Literary Analysis of the Movie "The Verdict"

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Literary Analysis: The Verdict
Mandi Dersch
Galen College of Nursing

Literary Analysis: The Verdict
People delegate important personal aspects of their lives to professionals, but not without the risks of unethical behaviors. The word Professional makes one think of wealth and power, which can result in corruption; winning by any means necessary. In the movie The Verdict, Frank Galvin plays a lawyer who has reduced himself to being a drunken ambulance chaser (Brown, Harris, Zanuck, & Lumet, 1982). He is given an opportunity by his good friend, Mickey Morrisey, to morally redeem himself; not only as a lawyer, but most importantly a person.
The Case A medical malpractice suit had been filed against St. Catherine’s Laboure
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She accomplished this task with great ease that is until she begins to see Frank changing and doing right by Deborah Anne Kay. She realizes at a crucial point in the case that she has fallen in love with Frank and she withholds the discovery of a compelling witness. Laura’s actions were deceitful and morally unethical; her mind set was to do whatever it took to get back in the role of the professional. She had lost sight of what her goal was as a lawyer, justice. Her views of justice were tainted by Ed Concannon and his philosophy of winning by any means necessary. In the end, she tries to make it right with Frank and lost.
Nurse Maureen Rooney Frank continues his search for witnesses that were there on that dreadful day with Deborah Anne Kay only to find that the ones that were willing to talk were all being bribed to stay quiet or sent on elaborate vacations. He found an obstetrics nurse, by the name of Maureen Rooney who witnessed the happenings in the operating room. She refuses to speak about the events that day and Frank threatens to summon her to court, Maureen replied, “You know, you guys are all the same—you don’t care who you hurt. All you care about is a dollar” (Mamet, 1982, p. 86). It became obvious to Frank that Ed Concannon had gotten to Maureen Rooney. Maureen Rooney knew what had happened that day yet refused to come forward to defend