The Verdict script
The Verdict (1982)
Synopsis: A boozing lawyer (Paul Newman) takes on a law-firm dean (James Mason), the Archdiocese of Boston and the system in general.

The Funeral Manager gives Galvin a small shove, and goes

back to his post at the door, greeting the entering mourners.

"Good evening..."


Galvin, the ground cut out from under

him. Standing watching the mourners



Galvin walking down a residential street. He has been walking

a while in the cold, snowy night. He stops for a stoplight

at a corner, waits for the light although there is no traffic.

Lights a cigarette. The light changes. He looks both ways

and irresolutely starts across the street. He stops. He checks

his watch. He sighs, and starts back in the opposite



Galvin holding forth at the bar of a seedy drinking-man's

establishment, THREE DRINKERS, acquaintances, standing around

him, appreciative.


Pat says, 'Mike... there's a new

bar, you go in, for a half a buck

you get a beer, a free lunch, and

then take you in the back room and

they get you laid.'

The bartender, JIMMY, comes up to Galvin.


Another, Frank...?


(gestures to include


...everybody. Mike says, 'Pat, you

mean to tell me for a buck you get a

free lunch and a beer, and then you

go in the back and get laid?' 'That's

correct.' Mike says, 'Pat. Have you

been in this bar ?' Pat says, 'No,

but my sister has...'

(gestures to Jimmy)

Everyone. Buy yourself one too.

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David Mamet

David Alan Mamet is an American playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and film director. As a playwright, Mamet has won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. more…

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