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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.
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…
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…
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…
That was the best 1.5 hours of middle aged white dudes yelling at each other that I've ever seen.
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…
Courtroom drama. Or more specifically. jury room drama. There is a lot of tension building throughout the movie, both spoken and unspoken. While the performances are not all of a terrific quality, as en ensemble they really work together. Plus I really liked the fact we never got to see the actual case they were meant to judge or the people involved, so much is left to the viewer's interpretation.
Recently I had a friend ask me whether I thought the young man accused in this movie was actually innocent or not. Although I've seen this probably over twenty times in my life, I told him that I honestly don't think I've ever sat and pondered his guilt or innocence very hard. I think that's part of the beauty of this picture.
Everyone sites this as a triumph of optimism of the American legal process. Everyone gets a fair shake, and the innocent are proven in court! But, I've always seen it as something more compelling than that. I think its a great character study into our ego, prejudices and how we prescribe to see the world around us.
12 Angry Man is a courtroom drama on a tiny scale. The movie begins with the 12 members of the jury leaving the courtroom to decide a young man’s fate, and from there, the whole movie is based on how these 12 men come to a unanimous decision. If found guilty, the man will be sentenced to death. At first vote, the jury stand 11-1 in favour of guilty, and so the man’s fate relies on Juror #8 (Henry Fonda) as he attempts to convince the rest of the group to change their minds.
I have to admit, I’m feeling like a bit of a sham of a movie blogger again. This marks my 3rd black and white movie ever,…
EPIC BLU RAY GAUNTLET CHALLENGE, #40
So. "12 Angry Men."
Sidney Lumet's 1957 debut film is an astonishingly effective exercise in beautiful simplicity. What all even happens in "12 Angry Men": twelve white male jurors sit around a long table reluctantly deliberating on the minutiae of a possible murder case, tensions boiling as they make their way to a final verdict. We're essentially confined to one location (save for a brief prologue and epilogue), watching these events play out in real time, yet the end result is no commonplace courtroom movie. In fact, forget any preconceived notions that it's a courtroom movie at all. This is a character drama at its purest form, one that finds ways to cleverly establish…
Very obviously a play, but also a very good one. Henry Fonda is surrounded by distinct, memorable character performances, along with Piglet.
It's a testament to the screenplay that the story is entirely predictable from the first few minutes, but because of the way the story is told we go along with it.
More than that, we are hooked by it all the way through. The logic is sound and the characters are engagingly diverse. The entertainment comes not from guessing what's going to happen next, but letting the film show you how it gets from point A to point B.
Despite everything going against it (predictable story, all white male cast, single location, lack of action) the filmmakers pull off a movie that has the audience on the edge of their seats from beginning to end, and that makes it one of the greatest screenplays every written in my book.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!