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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…
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…
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…
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…
12 Angry Men nos relata o caso de um júri que devia decidir se um garoto era culpado de um homícidio. No começo do filme o júri (composto de 12 homens) faz uma votação entre eles, e apenas um dos 12 homens acredita que ele não é culpado. O filme que prossegue é uma longa discussão entre os homens, que irá decidir o destino do garoto.
O filme, em enorme maioria, é filmado em apenas uma localização, a sala do júri. Lá são apresentadas e desenvolvidas as personalidades de 12 homens bastante distintos, em apenas meia hora. Esse pra mim foi o aspecto mais incrível do filme, que em 1h30m consegue nos revelar, apenas através de dialógo pouquissímo expositório, o…
My personal go-to movie whenever I wanna prove that dialogue heavy movies are NOT boring. There is not much else to say about it. It’s a classic with a great script and 12 brillant performances. If you never watched it, because it’s “too old” or it’s 100% dialogue, you are really missing out on something great.
Excellent performances throughout, however not Lumet's finest.
Interesting Movie.. A Class one considering the period it was taken
Um júri precisa discutir e tomar uma decisão unânime: condenar, ou não, um jovem à pena de morte pelo assassinato do seu pai.
Doze personagens, cada um com suas certezas e seu motivos para tê-las. Como chegar a uma decisão unânime?
Soa como um clichê ou uma hipérbole, mas a impressão que tenho é a de que esse é um daqueles raros filmes que, que se todo mundo assistisse pelo menos uma vez (idealmente mais do que uma), estaríamos melhor como sociedade.
Muitas lições aqui. Sobre preconceito, sobre a fragilidade das nossas certezas e posições sobre o mundo, sobre justiça, sobre humanidade.
A masterpiece of drama. One of my favorites.
What's there to say, other than that it's a powerfully potent drama that can and does still resonate today. The cast is tremendous, with each defining their characters so well, even though we only know them by their juror numbers. The way it calls back to statements made previously is ingenious, and it shows how people can try to rationalize their beliefs even when facts argue otherwise. It's just brilliant.
"Bright? He's a common ignorant slob. He don't even speak good English.
He doesn't speak good English."
I love movies like this. Movies that focus on nothing but the pure skill of the cast and script. No music, not fancy set or effects. Just 12 men, sitting in 1 room, arguing for 96mins. Most people I know IRL would run away from a movie like this, because it doesn't sound exciting at all! But its such a clever film and really well executed. So many of the characters made you hate them, love them, empathise with them, sympathise with them, it was fantastic. I would like to hope that all juries are so thorough with considering the facts during such…
Many films have tried the one-location gimmick, but none have ever succeeded like 12 Angry Men.
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