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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…
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…
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…
Ficou rapidamente estabelecido para mim que o acusado era inocente, no entanto, diferentemente da norma, o filme não se propõe à construir um caso, mas desconstruí-lo. Sua força motriz é a constante antecipação de como Henry Fonda, utilizando-se do método socrático, irá conduzir o júri para reavaliar os acontecimentos do caso. Através desta crescente tensão em busca da verdade, o filme explora de maneira lúcida as falhas do sistema judiciário e quem são esses onze homens sem fornecer nem mesmo seus nomes, muito menos um pouco de quem eles são previamente.
It became quickly established to me that the acussed was innocent, however, differently from the norm, the film doesn't intends to construct a case, but deconstruct it. Its…
12 καλοί ηθοποιοί + 1 καλό σενάριο = Αριστούργημα
No surprise, great film.
Very tense, definitely one of my favorite movies of all time
This was definitely a movie that deserved another go from me, and I can honestly say that a 4 out of 5 stars on my initial viewing was wrong. Hell, this movie is one of the few movies that I'd say that I would not change a single frame of, it's just an all around film that is excellent on a technical level and a film that feels just as modern as it was back then, refraining from any use of technology at the chance of feeling dated.
Set in a single location, 12 jurors have to decide whether a boy who had apparently murdered his father is guilty and to sent to be executed, or innocent. It seems like…
If they remade this film now they'd probably ruin it by showing you if the kid was actually guilty or not at the end.
Really fun to think about how this would work as a stage drama, since the structure seems to fit more into that medium than a movie. The story adds all the interest it needs on its own, meaning the camera always gets to be the icing on top. It's so simple in structure, with defined, sometimes trope-y characters, but it builds up so well to each reveal or turn. Every piece of evidence feels like you've really gotten your hands around it. It had my attention the whole time.
An old classic that deserves its high spot on the IMDB top 250 films list. A simple film that takes place in a single room may prove to be a bore, yet the amazing characters, intriguing plot, and fantastic dialogue make this a movie worth watching. You will be drawn in by the question posed at the beginning of the film and ask yourself, is the man innocent or guilty?
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