Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Verdict (1982)

Academy Awards, USA 1983

Best Picture
Richard D. Zanuck
David Brown
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Paul Newman
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
James Mason
Best Director
Sidney Lumet
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
David Mamet

Twentieth Century-Fox Film
Directed by Sidney Lumet
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Middle-aged, alcoholic lawyer Paul Newman, reduced to attending funerals in search of clients, is handed a lucrative medical malpractice case by an old friend. At first only interested in the settlement money, he turns it down when the facts lead to gross negligence by doctors at a prestigious Catholic hospital. Newman gives the performance of his career. Newman's case is not airtight, he had to resort to some courtroom theatrics, but his final argument to the jury gives one hope that the legal system still works.

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