SERPICO
1973, Paramount, 130 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lumet

Easygoing policeman Frank Serpico (Al Pacino in one of his best performances) loves what he does and has a great time doing it - until he slowly discovers that his fellow officers are enmeshed in corruption. Serpico goes undercover to expose the truth and learns that doing the right thing has a very high price. An early example of director Sidney Lumet's preoccupation with ethics and the law, and one of the great New York cop movies of all time.


THE VERDICT
1982, 20th Century Fox, 129 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet (PRINCE OF THE CITY, DOG DAY AFTERNOON) directs Paul Newman as Frank Galvin, a washed-up alcoholic Boston lawyer who is tossed a malpractice case by a successful colleague (Jack Warden). Ready to settle out of court until he realizes the full impact of what has happened to his client’s family, he stubbornly digs in, taking on the Catholic archdiocese, which runs the offending hospital, and its condescending shark of a lawyer (James Mason). Behind the scenes, Galvin tries to navigate the rough terrain of his romance with younger Laura (Charlotte Rampling). Nominated for five Oscars: Best Picture, Actor (Newman), Supporting Actor (Mason), Director (Lumet), Screenplay (David Mamet). "The performances, the dialogue and the plot all work together like a rare machine." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


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