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The Verdict (1982)

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

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Barry Reed (based upon the novel by), David Mamet (screenplay)
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Lewis J. Stadlen ... Dr. Gruber (as Lewis Stadlen)
Kent Broadhurst ... Joseph Alito
Colin Stinton ... Billy
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Storyline

Frank Galvin was once a promising Boston lawyer with a bright future ahead. An incident early in his career in which he was trying to do the right thing led to him being fired from the prestigious law firm with which he was working, almost being disbarred, and his wife leaving him. Continually drowning his sorrows in booze, he is now an ambulance chasing lawyer, preying on the weak and vulnerable, and bending the truth whenever necessary to make what few dollars he has, as he has only had a few cases in the last few years, losing the last four. His only friend in the profession is his now retired ex-partner, Mickey Morrissey, who gets Frank a case, his fee solely a percentage of what his clients are awarded. The case should net Frank tens of thousands of dollars by settling out of court, that money which would at least get him back on his feet. It is a negligence suit brought on behalf of Deborah Ann Kaye by her sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Kevin Doneghy, against St. Catherine... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Frank Galvin Has One Last Chance At A Big Case.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Será justicia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$54,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only dramatic narrative cinema movie starring Paul Newman and directed by Sidney Lumet, though Newman had appeared about a dozen years earlier in Lumet's documentary King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970). See more »

Goofs

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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Alternate Versions

NBC edited 33 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »

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Newman should have won the Oscar for this one.
12 February 2001 | by joseph tSee all my reviews

If Newman hadn't been up against Ghandi, he probably would have. I think the Academy realized their error and Newman's win for The Color of Money was really for his portrayal of Frank Galvin, in this well-done tale of moral decrepitude and ultimate redemption. Writer Mamet and Director Lumet are into heavy symbolism throughout, with the scene of the developing Poloroids of the victim (the case becomes clear in Galvin's mind), to Galvin's pilfering of a woman's mail to run down a lead on a potential witness. The closing statement of Newman's character to the jury is powerful.


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