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The Verdict -- An alcoholic Boston lawyer takes on a hopeless medical malpractice case in a desperate attempt to pursue justice and redeem his honor.
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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Barry Reed (based upon the novel by)
David Mamet (screenplay)
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17 December 1982 (USA) See more »
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 »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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  (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 Price

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
Crew verified as complete

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129 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Sidney Lumet didn't read the novel until after he did the movie because of David Mamet's screenplay.See more »
Factual errors: The case Concannon cites at a key moment is described with an incorrect legal form. For the United States legal reporter, the citation should be a whole number followed by "U.S." or "United States" and then another whole number, not a decimal.See more »
Frank Galvin:I changed my life today, what did you do?
Laura Fischer:I changed my room at the hotel.
Frank Galvin:Why did you do that?
Laura Fischer:TV didn't work.
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82 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
Newman amazing as drunken lawyer in story of redemption..., 10 March 1999
Author: Donald J. Lamb from Philadelphia, PA

The title of this movie is deceiving. THE VERDICT suggests a courtroom drama, something like TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, or INHERIT THE WIND. It does have some riveting court scenes, but what happens outside of court and to Paul Newman is the real attraction here. The title not only refers to the inevitable decision of the important case of the film, but also to how the Newman character is going to live the rest of his life. Should he sell out and take the easy settlement, or take the highly regarded archdiocese of Boston to court for real justice. These are the questions Newman must face in this profound drama that seems more like a picture of the 70's than an 80's film.

Director Sidney Lumet has dealt with the legal system before in his first film, 12 ANGRY MEN. He takes it to a more personal level and Paul Newman, one of the finest actors of the past 40 years, is the person to do it. He is a legend and he bares his soul as attorney Frank Galvin, a lonely, corrupt drunk whose license to practice law is hanging by a thread. Jack Warden plays his trusty assistant who gets him a case that could help Frank change his life. Warden, however, has had enough.

Newman plays an excellent drunk, even cracking an egg into an 8am beer to start his day. This is a dim looking movie, shot during a cold winter in Boston. There are no great shots, or even any emotionally-rousing speeches, but this is Lumet's style. It is plodding and we see into the life of a lawyer on the ropes. James Mason is perfect as the slimy defense lawyer. Newman is constantly underestimated because of past failures. He is a drunk, but he still has some tricks up his sleeve.

NOTE: Look closely at the closing argument given by Newman. In the background, you can glimpse a then-unknown Bruce Willis.

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