The summation scene from The Verdict, Paul Newman (1981)
This is a riveting movie -- about the law, but mainly about the flawed nature of the human beings who are entrusted with it. Please hear Newman, as Frank Galvin, on his last, crippled, despairing leg, give the summation to the case. It needs to be carved in marble somewhere.
David Mamet, who wrote the screenplay, deserves accolades for how he was able to hand Paul Newman such a moving summation. The summation is about life, not just the law. It is a masterpiece, worth seeing the entire movie for.
It was Newman's finest hour.
I remember when I had faith in justice. That was just so pre-Bush administration, wasn’t it? And I desperately want to believe that we’ll find it again.