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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…
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…
That was the best 1.5 hours of middle aged white dudes yelling at each other that I've ever seen.
Making a film entertaining through dialogue alone is hard enough. Keep them all in one location the whole time on top of that and you've probably made one of the best movies of all time if the whole audience still wants more by the end. Sidney Lumet's directorial debut just isn't fair. It's not fair to see someone's first fore into the cinematic world be something so difficult to pull-off look so completely effortless. Granted, a masterful teleplay adapted onto the screen has a better chance of being good opposed to any other script given a once over. But alas, This 90 minute debate proves just how compelling the human condition is, was and always has been.
Henry Fonda gallantly…
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A good movie is three good scenes and no bad scenes. '12 Angry Men' is one great scene and a dozen "oh SHIT" moments. It defies "good movie", and is instead a FUCKING MASTERPIECE
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makes me think of the OJ Simpson trial and if there was that one man out of eleven that thought he was innocent and showed them why... and won them over.
We're talking about somebody's life here, we can't decide in five minutes. Supposing we're wrong?
This film is simply a masterpiece. Lumet is able to draw real tension and drama out of nothing but conversation. This film proves that conversation and the art of argument can provide a moving, thoughtful, and powerful experience without relying on contrived plot points or being too over sentimental.
Much has been written about the visual scheme that Lumet used to produce the emotional and claustrophobic feeling throughout the film. But it is paramount to how much tension and how engaging this film is. It is complex but at the same time simple, which perfectly compliments the narrative drive of this film. There is so…
If i had to make a list of films I was watching for classic movies that I wanted to see the most the 1957 Courtroom Drama 12 Angry Men would be very high on that list.
I have wanted to see this film since like forever. If you don't know however I fucking hate courtroom dramas they are as boring and dry as a movie can get and there not hard to make and there pretty much all the same.
However when it comes to 12 Angry Men I got very interested in it considering that it all takes place in 1 room and it's considered the best courtroom drama ever made and after finally giving it a watch this…
Incredibly well done movie, the acting had room for improvement, but overall it was very entertaining and thoughtful.
Fantastic movie. 99% of the movie takes place in one room, but there is such good acting and drama that it holds the audiences attention the whole time. Just great. It is still very relatable to today -- you can see the politics and how so much has changed now versus back in the late-50s, but how everything has really stayed the same.
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