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The Verdict [Blu-ray] (1982)

Paul Newman , Charlotte Rampling , Sidney Lumet  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O'Shea
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Writers: David Mamet, Barry Reed
  • Producers: Richard D. Zanuck, David Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BN3EE14
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Nominated for five Academy Awardsr including Best Picture, Best director and Best Actor, The Verdict is 'stirring, entertaining cinema' (Us). This Blu-Ray release is packed with compelling special features including on-camera interviews with Oscarr winner Paul Newman* and legendary director Sidney Lumet and is the perfect way to experience 'one of the finest courtroom movies ever made' (New York). Frank Galvin (Newman) is a boozy washed-up attorney with a losing streak a mile long. so when he's handed a lucrative out-of-court settlement, everyone expects him to take the money and run. But Frank is tired of running. In a desperate bid to reclaim his self-respect, he recklessly brings the case to court - only to discover that if finding the whole truth is a little like trial and error, then finding real justice is a lot like trial by fire.

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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newman's Best Work May 15, 2002
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During the first 25 years of his career, Paul Newman played characters who were confident and self-assured. Being a great actor, Newman was always able to infuse his characters with frailties and vulnerabilities that made them well-rounded and three dimensional. From Rocky Graziano to Cool Hand Luke to Doug Roberts (The Towering Inferno), Newman played self-confident characters who were strong and took charge of a situation. Perhaps this lack of frailty is the reason why Newman was able to play much younger characters well into his 50's (in 1981's Absence of Malice, the audience fully accepted that the then 56 year old Newman could be romantically involved with the then 35 year old Sally Field).

In The Verdict, however, Newman is almost shocking in his hesitancy and self doubt. As attorney Frank Galvin, life has beaten him down so much, he seems like a man far older than his years who is afraid to do anything for fear that tragedy and bad luck will once again crush him. For the first time, Newman seems more like a victim than a survivor -- stammering, hesitant, weak, alcoholic and defeated. Even his courtroom summation at the end of the film is halting and hesitant. In a film full of fine actors (James Mason, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, Milo O'Shea, Lindsay Crouse, etc.), Newman still stands out. It's an unbelievably great performance and a great companion piece to The Hustler -- "Fast Eddie" Felson after life has chewed him up and spit him out.

Unfortunately, Paul Newman, once again, did not win the Oscar for Best Actor -- Ben Kingsley won for Ghandi. Unlike with The Hustler, however, Newman wasn't really robbed, but was actually the victim of bad luck. Kingsley was born to play Ghandi and gave the performance of his life.
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monumental Cinematic Treasure February 7, 2004
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THE VERDICT may date back to 1982, but few courtroom films since then can come close to matching the powerful production in this near perfect film written by David Mamet and directed with tension, grit, and tenderness by Sidney Lumet. Paul Newman's performance as the alcoholic has-been lawyer called upon to try a case of medical malpractice is one of the finest acting performances in history. He is more than ably abetted by his sidekick Jack Warden. The lawyer for the defense is the haughty and evil James Mason and the real surprise in the cast is Milo O'Shea in a terrifyingly real role of a smarmy Judge. Charlotte Rampling, still one of today's finest actresses, plays the understated love interest. Minor roles become major when they are in the hands of such gifted actors as Lindsay Crouse and Julia Bravasso. But one unsung hero of this fine film is the cinematographer who manages to make every shot appear like a Renaissance painting, so sensitive is he to light and shadow and frame composition.
THE VERDICT is a powerful story of the underdog's struggle for truth in the judicial system and as such is a reminder of how the Law, when stripped to its essentials, is there to protect us. There is no pat ending, only a feeling of breathlessness as all of the details of the story are left to our imagination - well, almost. A strikingly powerful, meaningful, brilliantly executed film.
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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In a career of unforgettable portrayals, "The Verdict" stands as Paul Newman's pinnacle; as a shattered idealistic lawyer, on an alcoholic road to self-destruction, finding a chance at redemption, he is absolutely perfect. With respect to Ben Kingsley, Newman SHOULD have won the 'Best Actor' Oscar in 1982!

Directed by Sidney Lumet, from a remarkably candid screenplay by David Mamet, this is a film that never makes a wrong step. Newman's 'Frank Galvin' is not heroic, or even likable, in the film's opening scenes, but he finds, in a simple malpractice suit, an injustice so blatant that he sees an opportunity to redeem himself...but he'll have to defeat a rich, duplicitous law firm (headed by legendary James Mason), argue before an indifferent judge (Milo O'Shea), and, worst of all, face betrayal from within his tiny circle of friends, if he has any hope of rising out of his personal 'hell'.

With a superb cast, including the remarkable Jack Warden as his ex-mentor/best friend, and Charlotte Rampling, as the woman he trusts far too much, "The Verdict" is raw, powerful, and occasionally disturbing, but never dull!

This new two-disc edition is certainly THE version to own, with commentary by Newman and Lumet, and an entire disc of extras, including Lumet and Newman's personal recollections, and several 'Making of' documentaries, from 1982, and today. You'll never find a more complete presentation of a truly extraordinary film!

There are few films that I can watch, again and again, and never grow tired of..."The Verdict" is one. Bravo to Newman, Lumet, Mamet, and everyone involved in creating this classic!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of honor and the burden of obligation. April 12, 2002
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Years before I turned in my smelter rake and beer league softball glove for law school, I saw this movie which, even more than "Perry Mason" or "To Kill A Mockingbird", convinced me that lawyering remained an honorable profession. Frank Galvin is a drunk who rages his way through his office and his life. But Newman's character has his heart, if not his feet, in the right place. This movie is what lawyering is all about. Caring for someone who couldn't take care of herself, declining a significant offer that he knew wasn't enough, wiping the beer spray off of his goggles to see that his client is the irrelevant-to-the-world woman in the bed (and not her sister and brother-in-law), Frank Galvin does what he has to do, regardless of the outcome. He is her lawyer; he has no choice. Man, how I wish we all could really feel this way, just once. Pure, raw and real. God's gift of talent made manifest in the drunken remnants of one who was formerly prematurely designated a "success" and then a "failure". The Lord works in mysterious ways. James Mason is so damned perfect in his role as the big city, big firm defense attorney, comprised of equal parts talent and preparation; mentoring his troops even as he protects his client. The Verdict evidences the intangible yet palpable faith of a trial lawyer in the truth (and in a panel of ordinary citizens that he hopes will divine the truth from the facts) in spite of the law; a reminder to all that a talent for spinning the facts is inferior to society's aptitude for seeing through the b.s.; an exemplar of the power of honor and the burden of obligation. It remains one of the very best stories ever brought to film. Smell the snow evaporating off of the radiators. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Its everything I wanted it to be!! Case closed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Paul Newman and movies about trials. The Verdict is masterful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ford 55
Certainly One Of This Great Actors Strongest Performances. Great Upgrade To High Definition With Colors and Backgrounds Benefiting From The Upgrade. Read more
Published 13 days ago by John Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Newman should've gotten the Oscar for this one!
Great lawyer movie!
Published 13 days ago by Jeffrey Sandoz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Paul Newman is outstanding in this movie.....it's a Classic!!!!!
Published 25 days ago by MrSal
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie. I've seen it 8 times
Excellent movie. I've seen it 8 times, and each time I do, I find it just as exciting as the last viewing.
I would have liked the color to be a bit more defined.
Published 29 days ago by Irma Pereira
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Value. Good Servive. Recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Bozopol1
4.0 out of 5 stars The Verdict...
I actually saw this movie in a theatre on La Brea Blvd. in Los Angeles back in 1982. Being 23 at the time, I didn't know what to expect from Paul Newman at the time, but was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. S. HARDEN
5.0 out of 5 stars good man.
Rip a new one Paul, good man.
Published 1 month ago by Rodman267
5.0 out of 5 stars Can watch it over and over again.
IMO it is the best "legal" movie ever made, right up there with "To Kill A Mockingbird". Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. LEIPER
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