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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.
One room. Twelve men. Debating for ninety minutes. That’s it. That’s all there is to this story. And yet, despite such minimal settings, what 12 Angry Men accomplishes is something that majority of films fail to, in spite of their big budgets & lavish productions. It beautifully demonstrates what all can happen when a flawless script, a capable filmmaker & a committed cast come under one roof and work in perfect harmony, for 12 Angry Men is one of the greatest achievements in the history of filmmaking.
The story of 12 Angry Men takes place inside the jury room where a group of twelve personalities from different backgrounds gather together to decide the fate of an eighteen-year old boy who’s accused of…
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…
That was the best 1.5 hours of middle aged white dudes yelling at each other that I've ever seen.
I cannot think of many stories that mostly happen in a single location to be as gripping and profound as 12 Angry Men. There are so many admirable achievements in this film that it’s tough to point them all out. Starting with the performances, you’ve got veteran actors showing great intensity and representing characters we’ve all probably encountered at some point in life. They all have distinct personalities, different backgrounds and a mesmerizing moment in the film as the story progresses. Another strength is the excellent dialogue, showing how traditions and preconceived notions can completely blur logic and rationality. The arguments are just so compelling, constantly bringing something new to ponder about.
Sidney Lumet’s direction is absolutely marvelous and it…
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He visto 12 Angry Men una vez al año por los últimos 8 años. Y aún creo que es una película perfecta en todo sentido. Incluso ese final un poco edulcorado y cursi funciona porque luego de una sesión intensa de cambios radicales en trama y emoción, Lumet sabe que el público necesita un descanso.
Quizás lo que más me impresiona de la película (y de la obra de Reginald Rose) es como a través de un diálogo preciso, una dirección milimétrica (todo ocurre en una sola habitación) y la elección de un casting diverso nunca se nota como una película difícil de ver. Todo lo contrario, es tan sencilla y simple en su presentación, en su puesta en escena,…
Aped and oft referenced, it's still a powerhouse of a film and an intelligent, powerful civics lessons that packs an emotional and dramatic punch rather than feeling like a school lesson.
You wouldn't think this would be one of the most rewatchable movies of all time.
One of the greats. A masterclass in writing, directing, acting, and editing
"12 Angry Men" transforms a talk between 12 men from a simple conversation into a smart, exciting, emotional and flawlessly planned battle of wits. A timely story that must be seen.
One of my favorite films.
This will be my 1,000th logged film since starting my letterboxd account on Jan 1st, 2013, so I wanted to do something special. A buddy suggested I look at the iMDB Top 250 and pick the highest ranked film I had yet to see. I didn't have to look very far, with the #5 entry 12 Angry Men being a film which I've had the Criterion blu-ray for a while now but just hadn't gotten around to watching. This seemed like a perfect opportunity.
I thoroughly enjoyed the film. Superbly acted, excellent script, and just a seriously great story. I was riveted.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…