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Frank Galvin (Newman) is an alcoholic failed attorney reduced to ambulance chasing. A friend gives him a supposedly easy malpractice case that pits Frank against a powerful establishment Catholic hospital in Boston in what turns out to be a last chance at redeeming himself and his career. Adapted from the novel by Barry Reed. One of Newman's finest performances.

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Available on Running time 122 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Order in the Court, Law & Lawyers, Justice Prevails...?, On the Rocks, Technicolor Yawn, Boston
Screenplay
David Mamet
Cast
Paul Newman, James Mason, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, Milo O'Shea, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Binns, Roxanne Hart, James Handy, Wesley Addy, Joe Seneca, Julie Bovasso
Cinematography
Andrzej Bartkowiak
Director
Sidney Lumet
Music
Johnny Mandel
Producer
20th Century-Fox

Awards

Natl. Bd. of Review 1982: Director (Lumet).

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Nicholle

Paul Newman does an amazing job portraying Frank Galvin who is an lawyer who likes to drink to much and doesn't have a good reputation for being a good attorney. His friend gives him a malpractice case that will help his career get back on track and since all parties want to settle out of court, it's an easy win for everyone. After reviewing the case and visiting the poor woman that is in a vegetative state as a result of the negligence from the doctors, Frank decides to do the right thing and take the case to a jury to get the money that the woman and her family deserves. Frank has a really hard time tracking information down and witnesses because records have been altered and people have been paid off. In the end, Frank's hard work pays off and he wins the case. This 1982 is an excellent movie and I can't say enough about Paul Newman!