The Verdict is a American legal drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and written by David Mamet from Barry Reed's novel of the same name. It stars Paul. A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden. Vote for most unfair Best Picture verdict!. 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. The first courtroom drama in years to recapture the.
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.
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Full Cast and Crew. A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. Barry Reed based upon the novel by , David Mamet screenplay. The Incredible Way 'Alita: Battle Angel' Came to Life. Road to the Oscars: Share this Rating Title: The Verdict 7. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.
Vote for most unfair Best Picture verdict! Nominated for 5 Oscars. Learn more More Like This. An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. Prince of the City The Color of Money Absence of Malice Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: 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 Frank's break comes when he discovers that Kaitlin Costello, the nurse who admitted his client to the hospital, is now a preschool teacher in New York.
Frank travels there to seek her help, leaving Mickey and Laura working together in Frank's office. Mickey discovers the check from Concannon in her handbag and infers that Laura is a mole , providing information to the opposing lawyers.
Mickey flies to New York to tell Frank of Laura's betrayal. Shortly thereafter, Frank confronts Laura, striking her and knocking her to the floor. Mickey later suggests it would be easy to get the case declared a mistrial. But Frank decides to continue. Costello testifies that, shortly after the patient had become comatose, the anesthesiologist one of the two doctors on trial, along with the archdiocese of Boston told her to change her notes on the admitting form to hide his fatal error.
She had written down that the patient had had a full meal only one hour before being admitted. The doctor had failed to read the admitting notes. Thus, in ignorance, he gave her an anesthetic that should never be given to a patient with a full stomach. As a result, the patient vomited and choked. Costello further testifies that, when the anesthesiologist realized his mistake, he met with Costello in private and forced her to change the number "1" to the number "9" on her admitting notes.
But before she made the change Costello had made a photocopy of the notes, which she brought with her to court. Concannon quickly turns the situation around by getting the judge to declare the nurse's testimony stricken from the record on technicalities. Feeling that his case is hopeless, Frank gives a brief but passionate closing argument. While the jury is out, a diocese lawyer praises Concannon's performance to the defendant bishop, who asks "but do you believe her?
The jury finds in favor of Frank's clients. The foreman then asks the judge whether the jury can award more than the amount the plaintiffs sought. The judge resignedly replies that they can. As Frank is congratulated, he catches a glimpse of Laura watching him across the atrium.
That night, Laura, in a drunken stupor on her bed, drops her whiskey on the floor, drags the phone toward her, and dials Frank. As the phone rings, Frank sits in his office with a cup of coffee.
He moves to answer it, but ultimately does not. Film rights to the novel were bought by the team of Richard Zanuck and David Brown. A number of actors, including Roy Scheider , William Holden , Frank Sinatra , Cary Grant and Dustin Hoffman , expressed interest in the project because of the strength of the lead role. Arthur Hiller was originally attached to direct and David Mamet hired to write a screenplay. Neither Zanuck-Brown nor Hiller liked Mamet's script, so Hiller left the project and the producers commissioned another screenplay, from Jay Presson Allen.
The producers liked this script and were approached by Robert Redford , who liked the project but did not like Allen's script. Redford suggested they hire James Bridges as a writer-director and Bridges wrote several drafts of the screenplay, but Redford was not happy with any of them and Bridges left the project. Redford then began having meetings with Sydney Pollack without telling the producers; irritated, they fired Redford.
Zanuck and Brown then hired Sidney Lumet to direct, sending him all versions of the script. After several rewrites, Lumet decided the story's original grittiness was fast devolving and chose Mamet's original script.
This was agreed to by Paul Newman, who ultimately agreed to star. Bruce Willis has an uncredited background appearance as an extra in the final courtroom scene, in one of his first film appearances. Tobin Bell also appears, to Willis's right.
There is a moment in "The Verdict" when Paul Newman walks into a room and shuts the door and trembles with anxiety and with the inner. The Verdict is a courtroom drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and written by David Mamet, based on a novel by Barry Reed and starring Paul Newman. korean-war.info: The Verdict: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O'Shea, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Binns, Julie Bovasso.