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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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Release Date:
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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The difference between what is legal and what is just See more (146 total) »


  (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?

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 »
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 »
Judge Hoyle:It seems to me, a fellow's trying to come back, he'd take the settlement, get a record for himself. I, myself. would take it and run like a thief.
Frank Galvin:I'm sure you would.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Dallas: The Verdict (#8.24)" (1985)See more »


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45 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
The difference between what is legal and what is just, 13 November 2002
Author: budikavlan from Austin, Texas

I like that this film shows how the criminal justice system, solid though it is, has cracks that can prevent justice being done, and that the people participating in it have to have the courage to recognize them. This film has turned out to be a seminal one: legal drama has turned overwhelmingly to rumination of the moral interstices of the law like the one portrayed here. Without "The Verdict," we wouldn't have "The Practice." Gone are the days when all of Perry Mason's clients were innocent.

Paul Newman's performance has been justifiably enshrined in the pantheon of Circumstances When The Academy Dropped The Ball. But what made the film a truly emotional performance for me was Lindsay Crouse as the pivotal witness. The entire ensemble was flawless, as was the incredible atmosphere. "The Verdict" is probably too serious for some movie fans, and that's OK--no film can please everyone. But if you like to be given something to think about by your entertainments, this is the film for you.

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