A New Yorker’s View: ‘The Verdict’ (1982)
Stars Paul Newman as alcoholic Beantown lawyer Frank Galvin, who gets a shot at redemption when he takes on a medical negligence case involving a church-run hospital—an easy out-of-court settlement—and decides to take it to a jury. James Mason is his prince-of-darkness opponent Edward Concannon, Charlotte Rampling a shady lady. Ironically, it was mostly shot in New York, supposedly to get away from the Boston Teamsters. However, “Southie plays a large part in the film, from the William F. Spencer Funeral Home at 575 East Broadway to George’s Variety on G Street.’’ On the accents, Newman and Jack Warden tread carefully and come off unscathed.
Pictured, Paul Newman as Frank Galvin.