MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 19,920 this week

Seven Angry Men (1955)

Approved  |   |  Biography, History, Western  |  27 March 1955 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 205 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 1 critic

Rise, fall and execution of John Brown, fanatic abolitionist.

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
0Check in
0Share...

On TV

Airs Sat. Aug. 08, 1:30 PM on TCM

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related News

Dennis Weaver Dies in Colorado
| WENN

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 22 Dec 2011
 
a list of 143 titles
created 06 Apr 2012
 
a list of 760 titles
created 18 Apr 2012
 
a list of 9987 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 10 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Seven Angry Men" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Seven Angry Men (1955)

Seven Angry Men (1955) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Seven Angry Men.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When the crew of a downed British bomber escape from their Nazi captors with Top Secret intelligence, they make a desperate journey to get out of Germany alive.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Coleman
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the 1810s, an old maid poses as her own niece in order to teach her onetime beau a lesson.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Franchot Tone, Eric Blore
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A New York City detective, traveling by train between New York and Baltimore, tries to foil an on-board plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln before he reaches Baltimore to give a major pre-Inauguration speech in 1861.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Dick Powell, Paula Raymond, Adolphe Menjou
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Cass Brown is about to marry for the second time; his first marriage, to Isabel, was annulled. But when he discovers that Isabel just had their baby, Cass kidnaps the infant to keep her ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Frank Morgan
Certificate: M Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A middle-aged woman walks out on her husband and family in an desperate attempt to find herself.

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Jean Simmons, John Forsythe, Shirley Jones
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Escaping to England from a French embezzlement charge, widower Henry Scarlett is accompanied by daughter Sylvia who, to avoid detection, "disguises" herself as a boy, "Sylvester." They are ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Brian Aherne
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A New York socialite climbs the ladder of success man by man until a life among rich gangsters gives her what she thought she always wanted.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Joan Crawford, David Brian, Steve Cochran
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Growing up in a poor working-class family, Laura decides not to marry the boy-next-door and instead accepts wealthy, older Will Brockton's invitation to move in with him. After falling in ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Constance Bennett, Adolphe Menjou, Robert Montgomery
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural, black Americans.

Directors: Marc Connelly, William Keighley
Stars: Rex Ingram, Oscar Polk, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Escort West (1958)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An ex-Confederate officer and his young daughter, traveling West, rescue two women survivors of an Indian attack.

Director: Francis D. Lyon
Stars: Victor Mature, Elaine Stewart, Faith Domergue
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The research, development, and deployment of the first atomic bomb, as well as the bombing of Hiroshima, are detailed in this docudrama.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Robert Walker, Tom Drake
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1902, medicine show con man Dan Thompson settles down with the daughter he hardly knows in a New York theatrical boarding house full of eccentric characters. Forced to take a job in an ... See full summary »

Director: Robert B. Sinclair
Stars: Frank Morgan, Mary Howard, Billie Burke
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Elizabeth Clark
...
Owen Brown
...
Leo Gordon ...
Martin White
John Smith ...
Frederick Brown
...
...
John Brown Jr.
...
Salmon Brown
Tom Irish ...
James Anderson ...
Henry Thompson
James Edwards ...
Ned Green
John Pickard ...
George Wilson
Smoki Whitfield ...
Newby
Jack Lomas ...
Doyle
Edit

Storyline

Fictionalized account of abolitionist John Brown and his six sons who fought to ensure Kansas would enter the Union as a slave-free state. Firmly believing that he was doing God's work, Brown was prepared to use force and violence to achieve his goals. His principal adversary is Martin White who organizes the raid on the town of Lawrence, burning it to the ground. Brown becomes judge, jury and executioner killing five of the raiders. Several of his sons disagree with him and leave. After completing his work in Kansas, Brown continues his quest to end slavery. His fervent belief that violence was the only way to achieve his goal led to his demise, convicted of treason and hanged after the raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 March 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

God's Angry Man  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Raymond Massey had previously played abolitionist John Brown in Santa Fe Trail (1940). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Fanatic In A Righteous Cause
14 May 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Just as Raymond Massey set the Lincoln standard for essaying the role of our 16th president, he seems also to have set the standard for playing the fighting abolitionist John Brown. He did this first in Santa Fe Trail where Brown was a supporting character and again here in Seven Angry Men where Brown is the center of the story. While many of taken a run at Abe Lincoln very few have tried to do John Brown. The only other one coming to mind is Sterling Hayden.

Seven Angry Men refers to John Brown and his six sons, three of whom die during the course of Brown's crusade against slavery first in Kansas and then in his raid on the Harper's Ferry Arsenal. His six sons are Tom Irish, Guy Williams, Jeffrey Hunter, Dennis Weaver, and Larry Pennell all of whom had significant careers be it before or after this film. As a subplot there is a romance going between Jeffrey Hunter and Debra Paget whose Northern sympathizing father is killed toward the beginning of the film.

It will be a subject of debate among historians for years as to exactly what Brown's role was. He was a fanatic in a righteous cause, the abolition of slavery in the USA. The struggle over Kansas where Brown first appears was the opening gun of the Civil War. Four years earlier in 1850 the politicians in Washington, DC had thought they had put a damper on sectional feelings with the Compromise of 1850 which for the most part respected the line between slave and free states. But a guy named Stephen Douglas, Senator from Illinois had the brilliant idea of opening the question again to plebiscite. Our president at the time Franklin Pierce signed what was the Kansas-Nebraska Act which did just that. Settlers from the slave and free states poured in and a lot of shooting started. And that's where Brown, his sons, and his followers came in.

Massey as Brown is so dominant in this film that very few others are given much of a chance. Black actors James Edwards and Joel Fluellen have some interesting roles, Edwards as a follower of Brown and Fluellen who is a free black who works as the Harper's Ferry telegrapher.

The film was done by Allied Artists and it might have been better with a major studio. Major studios though weren't quite making films about such controversial subject matter in what was the beginning of the Civil Rights Era in America.

Seven Angry Men is as good a film about a controversial man and his era as you will get.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Wanna see all movies with Debra Paget and Jeffrey Hunter MeloraMelody
Discuss Seven Angry Men (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?