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Rated R · 122 minutes · 1982

Paul Newman stars in this 1982 courtroom drama, playing an alcoholic Boston lawyer who manages to clean up his act enough to represent the victims in a malpractice suit against a Catholic hospital. Sidney Lumet's direction, like David Mamet's patchy script (which adapts a Barry Reed novel), may not be quite good enough to justify the Rembrandt-like cinematography of Edward Pisoni and the brooding mood of self-importance, but it's good direction nonetheless; and there are plenty of supporting performances—by James Mason, Jack Warden, Milo O'Shea, Charlotte Rampling, and Lindsay Crouse, among others—to keep one distracted from Newman's dogged Oscar-pandering.
Director: Sidney Lumet
Producer: Richard Zanuck and David Brown
Cast: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, James Mason, Jack Warden, Milo O'Shea, Edward Binns, Julie Bovasso, Lindsay Crouse, Roxanne Hart and James Handy

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