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The Verdict

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Original title
The Verdict
Running time
124 min.
United States United States
David Mamet (Novel: Barry Reed)
Johnny Mandel
Andrzej Bartkowiak
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20th Century Fox
Drama | Courtroom Drama. Alcoholism
Synopsis / Plot
Sidney Lumet directs Paul Newman as an alcoholic lawyer whose once-promising legal career is on the skids and who gets and one last chance to prove himself in this tense courtroom drama. Frank Galvin (Newman) can't even scare up clients anymore until a colleague Mickey Morrissey (Jack Warden) helps him out by passing a routine malpractice case his way. Frank is just going through the motions until he meets the victim, a woman who has suffered complications during childbirth and is now reduced to a permanently comatose state. Rejecting the Catholic hospital's offer of a financial settlement, Frank decides to take the case to court, battling both for his client's rights and for his own dignity. Newman gives the finest performance of his career. James Mason is perfect as Edward J. Concannon the slimy lawyer for the defense. David Mamet provides the face-paced, honest, and suspenseful screenplay. Shot sparsely in gray tones in the cold climate of a Boston winter, the film was deservedly nominated for five Academy Awards.
1982: Academy Awards: 5 Nominations, including Best Movie, Director and Actor (Newman)
1982: Golden Globes: 5 Nominations, including Best Film - Drama
1982: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Actor (Paul Newman)
1982: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Drama Screenplay
1982: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nom. Best Supp. Actor (Mason) & Cinem.
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