The Verdict

Sidney Lumet (screenplay by David Mamet, based on Barry Reed’s novel)

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This movie explains why rates of substance abuse and depression are so high among lawyers. That judge: ugh! But this is a seriously good movie about how trial can really break your heart, no matter what side you are on. Paul Newman is a drunk, burned out plaintiff attorney who is talked into taking a medical malpractice case. He fights like hell for his clients, and … well, we won’t ruin it for you. Just don’t watch it before bed.