A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
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…
De mayor quiero ser Henry Fonda en esta película.
I don't think a rewatch has ever had more of an impact on me than it has now.
From some reason, I gave this film a 9.25/10 when I first saw it. I have no clue how or why it was that low, because this film is PHENOMENAL!!!
One of the most simple premises put to screen, yet one of the most layered films ever made.
My god, this truly was the best screenplay from a film ever made.
Every character had their own motivations, they all felt so human.
You completely understood why so many characters were changing because you were with them to!
So many movies today focus on making a complex story, when that's not what…
These men should work for Annalise Keating
I tried as much as I could to nitpick this. Find faults in it's pacing, performances, script, direction, editing, etc. Anything to conclude that this is not a masterpiece, as I rarely give out five star ratings. It goes beyond it's simple premise and is highly engrossing. This is beyond a reasonable doubt a masterpiece.
Not bad for a first feature.
I haven't encountered a movie as perfect as 12 Angry Men. The way this film manages to take a seemingly meaningless jury decision and transform it into a 90-minute melodrama of sweat, screams, and gasps, the way it makes us questions our beliefs, and lets us discover deep insights about the twelve characters while maintaining a firm grip on the modern-day viewer, the supreme way in how it garners empathy --- it's cinema at its finest.
The film's premise is simple: a jury of twelve get together in a hot room to vote on whether an accused youth is guilty of murdering his father. If guilty, he will be thrown to the electric chair. If not guilty, he will be…
Watch in a sauna wearing a 3-piece suit for authentic and immersive movie watching experience.
honestly i feel personally attacked bc i always have trouble distinguishing white men in old movies and this is literally just 12 white men with no names talking
WHY AM I CRYING
Can you guys fucking imagine if Sorkin remade this?
One of the most enjoyable, involving, clever, self-aware, relevant, brilliant things I've ever seen.
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