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B+

The Verdict

Genre: Drama; Starring: James Mason, Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling; Director: Sidney Lumet; Author: David Mamet; Runtime (in minutes): 129; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

THE SETUP Disgraced attorney Frank Galvin (Paul Newman) seeks redemption in a case against Boston’s legal and Catholic establishments.

FRANK TALK Sinatra lobbied for this part, too, as did Butch Cassidy sidekick Robert Redford, who envisioned a more noble Galvin.

WORTHY EXTRAS? We object…to the resurrected Sidney Lumet-Newman ”joint” commentary featuring a paltry 88 seconds of chat from the star. Fortunately, his performance speaks for itself. B+

Originally posted June 8 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT

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