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The Verdict

The Verdict
The Verdict
The Verdict
  • R
  • 2h 5m
  • 1982
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An alcoholic Boston lawyer pulls himself together to bring an unpopular medical malpractice case to trial against strong opposition by the courts, the archdiocese and his own clients.
© 1982 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Paul Newman is at the peak of his powers as an attorney who never lived up to his potential in The Verdict, supported by David Mamet's crackling script and Sidney Lumet's confident direction.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
'80s legal drama has alcoholism, smoking, and language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Verdict is a legal drama about a disgraced lawyer living with alcohol addiction, who has a chance at redemption when he takes on a medical malpractice case. Despite his addiction, lawyer Frank Galvin (Paul Newman) makes an effort to act in the best interests of his client. However, in one scene, he is shown to be incapacitated due to his drinking, and he also hits love interest, Laura (Charlotte Rampling), to the floor. Sex is suggestive rather than shown with kissing and some non-sexual nudity featuring, alongside occasional references to intercourse. Swearing is also occasional -- mainly in the context of characters showing their upset and indignation at the prospect of justice not being served -- but does include variants of "f--k." There is very little diversity, and defense attorneys make cynical comments about Black and Jewish characters that play on stereotypes. As well as drinking, characters are also frequently shown smoking cigarettes and cigars. The movie is based on a novel by Barry Reed.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 17, 1982
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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