R | | Drama
A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling.
James Mason was anxious to work with Sidney Lumet again, and although the actor was offered the part eventually played by Jack Warden, Lumet didn't believe he wanted to do it. At the prompting of his wife, Mason called the director and, fortuitously, Burt Lancaster, who was set to play Concannon,... ...
How did you settle on the amount?
Bishop Brophy: We thought it was just.
Frank Galvin: You thought it was just?
Bishop Brophy: Yes.
Frank Galvin: Because it struck me, um, how neatly 'three' went into this figure: 210,000. That means I would keep seventy.
Bishop Brophy: That was our insurance company's recommendation.
Frank Galvin: ...
Early on when Jack Warden drags away Paul Newman there is a low tracking shot. You can see the camera/camera operator's shadow on the wall.
NBC edited 33 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere.
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