Rent 12 Angry Men (1957)

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Synopsis:
Eleven jurors are convinced that the defendant is guilty of murder. The twelfth has no doubt of his innocence. How can this one man steer the others toward the same conclusion? It's a case of seemingly overwhelming evidence against a teenager accused of killing his father in "one of the best pictures ever made".
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Henry Fonda, Reginald Rose
Writers:
Reginald Rose
Aka:
Twelve Angry Men
Studio:
MGM Home Entertainment
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Awards:

1958 BAFTA Best Foreign Actor

1957 Berlinale Golden Bear #2

BBFC:
Release Date:
13/01/2014
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German Hard of Hearing, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/06/2013
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono, French DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono, German DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0, Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historian Drew Casper
  • Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Making 12 Angry Men
  • Inside The Jury Room
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (3) of 12 Angry Men

What is your truth? - 12 Angry Men review by Steve

Spoiler Alert
Updated 09/05/2021

The twelve men of the jury are in recess during the murder trial of a young Spanish American boy charged with killing his father. Eleven think he is guilty. A unanimous vote would condemn him to capital punishment. Only Juror 8, Henry Fonda, isn't convinced and stands in the way of his execution. He thinks they should at least talk about it a little.

 Gradually, we become aware that the decisions of the other eleven were based on their assumptions and prejudices, or even just the dynamics within the jury room, and not on the facts of the case. Doubt passes around the table, from man to man, and the jurors must confront their preconceptions, or their own desperate guilt.

 Henry Fonda brings his candid integrity to the role of the quiet hero, who demonstrates the importance of serving your conscience, even if it should isolate you. The rest of the American cast (mostly from tv) is expertly selected, and their ensemble work is wonderful. The script reveals their characters with precision and economy building to moments of intense dramatic conflict.

 12 Angry Men demonstrates the precariousness of justice and the personal nature of truth. It is a film about citizenship and the responsibility of the individual. It is also an incredibly inspiring and moving experience. An astonishing debut from Sidney Lumet who makes a great virtue of the location within a single room.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Gripping and entertaining - 12 Angry Men review by SE

Spoiler Alert
21/03/2021

Even though it is in black and white and set in just one room for the whole movie, you stay engaged throughout and are torn in a way a real jury must be in making such an important decision

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

A Masterpiece - 12 Angry Men review by GI

Spoiler Alert
09/04/2021

Powerful and compelling this drama is film everyone should see. It's certainly a masterpiece of tension with themes about bias, racism and the psychological effects of persuasion and conflict resolution. Even though the entire film (bar small introductory and concluding scenes) is set in one room it draws you in and becomes a film you can't turn away from. On a stifling hot summer afternoon twelve men acting as jurors in a trial of a young under privileged man accused of murdering his abusive father retire to the jury room to decide the boy's fate having been told that a guilty verdict will result in the death penalty. From the start eleven of the men are convinced the boy is guilty but one man has doubts. The resulting deliberations bring forth personal prejudices, hatreds and attitudes that sharply highlight the views of white privileged America. The issues of justice and the rights to a fair trial are openly there to see but underneath the film gets into the heart of social injustice and the effects on behaviour even when it may cost someone their life. This is a riveting film, one of the finest examples of serious drama in the classical Hollywood period and despite its age all the themes resonate today and, indeed in other countries not least the UK. This is essential viewing, a film to really savour for the direction, use of camera and the wonderful performances led by Henry Fonda and aided by Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley and all those who play the jurors. Simply a fantastic and thoroughly rewarding film.

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