• The Verdict (1982)

The Verdict

Release Date: 1982

DVD Release Date: June 4th, 2002

R |2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary

A boozing lawyer (Paul Newman) takes on a law-firm dean (James Mason), the Archdiocese of Boston and the system in general.

Cast: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, James Mason, Jack Warden, Milo O'Shea, Edward Binns, Julie Bovasso, Lindsay Crouse

Director: Sidney Lumet

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox

Keywords: 1980s, Passionate, Underdog, Judge

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    There are times when a B-movie is made so carefully and performed so robustly that the audience wants it to work and goes with it, roots for it; those are the times that directors grope for, even with A-material. The Verdict may be only a B-movie in a three-piece suit, but this is one of those times, and everybody's going to like it. [21 Dec 1982, p.C7]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The screenplay by David Mamet is a wonder of good dialogue, strongly seen characters and a structure that pays off in the big courtroom scene - as the genre requires. show more

  • 80
    Scott ColluraIGN

    What was boring and dull to our 12-year-old selves back when Dad was watching this film 25 years ago is now a thoroughly engrossing and satisfying film experience, and a reminder that what is old can be new again -- whether it's Newman's Galvin's outlook on life, an old courtroom drama premise, or a movie revisited after a quarter century lapse. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture