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12 Angry Men, 1957

12 Angry Men
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Written by: Reginald Rose
Language:  English
Country:  USA
Runtime:  96 min
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12 Angry Men can be described as clever, tense, and captivating. The plot revolves around legal action, idealism, and legal issues. The main genre is drama. In terms of style, 12 Angry Men features realism, stars an ensemble cast, and is talky. In approach, it is serious and realistic. It is set, at least in part, indoors. 12 Angry Men is located in New York. It takes place in the 1950s. Visually, it is black and white. 12 Angry Men is inspired by a film and adapted from a play. The movie has received attention for being a Berlin festival winner, a masterpiece, and a classic.

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12 Angry Men (1957)
12 Angry Men


Sidney Lumet's directorial debut is a snapshot of the American judicial system in action. Twelve average... more


Language: English
Country: USA
Release date: April 1957
Runtime: 96 min

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Henry Fonda Henry Fonda As Juror #8
Lee J. Cobb Lee J. Cobb As Juror #3
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On any good list of films to watch before you die, you will find “12 Angry Men.” This is an incredible tale of courage, conviction and justice detailing how one brave juror stands up to the other eleven. It’s a perfect example of wholesome yet...
13.January.2014 |  by: Jennaj
Jennaj rated this title
It was very gratifying for me to see this movie get a Criterion release. It deserves it. The cast is one of the best ever assembled, and the cinematography is incredible, considering the entire film (save for 3 minutes) takes place in a single room....
13.January.2014 |  by: Joffrey
Joffrey rated this title
If I were to teach a class on civic duty, I would screen “12 Angry Men.” It’s a fascinating dissection of “reasonable doubt” and burdens of proof disguised as a major motion picture. Aside from that, it’s very well made in nearly every respect.
13.January.2014 |  by: Nedward
Nedward rated this title
Not to be a contrarian on purpose, but I found this slightly boring. The pacing was plodding and there wasn’t any sort of satisfactory climax. It’s also slightly predictable. I think this is a film that’s worth watching, but it’s certainly aged a...
13.January.2014 |  by: Gulliver
Gulliver rated this title
I’d rather watch 12 Angry Men than read any John Grisham novel I can think of. This is a different take on the familiar court room story. Instead of lawyers and judges and testimony, all we get to make a decision is the jurors’ opinions on what...
13.January.2014 |  by: Vaud
Vaud rated this title
I understand this is a classic, and agree on most points. The performances, writing and technical presentation are great. However, I still feel this film is slightly overrated for what it is. I think it should be watched, but am dubious of its high...
13.January.2014 |  by: spartacus
spartacus rated this title
This was an enjoyable film in spite of its predictability. The camera work, performances and especially the dialogue are amazing. It also inspired to read the original stage play, which I also enjoyed. Forget your basic cable courtroom drama, watch...
13.January.2014 |  by: Aragorn
Aragorn rated this title
Years after my first viewing, this still remains one of the best films I’ve ever seen. Strangely enough, it didn’t make AFI’s top 100 list (a travesty), and it’s impossibly for me to do it justice. It must be seen.
13.January.2014 |  by: Hobbit
Hobbit rated this title
What can be said that hasn’t been already? Not only is this an entertaining and suspenseful film, but it’s also wholesome. That’s pretty rare among mainstream films these days. It will exceed your expectations.
13.January.2014 |  by: Gandalf
Gandalf rated this title
The first time I saw this was as a child, and I’ve made a point to show it to as many people as possible. Each time I watch it I notice a new nuance or tic in different characters. It’s like a game. That kind of detail is the mark of a classic.
13.January.2014 |  by: Sauron
Sauron rated this title
I never tire of watching this movie. It’s heart warming, but not overly sentimental. Dramatic, but not enough to make you sick (some do). Everything in this production came together so well, that it’s hard to imagine seeing a stage production...
13.January.2014 |  by: WillyWonka
WillyWonka rated this title
Some of the best actors of the age are present in 12 Angry Men. Even as they bicker, you get a real sense of the chemistry within the room filming the picture. Lots of people say black and white films are boring these days. Those people have never...
13.January.2014 |  by: Dinga
Dinga rated this title
Even though it was remade in the 90s for television, this is really lightning in a bottle. There’s something about the production quality, all of these players coming together, that’s wondrous to watch. It makes this a family favorite that we like...
13.January.2014 |  by: Krystal2
Krystal2 rated this title
This was a really good story. There was a sincerity to each of the characters. Most interesting was the way Lumet was able to make such a drab setting so interesting. The entire film takes place in a very plain room and the actors make it completely...
13.January.2014 |  by: Jason2
Jason2 rated this title
This film does a great job exposing issues such as racism, class differences and the flaws in the justice system. It shows that there are bigoted and cruel people in the world, but they don’t always have to triumph if you stick up for your beliefs.
13.January.2014 |  by: Joie
Joie rated this title
1957 was a great year for film with classics like Bridge over the River Kwai coming out, and this is definitely near the top. Between the direction and the cast, it’s an incredibly taut story. This is a great film to introduce a child to the...
13.January.2014 |  by: Gemma
Gemma rated this title
“12 Angry Men” flawlessly blends a riveting story with fairly complex sociological issues. Beneath the simple story of jurors deliberating on a case lies a number of truths about those individual jurors and, by corollary, the viewers. It’s a true...
13.January.2014 |  by: Clay2
Clay2 rated this title
Usually you have to choose between a movie being deep or interesting. This delivers both very well. At no point was I bored, but at every point I was interested. It’s also a nice study on duty and nobility, both of which play prominent roles.
13.January.2014 |  by: Chopper2
Chopper2 rated this title
In this film a lone juror stands up and demands evidence of a case is reviewed instead of just voting guilty and going home. It’s a tough call, and watching characters navigate it is extremely engaging. With names like Jack Lemmon and George C....
13.January.2014 |  by: sarah2
sarah2 rated this title
It’s incredible to think that Sidney Lumet’s directorial debut could be such a masterpiece, but, believe me, it is. There are lots of films that take place in a single location, but few are this captivating. I can’t recommend it enough.
13.January.2014 |  by: Molly2
Molly2 rated this title
Have you ever had to make a choice between what was right and what was expedient? You’ll understand this film immediately, because that’s the central theme. Pile on amazing actors and a great script and magic is made. This is probably Henry Fonda’s...
13.January.2014 |  by: Sally123
Sally123 rated this title
I can understand why this is considered a classic, but it’s definitely not for everyone. As someone who isn’t greatly interested in the subject matter, it was difficult to get into it. The performances were good, but I don’t think I’d watch it...
13.January.2014 |  by: Liz2
Liz2 rated this title
I’ve always enjoyed detective stories. This film is very similar to a detective story, only with a group of men going over evidence in lieu of a sly investigator. The amalgamation of opinions and views really adds to the mystery and kept me on my...
13.January.2014 |  by: Garth123
Garth123 rated this title
This isn’t the flashiest of movies. It takes a simple approach to telling a simple story. But the screenplay and the performances elevate it to a larger than life status. It feels just as exciting, tension wise, as any big budget action/adventure...
13.January.2014 |  by: Emma123
Emma123 rated this title
Whenever I catch this showing on Turner CLassic Movies or a similar channel, I cannot look away. It’s one of those films that completely draws you in with its portrayal of real people acting in real ways, and it only improves with each viewing.
12.January.2014 |  by: Sean2
Sean2 rated this title
The characters here were some of the most vivid I’ve seen on the screen. It deals with interesting philosophical dillemas, and even addresses the “peer pressure” concept we’re all so familiar with today. Part of that is probably what gives it its...
12.January.2014 |  by: john2
john2 rated this title
Do you like tour de force performances? Visionary direction? In-depth character studies? “12 Angry Men” is the movie for you. It’s a gripping story about one juror who dares to stand up for his convictions while the others just want to go home, and...
12.January.2014 |  by: bill2
bill2 rated this title
In a world innundated with portrayals of the criminal justice system (like a plethora of television dramas), it’s nice to step back and see this. It isn’t as melodramatic or mawkish as those tend to be, and shows that court room drama can play out...
12.January.2014 |  by: Momoney
Momoney rated this title
This may not fit the traditional definition of “thriller” but it’s definitely thrilling. It’s difficult to pick out one amazing performance because they’re all so good, and the direction is superb. Most importantly it lets the audience think for...
12.January.2014 |  by: Gobots
Gobots rated this title
Despite its one room location, there is never a dull movement. Simple premises can lead to extraordinary stories. This is for people with a refined taste in cinema. I don’t think I can recall a better court room drama (not even “Inherit The Wind”)....
12.January.2014 |  by: Bodidly
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