The Outsider: The Films of Sidney Lumet

The Verdict (1982)

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“You couldn’t hack it as a lawyer. You were a bag man for the boys downtown and you still are, I know about you.” Hollywood’s Elder Statesman and all round awesome guy, Paul Newman really sunk his teeth into the role of an alcoholic ambulance-chasing lawyer taking on an unwinnable case to save what is left of his reputation and his soul. David Mamet’s script shines in Lumet’s capable hands, giving Newman the opportunity to dig deep into the psyche of a broken man seeking redemption after a life marked by booze-fueled mistakes and regret. English language without subtitles.

Credits

Regie
Sidney Lumet
Cast
Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden
Genre
Drama
Speelduur
129 minuten
Land
VS
Taal
Engels
Ondertiteling
Geen

Storyline

Scotland Yard Superintendent George Edward Grodman (Sydney Greenstreet) is fired after an investigation he heads up results in the wrongful death sentence of an innocent man. Grodman’s replacement is the arrogant John R. Buckley (George Coulouris), who haughtily delights in his sudden promotion. Wanting to spite Buckley while also finding redemption for his own mistake, Grodman teams up with artist Victor Emmric (Peter Lorre) to solve a mysterious new murder case.

KINO is proud to present a retrospective on the features of writer and director Sidney Lumet. The versatile filmmaker worked mainly outside of the Hollywood machine but always secured the greatest talent in front of his camera as his reputation as an ‘actor’s director’ secured no less than seventeen Oscar nominations for his leads. His beloved New York City was often not only a geographical setting but a vital asset in his films as he explored the metropole from its classiest office buildings to its seediest back alleys. Unlike for instance Coppola or Scorsese, Lumet’s oeuvre is less distinctive in style as he always adapted his artistic choices to serve the story, not to his own visual preferences. But he is one of the great humanist directors with a fantastic catalogue waiting to be explored and we are proud to present his biggest hits as well as his lesser known films in this thirteen feature retrospective.

Trailer: Baris Azman