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The Verdict (2 Disc Cinema Reserve Edition in Metal Case) [1982] [DVD]

Paul Newman , Charlotte Rampling , Sidney Lumet , Andrzej Bartkowiak    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O'Shea
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet, Andrzej Bartkowiak
  • Producers: Richard D. Zanuck
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC3RX4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,724 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Sidney Lumet's court-room drama. Frank Galvin (Paul Newman) is a failed lawyer battling to regain his dignity and give up his dependence on alcohol. He takes on a case of medical misconduct in which a woman has lapsed into a coma after being given too much anaesthetic in childbirth, and in so doing is forced to take on a prominent and powerful Boston Catholic hospital.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtroom drama par excellence.. 14 Jan 2010
By Peter Buckley VINE VOICE
Frank Galvin (Paul Newman) has all the odds stacked against him. His career is heading nowhere fast, a wrecked personal life, his legal partner has had enough, and a whisky habit that could kickstart an economy. Stanley Ellin in The New York Times Book Review wrote that "the story, digging deep into the mysteries of medical, legal and clerical practice, has everything going for it, and makes dramatically potent use of each element."
With near zero preparation, Frank takes on the might of St Catherine's hospital, two eminent doctors, the trial judge, and a slick city legal team headed by Ed `prince of darkness' Concannon (James Mason). The case: A woman is in a coma after a routine delivery went wrong, and the outcome depends on a key witness who won't testify, and Frank doesn't know why.
This courtroom drama involves you on every level. You feel you need Frank to win, yet the despair of the patient's family is your despair. In a sense, justice itself is on trial. Does everyone and every principle have a price? Can a jury be trusted to see the issues in a complex case?
It is gut-wrenching when we finally realise Laura (Charlotte Rampling) isn't all she seems, the implication is she motivated him to win ( `I don't do failure!') but even so, we want things to work out for her and Frank. He may be reprieved as a lawyer, but his personal life will have to wait a little longer!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Newman's ultimate performance 12 Nov 2001
By A Customer
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This is indubitably Newman's finest hour. His considered and perfectly drawn portrayal of the consummately unsympathetic character of Frank Galvin - troubled,alcoholic,damaged though initially brilliant lawyer, reduced to ambulance-chasing - now facing the most difficult case of his life, should certainly have gained the 'Oscar' for which he was nominated.This case is metaphorically his downfall or salvation.
Lumet has used his favourite themes of the flawed and somtimes blind aspect of the law in opposition to it's 'justice'.
James Mason is at his oleaginous best as Galvin's nemesis and opponent in court and Charlotte Rampling and Milo O'Shea put in beautiful supporting performances....fantastic !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
....all star in this nifty little box set.Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid must be one of the coolest westerns ever great chemistry between Newman and Redford and excellent cinematography an adventure well told The other two movies Newman plays rather darker characters the self obsessed pool shark Eddie Felson a role he would later win an oscar for in the sequel Color of Money.The hustler is Eddies' first foray into movies and while not a bad character lovable he sure aint.The third movie sees Newman play an ambulance chasing alcoholic lawyer given a chance at redemption by winning an unwinable malpractice case another unlikeable character given empathy by Newmans' abundant charisma. Each movie has extras all have commentaries not a bad package for the price
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great acting 3 Mar 2011
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Pretty much everyone has a good role in this movie which allows them to demonstrate their acting skills. Newman shows what he can do with an entirely believeable role as a washed up ambulance chaser who finally tries to redeem himself and do the right thing. Rampling is a bit two dimensional in this portrayal, but the others do a great job supporting a movie which is all about self respect and honour, but without being sentimental or self-righteous. James Mason is convincingly wicked and scheming and O'Shea cynical and hard hearted. In the end, the outcome is a bit predictable, but that seems to be inevitable for such a story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a timeless classic 27 Feb 2014
By Fester
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I think this has to rank amonst Paul Newman's greatest films. The ambulance chasing lawyer barely capable of running a business takes on a hopeless case. The big money lawyers buy off key witnesses, but he perseveres and the finale is pure class
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Newmans finest films 14 Jan 2014
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I already had this film, i bought this copy for my barrister who i employed so that i could retain custody of my youngest daughter, who has issues with her mother. Its a fantastic film, probably in Newmans top three.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NEWMAN SHOULD OF WON OVER KINGSLEY! 21 April 2013
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Ben Kingsley won the Oscar that year for Gandhi.Many people including myself thought it was Newman`s year,he would of course win eventually for a lesser film,The Color of Money(1986).I think this film is great,great acting,darkly lit/moody photography(which suits the film) and although the outcome itself is predictable,one thing which really wins me over everytime i watch it is the ending(by ending i mean after the outcome of the trial).I watch so many good films that lose whats gone before in the last few minutes but i don`t think they could of ended this one in any better way.Please note this has been a review of The Verdict only.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasurable collection 13 April 2010
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Lovely because we get a glimpse of Newman as a young actor in The Hustler, As an accomplished big name alongside Redford in Butch Cassidy and a latter day pro in the Verdict.

All three are classics undoubtedly. His performances in the verdict and the hustler are surely Oscar worthy. I am captivated by the pool room drama of the Hustler and the court room drama where newman plays an alcoholic to perfection.

This collection is worth your buck as it delivers with three great films, unlike other actor boxsets which have included fillers alongside the actor's best work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a super product many thanks
Published 19 days ago by Mr. N. A. Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Watch
This is an excellent film about a troubled lawyer who takes a medical case to court. I would recommend this film
Published 22 days ago by D newton
5.0 out of 5 stars US Import is Region Free!
Loved the film and think its a classic courtroom drama, with great acting by Newman.
This is a Region Free Blu-ray so buy with conference!
Published 1 month ago by S. Riley
2.0 out of 5 stars my verdict
having been recommended to me i thought THE VERDICT was dated or showing its age. i am a big Newman fan but this film will not rate in my favourites list
Published 2 months ago by scoop
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality courtroom drama
Paul Newman is great in this - playing an unlikeable ambulance chasing lawyer given one last chance at redemption when a large medical malpractice case lands in his lap. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Present for my daughter
She loves all his films and thinks he is a very handsome man.
I liked some of his films but this selection very good and the price very reasonable.
Published 3 months ago by duriye Beidas
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Dark Prints
I didn't remember what a great film 'The Hustler' was. The audio commentary, although interesting, is mostly just a collection of memories rather than in depth analysis or... Read more
Published 18 months ago by A. Mackay
3.0 out of 5 stars The Verdict.
This movie is one which clearly demonstrates that loading up a movie with A-list actors, is insufficient to underpin a simple plot which is morally unsound in its argument, with... Read more
Published 19 months ago by S Smyth
5.0 out of 5 stars "You have no loyalty to anyone..your'e all whores"
Sometimes a legal drama raises its game to be more than its component parts:it debates legality versus justice, truth versus facts,integrity versus money. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2011 by technoguy
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