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12 Angry Men (1957)

 -  Drama  -  April 1957 (USA)
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A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.

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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 of murder soon becomes 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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murder | jury | trial | jury room | discussion | See more »

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

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Twelve Angry Men  »

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When Juror #10 (Ed Begley) starts a speech about teenagers, the jurors that stand up from the table rejecting the speech are (in order): Juror #5 (Jack Klugman), Juror #9 (Joseph Sweeney), Juror #11 (George Voskovec), Juror #8 (Henry Fonda), Juror #2 (John Fiedler), Juror #6 (Edward Binns), The Foreman (Martin Balsam) and Juror #12 (Robert Webber). Juror #3 (Lee J. Cobb) was standing up before the speech. Juror #7 (Jack Warden) and Juror #4 (E.G. Marshall) are the only ones who stand sit down. Meanwhile Juror #7 turning his head looking to other side, Juror #4 looks Juror #10 all the time, ordering him finally shut up. See more »

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When Juror #8 is imitating the old man going to the door, as he is completing the first leg of his walk the shadow of the camera following him is clearly visible on the floor by his feet. See more »

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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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Terrific drama with some of the greatest actors in cinematic history
29 December 2006 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Gosh, I don't know how many times I studied this play and performed it in high school, not to mention how many television shows had an episode that was inspired by 12 Angry Men. It was always a great drama because of the raw human emotions that were so true and remain timeless, this play will never be dated. I couldn't wait to see this movie when I saw it at the video store and it was the first movie I slipped into the DVD player. First off, I was incredibly impressed with the credits, we not only had Henry Fonda, we had Lee J. Cobb in the cast! This movie was so well performed and such a treasure, god, I couldn't ever say any words to justify it. I've done this a million times, but here is another summary of what 12 Angry Men is all about.

12 jurors are about to make a decision about a murder case, over all it seems like an open and shut case with tons of evidence that would make any good man look guilty, an 18 year old boy is about to be put to death if convicted. 11 of the men vote guilty, only one vote holds them back and they have to discuss the trial once again due to one vote being not guilty. Jurour #8 refuses to just jump to conclusions and brings up incredible possibilities that can always make a man think of "reasonable doubts", one by one the jurors begin to see the points he is making, except for one stubborn #3 who would rather just pull the switch to the chair himself.

12 Angry Men is a timeless tale that could either be told very badly, i.e. 7th Heaven, or incredibly well and bring out terrific performances like Henry and Lee did. Actually, the whole cast was terrific, there wasn't a performance that was off key, movies like this are so needed in Hollywood today, it was so simple, but added so much for a 30 minute play. Please, if you have any taste, you will truly enjoy 12 Angry Men and have a great appreciation for it!

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