Verdict-Collectors Edition

Directed By: Sidney Lumet Starring: Paul Newman

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Product Overview

Frank Galvin (Paul Newman) is a boozy washed-up attorney with a losing streak a mile long. So when he's handed a lucrative out-of-court settlement, everyone expects him to take the money and run. But Frank is tired of running and recklessly brings the case to court...only to discover that if finding the whole truth is a little like trial an error, then finding real justice is a lot like trial by fire.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202973608
UPC 024543372295
UPC 14 00024543372295
Format DVD
Release Date 8/19/2014
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Substance Abuse
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Variety "...There are many fine performances and sensitive moral issues contained in [THE VERDICT]..." 11/24/1982
New York Times "...Newman delivers....A clever, suspenseful, entertaining movie..." 12/08/1982 p.C24
USA Today "...One of the most gripping courtroom dramas ever made..." 06/14/2002 p.9E
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] features a typically engaging performance from Newman..." 03/01/2007 p.125
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he bulk of the heavy dramatic in the play of emotions across Newman's craggy features. Few other stars have ever had the guts to sink to this whisky-soaked low." 05/01/2007 p.123
Sight and Sound "One of Lumet's best films, this David Mamet-scripted courtroom drama combines the liberal humanism found in the director's earlier 12 ANGRY MEN with a barbed, satirical edge." 07/01/2007 p.87
Sidney Lumet
Paul Newman
Cast & Crew
Andrzej Bartkowiak - Cinematographer
Barry Reed - Based On Novel By
Burtt Harris - Executive Producer
Charlotte Rampling - Actor
David Mamet - Screenplay
Edward Pisoni - Production Designer
Jack Warden - Actor
James Mason - Actor
John Kasarda - Art Director
Johnny Mandel - Original Music By
Paul Newman - Actor
Peter C. Frank - Editor
Richard D. Zanuck - Producer
Sidney Lumet - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1982
Catalog ID 2242623
UPC 00024543372295
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Nominee (1983) Golden Globe, Paul Newman, Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, James Mason, Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Sidney Lumet, Best Director - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, The Verdict, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, David Mamet, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Oscar, Paul Newman, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Sidney Lumet, Best Director,Oscar, Richard D. Zanuck, David Brown, Best Picture,Oscar, James Mason, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, David Mamet, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
ReviewSource Spirituality & Practice
Review Paul Newman, in an Academy Award caliber performance, is completely convincing as Frank Galvin...Sidney Lumet (the standout director of The Pawnbroker, Serpico, The Prince of the City) draws out top-drawer performances from the entire cast, especially Jack Warden as Mickey Morrissey, James Mason as the egregiously amoral Concannon, Milo O'Shea as the prejudiced Judge Hoyle, and Lindsay Crouse as the mystery woman in New York...The courtroom scenes in this Richard D. Zanuck/David Brown production are riveting. The artful cinematography of Andrzej Bartkowiak accents the film's theme of the forces of light doing battle against the forces of darkness...Newman's ethically eloquent and quietly intense closing speech to the jury is so compelling that it will take your breath away.
Reviewer Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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 scream that people should get off his back. No one who has ever been seriously hung over or needed a drink will fail to recognize the moment. It is the key to his character in "The Verdict," a movie about a drinking alcoholic who tries to pull himself together for one last step at salvaging his self-esteem...Some reviewers have found "The Verdict" a little slow moving, maybe because it doesn't always hum along on the thriller level. But if you bring empathy to the movie, if you allow yourself to think about what Frank Galvin is going through, there's not a moment of this movie that's not absorbing. "The Verdict" has a lot of truth in it, right down to a great final scene in which Newman, still drinking, finds that if you wash it down with booze, victory tastes just like defeat.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Newman,Paul
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Chuck O'Leary, Newman gives a brilliant performance in this powerful David and Goliath tale...
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews ...gripping courtroom drama.
Kerry Douglas Dye, ...great nailbiter of a drama...A magistratical must see.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...Newman gives one of his finest performances...
US Magazine ...stirring, entertaining impeccable cast.

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