A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.
The one everyone thought would finally win Paul Newman an Oscar (he had to wait another four years to receive one for The Color Of Money), Newman plays washed-up, ambulance chasing lawyer Frank Galvin given a final chance to prove himself in a medical malpractice suit.
With precise direction from Lumet, a hard-hitting screenplay by David Mamet, tremendous courtroom scenes and of course a powerhouse performance from Newman himself its no surprise this was a critical success. A shame really that he missed out.
It's Newman's performance itself that really makes this film work and helps it truly get close to Lumet's own '12 Angry Men'.