In Sidney Lumet's powerful courtroom drama The Verdict, Paul Newman stars as Frank Galvin, an alcoholic Boston lawyer who tries to redeem his personal and professional reputation by winning a difficult medical malpractice case. Frank, down on his luck, is presented with the case of his life when he is approached by the family of a woman who has been left in a coma following an operation in a large Catholic hospital. Helped by his assistant Mickey (Jack Warden), he agrees to take the case, hoping for a fast settlement. When he visits the victim in the hospital, he becomes emotionally involved, turns down a sizable settlement offer made by the hospital, and decides to bring the case to trial despite the formidable opposition of the Church and its lawyer, Newman (James Mason). He is also assisted by his new girlfriend, Laura (Charlotte Rampling), a woman who turns out to have an unusual past. Oscar-nominated for "Best Picture" and "Best Director" (Lumet) as well as for "Best Adapted Screenplay" (David Mamet from a novel by Barry Reed), The Verdict is an outstanding, if not very legally accurate, courtroom drama; Frank's decision to try the case without telling the family of the victim of the settlement offer would probably lead to his real-life disbarment. Paul Newman and James Mason give fine, Oscar-nominated performances, and Charlotte Rampling is quite good as the deceitful Laura, who never seems to turn down a drink.~Linda Rasmussen
Paul Newman: The Craft Of Acting
Milestones in cinema history: The Verdict
Sidney Lumet: The Craft Of Directing
Audio commentary with director Sidney Lumet And star Paul Newman
This film is brought up in books focused on writing good stories. The flawed hero played by Newman in an Oscar nominated role shows his journey for fixing the wrongs of a botched medical procedure that was covered up by the hospital and church and his inner struggle to fix his own flaws as an ambulance chasing lawyer. Look for a young Bruce Willis in the final courtroom scene sitting in the back behind Newman.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Timeless classic with great performances
Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
Story depicts the trial of a medical tragedy that shows how justice is determined through the courts.
One of Newman’s best performances.
Do yourself a favor and see this movie! Paul Newman is a down and out lawyer who is handed a pity case for easy bucks. But he isn’t comfortable with the settlement so he investigates and he gets more than he bargained for! Great movie and great cast!
I have wanted to buy this movie for quite a while. It was such a compelling story to watch, without having my train of thought broken up by commercials. I am looking for more movies at Best Buy's; their selection is wonderful!
When I saw this DVD at Best Buy, it was a no-brainer. I just had to buy it. Anything with Paul Newman in it had to be great. I was not disappointed. He was terrific, as usual. The supporting cast was also very good. I would definitely recommend this movie, whether you are a Paul Newman fan or not. If not, you will fast become one.