The Verdict Review

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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 it’s 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'.