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12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | | Crime , Drama | April 1957 (USA)
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Reginald Rose (story), Reginald Rose (screenplay)
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Top Rated Movies #5 | Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Martin Balsam ... Juror 1
John Fiedler ... Juror 2
Lee J. Cobb ... Juror 3
E.G. Marshall ... Juror 4
Jack Klugman ... Juror 5
Edward Binns ... Juror 6
Jack Warden ... Juror 7
Henry Fonda ... Juror 8
Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney ... Juror 9
Ed Begley ... Juror 10
George Voskovec ... Juror 11
Robert Webber ... Juror 12
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Storyline

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young man is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open-and-shut case of murder soon becomes a detective story that presents a succession of clues creating doubt, and a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room. Written by pjk <PETESID@VNET.IBM.COM>

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Taglines:

They have twelve scraps of paper... Twelve chances to kill! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

12 Angry Men See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,360,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion-Nova Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The State Bar Associations of all (at that time) forty-eight states were given preview showings of the picture prior to its press previews. Subsequent to the film's release, the American Bar Association honored the film for "contributing to greater public understanding and appreciation of the American system of justice." See more »

Goofs

When Juror #3 asks for a volunteer to help him test the stab wound made by the switchblade, he looks at Juror #8. We can see Juror #2 looks at #8 as well, but in the very next shot he is now looking at Juror #3. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man in corridor: You did a wonderful job, wonderful job!
Judge: To continue, you've listened to a long and complex case, murder in the first degree. Premeditated murder is the most serious charge tried in our criminal courts. You've listened to the testimony, you've had the law read to you and interpreted as it applies in this case, it's now your duty to sit down and try to separate the facts from the fancy. One man is dead, another man's life is at stake, if there's a reasonable doubt in your minds as to...
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At the end of the film, the actors are billed in order of their juror numbers; thus Henry Fonda, although the star of the film, appears 8th. See more »

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Dance of the Cuckoos
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Music by Marvin Hatley
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Should be in everyone's top ten list of greatest films of ALL TIME.....
11 January 2005 | by Freddy_LevitSee all my reviews

........Films rarely get this uplifting and brilliant. I cannot think of the last time I was so intrigued by the flawless plot, dialogue and acting since 12 Angry Men. For such a simplistic story set in one jury room, it is surprising that Sidney Lumet can drain you of all your emotions and leave you on the edge of your seat with suspense, mystery, and some of the best acting your bound to ever see grace the silver screen!

When a boy is on last day of trial for killing his father in the heat of domestic arguments, 12 jury men are forced to present a verdict in which if guilty, is the one way ticket to the electric chair for the boy. When the jury men decide to quickly end the discussion and raise their hands to find out who thinks the boy is guilty, only one jury man (Henry Fonda) doesn't put his hand up. Trial and Character revelations, doubts, and possibilities follow.

So masterfully crafted is this film, that every time I watch it, only gets better. It includes some of the best character development I've ever seen. Sidney Lumet is an expert in this field and this is by far his greatest contribution to Hollywood history - one of the most important contributions to world cinema. However it was Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb who really made this film legendary, with their incredibly realistic performances. Casting was genius. And the dialogue was astoundingly riveting up until the brilliant finale. What really impressed me personally also was the camera angles and movements that made the film so suspenseful. Black and White made the film all the more powerful. And the music was minimal, which gave the film a more atmospheric experience, like you were their in the jury room with them - and you just feel that tension really built up as the movie proceeds.

This inexpensive film, with such a simple setting had the world talking, the academy awards nominations rolling and Henry Fonda at his complete best form. I have rarely been so hypnotized by a film - 'Lawrence Of Arabia' and 'It's A Wonderful Life' are other ones that come to mind. This is a definitive viewing for anyone who loves film. It sums up everything I love about film. Everything from a technical point of view to superb acting and a simple yet complex character driven story, it's platinum and is most definitely one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time - bar none! A statue should be erected in Sydney Lumet's honor......

"Is it possible?" - Juror #8/Henry Fonda


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