★★★★☆ USA. 2h9m. Drama. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by David Mamet (screenplay) and Barry Reed (“The Verdict”). Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak. Edited by Peter C. Frank. Starring Paul Newman, Charalotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O’Shea, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Binns, Julie Bovasso, Roxanne Hart.
A down-on-his-luck alcoholic lawyer accepts a medical malpractice case to improve his own situation, but discovers along the way that he is doing the right thing.
The Verdict garnered critical acclaim and box office success. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Newman), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Mason), Best Director (Sidney Lumet), Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay (David Mamet).