About

Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties willing to settle out of court. Blundering his way through the preliminaries, he suddenly realizes that perhaps after all the case should go to court; to...

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Directed by

Sidney Lumet

Written by

David Mamet (Screenplay)
Barry Reed (Novel)

Runtime

129 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

The doctors want to settle, the Church wants to settle, their lawyers want to settle, and even his own clients are desperate to settle. But Galvin is determined to defy them all. He will try the case.

Cast

Keywords

alcoholic coma court boston courtroom redemption courtroom drama pinball machine defense attorney malpractice

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Lists

#254 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

#929 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Edgar Wright's 1000 favorite movies Edgar Wright

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Director Sidney Lumet

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

Oscar nomination for Best Picture David Brown Richard D. Zanuck

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role Paul Newman