AtoZChallenge…”V” is for The Verdict

   Tonight we are going to look at a movie with, “Old Blue Eyes,” aka Paul Newman starring in…

The Verdict   

The Verdict

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Produced by David Brown
Richard D. Zanuck
Screenplay by David Mamet
Based on The Verdict
by Barry Reed
Music by Johnny Mandel
Cinematography Andrzej Bartkowiak
Edited by Peter C. Frank
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 8, 1982
Running time
129 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $16 million[1][2]
Box office $54 million[3]

The Verdict is a 1982 American legal drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and written by David Mamet from Barry Reed‘s eponymous novel. It stars Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O’Shea, and Lindsay Crouse, and tells the story of a down-on-his-luck alcoholic lawyer who takes 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).

Let’s look at some of the quotes that came out from this movie…

Judge Hoyle: This case should never have come to trial. But you know better. You’re mister independent. You want to be independent? Be independent now. I have no sympathy for you.

Judge Hoyle: It seems to me, a fellow’s trying to come back, he’d take the settlement, get a record for himself. I, myself. would take it and run like a thief.

Frank Galvin: I’m sure you would.

Ed Concannon: I know how you feel. You don’t believe me, but I do know. I’m going to tell you something that I learned when I was your age. I’d prepared a case and old man White said to me, “How did you do?” And, uh, I said, “Did my best.” And he said, “You’re not paid to do your best. You’re paid to win.” And that’s what pays for this office… pays for the pro bono work that we do for the poor… pays for the type of law that you want to practice… pays for my whiskey… pays for your clothes… pays for the leisure we have to sit back and discuss philosophy as we’re doing tonight. We’re paid to win the case. You finished your marriage. You wanted to come back and practice the law. You wanted to come back to the world. Welcome back.
Maureen Rooney: You know, you guys are all the same. You don’t care who you hurt. All you care about is the dollar, you’re a bunch of whores. You got no loyalty, no nothing. You’re a bunch of whores!

Frank Galvin: Your honor, with all due respect: if you’re going to try my case for me, I wish you wouldn’t lose it.

This movie was nominated for 4 academy awards, one of the nominations went for Best Actor, and Best Movie.   The winner’s that year were Ghandi (Best Picture), and Ben Kingsley(Best Actor)…Sophie’s Choice/Meryl Streep, (Best Actress).  I did watch this movie, but I have to admit I just really liked watching him and his beautiful blues eyes and I just had a new baby so I was home nursing…  Almost over, W, X, Y, and Z…just keep going Challenger’s. Everyone has been doing such a great job and I’ve made some new blogging buddies.   




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