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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…
I am finding it difficult to rate this picture. Is it good? Yeah, sure it is, though it commits a mortal sin. 12 Angry Men is little more than filmed theatre. It is a wonderful actors showcase, and Boris Kaufman ably frames a single room in a manner that is never boring. Beyond that, I almost confused it for one of the Capra/Stewart films. Some sort of idealism. Self-righteous posturing. Talking. So, so much talking. Par for the course in Lumet's oeuvre. A solid début feature, and Lumet would, of course, be one of Hollywood's more reliant directors. With all that being said, I find very little to take away from the screening.
Best ensemble of all time? Fonda, Balsam, Cobb, Klugman, etc.
Who knew that 12 guys sitting in a room and talking for an hour and a half could be one of the most riveting films ever made.
A must see movie about court room deliberation without seeing any of the trial. This movie is great for two reasons, 1) it teaches you to take prejudice out of the equation when it comes to judging people and 2) it teaches you that just because you shout the loudest doesn't mean you're right. A necessity to watch for any person serious about film, not overly long but great performances by the ensemble of 12.
One of the greatest films I've ever seen. A great example of the setting aside of differences, prejudice, and illogical action to question the world around you and the things you hear. 12 men must decide the fate of a juvenile on death row accused of murder. The men, initially all deciding he is guilty, have a change of heart through analysis of logic and prejudice, as well as looking within themselves, and understanding just what they are deciding. This is a great film, and it really holds up, despite being 59 years old.
Does anyone like Jury duty? If I'm being honest, I actually might know someone who does enjoy the process, but he's an anomaly all his own. Isn't it funny though? Whenever there's a huge publicized court case everyone has their own opinion on the matter, but nobody wants to actually be part of the jury; to have your life put on hold for as long as the trial and to have the responsibility of determining whether someone could live or die. It's a burden that shouldn't be taken lightly, as is discussed in the classic film "12 Angry Men." The film was directed by Sidney Lumet, who with his catalog of films such as "Dog Day Afternoon," "Network," and "Fail-safe,"…
This movie shows how subtle can cinema be.
u tell em Henry Fonda
This is a near perfect movie. No matter how many times I watch it, I don't want to stop watching it. I could talk all day about why I like it so much but mainly it's because the entire story and characters are explored through exquisite dialogue and acting. This is exactly what I want in a movie.
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