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Verdict [DVD] [1982] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.6 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O77SPY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,735 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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A strong drama and accusation toward church istitution by a master of both drama and political films like Sydney Lumet, a guy who never stopped making cinema and standing up for good causes, but always remembering he is a director and a guy who pushed the boundaries of cinema (12 angry men, Network, anderson's tapes, Dog day afternoon, etc...). Here he looks more classic, proving he can keep you on the screen even slowing down and giving time to actors and story to reveal themselves. And here the resal story is that of a guy who need to catch up with himself and find again a sense and a pkace in the world. And Paul New,an gives one of his top performances and work perfectly with Lumet: just see the long shot with the camera travelling through the courtroom while he is giving his last speech before the verdict. The two guys look perfectly in tune with each lpother. Sydney realizes he has just to move the camera following the pace of Paul speech, and Paul readapt his soeech to the camera movement, in order to create a suspended and totally focusing viewers on what is going on and being said st that special moment. A cinema lesson
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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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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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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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An excellent court room drama with Paul Newman at the top of his game as a lawyer down on his luck but getting the big break with a top legal action case. One of the not-so-popular or well known Newman movies but certainly worth watching to see a great actor at his very best.
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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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One of the best court dramas and one of Paul Newman's best. The combination of a charismatic Newman, a solid script, an excellent cast and finally an experienced director make an unbeatable combination.
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