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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.
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…
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 is definitely one of the most astonishing dramas I've seen. It has a simple premise, but all the discussions between the jurors were just so captivating and revealing. I liked how they always went back and forth with the case, gathering as many details as possible to find out if there was any room for doubt with the facts presented. Not only director Sidney Lumet masterfully orchestrated an intriguing story filled with little twists, but he also investigated very thoroughly how prejudice and preconceived notions could be in the way of realizing the level of uncertainty of the facts.
The performances here were truly remarkable, being another strength of the film. Each juror had unique personality traits…
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…
Review In A Nutshell:
I was sceptic at first, thinking 12 Angry Men is over-hyped and that it wouldn't be as amazing as everyone says it is; which is how I felt with synonymous films like No Country For Old Men and North By Northwest, but right from the start, it captivated me. It starts off with the audience knowing very little of the situation aside from the fact that these men were appointed to decide whether or not the young boy accused on trial is guilty. Sidney Lumet's, the film's director, choice of having us know nothing of the trial is a smart approach that keeps our judgement pure, and…
Un increíble film con un excelente guión, que logra explotar el desarrollo de la trama de una manera fantástica, evitando que el hecho de estar ambientada en una sola locación sea una molestia durante su duración, todo lo contraria resulta una experiencia memorable que cuestiona tu moralidad y principios desde el momento es que estos 12 hombres se reúnen para decidir el destino inmediato de un hombre.
Una pelicula que se convirtió instantáneamente en una de mis favoritas, una que no me cansaría de ver. Cada vez que decido ver producciones de este tipo, lo que podrían llamarse "clasicos del cine", me sorprendo no por la calidad técnica, ya que durante esa epoca existían cierta limitaciones, sino por la sensación que generan durante su duración, la sensación de esta viendo un excelente trabajo.
Definitivamente me falta aún mucho cine por ver, directores por conocer y actuaciones por disfrutar. Espero gozar del tiempo libre necesario para hacerlo.
It's almost too easy to make a case of this being one of the greatest movies of all-time, but it just is. This movie just might be getting even better every single time I watch it.
An absolute masterclass in acting (oh, the acting!), tension, directing, character development, plot, pacing, etc etc while STILL being a discussion piece for numerous topics. All 12 jurors get enough time to have their stories told and their personalities shown. You clearly see why each one has made the decision they're sticking with, and how they're influenced to change it one way or the other.
No loose ends are left. I'm never wondering why something happened, it's wonderfully played out every time without being…
An amazing picture. Felt like a psychological study of a court room under pressure. Really well thought out.
Decided to watch this with my roommate to gauge his movie tastes before watching more acquired films like TWBB and Drive. I'm happy to report that he loved this (almost) just as much as me, and I love it even more than my last four viewings - just an impeccable social analysis.
A very gorgeous film. The film is mostly directed in one room but your enjoyment goes farther and farther. The editing is very original. You definitely have to see this film before you die!
Everybody gets their chance to yell and sweat in this 1957 drama, and in this it shares similar American class struggle turf with Lumet's two decade later Dog Day Afternoon. I kinda wish somebody would've explored the Women's Bathroom for the set piece, maybe Jack Warden exploring his feminine side.
Viewed on DVD
12 Angry Men is one of the greatest movies ever made.
It is perfect in it's simplicity.
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