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On paper, it's a tough sell: a black-and-white movie set in one room, with an all-male (and all-white) cast, with no action except for a heated war of words among a dozen guys. Indeed, "12 Angry Men" -- which opened 55 years ago last week (April 13, 1957) -- with its shoestring budget, was a financial flop, and while it was nominated for three Oscars (including Best Picture), it lost them all to the splashier, more colorful, wide-screen epic "The Bridge on the River Kwai." Yet today, "12 Angry Men" is considered a classic, not just for its riveting script and top-notch acting, but also for how it made a virtue of its stagy limitations. Adapted by Reginald Rose from his own 1954 TV play (back when live drama was a TV staple), the movie expanded the hour-long story of a deliberating jury into 95 minutes, but it didn't expand the confines of the setting: a single, »

- Gary Susman

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