The Verdict [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Great movie, wish there were still actors around like these guys. Could watch over and over againPublished 1 day ago by Hilgeebaby!
Paul Newman eating a dry serial is good, this movie is excellent. Acting is off the chartsPublished 4 days ago by EL Pistolero
At the top of his game. He did Hollywood proud with this piece of workPublished 9 days ago by Bill Roberts
Could be the best performance Newman gave as a leading man.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer WDaley
Could've done without the f words(at least it wasn't as bad as Glenn Gary Glenn Ross) but this is a great film.Published 1 month ago by Daystrom
Great movie. 'Newman!' is great (which is to say he's Newman) in what begins as an unsympathetic role turned down by some vain unknown pretty boy named Redford who hired his own... Read morePublished 1 month ago by nd2kos
One of my fave flicks and Newnan is at his very best. Gripping and involving.Published 2 months ago by spankylover
Paul Newman's best performance. Should have won the Oscar for this, not for The Color of Money.Published 2 months ago by jonbaptiste