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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…
That was the best 1.5 hours of middle aged white dudes yelling at each other that I've ever seen.
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…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Watched it for the 3rd time today. So many standout performances, especially Lee J. Cobb, who is fucking tremendous. I really like the way the majority of the film takes place in one room, and we don't even learn any of the characters names until the end. and especially that we don't actually find out whether the boy had committed the murder or not.
To say its my favourite B&W film doesn't do it justice, its simply my favourite film.
A film that is both timely and timeless as it represents the United States legal process and system. A film that challenges your own beliefs and prejudices as you follow a constantly flowing and developing arc. Without ever having to leave the one room, such an atmosphere is created so that you feel sweating alongside these flawed but memorable characters. Through these characters and this atmosphere we masterfully see how conflict can be done on film, not with opposing good and bad with colorful explosions, but with truly opposing beliefs and idealogies. A true great American film indeed.
Amazing movie, every one is phenomenal in this movie. The dialogue is extremely interesting and I was gripped by this movie for the entire runtime. Almost a perfect movie IMO. One of the best movies that I've seen
An amazing movie that has some of the best performances of the year, and is highly riveting for a movie shot entirely in one room.
Geniaal in al zijn eenvoud. Uniek. Intrigerend. Boeiend van begin tot eind. Verschillende persoonlijkheden goed in beeld gebracht. Charismatisch hoofdpersonage. Niks op af te dingen. Een ware klassieker.
Incredible writing. 12 men speaking in a room for the entirety of the movie and still it managed to be absolutely captivating. A very powerful and important movie - did not disappoint, even though I had my doubts.
May Film Challenge: Day #1 (A Movie That Takes Place in One Room)
The true brilliance of 12 Angry Men is how timeless it is. No matter what year, decade, or fucking century you watch it in, the message of the film is never lost. We take the American judicial system for granted far too often. Even though it's necessary for function, sometimes there just isn't an anonymous Henry Fonda to stand up for the little guy.
I can't wait till david fincher remakes this with Ben Affleck playing all 12 jurors
Everything about this movie is perfect, this is such an important and significant movie. It's no wonder it's on every essentials list. All of the acting is perfect, the pacing and cinematography, especially with the opening shot, is amazing, there isn't a single dull moment. The characters are all interesting and you find yourself taking sides as well. The film really drags you in while staying compacted in a single room, and it keeps your interest and engages you. This is definitely worthy of all the praise it's gotten.
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