12 Angry Men

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Orion-Nova Productions Released 1957

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Director:
Sidney Lumet
Released:
1957
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12 Angry Men is the 1957 courtroom drama classic from iconic late directory Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon, Network, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead), featuring an all star cast of America's finest actors. 12 jurors who are complete strangers to one another are collected in one room to decide a murder case. 11 believe the defendant, a young boy from the wrong side of the tracks and living in the slums, is guilty, beyond the shadow of a doubt. The last one, Juror Number 8 (Henry Fonda, The Grapes of Wrath, Once Upon a Time in the West), believes there is a reasonable doubt about the boy's guilt. How Juror Number 8 eventually gets the other jurors on his side is the point of the entire film, and it almost entirely takes place in the one small room. Hardly splashy, with no special effects -just twelve actors, a script, and the camera equal one of the most brilliant films ever made.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie plays like a textbook for directors interested in how lens choices affect mood.

  • 100

    Slant Magazine Glenn Heath Jr.

    What's most interesting about the intense deliberations that ensue, specifically when a piece of seemingly indisputable evidence is brought back into question, is how a fresh angle...

  • 88

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The stakes of those deliberations are so high, the personalities of the jurors so forceful, and the arguments so pregnant with importance that there is no instance in which boredom...

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Drama

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moral dilemmas, social issues, Social Issues, Psychological, Legal