA

"The Verdict" is simply one of the best legal dramas ever done. Of course much of what happens in the movie is unrealistic and wouldn't happen in a real case but the movie isn't a study in courtroom procedure (watch the fantastic "Anatomy of a Murder" for that) it is a study about redemption and in that respect it excels.

This movie captures Paul Newman's finest screen performance and that alone makes it an important movie. The scenes where Newman hardly says anything show how great an actor he is---his look of self-loathing when he's thrown out of the funeral home, his palsied hand and lost look when he's trying to drink his whiskey, his panic when Charlotte Rampling lambastes him for being a failure. Then throw into that his terrific courtroom scenes, his arguments with the judge in chambers, it is just a sensational performance all around.

The level of acting is high all around in this movie. James Mason was Oscar nominated for playing the silky smooth, totally corrupt defense attorney. Jack Warden shines as Frank Galvin's world-weary former law partner. Lindsey Crouse has a small role as a nurse but is given the most powerful and dramatic moment in the entire movie. Her cross-examination by James Mason is where the movie really shines and shows that Paul Newman can keep his ego in check. How many movies give the most powerful and dramatic moment of the film to one of the secondary players? How many lead actors would be willing to just sit there quiet in a chair while a bit player and the second male lead share the big moment? It was a bold decision by both Newman, director Sidney Lumet and writer David Mamet and it is unforgettable.

The movie shows the two extremes of the practice of law. James Mason's win-at-all-costs cheating and Paul Newman getting so emotionally wrapped up in the case that he is no longer protecting his client's interests and instead is out to settle his own personal scores. A great, great movie.

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