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12 Angry Men
Life is in their hands. Death is on their minds.
The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other.
12 reasons why 12 Angry Men is the best film of the 1950s:
1. It’s a high concept film that delivers beyond the unique hook to create compelling and flawed human characters.
2. The performances are sensational from Henry Fonda (empathetic and unwavering) attempting to change the minds of the other jurors, to the rest of the cast led by Lee J. Cobb. Considering it has such a sizeable main cast it is amazing how well developed each and everyone of them is with the lean script giving each of the perfectly cast actors a moment to shine.
3. It uses the claustrophobic single location to great effect, accentuating the sweltering heat and tense atmosphere amongst the conflicted men.
How do you ever begin to top a directorial debut such as this? Well Sidney Lumet certainly gave it is best shot over the years that followed creating an enviable filmography packed with cinematic gems. That he can turn a simplistic set-up of twelve men stuck together in a steaming hot room, into such a in-depth social, intellectual and thrilling 90 minutes speaks volumes for the man.
What does remain a mystery is how the creator of the screenplay Reginald Rose never even came close to this sort of standard again. His next project was 1957's Dino and then it was mostly back to the food and drink of TV scripts for the rest of his career. Whilst Lumet deserves…
12 Angry Men was one of those films that I had never seen, but for which I knew almost the entire plot and ending. I think this will be the case for most people who watch the film since it's one of those essential classics which has spawned an endless supply of parodies and homages. To me its most genius quality is the simplicity. About 99 percent of the story takes place on one set as 12 jurors deliberate the guilt of an eighteen year-old murder suspect in the slaying of his father.
With brilliant presentations of the characters and an engaging follow up on each one, 12 Angry Men is a film where dialogue is at the center. The…
Wow. Simply wow. There is no other way to articulate the feeling you get after watching 12 Angry Men, perhaps the zenith of Sidney Lumet's remarkably talented directorial career, even more amazing considering this was his debut feature. It's just one of those rare golden gems of a film that gets everything, literally everything, absolutely right. Script, direction, performances, tone, setting, story, the lot. It's perfect. It's exciting. It's gripping. It's meaningful. It's moving. And it may be close to sixty years old, but all of the many things it's trying to say remain relevant to our society, and sadly perhaps always will. This truly is a cinematic masterpiece that deals with not only the rule of law and it's…
There is a certain predictable inevitability when watching a classic when you're a bit older than the first time you watched it. You up the rating to reflect its classic status. I'm glad to say that this is also the case for 12 Angry Men.
The always underwatched Sidney Lumet's first feature film proves to be the first promise he made for all the marvellous films he has made after it. 12 Angry Men is a dialogue driven cross section of male America in the fifties and it is unflinching in how it dares portray the pettiness and weaker sides of us humans. Weaknesses that are still present some 50 years after this was…
That was the best 1.5 hours of middle aged white dudes yelling at each other that I've ever seen.
I still think the kid killed his father
This film... It's one I adore for so many reasons. In fact, people get wound up at me because I can never make up my mind. This here pretty much justifies my attitude when it comes to making decisions. I'll always be the Henry Fonda of the story... You can just never be sure about things.
12 Angry Men is the story of 12... angry men, who are all on jury duty and all go to the jury room to take a vote which normally would take less than a minute to do as everyone but one decide a boy is guilty of killing his father. One mans uncertainty begins to slowly unravel the bigger picture, and raises more questions.…
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6. 12 Angry Men
First time watch here. Loved every minute. Nothing I can say that hasn't already been said.
Attacking IMDb's top 250:
#6 - "12 Angry Men"
A taut, tense and complex film. Classic and timeless with a sociological current that still remains relevant today. Fantastic writing, directing and acting make this film one of the best around.
This movie showed us that you don't have to use special effects to be a great movie. You can make a great movie with intelligence and art of thinking. Then, I learned that we should approach the incidents in different way. It is really perfect criticism about American judge system.
A near perfect film faulted by a few technical gaffes.
The perfect film for my 200th watch of the year. Brilliant dialogue. Films like this definitely deserve the branding "classic".
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!