The Verdict

Watch The Verdict

"The doctors want to settle, the Church wants to settle, their lawyers want to settle, and even his own clients are desperate to settle. But Galvin is determined to defy them all. He will try the case."
  • R
  • 1982
  • 2 hr 9 min
  • 7.7  (36,626)
  • 77

Paul Newman plays an ambulance-chasing lawyer named Frank Galvin who finds a chance to redeem his squandered legal career. He has lost four cases in three years. Gritty sets with dark lighting convey the desperation of Galvin’s life, which is mostly spent playing pinball in a bar and adding raw eggs to his beer for breakfast. He takes on a medical malpractice case. His client is suing the Archdiocese of Boston, which is defended by a prestigious law firm with dozens of lawyers. The Archdiocese hospital is accused of putting a patient in a permanent coma by administering the wrong anesthetic. Though he’s afraid of doing the wrong thing, Galvin turns down a settlement, and his client gets upset with him. In the meantime, Galvin agonizes to his new-found girlfriend Laura about the need to do what’s right. James Mason plays the high-priced attorney Concannon that heads the opposition, and it becomes clear that he and the presiding judge are old buddies. Concannon repeatedly makes outrageous motions in court, which the judge honors. Contrasting scenes show Galvin in his Styrofoam-cup strewn office wringing his hands over what to do, while Concannon and a bevy of smug lawyers share tea in wood-paneled rooms and laugh about Galvin’s chances. Galvin’s chances improve when he finds a witness who will testify about what happened the patient in the malpractice case. However, Concannon succeeds in getting the judge to throw out the testimony on a technicality. The suspense builds as Galvin refuses to back down, despite the fact that he has no witnesses on his side, faces an army of opposing lawyers openly mocking him in court, and he has just left a girlfriend who betrayed him. He becomes a lone figure demanding justice from an unjust system that favors the well-to-do and the politically-savvy. Galvin’s loneliness is emphasized by the camera work that swoops down upon him as the verdict is read in court.

The Verdict
it's a very good case
it's a very good case

Clip - 1 min 39 sec

I Came Here to take your money
I Came Here to take your money

Clip - 43 sec

The Verdict
The Verdict

Trailer - 2 min 17 sec

Description
Paul Newman plays an ambulance-chasing lawyer named Frank Galvin who finds a chance to redeem his squandered legal career. He has lost four cases in three years. Gritty sets with dark lighting convey the desperation of Galvin’s life, which is mostly spent playing pinball in a bar and adding raw eggs to his beer for breakfast.

He takes on a medical malpractice case. His client is suing the Archdiocese of Boston, which is defended by a prestigious law firm with dozens of lawyers. The Archdiocese hospital is accused of putting a patient in a permanent coma by administering the wrong anesthetic.

Though he’s afraid of doing the wrong thing, Galvin turns down a settlement, and his client gets upset with him. In the meantime, Galvin agonizes to his new-found girlfriend Laura about the need to do what’s right.

James Mason plays the high-priced attorney Concannon that heads the opposition, and it becomes clear that he and the presiding judge are old buddies. Concannon repeatedly makes outrageous motions in court, which the judge honors.

Contrasting scenes show Galvin in his Styrofoam-cup strewn office wringing his hands over what to do, while Concannon and a bevy of smug lawyers share tea in wood-paneled rooms and laugh about Galvin’s chances.

Galvin’s chances improve when he finds a witness who will testify about what happened the patient in the malpractice case. However, Concannon succeeds in getting the judge to throw out the testimony on a technicality.

The suspense builds as Galvin refuses to back down, despite the fact that he has no witnesses on his side, faces an army of opposing lawyers openly mocking him in court, and he has just left a girlfriend who betrayed him. He becomes a lone figure demanding justice from an unjust system that favors the well-to-do and the politically-savvy.

Galvin’s loneliness is emphasized by the camera work that swoops down upon him as the verdict is read in court.

The Verdict is a 1982 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 9 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.7 and a MetaScore of 77.

Where to Watch The Verdict

The Verdict is available to watch, stream, download and buy on demand at Apple TV+, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Starz, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube VOD and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent The Verdict for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.

  • Release Date
    1982
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Runtime
    2 hr 9 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (36,626)
  • Metascore
    77