The Verdict (1982)


 verdict_xlg“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

Number of Times Seen – 2 (13 Aug 2007 and 6 Jan 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A down on his luck lawyer takes a case of a woman in a coma.

My Take on it – Sidney Lumet and David Mamet, what could go wrong?

Unfortunately, a lot.

This movie actually has a very intriguing plot and interesting characters, but it moves just too slowly for the viewer to really get into it.

Paul Newman is great here as always, but his character’s motivation just isn’t convincing enough.

This movie is based on a book by Barry Reed and I have heard that the book is much better to read than it is on the screen (where have I heard that before?).  There are apparently numerous situations in the book that just don’t translate well to the movie and therefore much of the drama and suspense in the book just doesn’t work as well in the movie.

That being said, I did like the movie, but just felt that there wasn’t enough character or plot development which happens quite often when a book is adapted.

What disappoints me the most is the fact that Lumet and Mamet both know how to make a compelling courtroom drama (12 Angry Men (1957) for Lumet) and Mamet’s play Romance are both amazing.

Bottom Line – Good average courtroom drama that doesn’t seem to translate very well to the screen. Paul Newman continues to show how great an actor he can be even when the material isn’t top notch.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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