This case should never have come to trial.

Frank Galvin, an alcoholic lawyer tries to redeem his reputation by taking on a difficult medical malpractice case. He accepts the case after he's approached by the the family of a woman who has been left in a coma following an operation at a large Catholic hospital. At first he's hoping for a quick cash settlement, but when he see's the victim in the hospital he decides that he must take the case to trial, despite the powerful opposition.

  • 2HR 9MIN ' R
  • Courtroom Drama

Cast & Crew

  • Paul NewmanFrank Galvin

  • Charlotte RamplingLaura Fischer

  • Jack WardenMickey Morrisey

  • James MasonEd Concannon

  • Milo O'SheaJudge Hoyle

  • Sidney LumetAuthor & Director

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