His desire for a larger settlement influences his decision to bring the case to trial. Bit by bit, Frank comes to believe that the cards are stacked against him. Frank is an attorney in his fifties. He is a slouch, a drunk, and an ambulance chaser. He had a promising career when he was younger, but he was framed for jury tampering and his life went downhill from there. She lures Frank by playing hard to get and worms her way into his heart, being something she is not. Because Laura is attractive, new to town, and recently hired to work for the defense team—thereby not associated with them directly, she can seduce Frank and find out his secrets.
It seems to Laura that she can overcome her internal conflicts if she ignores new information and just bases her decision to continue as a spy by weighing the pros long term advancement with a reputable law firm versus the cons temporary assignment on a disagreeable case. Laura remains a spy long past the time she has found it completely despicable due to her ability to stick with the commitment she made to the law firm.
Laura gets more and more conflicted as she sees Franks case getting weaker and weaker due to her feeding the defense team all of his strategies without his knowledge. Laura is an attractive woman in her thirties.
Not a second of filler I this film, thanks to Mamet, Lumet and the whole cast. On a zero to ten scale, it goes off the sheet. I read the book, which was very good, and the move adaptation is brilliant. The director Sydney Lumet did a great job with this story and they also had one of the great writers, David Mamet, who wrote the screenplay. All of the acting is very good but this was easily Paul Newman's best performance. Before this film I didn't think he was a great actor, but he should have won the Academy Award for this film.
Charlotte Rampling plays Newman's lover in this and she has tremendous screen presence. Although this film was made in , it is not dated at all. Newman plays an attorney, burnt-out and world-weary, who is given a case that should carry him easily and financially for a long while. Instead, the attorney earnestly against his lack of drive investigates, deciding that the lawsuit should go to trial, against the wishes of his colleagues and those involved on both sides of the suit.
What transpires is drama in the courtroom and drama in life outside as passions, manipulations, strategies for victory, and hopes for redemption intertwine. The dialogue is smart and real. The setting of the cold city effectively mirrors the need to move against freezing forces that is the challenge of the protagonist attorney.
Others can say more about production details and personnel, sources for inspiration, and so forth. These are my recollections and opinions from having seen the film thirty years ago. I recommend you, the reader, watch the film to form your own opinion. Mainly, watch the film to be wondrously entertained. The film opens with down and out attorney Frank Galvin Newman spending his day the way he usually does - with alcohol and playing pin ball games. A former editor of his college law review and partner in a prestigious law firm, he is now an ambulance chaser and alcoholic.
A professional lapse in judgment which led to almost being disbarred and to the end of his marriage has taken its toll. A friend and former colleague, Mickey Morrissey Warden refers him a 'softball' case which should easily settle out of court with the insurance company for a nice fee. With only ten days before the case goes to court Frank has forgotten his conscience starts to bother Frank and he really believes he can go to court and win, contrary to the client's wishes and everyone else's advice.
What follows is a fascinating courtroom drama as well as character study. Enough surprises and twists to keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. One of Newman's more overlooked gems. If you like legal thrillers and courtroom drama, this is a classic. Great supporting performances from Mason, Warden and Rampling.
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Set up a giveaway. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. 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.
Both Tobin Bell later of the Saw franchise and Bruce Willis can be seen as courtroom spectators in the climactic court scenes. Galvin always orders Bushmills. Interestingly enough, Mamet limits his indulgences into this for the most part to a few scenes early on. Frank is an alcoholic lawyer who has only one client. Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on Amazon.
Tobin Bell also appears, to Willis's right. Pepperman praised the scene in which Judge Hoyle eats breakfast and offers Galvin coffee as "a terrific use of objects, making for a believable judge in his personal, comfortable and suitable place, as well as a Physical Action motion that demonstrates the subtext of the Judge's objective in support of the insurance company, the doctor and their attorney without an abundance of expository dialogue.
The film is recognized by the American Film Institute in these lists:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see The Verdict disambiguation. Towler Joe Seneca as Dr. Retrieved January 5, A Life, p Retrieved April 4, Retrieved January 29, Retrieved February 28, Retrieved April 7, Top 10 Courtroom Drama". Films directed by Sidney Lumet.